Tattooing has steadily become a growing trend in our generation. This somewhat controversial art form can be spotted around campus adorning the student body. For most, these permanent accessories serve as remembrances, self-expressions, and declarations of major events, something to be carried throughout their lives. We have asked fellow Dons to share their stories and their art:
Rylan’s iconic, vintage WWII pieces started when he was 20 years old, and he continues to add more today. “I was inspired by my grandfather who served in the Marine Corps during World War II.”
Tattoo Boogaloo, a local North Beach shop, is where Mckenzie works as a piercer. All of Mckenzie’s pieces are from artists in the shop. One of the more striking pieces, a picture of Frida Kahlo, serves as an “acknowledgement of my sexuality and heritage.”
The decorative Celtic ivy gracing Dana’s ankle is a symbol of vitality and strength in relationships. “If you try to cut it down,” Dana elaborates, “it always grows back. It can withstand anything.” Dana received her tattoo when she was 18 years old, the weekend before she left home for USF.
Lorraine, an International Studies major at USF, recently studied abroad in Tanzania, and the unique and beautiful art decorating her arm is a testament to its impact on her life. Lorraine explains, “I plan on working there after I graduate. I was so inspired during my stay that I wanted something lasting and true to the culture.”
The flowing script on the arch of Roxann’s foot reads, “I will dance” in Italian. Roxann explains, “It is written in my sister’s handwriting. We grew up in Italy.” Due to recent injuries Roxann might have to drop her Dance major. “I wanted something lasting to remind me of dance, to remind me not to give up on dancing.”
Caroline’s artful lighting bolt was done just over winter break, back home in North Carolina. “It means enlightenment. My life has gone through a lot of upheaval, and it reminds me of letting go of the old and welcoming in the new.”