According to the Huffington Post, as many as one-third of millennials have a tattoo. This trend seems to be influencing students as well.
One tattoo trend includes bible verses. Senior Kayla Mullis has the reference of Romans 8:18 printed on her left ribcage.
“It says ‘the pain that you’ve been feeling cannot compare to the joy that is coming,’ and it’s something that I’ve always looked forward to and something that I’ve always looked up to. I put it on my left ribcage because it’s close to my heart,” Mullis said.
Junior Brody Sanford has a tattoo of the verse from Philippians 4:13 tattooed on his forearm.
“I got my first tattoo my sophomore year and it says, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ That’s so true. I’m blessed,” Sanford said.
For senior Brenna Killian, her tattoo of a banjo up her left leg expresses her love of nature and music.
“I am very involved with music and I go to concerts a lot, and my two favorite bands, The Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons, both play the banjo. So I got that tattoo to represent my love for music, and the birds around it are very nature-like and fits my personality,” Killian said.
Senior Abby Bischof’s tattoo of mountains on the side of her ribs came from a moment of spontaneity while viewing Asheville’s beauty.
“I was sitting in the hot tub, and I was like, ‘What am I going to do today,’ and I was looking around, and we were right in the middle of the mountains. The reason why I wanted to get a tattoo of mountains is because as soon as I moved here. The mountains were changing for me and it was a good change,” Bischof said.
Sarah* has a tattoo that reads “pura vida” on her ribcage. She got the artwork done without her parent’s knowledge.
“My parents are really religious and they feel like tattoos are marking your body. They think it’s against Christianity because your body is a temple and you’re not supposed to mark it. But I feel like it’s my body; I wanted to do it and I was eighteen years old. I’ll tell them one day, but not now,” she said.
Spanish teacher Jamie Shell has multiple tattoos to symbolize personal integrity. One of her tattoos is the sign language symbol for water.
“That’s from Helen Keller learning language for the first time. As a language teacher, that is a really special moment when people put things together for the first time,” said Shell.
For many, like English teacher Tristen Plemmons, a tattoo can also be used as a symbol of remembrance or dedication to someone. She has a tattoo of her sons’ names and the word “life” on her foot.
“It says ‘Life, Hunter, Cody.’ I gave them their life, and they give me mine, so I have them permanently with me everywhere I go,” Plemmons said.
*Editor’s Note: This name has been changed to protect the identity of the source.