Inside the Tattoo: Students and Their Unique Ink

A Q&A with students who have or want tattoos.

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photo by Daniel Zilligen

Aahana Nandy ‘23 shows off her tattoo on the outside of her thigh. The tattoo says “inner peace” in the language Bengali, and the rest of her family has the same tattoo in different places. “All of us are a little chaotic so it means that even though we’re all chaotic and sometimes argue we still have inner peace within ourselves. It is meaningful because it is with my family and I wouldn’t want my first tattoo to be for anything else,” Nandy said.

by Daniel Zilligen, Reporter

Imagine picking out your first tattoo. You pick something that has meaning to you or your family. Maybe it’s a symbol, a word, or a picture. 

Walking around the hallway, you may notice a student with a tattoo. It might seem surprising because it’s not very common to have tattoos as a high school student. In a poll conducted by @rcrockmedia, 11% of 137 students said they already have a tattoo. 66% said they don’t have one yet, but plan to get one in the future. 23% of students said that they will never get a tattoo.

 

Aahana Nandy ‘23:

Q: Do you just have one tattoo?

A: Yeah, I have a tattoo on the right side of my thigh, and it says, “Inner Peace” in the language my parents speak, Bengali. We all have it in different spots.

Q: So it obviously has meaning, do you think all tattoos have meaning?

A: I don’t think you necessarily have to have meaning in your tattoos. I think that if you like the look of it, that’s fine too. Personally, though, as of right now I only want to get meaningful tattoos in case I regret it later on, and so something with my family is obviously very meaningful.

Q: How long have you had it?

A: I got this in July, so I’ve only had it for a few months now. I plan on getting more in the future.

 

Preston Hurd ‘23:

Q: Do you have a tattoo?

A: Yeah, just one.

Q: How long have you had it?

A: Not super long, around six or seven months.

Q: Does it have meaning to you?

A: Not really, it’s a car because I really like cars.

Q: Do you think tattoos should have meaning to the person?

A: Sometimes. It depends on what it is, I guess.

Q: Where is it on you?

A: It’s on the right side of my chest.

Q: How big is it?

A: Not too big, like four inches by four inches.

 

Armaan Bhosale ‘23: 

Q: Do you have a tattoo?

A: No.

Q: Do you see yourself getting tattoos at some point in your life?

A: I definitely do.

Q: How soon do you want, or think you will get one?

A: I’m not totally sure, I would want one sooner but I’m really not sure.

Q: Do you think tattoos should have meaning to the person?

A: Not really, I think that if someone gets a lot of tattoos they should have a few that mean something to them, but not all of them.

Q: Why do you think that?

A: Tattoos are art, but some of the most famous paintings have no meaning.

Q: What do you think about students at Rock Canyon that have tattoos?

A: Not much really, they’re no different from other students or anything.

Q: Do you think they might be too young to have tattoos?

A: No, I mean they can legally get one at 16 in Colorado, and even if I did it doesn’t matter because it’s their choice.