Gambier Ink: Tattoos Around Campus, Part XIV

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Isabel Landers ’18:

“εὐδαιμονία (english transliteration: eudaemonia) literally translates to ‘well spirited,’ but the meaning is more like ‘human flourishing.’ I got it because I read about the concept in a book about creative living, and about this concept, which was basically that creative/intellectual people in ancient Greece were believed to have these spirits, which were called daemons or geniuses (where we get the english word), that gave them their ideas, and when they were on a creative streak, they were said to have their genius. This phrase has shifted over time, but the idea that your ideas are coming from something else (a spirit, the universe, etc.) takes a lot of pressure off of me as a creative person, which is important since a fairly significant portion of my anxiety comes from my ability to be a creative person…

“As for the triangles, i came up with the idea after the orlando shooting this June. I wanted something that would remind me to keep moving forward and be confident with my identity (which is something i struggle with sometimes) but to also remember my history and remember that so many queer people have come before me and made it possible for me to be out openly and hold my girlfriend’s hand in public and not fear public reaction. The colors are from the original pride flag (the current flag omits the pink and the light blue) as a nod to the history, and depending on the way you look at it, the triangles point forward or backward.”

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Maggie Doyle ’18:

“My entire life I’ve never really been good at hiding emotion, and I reached a point where I realized that wasn’t actually a weakness but one of my strengths. It’s a trait I inherited from my mother and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thus, we [my mother and I] both got our hearts tattooed on our sleeves together. Her’s is empty because mine fills her’s, and mine is bigger because….I got it first.”

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Annie Devine ’18:

“This is a thistle, which is the national emblem of Scotland. I got it while I was studying abroad there last semester. The people, the culture, and the incredible beauty of the place made me feel so at home, and I knew I wanted to commemorate that period in my life with a tattoo. I liked the idea of doing a thistle because, first of all, it’s technically a weed and I adore the idea of a national emblem being a weed, as it says a lot about the spirit of that country. And I love that it’s a lovely flower, but at the same time is tough and spiny. I’m really invested in the idea that strength and beauty don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

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Sam Roschewsk ’18:

“My tattoo is based on the cartoon Steven Universe. I got it this past August. Steven Universe is really important to me because it’s a children’s cartoon with really healthy queer representations and the show itself explores how people can show their love for one another. The hands and the quote represent the character Garnet who is (spoiler alert) a fusion of two gems, Ruby and Sapphire, who are women. They face a lot of adversity in their relationship as a fusion because it’s not heard of for two gems of a different kind to fuse together and stayed fused. Their strength in the face of  adversity in the show draws a parallel to the adversity queer people face in everyday life. The quote ‘I am made of love’ surrounded by symbols of this show remind me that I am strong and my love for others as a queer woman matters.”

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