Gambier Ink: Tattoos Around Campus XV

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Meredith Rupp ’19

“I got this tat when I was 18 and I had just graduated high school. My mom got the same one in the same place. The phases of the moon represent how she, I–we’re–both moving into different phases of our lives (ew) but how we always are under the same moon!”

 

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Devon Chodzin ’19

“This is Le Fabulo, who is a character in one of the stories from the French cartoon Princes et Princesses. I saw it when I was 15 and the story resonated with me. I don’t really remember it, but it made 15-year-old me feel good, and that was a pivotal time in my life, so the image stuck with me. In Berlin, someone else on my abroad got a tattoo at a walk in parlor in Kreuzberg, so I decided that, at last, I ought to do it. It was decently affordable and a lot of fun!”

 

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Hudson Farr ’19

“I have a long and storied history of intensely disliking myself, and my skin always bore the brunt of that. It doesn’t bother me that i’ll have scars and burn marks and junk forever, but i feel some obligation now to do something productive—rather than destructive—to my body. for me, tattoos symbolize that reparative choice.”

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