Welcome to the 18th edition of ‘Gambier Ink!’ I decided to bring this feature into 2020 with a bit of a flare. I asked a few first-years about their tattoos and their possible significance. Completely by accident, I actually made a great argument for why 18 year olds should not have the ability to put permanent ink on their bodies. **Content warning: 3 out of the 4 of these tattoos are feet tats (completely accidental, I swear)… Forgive the borderline pornographic and obscene images I have attached.
Teddy Hannah-Drullard ’20
“My goal is to one day be covered in tattoos I’ve designed; right now I’m at two. This tattoo is the most recent—I designed it and got it done over Spring Break my sophomore year (I have no clue where the final drawing went, but I managed to find one of the preliminary sketches on my art account on Instagram). (That’s a plug.) Continue reading
Henry Williams ’19:
“I work at a summer camp called Hidden Hollow near Mansfield. I started going there when I was thirteen, and I was having a really fun week. But at the end of the week, there’s a dance. This was the fifth week of the camping season, so the last week. At this particular dance, what I didn’t know, is that everyone starts crying, literally everyone. Naturally I too started crying, and I didn’t understand why. But nonetheless, I was crying, and it was a weird, cleansing kind of crying. So at the end, I felt compelled to go to the program director of the summer camp, and I asked him, ‘Mr. Casy, why am I crying?’ which, in retrospect, is a really dumb question, but I still asked him. And he told me that crying is just the soul asking for water.Over the course of the next two years as a camper and being a counselor for four years now has grown to mean quite a bit to me. So on my third year on staff, Mr. Casy came back to DJ the dance. So after we put all of our kids to bed, I went up to him and asked him if he could explain this thing he said to me.
Isabel Landers ’18
I got a rose because Rose is my middle name, and I really like the flower. One of my brothers and my sister thought it was fake when I showed them, I guess because of the watercolor. My other brother found out I got a tattoo from my dad so he didn’t have any trouble believing me, although he did kind of rib me for not telling him in the first place.
“It’s my first tattoo (but definitely not my last), and I wanted to get something small but visible that meant a lot to me. I got it about a month ago, but I had been planning on getting this one for over a year. The four triangles, in order, represent earth, fire, water, and air. I really love the idea of beauty and peace in balance, and nature has always been a big part of who I am. Being able to look down at my wrist and see the triangles is a pleasant reminder about the importance of maintaining balance, but also that there is this big, beautiful, natural world out there. And I’d be lying if I said it didn’t sometimes make me think about Avatar: The Last Airbender, but that’s not the intended purpose of it. Just a welcome bonus.”
-Annie Devine, ’18
I worked at a Quaker camp this summer and my co-worker sketched my tattoo for me. It’s a bay leaf, which is a seasoning spice. In Quaker tradition, the values are outlined by the acronym SPICES: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship. It serves as a reminder for simplicity and also for a place and a community that mean so much to me. -Meredith Awalt ’19