It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that tattoos are leaving their mark on university students. It’s hard to walk through the Arts Tunnel or around the Bowl without spying a tattoo peeking out from under a rolled-up sleeve or collar. The tattoos found on the U of S campus are as diverse as the students who sport them. When it comes to picking the design, the verdict is out. While some say carefully choosing the right tattoo is a must, others recommend just going for it; regret nothing.
Tattoo: A cassette tape.
“My dog just died. When I was younger, I would record cassette tapes when I was feeling really emotional and put all the sad songs on it. It’s a commemorative tattoo for my dog.”
Tattoo: A gypsy sugar skull.
“I lived abroad and travelled a lot, so I feel like a gypsy.”
Advice: “Make sure you like it, be sure of placement, research who you’re going to. It’s one thing to get a tattoo you’re unsure of, but another thing to have it done really shitty.”
Tattoo: The symbols of the band members of Led Zeppelin.
“Led Zeppelin is my favourite band, the symbols were something easy I could get as a walk-in.”
Tattoo: Mountain tops.
“I’ve always really enjoyed traveling. The mountains are my favorite place in Canada.”
Tattoo: The Japanese symbol for love.
“To symbolize the relationship between my brother and I.”
Tattoo: A bible verse.
“It’s my favourite verse. I like what it said. The words are very beautiful.”
Tattoo: A watercolour tattoo of a Suchomimus skull.
“I wanted something that reflects my interest in paleontology. If I had to be a dinosaur, that’s the one I would be. “
Advice: “The hardest part about getting a tattoo is deciding to get one.”
Tattoo: A hand symbol for “okay.”
“I just chose the tattoo on a whim! Stephanie found an Instagram account that had a cute “okay” sign hand so I thought it would be a fun one to get.”
Advice: “For people getting their first tattoo, I would personally say that you should just get whatever feels right for you. You change, and tattoos can have as much or as little meaning as you want.”
Tattoo: A Sparrow drawing from the Calvin and Hobbes cartoons.
“It was my 18th birthday, so naturally I wanted a tattoo. The comic had an impact on my life at the time. I read it when I was 15 or so.”
Tattoo: A meaningful piece of script.
“My sister and I both have a part of the script. She has the beginning; I have the end.”
Tattoo: Elk rack.
“It’s for my mom. We used to go hunting a lot when I was younger. It’s to honour that special time between us.”
Tattoo: A giraffe smoking.
“It’s a play on our logo that me and my friend have; our company is Elite Ninja Squad.”