Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

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Editor's note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos.

Annie Ratner

Business sophomore Annie Ratner’s parents raised her on the Beatles, always introducing her to new songs from the British rock band. When she was about 8 years old, she first heard “Here Comes the Sun” and developed an immediate connection to it.

“We were on a family trip driving through Yellowstone National Park, and the song came on the radio for the first time,” Ratner said. “It’s just so pretty and so calming. Whenever I hear it now it reminds me of a peaceful time.”

But for Ratner, the lyrics have a deeper meaning. After going through hard times, they serve as a reminder of her childhood and the person who always stands by her.

“I got it with my mom, and hers says, ‘It’s alright,’” Ratner said. “It’s a little nod to rough times I’ve been through, and my mom helped me through that.”

While battling mental illness, Ratner isolated herself from the world, but her mother helped her shine once more.

“It’s kind of impossible to describe our relationship,” Ratner said. “It just feels amazing to have your mom there as your rock.”

Kaysie Logan

History sophomore Kaysie Logan believes her ex-boyfriend introduced color to her life, opening her eyes to food and movies she’d never even tried before. Her “Spirited Away” tattoo, while definitely motivated by a love of the film, also reminds her of this moment in time.

“I’d never watched anime before, and he showed me anime and all of these movies,” Logan said. “This is from ‘Spirited Away’ by Hayao Miyazaki, and his name is No-Face.”

Even though they’ve gone their separate ways, Logan said she has no regrets. 

“It signified this time in my life where a really important person showed me a lot of color in the world,” she said. “It’s more color, beauty, flavor; everything seems so much more vibrant.”

Brant Hudgins

Not everything is as bad as it may seem, and advertising sophomore Brant Hudgins relies on this adage daily. His tattoo of The Primrose Triangle, an optical illusion, represents the better days ahead to him. 

“Even though I might not be able to see a happier time, it is out there ahead of me,” Hudgins said. “It’s my reminder that I’m always being watched over.”

One of Hudgins’ closest friends had a difficult experience with drugs, and he said it was one of the hardest times in his life. The tattoo reminds him of what he’s overcome.

When Hudgins’ parents found out about the tattoo, they kicked him out of his home for a week and his mother refused to talk to him. Despite all this hardship, Hudgins still has no regrets about his decision.

“I love it. I think it’s representative of who I am,” Hudgins said. “As soon as I can, I want to get a sleeve on my entire arm.”