School: Northern Arizona University
Area of Study: Philosophy
Tattoo and Location: Celtic tree of life adaptation on my inner left wrist
Artist: Kevin at Holepunch in Flagstaff, AZ
The Story: A few years ago, I suffered a traumatic head injury that had a large impact on my life. For some reason, I kept the hospital bracelet on my wrist for years after. I felt that it was a daily reminder as to how lucky I was to be alive but it had a very negative feeling associated with it. I decided to replace the tattered piece of plastic with something a little more permanent, beautiful, and meaningful. I altered the tattoo a bit so that was a little more personal and symbolic. This was my first tattoo and a very cathartic experience. Even a few years later, I still look at it everyday and am constantly reminded at how lucky I truly was.