Whether Waukee High School students notice or not, many tattooed students roam the halls. Wherever these tattoos exist on their bodies, teens take pride in them. According to a Harris poll, tattoos are becoming less taboo as time goes on, with 47% of people ages 18 to 35 having one. Many parents are more accepting as well, giving consent for their sons and daughters to permanently mark their skin.
First Tattoo date: November 1st, 2016
Explanation of tattoo: It’s the birthdate of my dad and brother in typewriter font.
Does your family approve?: Oh yeah, but some people in my family are kind of indifferent to it. [But] everyone is generally okay with it.
Have you always wanted a tattoo?: Yes, since I was about 8 or 9, I’ve wanted tattoos. I just didn’t know what of.
Will you ever regret it?: No, it’s a tattoo with meaning.
What does it mean to you?: It’s in memory of them, because they have both passed away.
First tattoo: During Winter Break
What are your tattoos?: Three parallel lines, and my mom’s birthdate.
Have you always wanted tattoos?: I haven’t always wanted one, [but] it was more of a recent thing.
Do your parents approve?: Yes, my mom approves.
Will you ever regret it?: No, because they have meaning and purposfe to them, and not something stupid.
What’s the meaning of the three lines?: My brothers Mason, and Michael, and me are the three lines. Parallel lines are always next to each other, meaning we will be together through thick and thin.
First tattoo: July 7th 2016, [my dad’s birthday].
What is your Tattoo?: My mother’s name.
Do your parents approve?: Yes
What made you want to get a tattoo?: To show the love I have for my mother, Kia.
Will you ever regret it?: No, I will never regret getting my mom’s name on my body.
First tattoo date: September 12th, 2016
Do your parents approve: Yes, they do.
Will you ever regret them: No, I love them.
What are they: The tattoo on my left arm is the galaxy, and then a faith Chinese symbol on my right arm.