Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos.
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“One of the songs on the album is called ‘Shuffle,’ and it talks about the idea of just giving yourself up to something without worrying about other people’s concerns,” Vela said. “I really got so much out of that.”
Vela said, for him, coming out is like celebrating a second birthday because it involved revealing his true self to others for the first time.
“A lot of people like to get equal signs for their coming out tattoo,” Vela said. “But I wanted something to show off my colorful personality.”
“I’ve always been a role model,” Hassan said. “People have always looked to me as an example and a source of strength.”
The dragon and lion’s astrological significance also played a part in Hassan’s decision — he’s a Leo and was born in 1988, the year of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac.
“[My grandfather] passed away before I knew him,”Garcia said. “So [the tattoo] is here to remind me that he remains my anchor. There are also five links on the anchor to symbolize the five family members who are always with me.”
Garcia said she sees her mother as the closest living vessel to her grandfather because the two were so close.
“I look to her so I can understand the way she saw him,” Garcia said.
“We wanted a reminder of where we’re from,” Moore said. “Before the hurricanes hit, and we moved, we were on the beach all the time, and it was a part of who we were.”
Moore said she and her mother intend to move back one day, and the seahorses are a symbol of that desire. “It just kind of shows that home is where the heart is.”