It’s the last Tuesday of the school year, so it’s time for one last Tattoo Tuesdays before the summer begins!
This week, I got to interview senior Janae Palmer about her three stunning tattoos and what they mean to her.
Jen Morgan: How many tattoos do you have?
Janae Palmer: Three – my left foot, my left hip and my ribs.
JM: Where did you get your tattoos and who is your artist?
JP: For my first tattoo, I went to Ryan at Damascus Tattoo Company in Maryland. For the second, I went to Brandon at 717 Tattoo Company in Mechanicsburg. My third artist was Dust Deimler, also at 717 Tattoo Company in Mechanicsburg.
JM: Which tattoo hurt the most?
JP: My ribs – definitely ribs.
JM: What is the most common question you get asked about your tattoos?
JP: “Did it hurt?”
JM: What is the most common misconception about people with tattoos?
JP: That the tattoo is meaningless. They don’t understand the meaning behind it and the placement. They look at it and don’t see a story – they only see ink – but there’s so much more meaning.
JM: Which tattoo means the most to you?
JP: I think the feather tattoo on my hip. It was during a huge transition point in my life, and it demonstrates that.
JM: What are your plans for your next tattoo?
JP: I’m getting “Unashamed” with a cross on my wrist. I’m unashamed of who I am in Christ, and how He has redeemed me.
JM: Do you have a tattoo playlist? How do you handle the pain?
JP: No, I don’t listen to the music. During a tattoo, I have the same mindset I have when I work out – I focus on my breathing, on what’s in the room, and I remind myself that it’s temporary.
JM: Do you go alone or with friends to your appointments?
JP: I prefer to go alone. The first time I went, I went with three other girls, and they were more nervous than me! The second time, I just went myself – and it was awesome. For the third, I took my sister. I think either being alone or just with one person is my preference.
JM: What advice would you give to someone considering getting a tattoo?
JP: Know that the experience is meaningful and that the tattoo will make a difference in your life. They have so much meaning, and they influence your daily life and how you live. I know my tattoos have done that for me.
JM: What is one thing you wish everyone knew about tattoos?
JP: They are a part of the person; they’re not separate from the person, like an earring or a necklace is. They’re physically part of the skin. It’s just like another body part, like a toe, instead of a decoration.
Thanks for checking out my Tattoo Tuesdays posts this semester! Even though this is the last edition, feel free to tweet me @JenMorgan94 with any of your tattoo questions.
Jen Morgan, Column Writer
Jen is a senior journalism major from Boston. She loves makeup, puppies, cookies, tattoos and magazines, and will never turn down a trip to Sephora or Starbucks.
very interesting info ! .
I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I found this in my search for something regarding this.
Yes, Romans 1.16 “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ” is a wonderful verse; and Janae’s next tattoo sounds like it will be particularly meaningful and expressive of her confidence as a Christian woman.