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Whenever I ask people about their tattoos, I have no idea what can of worms I’ll be opening. The ink never comes without a narrative, one that is likely as unique as the creative product itself. Be it motivated by impulse or inspiration, each tattoo is representative of collaborative creativity: the artist, the muse, and the customer.
To conclude Profile Week, I decided to interview some of our fellow inked Rams and ask what the story is behind their tattoo. I myself may not have one, but just in case I ever drunkenly stumble into Tuff City, I know I for sure will now show up prepared with an arsenal of inspirational ideas.
What’s the story behind your tattoo?
*Each photo below is courtesy of the respective tattoo-bearing Fordham student.
Jaime Terrazzino (’19)
“The first tattoo I have sits on my left ribcage and is a thin outline of a mountain ridge with the words ‘from this place’ written beneath. The story behind this tattoo revolves around my favorite place in the entire world, Camp Winni (the camp is on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, hence the name). I have attended this camp for the past 11 years of my life so it’s easy to say that I would consider it my happy place. The camp is all ages – ranging from newborns to 90-year-olds who have been attending with their families for as long as they can remember. It’s essentially a group of roughly 300 people who all love each other like family and get to hang out for 7 days a year. At this camp there is a rock with the words ‘from this place go build a better world’ carved into it. One year a songwriting class was taught at camp and the final result of it was a song titled ‘From This Place’ that my mother happened to help write, and is now sung as a part of the final ceremony on the last night of camp every year. The entire group stands in a circle underneath the stars holding candles and it’s pretty stunning. The mountains that I have above the words can be seen from the beach directly across the lake, and I think almost everyone at that camp would agree with me by saying that the sight of those mountains is one of the most comforting views in the entire world. The tattoo is a hand drawn design by myself and four other friends (who also got the tattoo), and the font used is actually the handwriting of one of them. As a side note, since we got this tattoo two other people from camp have also gotten it as well using the same design which is pretty awesome and one of them was an old lady so she’s a badass. The second tattoo I have is much simpler, it is my sister’s birthday written in roman numerals on the outside of my right forearm. She has my birthday written on her arm as well – I think this tattoo pretty much speaks for itself.”
Anthony Tantillo (’17)
“I got my tattoo done at Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn, and it was my third tattoo. It’s modeled after a big blue bear statue in Denver, CO, right outside the convention center, called ‘I See What You Mean.’ I went to the convention center for a physics conference my sophomore year, and that experience really reaffirmed and solidified the direction in which my life was headed, so I knew that trip would stick with me forever. I got the bear tattoo because it was the most light-hearted yet artistically meaningful way to depict the feelings I had there. The name makes me think of understanding and curiosity, and the location always brings me back to the day I realized that I want my life to include research, intellectual curiosity, and open-mindedness in all my dealings.”
Elise Reichard (’18)
“I have a fried egg in a skillet tattooed on my ankle and surprisingly I got it sober (but it is a stick and poke so that’s more justifiable in my eyes). It all started a year ago when, walking home from the bars, I was told that ‘I looked like a fucking egg’ by a rogue drunk man screaming out of a window in the Bronx. From then on, the name Elise became associated with ‘fucking eggs,’ or ‘Elise Omletté Reichard,’ or my personal fav, ‘Eggreezy.’ I decided to reclaim the insult and forever brand myself as an egg. I’ve reached the point where I can confidently thank my hater for inspiring me to dedicate my life to eggs.”
Maeve Mudie (’18)
“My friend asked me randomly one night if I wanted to go get tattoos with her. I was debating what I wanted to get/if I should get a tattoo at all the whole train ride into the city. Once she got hers, I was like, ‘Fuck it why not.’ Whenever my life is in shambles or I don’t give a fuck about something stupid I did, I always say the word ‘Meep.’ I was originally going to get it on my lip, but the tattoo artist said it was too dangerous, so my foot had to suffice. Safe to say my mom wasn’t too happy.”
“I have two tattoos on either side of my rib cage. One is a Leo symbol because I’m a Leo and I resonate with the qualities a Leo supposedly has. The other tattoo is a sun and moon just because I like the way it looks. I plan on getting tattoos down the side with the Leo symbol of things that I feel are representative of me or things I care about, but I haven’t really figured that part out yet.”
Trey Clough (’18)
“Okay so for the ‘Stay Gold’ one. I was 16 when I got it. It is obviously a reference to The Outsiders when Johnny tells Ponyboy to ‘Stay Gold.’ I was a weird and crazy teenager and thought that a lot of people grew up into boring adults so I wanted to get ‘Stay Gold’ as a reminder to stay true to myself. I also got it as a partial memoriam tattoo for my friend who died when we were 16.
The anchor tattoo is often seen as cliché, but I don’t really mind. My mom used to be terrified of tattoos and hated them but I got her to get a matching anchor tattoo with me. We have always lived at the beach and had boats and stuff so the anchor represents that but it also just represents our family. We tried to get my dad and sister to get one too but they didn’t want to.”
Kim Stevens (’17)
“My first was a tiny star behind my right ear. I got it the week I turned 18 in Traverse City Michigan when I was at boarding school in memory of a childhood friend. My second was an impulse. I got it in Chinatown in 2014 – it’s a really big compass with crossbones going through it for my favorite musician Frank Turner. He has a lyric that talks about an ‘antique compass for a sailor’s escape’ and his logo has crossbones, so I combined the two. That one really hurt. And last Halloween I got a large patch of dot-work geometric mermaid scales on my side-hip/ass region. They’re all on the same side of my body because I figure that might be easier to cover for acting stuff.”
Rachel Hanon (’17)
“My tattoo is of original artwork from The Little Prince books. It’s one of the stars from the books. It’s on my inner left arm by my elbow and it’s about the size of a quarter. I got it because it is my (and my dad’s) favorite book. It’s just heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. If you haven’t read it, I HIGHLY suggest it. It was also the first book I ever got. My dad jokes and calls it my ‘birth book.’ It’s one of those kid books that definitely isn’t for kids.”
Carolyn Chadwick (’16)
“My tattoo is a rabbit! You may have seen it; it’s on my back and is pretty minimalist and it relies on negative space. I got it at Tuff City during my sophomore year of college. I got it for three reasons: one is that I saw the image and it spoke to me I simply had to have it on my body, the second is because of a very influential band in my life called Frightened Rabbit, and third, I’ve only had one real nickname stick with me, and it was given to me by my friend Paul. He calls me thumper.”
Jessica Giugliano (’18)
“I got this tattoo [The Serenity Prayer] for a multitude of reasons, but my main motivation was my mother. Although my mom hates tattoos, it was my own way of showing her how much I support her in everything that she’s been through in the past couple years. Growing up I watched my mom go through some terrible things and my tattoo ultimately is a representation of all that time. She has been my best friend and my role model since I was a child and watching her go through sickness and immeasurable pain was something that has influenced me as a person. Even today she still shapes the way that I choose to live my life and I am eternally grateful. The serenity prayer is important to me because it was my own way of rationalizing with myself that everything was always going to be okay and that no matter what happens I must find the strength to ‘accept the things I can not change.’ As well as my mom, this tattoo is just a symbol for me in everyday life that no matter what is thrown at me, I must be able to build up the strength to accept the challenge.”
Alexis Quattrini (’17)
“My dad, Frank Quattrini, picked up his life in Connecticut and drove across the country by himself to become one of the best casino games dealers in Las Vegas in the 70’s. He got the ‘Q’ tattooed on his chest because it was his nickname in Vegas, and also because of the amount of pride and attachment he felt to who he was. Unfortunately, my dad’s addictive behaviors as a young adult in Las Vegas in the 70’s took a toll on him in later adulthood, and he passed away in 2014- my freshman year of college. My tattoo is not only a testament to the most meaningful relationship I ever had in my life, but also to the utter strength my dad displayed and instilled in me everyday. Since I don’t have any brothers or uncles to carry on my family name, having the same tattoo as my dad is my personal way of keeping my last name with me always, regardless of marriage. Every time I see my ‘Q’ I am constantly reminded of the undeniable strength, pride, and love instilled in me by my favorite person always and forever, my dad.”