Herald Photos / Jenn Goad
BODY ART  — Ruff shows oaff the work she has put on her body up to this point. She has tattoos on various parts of her body.
Herald Photos / Jenn Goad BODY ART — Ruff shows oaff the work she has put on her body up to this point. She has tattoos on various parts of her body.
Tattoos: something most people want the minute they turn 18, like me. I got my first tattoo the day of my 18th birthday with the phrase “Everything happens for a reason” across my collarbone. Little did I know it wouldn’t be my last.

I’m sure we’ve all heard, “Your first tattoo won’t be your last. They’re addicting.” I always thought, “How could something that’s painful be addicting?” Yet, after my first tattoo healed, I found myself itching for that needle to make that permanent mark on me once again.

My mother, Shannon Fleck, perfectly described our shared sentiments when she said to me, “Tattoos are a way to make your memories stay with you forever, a way to make permanent your favorite flowers, quotes, faces, or anything to be with you. Body art is beautiful.”

While there are many great tattoo shops, the one I admire the most is the Bohemian Tattoo Club, located on Main Street in downtown Kokomo. The tattooists at Bohemian are very popular, and many covet their artwork and talents. Each artist at the shop has his or her own unique skill. While a long wait to get inked is likely for anyone who makes an appointment, in my opinion, it’s worth it. 

Regardless if someone is for or against tattoos, everyone admires tattoo artists. Creating their own artwork takes a special kind of talent, let alone learning how to correctly tattoo someone. 

It seems that there are two types of people when it comes to tattoos: one being all for it, the other not understanding how anyone could want tattoos. 

Oftentimes, people who are against the ideas of tattoos will say, “Those will look completely different when you’re older,” or, “Doesn’t that cost a lot of money over time?” While both of those are true, it’s just something each person has to decide whether it is worth it.

People often see my tattoos and ask how painful they were. Like many things, the pain only lasts for a day or two, just like breaking in your new favorite pair of shoes or getting a new piercing. I simply smile and reply with, “It is just pain. It passes very quickly.” 

I now have 10 tattoos,  with more coming in the future, I’m sure. They are located on my chest, arms, finger, leg, foot, and behind my ear. Like many people with tattoos, each tattoo of mine has a specific meaning and is important to me.