Not all tattoos have to be something big and always on display. More often than not, people get tattoos that are hidden and not always seen by others. First-year student Sophia Fischer has one tattoo.
“I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday in September,” Fischer said. “I wanted to get a tattoo because I had been thinking about it for a long time and I always believed that the meaning of your tattoo is always with you, whether or not [you] forget about it or got in a place that isn’t always visible.”
Flowers are seen as symbolic and each type has a different meaning behind it. Often times, people who get tattoos of flowers get them either because it holds a special meaning to them, they like the symbolism behind that particular flower or simply because they like the design of it.
“I got a lotus flower on my ribs. The lotus flower grows in muddy dirty water and really just means to overcome and stay above anything that you’re going through,” Fischer said.
Given that Fischer got her tattoo on her ribs, many people would expect for this to be a rather painful and tedious experience. Rib tattoos are generally considered one of the more painful areas, due to being so close to the bone. However, this didn’t seem to be the case for Fischer.
“The tattoo process was pretty easy and quick! The place that I went to made it super easy,” Fischer said.
While some people may have many tattoo plans and want to rock full sleeves in the future, other people are happy only getting one. Either decision is okay and it just depends on what the individual wants. Fischer currently has no future tattoo plans and is happy with just her lotus tattoo.