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Written in Ink: Teachers Share Tattoo Stories

Spanish teacher Angela  McCorkle has a tattoo of a treble clef with stars.

Samantha Knowles

Spanish teacher Angela McCorkle has a tattoo of a treble clef with stars.

Samantha Knowles and Jill Bultemeier

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Self-expression. Looking cool. Teenage rebellion. There are a lot of reasons people choose to get tattoos, and for the few teachers who have them, the tattoos either have a really deep meaning or none at all.

“With the tattoo on my wrist, the stars represent the past, future, and present,” Spanish teacher Angela McCorkle said. “The treble clef is just because I’m a band geek.”

It’s great to have a deep meaning and emotional connection before you get a get a tattoo, but sometimes all you need is an appreciation for the art itself, and maybe even a rebellious spark.

“I have some flowers on one toe, a big flower on another toe, and I have a flower on my ankle,” Mrs. McCorkle said. “I got my first one when I was a senior in high school. I was just barely 18, and I wanted to see if my parents would notice, and they didn’t, for about a year.”

Like Mrs. McCorkle, English teacher JoDee Lott got a tattoo at a young age. However, Mrs. Lott wasn’t just trying to see if her parents would notice: she did it because they told her she couldn’t.

“Well, the first tattoo I got was to make my mom mad,” Mrs. Lott said. “I was 16, and I’d always wanted one. I knew I was gonna get it, I just sped up the process when she told me I couldn’t.”

Though her first tattoo was impulsively done, the second was better thought out and definitely holds more meaning.      

“The second one I got was my daughter’s initials,” Mrs. Lott said. “I don’t regret it though, because nobody sees it. I have a dolphin on my foot, too.”

Just because a tattoo has no meaning behind it doesn’t mean it has to end in regret during your later years. Sometimes a meaningless tattoo gotten with a friend can wind up with sentimental value instead of initial meaning.

“My tattoo is a heart with flames around it, and it has no meaning whatsoever,” Leadership teacher  Tiffany Beck said. “When I was 19, one of my best friends and I were really bored, so we went and got matching tattoos.”

Mrs. Lott, on the other hand, couldn’t persuade her friend to get one with her no matter how hard she tried.

“I’ve tried to talk her [Mrs. Edmonds] into it a few times,” Mrs. Lott said. “And I’m not through with her yet.”

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