Weston Ranch Ink: Teens and Tattoos

Family, Loss Trumps Laws Against Teen Tattoos

Caitlyn Nguyen and Inesja Lomax, Feature Reporter

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They did it to mark transitions: deaths and births.

They wanted inspiration.

They are meant to be notations scripted in permanent ink to live forever.

They are tattoos.

Originally invented to treat pain, according to a May 2017 issue of Time magazine, we found that at Weston Ranch tattoos can still act as a remedy to help heal the minds and spirits of those who wear them.

Way back in the 18th century, Time’s recent chronology of tattoos stated that women would bear the tattoo artist’s needle to treat toothaches and arthritis.

In our time, if a person is under age 18, they cannot legally receive a tattoo in California.

Legally, a teen could leave the Golden State and go to the Grand Canyon State of Arizona where you can be tattooed at age 16. One also could head to Las Vegas where you can receive a tat if you’re underage, have photo ID and have a guardian present. In this case, what happens in Vegas would come home with you.

When it comes to the tattoos we’ve seen on campus, we didn’t ask where they came from but rather why the student wanted to turn their skin to canvas.

 

For Family

Yamonte Morris has a tattoo to remember.

In July, after complaining about chest pain, the senior’s younger sister, Yunique suddenly died. The shock of the death of this student athlete – both a cheerleader and basketball player – has prompted family and friends at school to keep her name and memory alive throughout this year. For Yamonte, it was the reason he decided to get a tattoo.

Morris has the words, “Nique World” tattooed on his skin in memory of his sister.

When Senior Cori Floyd, a Varsity football running back, holds the football, one might get a glance of the ink on his forearm. Floyd’s tattoo reads “Banie.” It is the name of his mom, who passed away when he was very young.

Charles Jemison, a senior, has a tattoo of the names of both his mom Maria and daughter Naliyah tattooed on his arm. Jemison said got his daughter’s name tattooed because that is his first child and his mom’s name, just because she’s family.

 

For Inspiration Someone always has her back.

Freshman Shamia Watts, 15, has a tattoo that might be difficult to see.

There, on her back, is the image of an arrow with the word “Warrior” written above the weapon. Watts said the tattoo was inked by her uncle.

 

Forever?

Dezmin Ware, 16, has a tattoo of the word “Jahmal.”

Antione “AJ” Rozas, 17, has his last name tattooed on his arm.

Some students told The Prowl that their tattoos were done “just for fun.”

But what happens in 10 or 15 years when the fun ends for students, but the tattoo remains.

Two growing options for those with unwelcomed tattoos acquired when they were young are tattoo coverups and tattoo removals sessions.

According to a May 2016 posting from Cosmopolitian.com, tattoo ink isn’t permanent and can be removed by laser.  

Lorena Öberg, a skin repair expert and Founder of Lorena Öberg Skincare, told Cosmo that, “Laser tattoo removal hurts. It feels like an oil splatter on your skin without the nagging pain after.”

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