Tattoo Tuesday: A chat with a wildflower

Tattoo Tuesday: A chat with a wildflower

Kelli modeling her new tattoo (Photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

Kelli modeling her new tattoo. (Photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

Kelli Mixon always had a heart for tattoos. To her, tattoos are more than just body art; they are decorative pictures or words that capture and display to the world a moment, a memory or a dream in someone’s life. Makeup and clothes may express our personalities, but tattoos reflect our thoughts and dreams and tell stories of our past, present and future.

When Mixon’s beloved grandfather passed away last year, she knew getting a tattoo in his honor was exactly what she needed to do so that he would be well remembered. Mixon’s grandfather was in the navy and was just as fascinated by tattoos as his granddaughter, though his wife would never allow him to get one because she did not believe in them. Mixon became a legacy of her grandfather the moment she arrived at Holy City Tattoo Collective and sat down with a tattoo artist named Dennis.

"weeds are just misunderstood wildflowers" (photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

“Weeds are just misunderstood wildflowers” (photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

Of all the tattoo designs that could possibly commemorate Mixon’s grandfather, she knew that the most special and personal symbol was a wildflower. Mixon revealed the story behind her choice when she explained, “When I was little we would go pick ‘wild flowers’ and take them back to my mom and she would always say, ‘These are pretty, dear, but they are weeds.’ It always hurt my spirit when she said it, but my grandfather would always whisper in my ear that weeds are just misunderstood wildflowers and it cheered me right up. The flowers are azaleas and sunflowers. Sunflowers are my favorite flower and azaleas are his and we planted both of them together while I was growing up.” Mixon’s tattoo displays the unique quote her grandfather used to tell her, and teaches anyone who asks about it that even the most ordinary things in life are just misunderstood extraordinaries.

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Authored by: Jessica Wilkinson

Jessica Wilkinson is a feature writer at CisternYard News. She is a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and History with a minor in Political Science. In her free time, she can be found binge-watching Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars on Netflix, doing Muay Thai Kickboxing and spending as much time as possible on Pinterest. She aspires to be the best history teacher your kids will ever have while spending her summers writing and traveling the world.

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