Tattoo Tuesday: heart on her sleeve

Tattoo culture is becoming more prominent each day at the College. Sometimes the freedom of adulthood, away from the eyes of watchful parents, inspires the ink. Other times, people permanently mark their bodies as a representations of the people or events that permanently marked their own lives. Whether it be the adrenaline or something more, tattoos are undeniably in style.

Freshman Celia Whisman tattooed a representation of life on her arm.

Whisman’s tattoo represents her victorious battle against a heart murmur. (Photo Courtesy of Celia Whitman)

Whisman was born with a heart murmur, a hole in her heart.

“It was like a constant weight on my shoulders,” Whisman said.

Each trip to the doctor proved to be better, the hole was getting smaller. At her most recent doctor visit, Whisman was told the hole was officially gone and her heart was perfectly healthy. Having overcome such an obstacle, she decided to celebrate by getting an anatomically correct heart tattoo on her forearm.

Tattoos are a form of expression that transcends words. They are a representation that holds more depth than what can be physically seen on the skin’s surface. Like Whisman, they can be a souvenir of life rather than regret. “My tattoo is a reminder that my heart is better and that it is no longer a problem in my life,” Whisman said. “It was an impulse tattoo, but I haven’t regretted it for one minute. I wear my heart on my sleeve.”

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