Though once a huge taboo, tattoos are becoming more in our society. Each week, I will be highlighting one or two Western students and showcasing the pieces they’ve had done. Tattoos mean different things to different people, and taking a deeper look at a person's body art can help to shine a light on who they are.
Amanda Bloom has been getting tattoos for almost 14 years. A Fairhaven student studying a concentration of performance and therapy, or drama therapy, she began getting tattooed in Anne Arbor, Michigan in 2000.
For Bloom, tattoos represent milestones and allow her to look back and remember periods of her life. She can remember where she was and what she was doing when each tattoo was being completed. No matter how she feels about them now, over time the tattoos have become a part of who she is.
When asked what types and styles of tattoos Bloom likes the most, she replied that she is oriented towards a more detailed and less traditional style of tattooing. Tattoos come in a wide range of styles and designs. One person may prefer a complex and colorful tattoo, while a simple black and white design may suit another.
Bloom’s mother was less than keen on her tattoos at first. Bloom recalled coming home with her first ink, and how her mother had cried and called her a "circus person.” Now, both Bloom and her sister have each collected a fair amount of tattoos, and their mother looks past their tattoos and takes pride in their individuality.