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High school tattoos become more widespread

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Tattoos have become a major trend in the Stillwater community, especially with the seniors turning 18. Tattoos and body art have always been a way for students, especially in high school, to express themselves. Recently, students have been posting on social media with their friends getting the new and trendy tattoos. Students think this trend is starting to appear again because of it being influential and wanted when people turn 18.

It is unclear how many American teenagers have tattoos and piercings. A report cited from the Pew Research Center study that said about 38 percent of young people ages 18 to 29 have at least one tattoo. In many places it is illegal to get a tattoo done professionally without a parent or guardian’s written consent, but in the state of Minnesota it is legal at the age of 18. Twenty nine percent of people, with and without tattoos, believed there was a link between tattoos and “deviant behavior” in 2008. That percentage was 24 percent in 2012, the report said.

Rankin’s family always travels to Hawaii every year for their vacation. The significance for her tattoo is her family all parting after her sister, senior Hailey Rankin, will depart for college. She thinks that the wave is an important part of Hawaii and really symbolizes where her family always goes.

“We didn’t really have a meaning. The reason why we chose it because we were in Hawaii and we’ve been going to Hawaii as a family, so we’re like, ‘this is our last big family vacation’ because next year Hailey will be in college and the year after that I’ll be in college,” junior Tanna Rankin said.

Rankin explained that she has a high pain tolerance, so she did not feel significant pain going into the process of getting it.  She explains how it feels like a bunch of bee stings and that she has gotten stung a lot by bees, so it did not really feel like anything. Tattoos tend to hurt some people a lot, but, Rankin had experienced no pain whatsoever.

“I was not scared at all. Everybody went before me except for my aunt and my stepmom, so I watched like my grandma and my sister and my other aunt get it. I don’t get scared of needles so I just like sat down and watched him do it and it didn’t hurt,” Rankin said.

Rankin states that her decision with getting the tattoo was a good one and she does not regret it. Rankin, among a lot of other students think that the age to get a tattoo professionally done in Minnesota is simple minded. A lot of teens try to find their way around getting a professional tattoo, like getting stick and pokes, which they can easily do themselves or with friends.

“I do not regret it at all. I really like it. It makes me want to get a bunch of more tattoos, but it’s not legal in Minnesota under 18 at all so I can’t and that makes me mad,” Rankin said.

Rankin plans on getting multiple tattoos in her future about things that resemble her life like her friends and family. She stated that she likes getting meaningful tattoos rather ones solely for design.

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“I’m gonna get one that’s like dance with [my friends] Riley and Kacey, we’ll get matching ones and then a Canada maple leaf because I’m Canadian and I’m a citizen there,” Rankin said.

Senior Gracie Thomas also gave her feedback on some of her own tattoos she got.

“I feel like a lot of people are doing it now because it’s in, but I have always wanted a bunch of piercings and tattoos. That’s just me,” Thomas explained.

Tattoos have been a skin-deep language in various cultures for centuries. A lot of people get them for different reasons, or no reasons at all. Thomas originally wanted a large sunflower on her side, but instead got two mini tattoos of a sun and moon, one on each side of her ankle. Thomas stated that she wanted to know what she was going to expect for pain and that is why she chose to get smaller tattoos first.

“I have always wanted a bunch of tattoos for that like arty aspect of it. I don’t really have any meaningful ones…I kinda got these like on a whim because it’s not like I’m getting another tattoo right there and these are really cute so I decided these will be my tester tattoos,” Thomas said.

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14 Responses to “High school tattoos become more widespread”

  1. Jameson Stahl on March 11th, 2018 4:41 pm

    This was a fun story to read. I really liked the uniqueness of the topic and how the article goes in depth about the meaning behind the tattoos. Only thing I see that could be improved is there are some AP style errors.

  2. Kaitlyn Kirby on March 11th, 2018 6:18 pm

    This story really caught my attention because I feel like tattoos are really popular right now and it was interesting to hear from students who have tattoos. The story was written very well and was organized very nicely. There were many great quotes throughout the story and it ended with a strong quote as well.

  3. Daniel Schlenker on March 11th, 2018 8:52 pm

    This is a good story which does a great job explaining the backstory behind her specific tattoo which shows the strong meaning behind it. The abundance of quotes shows the sincerity and meaning of the tattoo and supports responsible tattoos.

  4. Michelle Burton on March 11th, 2018 9:12 pm

    This article really attracted me because body art and tattoos are very interesting things to learn about. It’s really cool how it was interactive with the little question thing. Flows really nicely and it’s very interesting to hear from a student about their experience.

  5. Grant Hietpas on March 11th, 2018 10:23 pm

    It’s nice to see an article about something I hadn’t heard about much. For the most part it was very informative, but I felt like it could have been longer and more detailed.

  6. Morgan Grim on March 12th, 2018 12:19 am

    I love how this story is on their experiences with tattoo and suggestions/advice for other students. I also love how interactive this page is. You can see the alternative copy, a poll and a podcast. I love all the pieces of it, you can really learn a lot about this topic through this one page!

  7. Aubrey Kelley on March 12th, 2018 1:04 am

    I really liked this article, I think it is very interesting and something that many students will want to read about. Because tattoos are becoming such a big part of society especially in our school as most seniors are 18 or about to be 18. The only thing I suggest is maybe using more sources and more students rather than just focusing on one student and her tattoo experience.

  8. Ellie Faeth on March 12th, 2018 7:39 am

    Great use of quotes and facts. They make the story very interesting and flow/transition nicely. It was really fun to learn about classmates’ tattoos and stories behind the meaning of them.

  9. Jack Seipel on March 12th, 2018 8:12 am

    This was a well written article and you did a great job at bringing the stories out from the tattoos and the meaning behind them. The quotes were great but i feel liek you could have used quotes from 3-4 people. Overall great read!

  10. Lilly Sample on March 12th, 2018 9:29 am

    This story caught my eye and I think it will catch most other students’ too. The topic is fun to read about, and the story is well written and interesting. The alt copy provides more information and some student examples of tattoos which also caught my eye. It’s all very well done.

  11. Emma Polucha on March 12th, 2018 11:52 pm

    I love this story!!! While reading it I just wanted more and it is such a touching story behind the family tattoo. It gives a lot of information about students getting tattoos which appeals to students who are thinking of getting one.

  12. Michael VanLieshout on March 13th, 2018 7:53 am

    I never realized how many people have tattoos and I must say I am surprised. Great writing!

  13. Tess on March 13th, 2018 9:50 am

    I really like this article because I feel like for many students, this is a very relatable subject. Many students in our school are receiving tattoos and sometimes regretting it. This is where the Stick and Poke comes in. It’s a very popular subject and it is very relevant.

  14. Linda Hill on December 21st, 2018 8:14 am

    I think it was a very thought out story and I could tell you put you a lot of work into your quotes. I think you could have had more background information.

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