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October 25, 1991 - Image 20

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Wendy Shanker (pictured on
playground) is an LSA junior
who chairs the University
Activities Center's special
promotion committee. She is
also a coordinator for Hill
Street Cinema. Her fashion
idol is, of course, Madonna -
"the one person in the world
;who looks better without
clothes than with."

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by Melissa Peerless
Daily Hair Accessory Goddess
"Try to find a little time to
study. Don't get mono or her-
pes. Remember to separate
whites from colors when you do
your laundry. Eat your vegeta-
bles. Don't forget to write. And
don't get a tattoo!"
Countless parents recite.
these gentle reminders to their
children as they drop them off
at college.
However, some students at
this very University have ig-
nored mom and dad's advice,
foregone the cash and weath-
ered the pain to mark their ap-
pendages with everything from
lizards to eagles to skulls to
trihal desim.'

EDaily - who has a soar-
ing eagle tattooed on her
ribcage - said, "I thought
it was really artistic and
extremely personal and it
" showed an alternative
side of my personality."
LSA senior Polly Tait
said, -"It seemed like a
very' interesting and
permanent way to express
myself. It is very serious
for me." Tait has her
tattoo on her ankle.
And while all the students
picti ed here went under the
need e clean of chemical sub-
stances, they did not all mull
over the decision to tattoo as
long as Ruby and Tait.
Kelly, Fitzpatrick, a transfer
student from San Diego State
University who has her sorority
letters tattooed on her head,
said, "It was very spontaneous.
One of my sorority sisters and I
were going to get our composite
pictures taken. We walked by a
tattoo store and we just looked
at each other and said, 'Let's do
it.'"
Volleyball team member
and Engineering junior Chad
4tc trn onA "C __-- _ __

Pike did not have any trou-
ble deciding where and what to
get once the initial decision to
get a tattoo was made.
"This friend had gotten me a
pin of an orange and yellow
lizard," Pike said. "My tattoo is
exactly like the pin she gave
me."
Pike 7
chose
to tat-
too
her
ankle
be-
cause
said it>
was
the aR
only
place
the N
lizard
looked R
at
home. ,
Tait said. _My

ized the importance of balance
in my life. I wanted a reminder
of that on my body. The sun is
green and purple, which are
spiritual colors for me."
Patty, a Natural Resources
sophomore, said, "My tattoo is
on my lower back because. I
think it's se . Also, if I want to
con-
ceal it
I can.
People
don't
under-
stand
tat- t
toos. If
S I had
mine
on my
arm,
people
would
pro-
r bably
look at
_OUG _e
DOUG KANTER/Daily differently."

tradition for
athletic team
members to tattoo
their shoulders or
their backs.
"I got mine on my
ankle because I
think people withs<
shoulder .,tattoos
look too much like
Harley riders," he
said.
However, LSA
junior Patrick Kirchner doesn't
worry about looking like a biker.
He has eight tattoos on his
chest and upper arms and two
more on his legs.
"I like dragons. The ones that
aren't dragons have something
to do with bands I like," he said.
Kirchner said he started get-
ting tattoos when he was only
17. Although he had not yet
heard the off-to-college-anti-tat-
too speech, his parents were
less than thrilled with his deci-
sion.
"My mom said, 'You haven't
lived until you've seen your
youngest child tattooed,'" he
said.
Some people's parents did

such a stupid looking one?"'
However, Ruby's father
seemed to sum up parents' gen-
eral concern when their chil-
dren get tattoos.
"He said in his generation,
someone with a tattoo was on
drugs and a criminal. Parents
don't know that times have
changed," she said.
What she said seems to be
true as none of the students said
they have encountered any
problems or discrimination be-
canse of their tattoos.
And on the subject of valu-
ing the opinions of people
without tattoos, there is a saying
in the tattoo circle that goes:

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