Tattoos are becoming increasingly popular amongst students of the Walter Johnson community, especially in the art department. Is it an act of youthful rebellion against their parents’ disapproving attitudes? Or is it a genuine expression of oneself that parents, like many other things, cannot relate to. Granted students who immaturely tattoo themselves as a rebellious act will most likely find themselves regretting that decision much later in life and will either end up having to live with it, or spend money on expensive laser surgery to remove it. People who get tattoos generally put months if not years worth of thought into the tattoo they want to get on their body, people who decide on a tattoo within a week make a very irrational decision that they will most likely regret later in life.
Of the tattoos that are seen in the hallways of Walter Johnson, one could most expect to find the majority of people with tattoos in the art department. The tattoos seen at Walter Johnson are not gang related. Often the tattoos are conceptual and pertain to the interests of their carriers. For example, senior Madeline Reardon has a tattoo of a sound speaker which also transforms into a flower.
"I'm really into music and I think the type of music I listen to can bring out my personality and show how fun and colorful I can be. Being an artist I envisioned the flower tattoo idea in my heard and decided it expressed how music was relevant to my life,” said Reardon
People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons. For example a man in Bethesda I spoke to in Bethesda had a tattoo of his his companies logo on his wrist and claims it motivates him through working hard everyday. He called it his five million dollar tattoo, (for when he sells his company). I myself got a tattoo in Austin Texas’ art district. I got the tattoo of the sun on my ankle which is relevant to my life because I have seasonal affective disorder and the sun is such a crucial element in my life.