photo courtesy of Angelica Munoz
The Romans used tattoos to mark individuals as criminals or slaves. Native Americans used tattoos to differentiate between tribes. What do tattoos mean to the students of Seton Hall?
Diana Kim, a sophomore English major, said she got a tattoo when she was 17 to show her love and relationship with God. Her tattoo reads “my portion is Him and I’m more than blessed,” which is from the lyrics of a popular Hillsong United song.
Kim said that this tattoo is extremely personal to her because “it is in my own handwriting. My relationship with God is super important and essential to my life and this quote reminds me to always be thankful despite what my circumstance may be.”
People often receive criticism for getting a tattoo because values or opinions can change, but tattoos are permanent.
“It doesn’t matter, because even if it does change, it will remind me of what I was in the past,” Kim said.
Reggie Roberson, a sophomore business major, has a tattoo of a cross with his mother’s name above it on his bicep. Roberson said he got the tattoo on his 15th birthday with his sister who accompanied him to show the love he has for his mother.
Roberson said it’s important to him because it is “the only woman’s name I will always have on my body.”
Alex Lipman, a sophomore business major, got the word “hope” tattooed on the inside of her lower inner lip.
“Hope is my middle name, which was given to me after my grandpa Herbert passed away eleven days before I was born,” Lipman said. “I got the tattoo on the inside of my lip because, why not? No one can see it, especially my parents.”
She said she also liked that placement because it will eventually fade.
Angelica Munoz, a sophomore business major has two tattoos, one of the moon and one of a tree.
Both are located on her back. Munoz said she got the moon tattoo on her 18th birthday because she’s always been fascinated by the moon and its phases.
“I decided to get the tree two months later because I’m a fall baby and it happens to be my favorite season as well,” Munoz added.
Mackenzie Scibetta can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu.