What started as a class assignment for my Online Journalism class, now has become quite an amazing opportunity to help me make strides in the multimedia world. Through these last few months, INK It Over has let me not only showcase my work, but use something I’m passionate about to do it… three months, almost 4,000 views, and 16 different countries later.
If you read the “My Ink” section, there’s so much meaning behind my tattoos. This site gave me the opportunity to see the meaning behind others. This site gave me the opportunity to learn what goes into a tattoo and why artists chose to be in that field.
I owe a lot to the people that graciously volunteered to share their stories with me thus far. The lessons I’ve learned through my writing is irreplaceable. Corey Robinson taught me the meaning behind a family legacy and the bond they all share. Cassandra Hartman taught me that maybe being a little rebellious can turn into a beautiful peace of artwork. Kaitlyn DiClerico and Alexis McCarthy taught me that choosing an artist comes with a lot of responsibility and really, choose wisely. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is I don’t look like the stereotypical tattooed person and people were more willing to share their honest opinions with me because of that.
I want to learn more. I want to share more. I want to keep people interested in why we do it, why we get tattoos, why we chose to convey a message or share a story using our bodies as canvases. Hey, maybe your tattoo doesn’t have an significant meaning to you. Maybe it’s just “cool.” That’s your decision, but I’ll share the story if it’s there for me to. This is why I have decided that even though my class is ending and summer is approaching, I would like to continue to work on this page. So reach out to me.