This tattoo belongs to Kaitlin Bledsoe.
My future career is hopefully going to be Photojournalism (New York Times Photojournalist to be specific). I've always been passionate about photography, and even if I don't make it in the small world of majoring and having a career in it, it'll always be a love of mine. So I decided to get my first Digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera tattooed on my back.
To further add meaning, I added the words "Keep Calm and Snap On." These words come from 1939, when the British government created a poster to raise the morale of the British public in case of invasion. There has been several remakes of these posters, including one for photographers, with the words, "Keep Calm and Snap On."
It's important to us when we are out shooting to always think about the photograph and how we can affect others, instead of doing what's best for ourselves. We need to keep our heads screwed on tightly during an emotional event, and not allow our own thoughts, feelings, and emotions get in the way of capturing the image that could become famous worldwide and help the subject of the image in ways never thought of before.
This is Jane's tattoo.
It says "dum spiro spero," Latin for "While I breathe, I hope." This is the South Carolina state motto. When I was in third grade I went on a field trip to the State House, and they read the phrase to us off the State Seal; ever since then I've felt really attached to the idea. It's a representation of where I'm from, which is a place I have mixed feelings on, but it's my roots no matter what. And I really love the philosophy; it's always a reminder to have faith that things will get better. Anyway, I was toying with the idea of this tattoo for a long time, but what really sealed the deal is what I discovered when I was researching the phrase. It was officially made the state motto on March 26, 1776 -- I was born on the same date 215 years later.
Why white ink? As I said, I've got mixed feelings on my home state. I plan on moving away from here once I'm done with school. The ink makes this tattoo just for me, not for anyone else. It keeps me mindful of where I come from, so I don't forget some of the values, lessons, and memories I have from this place, but it doesn't scream that at anyone else.
This is Sally's.
I saw it in the book (and movie) The Secret
Think positive be grateful!
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.
"Don't Try" is written on Charles Bukowski's grave.
By navarrd on Flickr - shared under a Creative Commons License.
This is Shauna's tattoo.
I got this tattoo during a trip to Los Angeles while visiting my best friend at Immaculate Conception in Hollywood. I've wanted it ever since I began reading Bukowski and while visiting Los Angeles, there seemed no better a place or time. As an aspiring author, such advice has never resonated as true.
This is Lucero's.
This belongs to Andrew "Heid" Heaton.
"Somebody at one of these places [...] asked me: 'What do you do? How do you write, create?' You don't, I told them. You don't try. That's very important: 'not' to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It's like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like its looks you make a pet out of it."
- Charles Bukowski in a 1963 letter to John William Corrington
This is Kristen's tattoo. She says: "Creativity keeps this world alive."
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
- Edgar Allan Poe
This is Irene's tattoo.
"There is no friend as loyal as a book."
- Ernest Hemingway
This is Amy's tattoo:
Madame Bovary is my absolute favorite book. I've read it dozens of times by many different translators, and I think it grows in beauty every time.
I know Emma Bovary is supposed to be an unlikeable character, but I've always identified with her. I just admire her quest to make life more beautiful; even if she makes a mess of things ultimately, who doesn't want life to be filled with romance and passion and adventure?
I read the book trying to find the perfect quote to get tattooed, but ultimately went with something Flaubert himself said: "Madame Bovary, c'est moi," or "Madame Bovary is me." That's how I feel -- she is me.
The tattoo was done by Sam at Atomic in Milwaukee. I love that dude :D