Occupation: Web Designer & Internet Marketer
Tell me about your very first tattoo.
My first tattoo was the comedy and tragedy masks I got on my left shoulder. I was 19 when I got this tattoo. I got it because it is symbolic of the theater. I started doing theater acting my freshman year of college.
Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past?
My tattoos have never been an issue with any of my jobs. I'm pretty sure I'm an anomaly in this situation.
What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
I may have received the occasional disapproving look from somebody I don't know. But that's about it. Nothing significant.
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
I have some friends into tattoos. My parents don't mind my tattoos. My dad has a tattoo
Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
My favorite tattoo (at the time I'm writing this) is on my right shoulder. It's taken from an image I found on the internet. It's a face and two hands holding the Greek letter Sigma. I'm a member of Phi Beta Sigma and this tattoo is an homage to my fraternity.
Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
The frat tattoo on my right shoulder has the most meaning to me (until I get my back piece).
I do think all tattoos should have meaning. In my opinion, getting a tattoo that doesn't represent some part of you as a person is stupid.
Are you planning anymore?
I plan on getting 5 or 6 more tattoos.
In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
The pain depends on where you get it.
Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Give every tattoo serious thought before you get them. Consider the personal and professional aspects of your life. Be prepared to encounter people who don't like tattoos. Understand that some people (bosses, coworkers, friends, family, complete strangers, etc.) just won't get it. Don't take it personally. Ink isn't for everybody. Just be you and kick ass in whatever you do.