TATTOO TUESDAY: Chris Walter shows heartwarming ink
By Audrey Kelly
Chameleon Tattoo Blogger
I thought I’d finally feature the underrepresented gender here at Loyola by asking Chris Walter to tell me about his ink.
And man, I have not heard a sweeter tattoo story in my life.
He has the birthdays of his mother and his sister on the insides of his arms. These are the only two tattoos he has and he got them in September of last year. He said, “I always wanted the two most important women in my life by my side. Corny. I know.”
Corny, perhaps, but the look in his eyes when he talked about these two women was rather heartwarming.
Chris said his mom is so important to him because she basically raised him as a kid, especially after his parent’s divorce. He also jokes, that he will always remember his mother’s name, but he will most likely forget her birthday at some point… He even had to ask her what the date was several times before he committed to the ink.
His sister’s birthday, which coincidentally is also Hitler’s and the anniversary of Columbine, is to represent how important she is to him. They always say they hate each other, but he knows they really do love one another. Especially through his parent’s divorce, they became each other’s support system. They have always stayed really close, too. Ultimately he says, “I just love her.”
I just love what he has to say about these women. I find it rare to hear my male counterparts’ tender sides. So this experience was much welcomed, and I was excited to share it.
So I guess the moral of this story—and some of the draw to this blog—is to just ask people about their ink. Most of the time they would love to share it; it’s always a great conversation piece that allows you to delve into what makes a person tick.
How else would I have known the kid who lives on the third floor of my building had such a big heart?
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