TATTOO TUESDAY: Family Gingko Trees
By Audrey Kelly
Chameleon Tattoo Blogger
So this week (for my second to last post of the semester!) I sat down with my friend, Kendall Jones. This girl has been talking about getting her ink since I met her (and we bonded over tattoos, but of course).
The inspiration for this art came from her childhood home, and her sister’s tattoo as a result of it. When Kendall was growing up her mother planted some gingko trees in their yard, so her and her sister kind of grew up with the trees. Since then that kind of tree has always represented family for the Jones’ clan.
When her older sister was of age, she got a tattoo of gingko leaves to commemorate how important her family is to her.
After that, Kendall, along with her mom and dad agreed that one day they too would get gingko leaves tattooed on themselves. And, over Christmas break the deed was done. The Jones’ family piled into a tattoo shop and went under the needle.
I, for one, can really appreciate the meaning behind this tattoo for Kendall. Especially since she moved all the way from Houston, Texas to the (totally awesome and amazing) city of Chicago, she has been the farthest away from her family that she has ever been. I miss my family on a weekly basis and they’re only an hour train ride into the burbs, I cannot imagine how 1,080 miles must feel.
Her family is really tight-knit, too, which is what makes this tattoo special to her. (And really cool, how many people have matching tattoos with their mothers).
Okay everybody, y’all need to go call up your families and tell them how lovely they are and how much you love them!
Catch “Tattoo Tuesday” when Audrey posts every Tuesday.