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Tattoo of the week: Aubree Smether

Aubree Smether’s shoulder tattoo references a verse in the Bible.
Aubree Smether’s shoulder tattoo references a verse in the Bible.

For some, tattoos can be a phase, an act of social deviance or simply an artistic form of self-expression. For others, tattoos can hold a deep meaning, whether it is a personal revelation or a tribute to a loved one.

Today, tattoos are often frowned upon by the older generation, and some even consider tattoos to be trashy. After all, it is a very bold step to brand oneself with something that will remain forever visible.

Shortly after her 16th birthday, sophomore Aubree Smethers chose to get a tattoo that stands for something she firmly believes in. The tattoo goes down her left shoulder, and reads “1 Corinthians 13:7.” The verse means “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (depending on which version of the bible it is read from). When asked what the verse means to her personally, Smethers said, “I know the first chapter of Corinthians and this scripture is about love, but I’m far from a romantic, and I interpreted it as a perspective on life; to always be open, to believe, to have hope, and endure. Thinking back, it seems slightly naïve, but it’s my own personal mantra and I love it!”

Smethers went to Aftershock Tattoo Co. in Olathe, Kan. to have the tattoo done, and it cost $65. Half of the excitement of getting a tattoo is arguably the physical act of having it done. When asked if there was anything memorable about the experience, Smethers said, “I was really nervous, but it didn’t hurt at all and it only took about 10 minutes. I remember ‘Good Girls Go Bad’ by Cobra Starship was playing in the background, which was awkward, and the man that did it was really quiet.”

Everyone reacts differently to tattoos, and sometimes the reaction from parents is not a pleasant one. In Smethers’ case, her parents were split down the middle. “My mom was really cool about the whole thing. She actually went with me since she had to sign the consent forms. My dad, however, was not very happy and I almost didn’t get it because he was so angry. We fought about it all morning and then I finally convinced him that it was going to be the only tattoo I would ever get and included that it would be a simple bible scripture, not a random penguin or jellyfish,” Smethers said.

It is hard to say whether or not tattoos will ever be accepted as a social norm, but in situations like Smethers’, it is also hard to write them off as something absurd and/or offensive. Tattoos can be a great way to express oneself while also creating a beautiful piece of art.


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