Tattoo Stories Exhibit – Art and Design

Tattoo Stories Exhibit – Art and Design


Shimmer sound effect Music fades in My tattoo says where we love is home. Home that our feet may leave but never our hearts. Love Mom and Dad And here you see a picture of the continent because it’s my country. This is where I was born. This is where I’m from. And this road that you see is the passage to my future. Because my full name is Josephuse Yeantan Tolo. And Yeantan means, “The road to success is far ahead.”
That’s my first tattoo. It’s a memorial tattoo for my cousin. It’s a red lily because his name is Billy,
and when I was younger I couldn’t pronounce his name right. So I was like, “Oh lily-lily!” So it’s a red water lily. And he always used to dye his hair
bright red-bright orange. Just vibrant colors. So it’s a red one. The heart symbolizes how many times
my heart my heart’s been broken. Then the jewel is just the concept of the dagger. While the snake is wrapped around it, it symbolizes
anybody that wants to try to get to my heart or harm me.. I name my snake lucky so it protects me.
It’s basically my protector on my arm. I inherited two wonderfully amazing
sister-in-laws. We decided for my sister-in-law’s 30h birthday that we wanted to get a sisters tattoo. And I felt very blessed to be welcomed into their family They are now my best friends. And so, it was really special for us to do it together. I went and got that because that represents the key. I remember every day, when I get dressed and look in the mirror that I possess the tools to live a clean and sober life And like I told you there’s that empty spot because the tools that I need on a given day change, so to commit anything but willingness, openness, honesty, truth, love, compassion and any of those things can go in that opening and that’s what keeps me clean. Music Fade Out Fade in fast music We really wanted a place that we could showcase our students artwork. We wanted a dedicated space that we could show the community what our students were doing And their amazing talents and all the stuff that they have learned while they’re here at Highline. I chose this, actually I didn’t choose this. It came up in a discussion I had with Gloria Koepping who works in the psychology department here at Highline. And she was interested in the stories and the narratives about why people get tattoos And the psychological kind of meetings behind it’s symbolism. It’s very powerful. So that’s why we chose this exhibition. It’s beautiful. I like the meaning behind the tattoos. The personal sentiment and why they got them. And there was a lot of energy in the air. People were really excited about the henna tattoos. There’s a whole crowd and people waiting in line to get their tattoos And then you can just see people really taking their time and going through the exhibit. Looking at the tattoos. Looking at the stories. Reading the stories. And so They’ve spent time and reflected on it, and it was really neat to see. It was really exciting to see all of the students that came and viewed the show and participated in the show And to see the community involvement with our staff and faculty come to support the show And get to see what we’re doing up here. We’re just really excited about our next exhibit and what’s to come. So Gary Nelson, who was my predecessor, made a note to me that he really wished we had a student art gallery And he’s been wanting that for a long time. They looked at the library, on the third floor a other options. It wasn’t viable. We were so lucky that synchronicity happened and we had the funds available. Jonathan Brown and Ben Thomas came to me and Tammi Hilton And said hey, how can we spend this money and keep it in the fine art and art & design realm? and benefit the department? They said, hey an art gallery would be great! So with their input and Jeff Wagnitz’s input He actually chose this space in here and before you know it here we are My third year at Highline and now I’m sitting in this gallery. It’s quite magical.

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