Freshman swaps temporary drawings for long-awaited permanent ink


Ana Flores

The crescent moon on Jimenez’s tattoo is inspired by her family’s frequent camping trips.

Freshman Randi Jimenez wanted a tattoo since she was seven years old.

Jimenez grew up with two biker parents and was exposed to the world of tattoos at a very young age. As a child, her father even let her treat his black and white flame tattoo as her own personal coloring book.

“It was funny because I used to get yelled at for drawing on myself but I [thought to myself], ‘they have drawings, why can’t I?'” Jimenez said.

The idea of having a picture on her skin excited Jimenez, and she asked her parents for a tattoo every chance she got.

At the end of her junior year of high school, she finally got her wish when her parents realized she would not stop insisting. Her dad took her to a family friend who gave Jimenez her first tattoo.

The tattoo on the back of her neck is of a moon covered in henna designs and roses. All representing a different part of her.

The moon was something Jimenez always liked. When her family would go camping, she would spend all her time sitting outside and looking at the moon. Jimenez knew that the moon had to be part of the design, so she made it the foundation of the tattoo.

The roses that cover the moon represent something special about her family. If someone did well or was about to give a performance, it was a tradition for her family to give roses.

“Roses were always just something special to our family…we even grew roses,” Jimenez said. “It’s always been one of my favorite flowers.”

Much like her father’s flames, Jimenez has left her roses black and white.

Also draped on the moon are henna designs. Henna is traditionally used in an Indian form of body art called Mehndi. Jimenez said she liked the designs and simply wanted to add them for aesthetic.

The final result is a unique snapshot of Jimenez herself. An ode to her past and a promise for more tattoos in the future; some of which Jimenez has already decided on.

She has already planned on getting birds in flight on her wrist, and a memorial piece on her arm. Jimenez already has an appointment set up with her tattoo artists in December to discuss these two ideas.

“Those are the two that I’m for sure getting as of now but there are so many more I want,” Jimenez said.

Many include lines to a song that holds a special meaning to Jimenez, bats and other Halloween-themed tattoos.