Senior Malachi Cook’s tattoo says “Kia Kaha,” which means forever strong, to remind him that he is forever mentally and physically strong. Photo courtesy of Malachi Cook.
Junior Lilly Daffron got this fern wrap-around tattoo on her arm her senior year of high school when she worked in her school’s greenhouse growing ferns, reminding her of where she has been and where she could go in the future. Photo courtesy of Lilly Daffron.
Senior Lane Carr got this upper arm tattoo of Aang from “Avatar: The Last Airbender” because it was his favorite childhood show. Photo courtesy of Lane Carr.
Being her favorite flower and done after a big transition in her life, the sunflower tattoo on Junior Haly Scott’s spine symbolizes the strength that brings her through any hard times in her life. Photo courtesy of Haly Scott.
“Hugs & kisses” reminds Senior Meridith Daffron-Byrd of her mamaw who says this every time before hanging up the phone. Photo courtesy of Meridith Daffron-Byrd.
Daffron-Byrd also has this mountain with a cancer symbol to represent that “people with cancer can move mountains,” something she’s learned from the family and friends she’s had who have gone through cancer. Photo courtesy of Meridith Daffron-Byrd.
Sophomore Carmela Lewis’s outer space tattoo, which reads, “And the universe said I love you because you are love,” is an ode to her love for science, curiosity, the world, and the people around her. Photo courtesy of Carmela Lewis.
Another tattoo special to Lewis is her coral reef, originating from her love for the ocean and her desire to be a marine biologist. Photo courtesy of Carmela Lewis.
Sophomore Shelby Anderson’s tattoo means “It is finished” in Greek, telling the story of Jesus’s last words during crucifixion, reminding her of her faith in Jesus’s love. Photo courtesy of Shelby Anderson.
Senior Meaghan Jones got her ruby tattoo from Zachary Matthew at the Mountain Mule in honor of her dog and best friend who passed away. Photo courtesy of Meaghan Jones.