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UP Volleyball coach Brent Crouch directs his team from the sideline.
Natalie Muth handling the ball for the Pilots
Keaton Gaughan, a senior English major from Newport Beach, Calif., tells The Beacon how he came to realize his true identity as a transmasculine person.
Angele Bruce, a senior biochemistry major from Las Vegas, Nev., opened up to The Beacon about how they realized they are nonbinary.
Kyriel Butler, a senior sociology major from Bend, Ore., explains how they came to realize that they are genderfluid.
Mia Davis, a senior organizational communication major from Kona, Hawaii, identifies as gender nonbinary.
The Beacon talked to students and professors with tattoos at the University of Portland, and learned the meaning behind the tattoos and some tips for others who may be considering getting inked.
Jeffrey Meiser, professor of political science, explains why he got his forearm tattoo: “I would say that my wife kind of inspired me. Its one of those things where you talk about it for a while, ten all the sudden she actually did it. She actually did a lot of research, because there's a ton of tattoo artists in Portland. She started getting them, and that kind of inspired me to go ahead and start getting them too. They’re all from the same artist, Alena Chung at Icon tattoos...One thing I’ve been asked here a few times is, ‘Why?’ and then sort of automatically I would say, ‘Why not? Look at it, It’s so awesome!’. That’s my automatic reaction. People think ‘why would you do that?’, but to me, it’s obvious, isn't it?”
Sabrina Bernardo-Olmedo, a senior psychology major, explains why she got her tattoo: “It doesn't have a huge meaning. I’ve always wanted a tattoo kind of like it. The roses kind of remind me of my sister because my moms name is rose and my sisters middle name is rose. But honestly, the rose was a predesigned look I got at a flash sale. I liked how it looked, but I wanted to to grow, I guess. So I contacted to artist again and we just started adding onto it. It’s been a fun artistic collaboration, but for the most part I’ve been letting the artist develop it on their own. We might add more wild roses and ferns, sort of forming into a band around my arm.”
Kelsey Heise, a freshman psychology major, explains the meaning behind her tattoo: “It’s a wearable reminder of my mom. I’m not from here, so I’m not always going to be close to her, but I’ll always have her with me as art on my arm. She has hers in the same place, which she got to cover a scar that she got from a shot when she was a baby, so she has a part of her childhood in the same place as a part of her child...I think that people need to chill out when they look at other peoples tattoos or hear about other peoples tattoos, because every shop is different, every reason behind a tattoo is different and you don’t have to have a special story behind a tattoo to get one either. So just don’t judge, just look at the art on their body and appreciate it.”
Rey Ortiz, a sophomore organizational communication major, explains the meaning behind his tattoos: "My tattoo is sort of like the gates of heaven opening up, with my mothers name because she passed away, I got it for her. My mothers on my heart because I always keep her there...I think they look cool, and having a reason behind them makes them even better. All my tattoos have meaning so I don’t regret any of them, and I plan to get more as I develop as a human being...One of my professors once looked at me and said ‘wow, you seem too young to have tattoos.’ I was a freshman at the time. He started to tell me ‘You’re a freshman in college, did you not think about how this was going to affect you?’ and just thought, well, if they mean so much to me, why not?”
Keaton Gaughan, a senior English major, says that his favorite tattoos are the ones with the most meaning for him. “My mom and I have gone through a lot together, having to come out twice to her—once in high school as a lesbian and then again as a trans person—her world was turned upside down. We had a pretty rocky relationship there for a couple years, when I got to college we started getting really close again. My mom is my best friend, she is everything to me, and my family is too. It’s taken us a lot to get to the point where we’re at. I did it for her birthday, and she hates tattoos but puts up with me. First I got the mom heart, then the dagger through it to symbolize strength. She’s the embodiment of feminine strength.”
Rob Hofstadter is a freshman at UP. "The day I got the band around my arm was really fun, but I didn’t have anything to eat before which is a bad idea because I was on the table for five hours straight. I went with a bunch of my friends, like five or six, and in the time that I was getting my tattoo done, three of my friends also decided to get tattoos and got them done within that time...I’ve always wanted to have tattoos, but I want them to be aesthetically pleasing. I’m definitely planning on adding more tattoos once I have the money, and I can add a sleeve beneath it if I want to. It's kind of a base block for building other tattoos.”
Mayetta Martel, a junior education, English, and communication studies major, got her tattoo on her neck to symbolize her faith. "It is a combination of my faith as a Christian and the science of the world. Basically, an atom is what makes up the entire universe, and it’s the foundation of everything. That’s what god is—god created the entire universe in my mind. It’s also an oxygen atom because there was a song that I really liked at church camp that went “every breath I take I breathe in you”. The word “sum” is there because it means ‘I am’, because god is the great ‘I am’... It’s on the back of my neck because that’s the most centered place I can put it, and I wanted it to have a centering aspect to it. Like it’s the center of my life, my body, my everything.”
Shaniya Leeming, a freshman environmental science and French major, got her tattoo two hours before leaving on a trip to France. "I got the quote because when I was 12, I watched this movie called “Le Divorce” with my cousin and it was about this girl that travels to France, and at the end of the movie she said that quote and for some reason it made me realize I wanted to go to France. It was my cousin and I’s dream. I ended up going without her, but got it because I wanted to take a picture with it in front of the Eiffel tower—and I did.”
Morgan Wahler is a sophomore reporter on The Beacon this semester.
Freshman Jamie Williams shared how he usually spends his winter break.
Freshman Maayan Zuniga shared how she celebrates her holiday traditions.
Freshman Natasha Ma will spend part of Hanukkah on campus for the first time this year.