Have you ever seen someone’s tattoo and thought, what on earth does that mean?
South Sydney Rabbitohs stars, John Sutton and Adam Reynolds, have been in the headlines over the weekend for two main reasons, they were part of the winning NRL grand final team, and to commemorate their victory, they got Rabbitoh tattoos just above their eyebrows.
Whether the tattoos were real or fake, it caused a lot of controversy because of its obscure placement. I mean, think about it – having an inked bunny rabbit staring back at you every time you look in the mirror, or sitting in a formal interview with someone whose not paying attention to anything you’re saying because they’re too busy looking at your face tattoo. Then you’d have to explain why there is a rabbit on your head.
People get tattoos for all different reasons, and some of those reasons are very obvious, a name in cursive would suggest the person was important, and a Southern Cross would suggest that person is proud of their heritage. There are some tattoos, however, that require a bit more explanation for the untrained eye to understand.
Korina Maralit, a 21-year-old from western Sydney, has a tattoo of a day of the dead girl on her upper back, and explains that it is actually an homage to her late grandmother.
“In Mexico, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a day when the families of the deceased go to the graveyard and pay their respects and then they have a feast in celebration of the lives of their loved ones,” she told The Newsroom.
“I got it tattooed when my grandmother died. People think it’s weird because they think I just have a dead girl tattooed on my back.”
Another homage to a late relative came in the form of a junebug. Emma Tressler, a 22-year-old from Charlottesville, Virginia, got the bug tattooed on her wrist with a very sweet story.
“Everyone sees it and [they] get kind of weirded out and think I’m some sort of like insectologist or just a weird girl who likes bugs,” she told The Newsroom. “But really, my grandmother, who passed away several years ago due to aggressive stomach cancer, used to call me Junebug because we were the only two people in the family born in June. I wanted something specific to our relationship that I could see everyday and remember her when she was full of life and not fading away after cancer treatments. So instead of being weirded out that I have a bug on my wrist, I get to look down and be reminded of a woman whom I loved so dearly.”
Rachal Allan, a 21-year-old from Tamworth, has a special design on her rib area. In the middle, the intricate design has the word Jack emblazoned on it. Rachal says people usually wonder who Jack is. But, as it turns out, Jack is actually no one.
“Jack is not my boyfriend that I broke up with,” she told The Newsroom, “Jack is the initials of my brother and sisters, Jessica, Ashleigh, Christopher, Krista. I have it on my left rib cage, close to the heart.”
She explains that the five roses in the design symbolise each of her siblings, and herself included.
This goes to prove the old adage of don’t judge a book by its cover, because that odd tattoo you can see on someone’s shoulder might have a very special hidden meaning. – Noah La’ulu
Top photo from Adam Reynolds’ Instagram.