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First Coast Ink Tales | Your photos, your tattoos, your stories

Saturday is National Tattoo Day. We asked people to share photos of their ink and the stories behind it with us. Funny, sad, inspiring, encouraging and colorful.
Credit: Lacee Schoening
My son was born at 28weeks weighing 2lbs 5oz and spent two months in the NICU fighting for his life. The first NICU unit he was placed in and where I got to see and hold him for the first time was the hummingbird unit. The flowers are my birth flower, his birth flower, and the flower for the month he was due. He is now a thriving healthy 3 year old

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Remembering lost loved ones. Overcoming an illness. Honoring military service. Surviving suicide. Living with an ailment, or paying homage to your favorite cartoon or super hero.

People get tattoos for a host of reasons and the stories behind the body art is often as colorful as the permanent display.

Saturday is National Tattoo Day and we asked people around the First Coast to share their ink stories with us. The deluge of photos tell remarkable stories of joy, pain, survival, strength and encouragement.

Mary Wooten told us that people often make fun of the "corny" tattoo of the RMS Titanic on her arm.

And then she tells them why it's there.

"My mom gave me some money to go buy her the movie Titanic from Blockbuster when they had the special midnight release in 1998. When I got home, she had passed away from a heart attack. She also liked cardinals. I'm not gonna lie, I love watching the looks on people's faces after they make fun of my 'corny' Titanic tattoo once I tell them the story behind it." 

Credit: Mary Wooten
My mom gave me some money to go buy her the movie Titanic from blockbuster when they had the special midnight release in 1998. When I got home, she had passed away from a heart attack. She also liked cardinals. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I'm not gonna lie, I love watching the looks on people's faces after they make fun of my "corny" Titanic tattoo once tell them the story behind it. 😳 - Mary Wooten
Credit: Teresa Myers Shelton
For my daddy who lost his battle with lung cancer. - Teresa Myers Shelton
Credit: Angela Wells Johnson
The eating disorder national logo in honor of 6 years of recovery from Bulima along w my mom, dad, and sons birth flowers

Photo Gallery: Tattoo Stories

Got Ink? Tomorrow is National Tattoo Day and we want to see your tat and hear the story behind it. Drop a photo and the...

Posted by First Coast News on Friday, July 16, 2021

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