I now have a tattoo for my sisters and a tattoo for my mother. The next step in my family sleeve is something for my father. I do realize that it might not be exactly what my family members consider their favourite way to remember them, but, for me, I wanted a permanent representation of my family with me always. Getting tattoos while I travel is also a fun way to get a souvenir from each location. It does come with challenges: languages, reviews, availability, etc.
Each tattoo I get, I try to incorporate many different aspects of my relationship with elements of the location with some creativity and then mix in the artist’s style as well. I had chosen Juggler’s Ink Tattoo in Florence because I liked the work Monica did. For ,y father, I wanted something that could represent ROCK since his first name is Craig, coming from Crag. I knew if I got a rock, it would just look like the Poop Emoji… So I figured since I am in Italy, a column would be a good idea. It also helps to frame the backside of my arm vertically. Once that was decided, I started researching columns. Then remembered that Dallas Hall on SMU campus has columns.
These columns have a Corinthian capital and fluted sides. The next piece about the column was how many pieces. Since I am the third CTW in my family, I felt like three was the right number (keep in my that I am the first Craig Trevor Weichmann). It is also meant to symbolize the three stages of life: Innocence and Development, Young Adult, and Golden Years.
At the base, I had MCML inscribed for my dad’s birth year. I think dates with significance should be shown.
Columns, like rocks, are often the foundation of buildings and walkways. Throughout my life, my father has been that for me. I feel like I was blessed with a solid upbringing. Both of my parents played an integral part in my growth and development. Every morning my father would wake me up and read from Psalms or Proverbs to get my day going right. I can’t honestly remember a single game or event that they missed. Even with their busy schedules, they made time to be there for me. In this way, my dad was my foundation.
As I have grown up, my father remains in my life. We speak regularly, and I consider him a mentor for professional things. In this way he continues to be my support.
I really like how the tattoo came out. It seems ancient, yet it is still strong. There is a ominous haze around it (I mean he is my parent, haha). The flutes seem to twist as if the stress of life is pushing down on them, but the column still holds strong. I also like that it definitely looks like SMU’s columns, but it isn’t a replica.
Overall, the design that Sharon did was amazing, and Monica was able to put her creativity in it. Thank you both for the amazing work. I will never forget y’all.