Show us your ink! MARKED is our new series where we ask locals of all ages, professions and backgrounds to roll up their sleeves, pant legs, and so much more to reveal their marks. Here are their stories:
Name: Cara Hendrix Age: Currently 22. I started my tattoo when I was 20 and just finished it up last month.
My Back Piece: covers the majority of my back and exhibits one of Native Americans most traditional objects: The dreamcatcher. My Uncle is an artist, and he actually drew it for me.
I am one eighth Ho Chunk, which is a Native American tribe out of Wisconsin. The Native American comes from my mother's side of the family. Throughout my childhood, I remember attending numerous powwows and eating lots of Indian fry bread (original recipe from my great grandmother who was 100 percent Native American).
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I always knew I wanted a tattoo and I knew that I wanted it to be something that represented my heritage. Over time, the dreamcatcher has become a symbol of identification for the Native American culture so having it portrayed down my back clearly represents my roots.
When all is said and done, the two years and approximately eight hours of pain were totally worth it and I truly couldn't be happier with my piece.
Next Tattoo? No definite plans yet but I know I want something showcasing Claude Monet's famous paintings with the bridge and waterlilies. I've been obsessed with his artwork ever since I was little.
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