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Who Knew?

By Joseph Crea • Apr 28th, 2008 • Category: 'Sup Wit Dat Tat?

“Good girls can get tattoos too”, says Reina Carltain, 20, a Hunter junior majoring in sociology. Carltain is a mild mannered student who attends church, works as a receptionist, lives with her parents and happens to be inked up. Carltain says however that she is no “hoochie mama” with a “tramp stamp”.

“A lot of young girls get tattoos for decoration or some sort of sign of promiscuity…tattoo’s for me are a way to express things that I love”, said Carltain.

Carltain’s tattoo is an Egyptian Eye of Horus, a symbol of protection. It is a black outline of an eye. The top half of the eye is a thick black curved line which has three-quarters of a pupil and a green iris, “I have a thing for green eyes”, attached to the bottom half of the line. Another curved line attached to the right side of the line completes the shape of the eye. That line swirls at the end and the whole eye is underneath a thick black line creating an eyebrow.

Carltain is a big lover of ancient Egyptian culture. She explains that the Eye of Horus was a symbol used on walls of Egyptian royal tombs as a symbol of protection. The eye was supposed to protect them in the journey in the afterlife.

The tattoo is located on the upper region on the outside of the right thigh. The reason she got it there was so that her mother would never see it. She says that she thought if her mother found out she would “tie me up and throw me off a bridge”. When her father (whom knew she had gotten a tattoo right after it happened and was indifferent about her getting one) “snitched” on her and told her mother about her tattoo, she woke her up the next morning at seven o clock because she wanted to see it. But after she explained the meaning behind her tattoo, her mother did not punish her (she was fifteen at the time).

Her mother has now warmed up to the ideas of tattoos. Carltain is planning on getting another tattoo in the future to honor her, her aunt and her father. She wants three hearts symbolizing them which are connected by vines.


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Joseph Crea is a reporter for this publication. I am a Media major who is minoring in Political Science. I tend to take a different approach to reporting. Many reporters like to write stories on subjects that they are passionate it about. I like to write stories on topics that I know little about. So I get to know more about the world. But i do tend to take stories based around religion or politics. Two subjects that tend to mean a whole hell of a lot to people. If you need to contact me, you can reach me at: creajoseph@aol.com
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