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More Than Meets the Eye

By Masao Donahue • Apr 30th, 2008 • Category: 'Sup Wit Dat Tat?

Sadie Wilson, 25, may be wrapping up her Business Administration Management program at George Brown College in Montreal, Ontario, but she would hardly strike anyone as a future business executive.

For Wilson, the act of getting tattoos, and not the tattoos themselves symbolize the support her mother and aunt have always shown her in reaching and making her own decisions.

Wilson has three earlobe piercings in each ear as well as three navel rings. If her nine “traditional” piercings fail to raise eyebrows, there are her “corset piercings,” ten holes in the skin down her back, threaded with lace, designed to make her own skin seem like a corset. She laughs recalling the reactions of people who see them. “It’s mostly shock,” she says.

Then there are her tattoos – inked on her left ankle, the nape of her neck, and lower back – which hold a much greater significance to her than her other body modifications.

All three were chosen with her mother and aunt at her side, whom she calls, “the most important people in my life.” For Wilson, the act of getting tattoos, and not the tattoos themselves symbolize the support her mother and aunt have always shown her in reaching and making her own decisions.

…the small, sky blue kitten sits on her left ankle. Outlined in black, its tail wrapped tightly around its body, the kitten gazes inquisitively at onlookers.

She and her mother picked the small, sky blue kitten that sits on her left ankle. Outlined in black, its tail wrapped tightly around its body, the kitten gazes inquisitively at onlookers.

Her other two tattoos, both on her back, are tribal designs that caught the eye of her and her aunt.

“My mother instilled this very strong belief that you should be very settled on decisions that you make, and that has carried over to any piercing or tattoo design that I have gotten done.”

“My mother instilled this very strong belief that you should be very settled on decisions that you make, and that has carried over to any piercing or tattoo design that I have gotten done.”

Wilson, who says she thinks for months before getting any tattoos done, knows full well that in the professional world, corset piercings and tribal symbols are hardly the fashion standard. She has been careful to place her tattoos and unusual piercings where they are easily concealed.

While juggling her time between final exams and job hunting, she can be found squeezing time into her busy schedule in search of her next tattoo, to be placed on her right ankle – easily covered by most business attire.

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Masao Donahue is a third-year media studies major at Hunter College, focusing on journalism. Born in Japan, he came to New York City at the age of three and, aside from two years in Connecticut, has lived here ever since. His hopes and dreams rested on naming this online publication “HoJ-Podge,” but because of the unhelpful nature of his peers, his dream will never become a reality. Discouraged, he now wanders New York City -- attempting to find a new purpose.
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