The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos. ~Author Unknown
That sounds about how I felt about tattoos. If you have been around me – you would think I am pretty conservative – I dress professional, have one hole pierced in my ears, and just rather boring I guess. I do sometimes have a splash of craziness on my fingernails but for me – that’s about the extent of it. Growing up – I always thought people with tattoos were bad people. I thought they were wild, they drank, they smoked and of course road loud motorcycles. I really had not been around anyone with tattoos before.
I met someone and he had tattoos everywhere and I really wasn’t sure about him at first. I thought he was nice and friendly and very approachable but I still was a little nervous around him. I mean – “my kind” didn’t hang out with “his kind” – you know what I mean? Wow – I can’t believe I was that judgmental – and I thought that. Turns out he had all of his tattoos because he was in a terrible explosion and it helped hide some of the horrible scars that he had. Some of his other tattoos showed his life stories, his beliefs and his passions.
So I did give our friendship a chance – I got to know this tattooed man and he was my daughter’s cheer coach. He was so patient and gentle and so kind and truly loved our kids. The kids adored him – he was just one of a kind. I think it is funny now – when I see him – I don’t even see tattoos – I see his heart. I see how he truly cares and wants to do the right thing and help kids become more self confident, more open and just part of a big family.
I may not ever get a real tattoo (but you never know…) but I must say that I know I have a tattoo in my life because he has permanently inked a spot in my family’s life. This is a sad day today because our tattoo man and his family and others in our cheer family will be moving on. Today is the first of many goodbyes that we say, but I know it is not forever. This tattoo in our hearts will always remain. Love you guys….(Mulkeys, Boyetts, and the entire XPA family) I know all of us will have our XPA family in our hearts forever. Just remember – three things will endure forever – Faith, Hope & Love…
From – Mommy
XPA the best in the game – that’s right we said it remember our name….Xtreme!