A while back, I posted a newspaper article that featured a photo of my friend Paige and her Oki tattoo. So, in the study guides for one of our book discussions, I declared how I would not get a tattoo—but, if I did, it would look like this:
I asked my students in my creative writing class if THEY would ever consider getting a tattoo on one of my study guides, and this is the response that Kyumi gave me:
I would NEVER get a tattoo because of these five reasons:
1. I’m too young.
2. They use that sharp needle to draw on you.
3. Tattoo removal is so painful.
4. I don’t feel safe in a tattoo shop with freak people with tattoos surrounding me.
5. Tattoos are not interesting.
HOWEVER, if I somehow changed my mind and got a tattoo, I would get Indiana Jones, Short Round, Luke Skywalker, and Mr. Wiz being run over by a ketchup-covered boulder and attacked by those cute little teddy bear things from Star Wars.
Did I mention that Kyumi is Grade 4? Still, she is very wise. Sadly, this sage answer came on the last day of class; otherwise, I would have had Kyumi provide an illustration of said tattoo. I guess we’ll just have to rely on our collective imaginations.