Skateboarder and hawk

“I get young people who ask me about this tattoo.
It gives me an opportunity for me to talk about my son and how he died,
so I like it how it’s a conversation starter and we get a little education
in there about harm reduction.

Tattoos “are one of the most ideal ways of remembering someone;
they’re a necessity in a way.”

Of the seven tattoos she has for her son, the hawk’s open wings in this tattoo reminds her of an arm around her,
as if she is in its embrace.

This tattoo is of her son’s initials shaped in a little heart on her left wrist, placed there so she can see and touch it.
This tattoo is extra special because it has her son’s ashes mixed in the ink; she will maintain the tattoo as time goes on.