Sword Tattoos

LIGHTS Poxleitner

On Lights’ right arm is the Twinblade of the Phoenix from World of Warcraft. Lights describes it as “one of the most beautiful weapons” and says that it’s placement “always makes me feel like I’m on the ready with a weapon.”

Lights had a scar on her arm from when she got from her tuberculosis shot as a child, and she had the tattoo placed so that the jewel on the sword covered the scar. She explains “It scarred me for life. And I had this, it looked like a bullet wound on my forearm, since I was five. And [in 2009] I got this tattoo covering it which is a sword from a game I play called World of Warcraft. But I specifically placed it so that the jewel would be right over the scar. And the scar tissue healed weird and held the ink funny so that it actually looks like an opal. But it looks really cool and gives that jewel a unique look. So I turn scars into jewels.”

Lights loves fictional weapons and has a wall of them in her apartment. “I’m a warrior in World of Warcraft, so I always have swords. And obviously I love this whole warrior vibe,” she says.

The tattoo was done by Derek Lewis at Hartless Design in Toronto.

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Carah Faye Charnow

The pirate swords on Carah Faye Charnow’s stomach were her very first tattoo and are her only tattoo without a meaning.  More recently in March 2013 artist Dam Smith added a series of letters and numbers that represent Carah’s straight edge (drug free) lifestyle.  The swords themselves look like X’s.

The letters “SE” stand for “Straight Edge” while “84” is for 1984, the year she was born.  “OLOC” stands for “One Life One Chance,” which a song by the straight edge band H20 as well as the name of H20 singer Toby Morse’s anti-drug advocacy organization.

Carah considers herself straight edge since 1984 because she has always been drug free.  Her uncle was killed by a drunk driver when she was a child, making her aware of the dangers of drinking from a young age.  In her One Life Once Chance testimonial, Carah explains: “When I was about 5 or 6 years old my uncle died in a drunk driving accident.  My grandmother was crying and I didn’t understand, and they explained to me what happened.  My grandmother was freaking out and she grabbed me and she said ‘Carah, promise me that you will never, ever drink.’…And I was like ‘I promise grandma, I swear.’  I was so young, but I understood that alcohol had killed him.”

As she’s grown older, Carah’s convictions have grown even stronger.  She says “It is so important to me that people know that there is nothing good that comes from [drugs and alcohol]…It just gets you no where.  Every moment of my life that has reminded me of that has only strengthened me.”

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