A Publication of WTVP

According to a 2010 Pew Research poll, nearly a quarter of Americans have at least one tattoo, with body art even more common among younger generations. The study also revealed that 32 percent of Gen Xers (ages 30 to 45) and 38 percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 29) sport some type of ink. Our curiosity piqued, we polled our 40 Leaders Under Forty and discovered that just over a quarter of this year’s class have at least one tattoo, each with special symbolism or sentimental value. Below, several of our leaders describe their ink:

Rebecca Somogyi—I have a tattoo on my right foot. It is a musical staff coming out of a large eighth note with wings. The notes on the staff play “Run” by George Strait, and above the staff are three flying birds. I designed it all myself.

Bradley S. Henz—I have seven tattoos, all symbolic of certain points in my life. They are located on my legs, back and arms.

Josh Adams—Four tattoos: on both forearms, center chest and lower stomach. One is “Will to power” in German, [and another] “Om mani padme hum” in Sankrit.

Anne M. Bowman—One on the inside of my left wrist. It is a tattoo of a broken heart with wings and the birth date and death date of my mom.

Leanne L. Skuse—A half-sun and half-moon on my back.

William (Trip) James—The James Coat of Arms on my shoulder blade.

Leslie Williams Seiler—A four-leaf clover.

Matthew A. Zick—I have my fraternity letters tattooed on my ankle.

Shalonda R. Knox—One on my right shoulder. It is a butterfly that reminds me to embrace my 167-pound weight loss, because every caterpillar can eventually metamorphose into a butterfly.

Kelly Perkins—Two on both of my feet, and regrettably so!! iBi