Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink


Senior advertising major Danish Charania tattooed the coordinates of his hometown, San Antonio. Charania admires the the beauty of the mixed heritages of the people of his birth place. 

Photo Credit: Carlos Garcia | Daily Texan Staff

Editor's note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos.

Matthew Freeman 

To economics junior Matthew Freeman, the Greek word for unconditional love holds a higher meaning. 

“This word ‘agape’ is unconditional love, God’s love,” Freeman said. ”I was a terrible person, but Jesus saved me and died for me. It was unconditional love. I wanted to get something to remember that by.”

Freeman didn’t always want tattoos and got cold feet the first time he went into the parlor. But he finally made a spur of the moment decision as a freshman to get his love for God inked on his body.

“So I go to the tattoo shop one day, and they traced it on me, and I was kinda scared so I left,” Freeman said. “Then a year later, I was randomly like, ‘I’m gonna get it, oh well.’ It was kind of just a spur of the moment type thing.”

Danish Charania 

It wasn’t until advertising senior Danish Charania left his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, that he realized how much love he had for the Alamo City.

“It’s the coordinates of my childhood home with mountains above it to symbolize strength,” Charania said. “It’s just to always say that no matter where you are, remember where you grow up.”

Charania loves San Antonio’s distinct blend of Chicano and American culture, despite the fact that other people might not see its beauty. 

“It’s not a well-known city, beside the basketball team,” Charania said. “But there’s a lot of culture and history.”

Derrick Cleveland 

After public relations senior Derrick Cleveland survived a life-threatening car wreck unscathed, he credited God with his protection. Even though he has since lost faith, he still finds meaning in the words tattooed on the nape of his neck.

“Whether anybody believes in God or not, words are words and they have meaning,” Cleveland said. “Take the words as you say them. They’re universal.”