These forearms belong to my student Carlos.¹ Each wears the name of one of Carlos’ children … in Elvish.
Oh, you read that right. In Elvish. He explained to me that he studied the language just to learn how to write his son and daughter’s names for the tattoo artist. Yes, you heard that right, too: he studied Toklien’s invented language so that he’d be able to have his children’s names inked on his arms. Really.
I have to say, I love that.
It’s so wonderfully … well … geeky. And geekiness doesn’t seem to fit Carlos at all. You would never look at him (tough, no-nonsense, almost angry-looking) and think, “Oh, this guy would spend his free time studying Tolkien and learning Elvish.” Now, for all I know, he’s not much of a Tolkien scholar and what’s on his arms doesn’t really spell out his children’s names. I make no claim to knowing such things. It matters not at all. In this case, for me, it really is the thought that counts.
He also has one of these:
Yes, that would be his element … from Angels and Demons. Really. This is his newest one. I can’t wait to see how this inking progresses.
¹ Carlos is now my former student, since he got his GED a few weeks ago! We’re hard at work now getting him enrolled in the college transition program at one of the City University schools. He’s going to study forensic science, and I couldn’t be more excited for him.