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Tattoos are the new lockets

From: Alaska Teen Media Institute
Length: 04:06

Tattoos have surpassed lockets as a way of keeping memories close.

Default-piece-image-0 Alaska Teen Media correspondent from Unalaska Community Broadcasting Ariel Gustafson looks at why tattoos have replaced lockets.

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Alaska Teen Media correspondent from Unalaska Community Broadcasting Ariel Gustafson looks at why tattoos have replaced lockets.

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Youth Editorial Board Review

Ariel Gustafson’s piece began with a clear, concise intro. She believes that lockets have been usurped by the tattoo as a way of keeping memories and loved ones close to you. She interviews her mother about a commemorative tattoo that she had done, and the reason why. Ariel also discusses tattoos that she would like to have done, including one of her mother.

Ariel’s voice is very understandable and she speaks at an excellent pace. I was initially interested in the idea of dedicatory tattoos and how they are superior to lockets, but was disappointed that this piece seemed only to scratch the very surface. It felt to me as though there was a truly emotional core to this story that didn’t make it out all the way. The lack of music in the piece also didn’t give the story much of a tone. The one interview was a little dry, and I was hoping that Ariel would ask more probing questions about her mother’s tattoo and get the real story. A few more interviews could have helped out a lot, as well. It was so close to saying something very beautiful, but the answers to the questions were just a bit too timid.