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Inspired by Maren

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Donna Cimarelli


"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."

- Thoreau



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Traci


My tattoo reminds to be kind, compassionate, unique and just plain freakin cool like Maren. I honor her everyday.


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Kori


"We flourish together or not at all"

I have the line "Just know you're not alone," from the song "Home" by Phillip Phillips, spelled out in my friends' handwriting. I wanted to get a memorial tattoo for Maren, but I also wanted to express to my incredible friends how much they mean to me and how much they helped me through Maren's passing. The reason I chose lyrics from Home is because Maren sang it at the talent show she had won, and it brought on a sense of comfort for everyone who had known her. I felt that by taking a letter or two from everyone's handwriting it'd be a great way to keep everyone with me even when we can't physically be together, and what I love most about this tattoo is that I was actually able to incorporate Maren's writing into it as well. The word "alone" and her initials are both in her handwriting which I think is a great reminder of her always being with us as well.


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Nicole


"Dream on, silly dreamer."

- Stevie Nicks
Here's the desc. behind my tattoo:

“I’m learning a language that isn’t even real!!” is what Maren exclaimed during a GSA (or Rainbow Club as she was advocating for it to be switched to) meeting one afternoon about how she was learning Elvish, the language spoken in Lord of the Rings. I can remember sitting on the desk adjacent to her, thinking about how cool it was that she wanted to do that. Albeit just a small memory of many, it holds great weight because being able to look back on something related to Maren and feel happy is important. However, when it came time to wanting to honor her with a tattoo, there were a few different ideas floating around in my head. After seeing a few of our friends get Maren’s name in Elvish tattooed in her handwriting, I decided to do the same. And now, every time I look at my tattoo, I find solace because I am immediately brought back to this little moment.


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AJ


"Under clothes, under skin; underneath, we're all the same. For when you remove the tricky tricks, only skeleton bones remain."

-Tyler Joseph
(Maren's name in Elvish writing tattoo) - This was my first tattoo I got on my 18th birthday. It reads "Maren Sanchez" in the Elvish language from Lord of The Rings. I wanted this one specifically for a couple of reasons.

I got it on my wrist because I knew I was always going to want to look at it and it shows how Maren is always close to me. I wanted there to be some way to represent Maren on my body through something we both loved. When I found out she had learned to write in Elvish, I felt that would be perfect and I was so glad there was a picture of the writing because it is also in her very own hand writing. I also love that they are symbols and that no one knows what it says so people usually ask me what it means and I then have the opportunity to tell them about my beautiful friend, Maren Sanchez.

(Audrey II tattoo) - This was my second tattoo which represents the show our drama club performed that year, Little Shop of Horrors. To me, this was by far the most emotional show we had ever performed. I remember the day she passed, our director asked us all as a group if we still wanted to continue to perform the show, seeing as opening night was the following week. But we had all unanimously agreed the show must go on, for Maren. It's what she would have wanted us to do. Along with the other roles she had in the show, (including: Skip Snip and a member of the Ensemble) she was also supposed to be the puppeteer for Audrey II in the show, which is why on my tattoo, I have the inside of the plant and around the plant, a purple glow. That represents Maren and I'm honored to have these memories of her with me forever.


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Miranda


"You are stronger than you think."

Initially, my tattoo stood as a symbol reminding me of the nights Maren and I spent together talking and laughing for hours (the crescent moon). I can remember so clearly the excitement and joy she radiated wherever we would go, through everything we did. I needed to keep that close to me. However, as time went on, my tattoo began to add on meaning. It tells me that the strength I obtained to persevere through the darkness will be with me through whatever may come. It tells me to find the light in that darkness, because that is what she would have done. We have a responsibility to her to remain strong, and keep going. No matter what.


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Marlane


“Live*Love*Laugh*”

Maren, aka my "Chickita"! That is what I always called her whenever I saw her in person, on the phone, or even when we skyped. Maren and I had a special bond and from the time she was a little tot I have always felt like she was my own, the daughter I never had. It was a pleasure and an honor to watch her grow up into a smart, talented beautiful young lady. I even had the honor to watch her perform at her first talent show at JLHS singing and playing the guitar, her favorite song "HOME". We would always have the most interesting conversations that not even her mom would know about, Maren trusted me and I always kept my word when she would talk to me in confidence. I always tried giving her the best advice I knew and she always made smart decisions without regret!

I decided to get a tattoo done in Maren's honor so that I can be reminded of her daily as I look at it on my wrist forever always! The music note part of the tattoo symbolizes and represents the Love and kindness that radiated through her smile and those big brown eyes of hers! The heart symbolizes her unconditional love and kindness to others wherever she went. Maren was an old soul and will forever be missed physically, but her spirit goes on strong forever!!! Love you always, my "Chickita".


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Cori


"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

What my tattoo means to me:

Whenever the song "Home" by Phillip Phillips plays, everyone takes it as a sign from Maren. She always had a positive outlook on life so I chose to get these lyrics tattooed on me as a reminder that even when things go wrong, it will always get better.


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Anna


"Just know you're not alone"

I know Maren is always by my side which is why I got her name tattooed on my hip. It's written in Elvish, from her favorite series, Lord of the Rings. I chose this script because it captures her uniqueness and beauty.

Sorry this is so late! I thought I sent it earlier but it must not have gone through! Hope this gets to you and thank you so much for letting me be apart of this!


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Mark





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Phoebe



"Be the change you hope to see in the world.”

When I think of Maren, one of the first things that I think of was her passion for music and her liveliness. Maren’s personality was the beat of her own upbeat song, and her actions in life were her lyrics. Her song never had a specific rhyme or tone, but everyone always wanted to sing along.


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