Body Art GalleryInspired by Maren
"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."- Thoreau
My tattoo reminds to be kind, compassionate, unique and just plain freakin cool like Maren. I honor her everyday.
"We flourish together or not at all"
"Dream on, silly dreamer."- Stevie Nicks
“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.
"Under clothes, under skin; underneath, we're all the same. For when you remove the tricky tricks, only skeleton bones remain."-Tyler Joseph
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.
"You are stronger than you think."
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".
"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
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.
"Just know you're not alone"
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!