Kelli Mixon always had a heart for tattoos. To her, tattoos are more than just body art; they are decorative pictures or words that capture and display to the world a moment, a memory or a dream in someone’s life. Makeup and clothes may express our personalities, but tattoos reflect our thoughts and dreams and tell stories of our past, present and future.
When Mixon’s beloved grandfather passed away last year, she knew getting a tattoo in his honor was exactly what she needed to do so that he would be well remembered. Mixon’s grandfather was in the navy and was just as fascinated by tattoos as his granddaughter, though his wife would never allow him to get one because she did not believe in them. Mixon became a legacy of her grandfather the moment she arrived at Holy City Tattoo Collective and sat down with a tattoo artist named Dennis.
Of all the tattoo designs that could possibly commemorate Mixon’s grandfather, she knew that the most special and personal symbol was a wildflower. Mixon revealed the story behind her choice when she explained, “When I was little we would go pick ‘wild flowers’ and take them back to my mom and she would always say, ‘These are pretty, dear, but they are weeds.’ It always hurt my spirit when she said it, but my grandfather would always whisper in my ear that weeds are just misunderstood wildflowers and it cheered me right up. The flowers are azaleas and sunflowers. Sunflowers are my favorite flower and azaleas are his and we planted both of them together while I was growing up.” Mixon’s tattoo displays the unique quote her grandfather used to tell her, and teaches anyone who asks about it that even the most ordinary things in life are just misunderstood extraordinaries.