>> MIKAELA JENSON ROSEMAN (MJR): You want me to tell you the story of my tattoos? Okay. So my left arm is pretty much a dedication to my grandfather. I have this one up here which is a line drawing of him. He served in World War II so that’s why I have the Purple Heart in there ‘cause he received one of those awards. He passed away in 2001 and then I got this one to memorialize him which is a biblical passage.
>> CLOSE UP: DO YOU KNOW IT BY HEART?
I know the passage but to be honest with you I don’t know any more the verse.
>> CU: “SEE UPON THE PALMS OF MY HAND, I HAVE CARVED YOUR NAME.” WHAT DO YOU RECALL ABOUT THAT PASSAGE?
I actually first heard about it in a class I was taking at Temple. I was a religion minor. And when I heard it I thought that it was a very good, a really good quote for a memorial tattoo. And I sort have always moderately considered adding more to my arm, like more pictures of my grandfather. He did a lot of stained glass work when he was still alive and I have a lot of that left. So I wanted to have some of those pictures maybe added. A lot of my tattoos I’d say aside from these ones are not – not that they have no point but they’re not as personally, I think, angled. And so I’ve sort of decided that since this is my arm obviously closer to my heart that I’ll have that dedicated for him.
WHAT WAS YOUR RLEATIONSHIP WITH HIM THAT YOU’D…
He was wonderful. He was born in 1907. His name was Albert Furman Jensen and he passed away in 2001. He had a very lucky, nice passing I think. And I just remember being really close with him growing up. So I remember being a kid, he had white hair, his nickname was “Whitey.” Even when he was a kid he had white hair. I just remember combing his hair at their house in Upper Darby when I was a little girl. He got Alzheimer’s later in life and he would have lucid moments as well. And so he always knew who I was, even when he was …Alzheimer’s. I remember one day I tried to microwave a thing of peanut butter And it had the wrapper on it still. It burst into flames in the microwave. And my 89 year old grandfather at the time sprinted through the house to get to the kitchen to put it out. So you know I have all these varied distinct memories of him, all really positive ones and even though it’s been a while, I was twelve. Yeah, I was eleven or twelve when he passed away. Now I’m twenty-five but I still think about him all the time.
Here’s the only picture that I have in my wallet. And this is the one that I always considered getting a portrait of him
So I have these puzzle pieces that I have on my arm that are meant to be for me and my best friend who I’ve known since I was four. I have “Love” and “Peace” on my wrist because those are ideals I’d like to live by contrary to how it usually goes. I have a fish on my neck because I was very interested in marine biology. And then on my back which you really won’t be able to see. I have wings on my back and a William Blake quote in between them that says “Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained," which is a quote from his piece, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”
>> CU; DO YOU EVER WORRY THAT YOU’LL FALL OUT OF LOVE WITH SOMETHING YOU’VE TATTOOED ON?
No. Never. I haven’t so far. You know some of my tattoos, on the back of my neck up here I have this little heart which has no sentimental meaning whatsoever- it was something I got because I was in New York City and I wanted a tattoo in New York City and I picked it off of the wall and I really don’t regret any of them at all. I still like them. You know for me it’s either that I remember something that happened when I got it or for the ones that like actually do mean something more personal to me, you know like in ten years I’m not going to decide all of a sudden that I don’t like my grandfather anymore, you know?