Tatted: Reptile Love

This is the eighth episode of Tatted, a podcast telling the stories behind people's ink.
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KAYLA DRAKE | Multimedia Producer

Junior Emily Hilbolt is a biochemistry student and based her favorite tattoo on alchemy, the medieval predecessor to chemistry she said. It is a “ouroboros,” a snake eating its tail, forming a circle. The symbol was common in alchemy, either as a snake or dragon, and was adopted from ancient Egyptian drawings. 

To Hilbolt, the ouroboros symbolizes life, death and new beginnings. 

Hilbolt said she had the idea of an "ouroboros" for a year, but what finally pushed her to getting the tattoo was actually getting a paycheck. Hilbolt said that day she went with her boyfriend to get the tattoo.
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Hilbolt said she is an "animal lover" and is especially fond of reptiles. 
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This tattoo was chosen at random - from a sheet of designs. Tattoo shops are notorious for hosting flash tattoo days, where customers can choose from a choice of pre-drawn designs. The tattoos are also usually cheaper because the shop already designed and prepared for the art. This is commonly on Friday the 13th and is referred to a "tattoo holiday."
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Again this tattoo was more spur of the moment and chosen from a sheet of designs, Hilbolt said. The one above is a moon, lightning and clouds and she said it reminds her of her love for nature.
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Hilbolt is also a chemistry tutor in Young Hall and a member of the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma.
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Kayla is our multimedia producer, so basically all things video and podcasts. She prefers to cover human interest stories because she believes we learn best by hearing personal testimonies of grief, passion, tribulation and activism. When Kayla is not editing or writing, most likely she is either hiking or eating. And by eating she doesn’t mean fast food, college grub, but the St. Louis restaurant scene (which is to die for). She is a proud St. Louisan and is passionate about being a part in the city's redemption. Look for the girl with the stickered out water bottle on campus and say hi.

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