Tatted: Reptile Love


This is Tatted, a podcast telling the stories behind people’s ink.
Graphic by Kat Owens

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. 

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