Tatted: When Superman reassures your identity

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

KAYLA DRAKE | Host

After reading the comic book “Superman Kingdom Come,” senior film student Judge Williams connected with the hero he has always looked up to. During Williams’ freshman year of college, he was experiencing an identity crisis of sorts when he stayed at home to go to community college, and a majority of his friends went off to four-year universities. 

“It was a time when Superman didn’t feel like being a superhero anymore… and to read that my favorite superhero didn’t want to be this thing that defined him so heavily anymore, I was blown away by it,” Williams said.

This quarter-life crisis of sorts led to two different tattoos: a double black armband that symbolically intersects faith, strength and Superman’s iconic “S” symbol and also his “I Am” tattoo, with a camera lens around it. 

When life seems confusing and the day-to-day shuffle is redundant, Williams finds comfort in both tattoos. Through difficult choices and failures that a creative field like film demands, Williams is just able to flex and feel stronger, he joked.

Listen to the full episode to hear more about working in a creative field, why Williams loves Superman and maturing as a young professional. 

For William's first tattoo, he invested a considerable amount of thought into it. The double black armband represents the cross of faith and strength, conveniently on his bicep to flex when he needs to push a little further, Williams joked.
On the back of his armband is the Superman symbol used in the comic, "Superman Kingdom Come." Superman is Williams favorite hero.
This tattoo was the result of a Chicago trip with three friends, Williams said. The friends decided on getting the roman numeral three and deciding the meaning later. Williams said he still hasn't found a meaning, but joked that since he is Judge the II, maybe his son can be Judge the III.
William's second tattoo was meant to assure his chosen career path of film. Even though the tattoo artist couldn't draw a perfect circle, Williams accepted the flaw, pointing out that he will not get everything right in his career.
Williams, a self-titled nerd (notice the vintage X-Men shirt), is graduating in May, after he finishes his second senior thesis film this semester.

Tatted comes out every Thursday and does not reflect the opinions of Lindenlink staff or Lindenwood University.

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