Tatted: When a Bible verse becomes cliche

This is Tatted, a podcast telling the stories behind people's ink.
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In high school Zach Shepard played football. His first tattoo was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

This verse has been adopted by popular professional athletes such as former professional NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow, even appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the verse on his eye black stickers. Or how NBA Golden State  Warrior Steph Curry writes the verse on every pair of his sneakers. 

Shepard shares how he came to know the true meaning of the verse.

For his first tattoo, Shepard choose the popular verse Philippians 4:13, because he was starting to investigate Christianity at the time.
Tigers are Shepard's favorite animal, especially after he saw "The Jungle Book" as a kid, where Shere Khan was the powerful villian.
Besides having tattoos, Zach Shepard is a junior, majoring in elementary education. Shepard has always loved everything Disney and aspires to be a gym teacher someday.

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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.