Tatted: An insurance salesman, balancing business and ink

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

KAYLA DRAKE | Host

Ed Akers owns the Farmers Insurance in St. Charle’s Frenchtown. He loves New Orleans and music, so a majority of his tattoos tie back to that.

Tune in to hear Ed talk about balancing business and ink. And listen right until the end, because the best tattoo story – which starts off with a blind date – is saved for last.

Akers combined his love of pizza and St. Louis by creating a slice of Imo's and various toppings into the STL flag.
Photo by Kayla Drake
When Aker's grandpa was 87-years-old, he got a matching tattoo with him. His grandpa already had the tattoo from his sailor days in the Vietnam war. Akers decided to add color and a sunset, but the design is from the exact same flash sheet.
Akers went to college in New Orleans - and as a tribute, he got the city's signature drink: the hand grenade.
A majority of Aker's tattoos have a tie back to music. This particular tattoo is a tribute to the song "Sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail," by A Day To Remember for the life lesson it has taught him.
Aker's owns the Farmers Insurance in Frenchtown, St. Charles.
This episode was recorded right before Mardi Gras - so in classic New Orleans (and Frenchtown) style, Akers decorated the front of his business.

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

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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.