Since the start of the school year, my goal was to cover difficult topics or topics that don't get much coverage. When my turn rolled around to do my backpack story, the idea of covering high schoolers with tattoos was a fun way to continue honoring my goal.
The first thing I did was set out to find people with tattoos to interview, and surprisingly, more students had tattoos than I could fit in the story. Whether it was flowers on their arms to represent the important women in their lives, or a lava lamp that came to them in an “artistic epiphany,” they wanted to share their opinions on teenagers having tattoos.
Once my interviews were done, it was time to get b-roll. What better b-roll than someone getting inked themselves. Who would get a tattoo just for a high school TV class? Me! That's who! I got my second tattoo and my artist was so fun to work with. She helped me stay inspired throughout the rest of the story.
After I had my b-roll and interviews, piecing everything together came naturally. Telling a story about how ink doesn't affect your work ethic or morals, even as a teen, was one I've felt passionately about for awhile now. The theory that teenagers get tattoos to be rebellious is outdated. Ink has turned into a really awesome form of self-expression.
Overall, this was one of my favorite stories I've produced in this class because it was something I believed in and the process was really fun. All of the girls I interviewed were really confident and spunky in their own ways. That's very unique to find in teenage girls going through high school.
I hope you enjoy this story and it helps you see that ink doesn't have the "negative" vibe it once did.