inked: series THREE

In series THREE, we share some emotional stories from our contributors, most of which deal with loss. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting choked up at some of these- I know I did.


Alyssa’s one and only tattoo is the name and the lyric from a Jimmy Eat World song, one that she heard a short time after her best friend’s mom passed away. The song is about hanging on to someone and finding the light that you intuitively know exists despite the darkness. For Alyssa, this tattoo is about keeping things in perspective when things get dark– focus on the light when things are the most difficult.



Tabitha has multiple tattoo’s; this one was to celebrate her 30th birthday and remember her grandmother Kit. The word “love” is in her grandmother’s handwriting, and the angel wings remind Tabitha that her grandmother is always with her in spirit, even if she isn’t here in person.



When Katie was 16, her sister Erin was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia. Erin was a police officer in Beachwood, starting a family with her husband. She was 5 1/2 months pregnant, and unfortunately her baby did not survive. But Erin fought bravely, going through a bone marrow transplant, radiation and chemotherapy, and went into remission. She even went on to have a healthy baby girl, who is now 15. Unfortunately, Erin’s cancer returned and spread throughout her body. Despite a valiant battle, Erin passed away in March 2002. Katie’s tattoo commemorates Erin’s life as a marathon runner, a wife, a mother, a daughter, and above all, one hell of a fighter.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of inked. We still have a few more of the inked:series to go, so if you would like to be a part of it, please send your submissions to! 

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Shibani Faehnle

Shibani is a banker by day, and an entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger, spin instructor, wife, and mom to three rescue pups by night. She started her online jewelry boutique in 2015. She has a weakness for ice cream, loud pop music, 90s hip hop, and texting in ALL CAPS. She secretly wants Andy Cohen and Bravo to hire her to be on Real Housewives of Cleveland.

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  • May I share? I’m a baby boomer with no tattoos (yet), but my son has inspired me to consider one. We lost our daughter to leukemia at age 13, when her brother was barely 12. Our son thought for many years about designing a tattoo to represent his sister, and after marrying and having children of his own, he was finally ready to get it designed and inked by a friend he trusted. The final tattoo is a soaring bare-branched tree, from his ankle up his calf to the back of his knee, a replica of the corkscrew willow in our old backyard. The two children had named it “the love tree” and would climb and play in it for hours at a time. His tattoo has a banner across the trunk with the tree’s name in German (he studied the language throughout college). His sister is now a permanent part of him and it has given him a sense of peace. Now he’s working on a tattoo for each of his three children.

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