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The pose that inspired my first tattoo — of five in the same spot. (Photo credit: Shamontiel L. Vaughn)

When I was offered a tattoo as a high school graduation gift, I was elated. I was (and still am) really into painting ceramics and black art, and a silhouette of two people in the middle of a cross-armed toast seemed like a wonderful idea. I brought my favorite photograph of me and my prom…