Brea Clark Posted about 2 years ago Why tattoos? Im an african american & Creole female and I have 2 tattoos *working on my 3rd*. as a "black" person people often reference tats to slavery and all that, saying its a form of branding. But me being the person I am, I see branding as a positive thing (branding who you are). I am friends with people who have 1-50 tats. some for emotional/mental reasons, such as kevin young, and some for the love of art. Although many cultures have their meaning for tatting someone, my meaning comes from the Native Americans. They would tat themselves to symbolize their name, tribe, location, kids, family, marriage, death, birth, etc. I have a tat that represents my Jr Fraternity in High School (which helped change my life as a growing young woman) and I have a tat that represents who I am as a person, it's the word Defiant. My next tat will be a spider web on my back. The spider web is a symbol of how a person "weaves" their own life and destiny by the choices you make, but it only lasts through faith.