Jermain “Brklynkidd” Turner
Born April 23rd, 1988 and raised in Brooklyn New York, was the life of yours truly. Living a life on my own since I was 16 from being Jumped and raped, contracting H.I.V from the incident, uprooting my life to a different state, going to college, enduring the death of my Twin sister and now living as an independent adult with a bachelor’s degree in science, an activist for H.I.V. and telling my story all isn’t simple. All my tattoos may not seem important, but they are significant to me and they tell all a story all of their own and in their own way inspire me to persevere.
“Tamala”- I got when I turned 18 back in 2006 on my right arm marking a tremendous journey from “Popeye” my family name to my own. Stepping into my own skin after enduring a brutal beating at 16 and being raped and giving H.I.V. as a heterosexual male and dealing with it alone. To struggling with the hardship of moving to a different state starting a new life all while trying to manage all A’s through high school… “I MADE IT”
“Vivette” - I got my mom’s name when I was 16 on my right forearm. I am mommas’ boy who loves his mother whole heartedly. With no dad, 5 older siblings, paying rent, a mortgage and putting 3 of the 5 kids through school. Working two jobs and maintaining, to me is a strong individual and I love her most for it.
“Chinese symbol”- I got this tattoo on my right chest with my college roommate and brother James Bailey; just to commemorate our bond through brother hood and the connection we share. Living together, being there for one another and having each other’s back from me being set on fire to James getting his arm cut open. The symbol meaning “powerful in Chinese” and “strong in Japanese” kept us together.
“Bull” – this bull I also got in my college years, it is both the zodiac and Chinese symbol for the Taurus sign “bull” was just something to get when I turned 20 with my friends who were all getting tattoos. I got the bull tattoo on my left arm with a few extra detailed markings. The blood shot red eyes and the smoke billowing out the nostrils for my anger and rage as a person.
“Praying hands + Cross” – another one of my college days tattoos, the praying hands in front of the cross to symbolize my faith at this point in time my twin sister hadn’t passed and as I grew up in a semi religious home, Christianity was at the fore front of our household, so I got it on my left chest over my heart.
Tribal dragon (abs) – this tribal dragon I got in my college days. I got it for the simple fact me and all of my siblings even being so different in ages were all born in the year of the dragon, starting my love for dragons. 1988 1976 1980 1978, there was supposed to be four in total but couldn’t take the pain at the time; and never got it done
Tribal dragons (thigh) – I recently acquired this tattoo for my 24th birthday this year just because. I love dragons and I like tribal symbols, so why not get a tribal dragon. But this tribal dragon is in flight and spitting fire and is wrapped around my right thigh. Going from the front of my thigh to the right “butt cheek”
“Jaguar on the rocks” – I got this one also In my college days, just as a jaguar perches up on a rock an awaits for its prey, I viewed myself as the jaguar waiting to pounce on my prey “MY GOALS” half way through getting degree I just got this tattoo along with other friend getting what was dear to them to help me push on.
“Tamara”- May 1, 2010 I got my twin sister’s name going across my back. It is surrounded by a sun and our date of birth representing her life and moon and stars accompanied by the day she died to symbolize the ending of it. I got this tattoo the next year with my older brother in remembrance of her life.
“Hebrews 11:1” – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things unseen” in 2009 my twin sister was murdered and it took me down a religious path where I blamed god for taking her. And in the two years I’ve come to realize it was her calling and she’s in a better place. So I got this bible verse, going down my left side of my torso May 1, 2011 to mark the 2nd year anniversary of her death, and my new found faith.
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