Having other persons' names tattooed on one's own body is a profound way to express the important connection between yourself and those individuals. It is suggestive of an immediate as well as significant relationship between the wearer of the name and the person whom it references. This is the case with Robb Nash, the lead singer of Live on Arrival, who has taken this eponymous style of tattoos to a new level in support of a good cause.
Over the last four years, Nash has received over 500 suicide notes from teenagers at the various schools where he delivers motivational speeches and performs with his band. Nash and his group use their music to speak out against the dangers of substance abuse and suicide; an extremely important mission in a day and age when substance abuse and suicide are among the leading cause of death for teenagers.
In a gesture of compassion for these troubled young people, he has had over 120 of their names tattooed across the entirety of his right arm, preserving the original penmanship from each of their handwritten letters. With their personal struggles in mind, the individuality expressed by each of their signatures is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. Check out this media montage in which Nash talks about how much these tattooed names mean to him.
It is amazing how such a seemingly simple tattoo, one without complex imagery, can mean so much. With their names tattooed all over his arm, Nash is now a living example of how many people seriously consider suicide but ultimately choose not to take their lives. The art of tattooing has enabled him to extend this positive message beyond his music and motivational speaking and into his everyday life, and it's incredibly moving.
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