TATTOO TALES: Erika’s anchor

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 21, 2016 06:27 PM
TATTOO TALES: Erika’s anchor
It means para sa akin na malaya na ako and nasa tamang age na ako -- Pocari Sweat's Erika Alkuino on her feather and birds tattoo.

A form of expression, part of culture or for aesthetic purpose, tattoos hold different meanings to those who used their skin as canvass for art.

Take for example the boxing glove tattoo of 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao on his left chest, mixed martial arts champion Brandon Vera’s tribal and ‘baybayin’ tats or pro-basketball player Gary David’s portrait of his family inked on his right deltoid that he kisses before every free throw attempt. These inks are synonymous to the success and careers of those who bear them.

ABS-CBN Sports asked some of the country’s volleybelles who embraced the art of tattoo and the meaning behind each of them.


Erika Alquino of Pocari Sweat

No. of tattoos: 3


Getting inked never crossed the mind of Pocari Sweat’s Erika Alkuino.

But when the lanky hitter saw a perfect design she had a change of heart.

“’Yung una kong tattoo kasi hindi naman talaga planado,” said the Adamson product. 

“Kumbaga kasi nakakita lang ako ng design tapos nu’ng time na pupunta yung magta-tattoo doon sa coach ko dati noong nasa Adamson pa ako, parang gusto niya na isabay na rin ako,” she added. “’Yun kaya parang gusto ko na din kasi. Pero hindi talaga planado.”

Alkuino got her first tattoo just this year and chose a feather with silhouettes of three birds on her left shoulder.   

"It means para sa akin na malaya na ako and nasa tamang age na ako,” said the 24-year old.

Alkuino actually had two tattoos done on her first try. 

“Magkasabay yung feather at itong sa kamay ko na “No Regrets”,” said Alkuino while showing the tattoo on her right arm. “Para sa akin ibig sabihin, wala akong pinanghihinayangan sa kung anuman ang maging desisyon ko at sa kung anuman ang mga plano ko sa buhay.”

Her third tattoo is an anchor on her left torso or on what is called the “sex line”.

That tattoo for Alkuino has the deepest meaning.  

“‘Yung pangalawa ko kasi is anchor,” she said. “Para di ko makalimutan kung saan ako nanggaling, kung saan ako nagsimula.”   

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