Months before Tommy died, I noticed a spot on his ankle. I asked him if he was getting warts again! Tommy laughed and said that a guy he knew wanted to practice tattooing, and Tommy decided to get a small circle on his ankle.
After Tommy’s unexpected death, several of his friends were visiting, and we talked about his tattoo. We were all desperate to find a way to connect with Tommy. Katie, Tommy’s sister, suggested we all get the same tattoo and drew one on a friend’s ankle. We all joked about it, but the thought of getting the tattoo appealed to many of us.
Mark was the first ..
Then Justin and Chase.
Steve, Katie and I were next.
My sister and niece came out in October and joined the Tommy tat club.
Now there are several Tommy tats out there, providing us each with a little comfort and connection and possibly some amusement to Tommy …