The student news publication of Libertyville High School

Anya Belomoina

Bill Mix

Name: Bill Mix

Occupation: Social studies teacher

Tattoos: Compass and a bear claw (right arm) and a friend’s initials and piano keys (left arm)


Q: Could you give the backstory to the tattoo on your left arm?

A: This one here is my friend’s initials. He was my best friend and my best man at my wedding, and he died of cancer at age 45. We played in a band together and he was the piano player. After he died, his daughter and I both got tattoos. She got one on her back and I got one on my arm kinda as a memorial for him, and that was the first one I got.


Q: What about the right arm?

A: This second one is my family tattoo. We travel a lot as a family. I got this bear claw added to the top of it. This bear claw [necklace], my wife and kids got me when they were little from an Inuit area and it means “the protector,” so I’ve always taken that as the protector of the family.


Q: What is your position towards tattoos? Do you think each one should have a meaning?

A: I know some people that just like the art of them and I know some people who have to have meanings. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong, I just know what it is for me; for me, it’s meaning.

Drops of Ink • Copyright 2024 • FLEX WordPress Theme by SNOLog in

Comments (0)

Drops of Ink intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. Drops of Ink does not allow anonymous comments, and we require a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.
All Drops of Ink Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *