Unnbjorg Omarsdottir, a senior on the GC women’s soccer team, traveled to America to continue her love for soccer, but soccer is not her only love. She also holds a great admiration for art, which she displays through the tattoos covering her arms.
Uno, a native of Iceland, has accumulated six tattoos and has had all of her ink work done in her home country.
“I’ve always loved tattoos since I was really young,” Uno said. “Every time I saw someone with tattoos, I would stare at them and think, ‘Those are really cool.’”
Uno’s tattoos all present a special meaning, from her personality to events in her life that she has endured and encountered.
“My inspiration comes from what happens in my life,” Uno said.
Uno’s first tattoo was the Roman numeral for 18, her favorite number, on the outer wrist of her right arm. Her birthday is April 18, and has always worn the number 18 on the soccer pitch.
During the same session, Uno also received the Chinese lettering on her left arm that makes the sound of her name.
Uno said she is inspired by Japanese art and ties two of her tattoos to the passion she has from the culture of Japan.
Her left forearm has a tiger, and on her right upper arm, she sports a dragon.
“The tiger and dragon represent the Yin and Yang in the Japanese culture,” said Uno. “The tiger is beneath, and the dragon is on top.”
Uno was inspired to get these symbols because of the meaning of balance represented by the Yin and Yang symbols.
Uno named her tattooed tiger Peaches, eventually tattooing the name below the animal.
“The tiger is my power animal and my favorite,” Uno said. “I named it Peaches because of coming to the Peach State from Iceland.”
The tattoo most closely tied with Iceland is the wing on her left bicep that reads, “I will become what I know I am.” Uno received the wing when she graduated from her school in Iceland.
“In the end, I’ll know what I want and what I want to be,” Uno said.
Uno did not sugar coat her response when explaining how badly getting her tattoos hurt.
“When I was getting my dragon done, it felt like they were drilling into my shoulder,” Uno said.
When getting her ink work done, Uno explained that the dragon took about five hours and the tiger took eight.
Uno expressed how she plans to finish her arms and complete her tattoo work with full arm sleeves. She wants to continue with tattoos inspired by Japanese culture, and she expressed other ideas that relate to her returning home safely to Iceland.
“I can’t wait to get more tattoos, but I promised my mom I wouldn’t get any more until I graduated,” Uno said.