TATTOOS: Does ink reveal your mysteries?

NBC's new show 'Blindspot' has people talking about the meaning of tattoos.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – She’s covered head to toe in tattoos and has no idea how they got there. She doesn’t even know her name. In fact, Jane Doe has no memory whatsoever. Yet, she has the skills of a Special Operations team member, can speak foreign languages at the drop of a hat and has the name of an FBI agent inked on her back.

Turns out, this is the intriguing plot of NBC’s newest drama, “Blindspot,” and it’s quickly becoming a fan favorite. Everyone wants to know who this woman is after she turns up naked in Times Square. Every tattoo on her body carries a hidden message. And, as the ink is deciphered, lives are saved.

Ybor City Tattoo Company

Jane Doe may soon find out who she really is. But, more than that, what do all those tattoos mean? Each one is considered a clue, a glimpse into who she is. That’s something that holds true in real life as well.

Getting inked is more popular than ever. Tattoo enthusiasts consider their body art a personal, almost historical timestamp. No one knows this better than artist Jon Larson. The passionate tattoo artist could easily be described as a global citizen, calling such places as Greece, Bolivia, Paraguay and Iraq his home. While the lifelong artist has lived all over the world, his current home is Tampa, where his love for tattooing comes alive each day within the creative canvas known as Ybor City Tattoo Company, located on East 7th Avenue.

Tattoo Company is a favorite of locals and beyond. “I love what I do. It’s my passion. It’s not just a job, it’s a passion,” Larson told News Channel 8.

With the popularity of NBC’s new show, seen on Mondays at 11 p.m. on News Channel 8, we asked: How does art stack up with real life? Larson admits that he loves the plot of “Blindspot,” where the lead actress has tattoos everywhere. He’s hoping the story line will encourage conversations and curiosity, especially for people who don’t have tattoos. He wants others to feel comfortable in asking questions. Larson told us, “I want to ask our girl in the show so many questions about the tattoos, but I’m just going talk to this guy because I’m never gonna talk to her.”

Ybor City Tattoo Company

He also told us that a person’s tattoos can reveal the deepest mysteries of all, similar to the lead character in the NBC show. “Tattoos are like road maps. They’re like road maps, they’re like catalogs, periods of people’s life,” he said. “You  can see what they were like in parts of their life.”

He added, “I think this is a good thing for our industry.”  So, what about the actress who plays Jane Doe? Where will the tattoos lead her?  Larson wouldn’t mind if she ends up in Ybor City. “Absolutely! Hopefully it leads her here,” he said with a smile. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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