The Ice Garden continues our series, “Rink Ink,” which features various hockey players’ tattoos. A form of self-expression, tattoos provide unique insights into the players’ lives — their mottos, their beliefs, their motivations, their interests. This time, we caught up with Carolyne Prevost, a Toronto Furies player and CrossFit athlete.
Can you tell me about your tattoo?
I got it when I was 20 years old at university. It’s a fleur de lis, which is a French symbol, and around it are French lyrics from a poem that my family used to listen to when we were in Montreal as a whole family. I have part of the lyrics and my twin sister actually has the next lyrics that go with it. She has the exact same tattoo on her lower right back with the fleur de lis and continuation of the lyrics there.
How did you two decide to get the tattoo? Did you get it at the same time?
I originally got it first. We had talked about getting it at the same time, but then I was at university and she was at home, so I went through with it hoping she would follow through. She came back to Madison, Wisconsin, where I had mine, a few months after and got hers done there. I was there with her when she got hers done, but she wasn’t there for mine.
It’s neat because it’s a song that has meaning for our family. It [the song] played at our grandpa’s funeral, so it was a good tattoo that I don’t regret.
Can you give advice for first timers so they don’t get a tattoo they regret?
Make sure it’s meaningful and be aware of where you’re putting it. If you don’t want people to know you have a tattoo, maybe think about an area that people won’t see as much. If that’s not an issue, you can do whatever you want with your body, but make sure it’s meaningful and you won’t get sick of it because you’re stuck with it.
Would you get another tattoo?
I would definitely get another one. My dream growing up was actually to get the Olympic rings tattooed on me, but obviously I can’t do that. One of my goals now is to make it to the CrossFit Games. It’s in Madison, Wisconsin, so [I would want to] blend in something with hockey and CrossFit and that city where I spent five years of my life and had a lot of memories [for the tattoo]. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do. It’s a work in progress right now. I’m trying to think of more, but I’ll definitely get one more — one or two more.
They do say tattoos are addicting...
I wouldn’t say I’m addicted to them. I have the one, and sometimes I often forget I have it because it’s on my lower back. So, it’s not something I see everyday.
I always think about what my next one would be, but I’m very patient about what I want to do with it. I want it to be the right thing, so it’s just waiting for the stars to align and figure out what I want to do with it.