Purdue Pride is Forever 

What’s more permanent than a tattoo? The answer: Purdue Pride 

Tattooing has been around for thousands of years, becoming symbols of status, identity, religious beliefs and more. Tattoos are a way people share with the outside world what helps define, drive and inspire them. 

See the Boilermakers whose love for Purdue led them to get tattoos that hearken to the university, including depictions of Purdue Pete, the Boilermaker Special, Bell Tower and official Purdue University seal.

Samuel tattoo
Firefighter Samuel Kornicks realistic tattoo of the Boilermaker special. Photo Credit: Purdue University Photo/Rebecca McElhoe

A tattoo sleeve full of Purdue memories

Name: Brittany Blackford Graduation year: Fall 2015 Major/area of study: Wildlife; fisheries and aquatic sciences Current career: Small-business owner and Master of Science student at Mississippi State University studying conservation education Meet Brittany, who has a tattoo sleeve dedicated to

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A Boilermaker Special train tattoo

Name: Samuel KornicksGraduation year: 2015Major/area of study: Double major in political science/law and society with a minor in forensics.Current career: Full-time firefighter/EMT for the city of Lebanon, Indiana Meet the firefighter who is on the Boilermaker Special hype train. 1.

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Nolan tattoo

A tattoo that is a monument to Purdue’s impact

Name: Nolan SharplessGraduation year: 2021Major/area of study: Computer scienceCurrent career: I am a software engineer. Meet Nolan, whose love for Purdue and its iconic symbols inspired him to permanently mark his body in tribute. 1. Tell us about your Purdue

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