From the October 2018 magazine.

Welcome to the tattoo convention

How an amends for a little white lie led to a surprising encounter with Arizona AA history

Last year, during our state’s Young People’s convention, an elegant woman in one of the elevators made positive comments about my tattoos and we engaged in discussion. Eventually, she saw my YPAA (Young People in AA) badge and asked what kind of convention was being held at the hotel. 

Always mindful of breaking the anonymity of everyone wearing a badge, I thought about saying “spiritually like-minded people.” Then I remembered the inside joke that some of us YPAAs call ourselves: a tattoo convention. So, that’s what I told her. We were a tattoo convention. 

-- Terra V.

Tempe, Arizona

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