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Mike Smith: The Tattoos And The Man Behind Them

Patricia Arriaga-Rivera, Opinion Editor, Features Editor

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From trees to bible referenced tattoos Mike Smith has them all. His tattoos spread across both his arms, quotes on both forearms, a tree half covered by a shirt sleeve, and a tattooed wedding ring.  All visible to Napa High student leader mentors,  LAYLA, and Leadership class.    

On his left forearm “Speak for the silent stand for the broken” is inked and for a good reason too. He believes that to be able to make a change you have to everyday wake up and stand for someone or something. His passion towards change can be heard in his voice alone when he speaks of change. He emphasis issues like anxiety within teenagers, sex trafficking, and homelessness. His dedication towards standing for others is something he does through his beanie brand Yea.Nice; for each beanie bought one is donated to a homeless person. He also helps  as the founder of Skate For Change. Skate For Change is lead by local people in what are called “chapters”. Those participating skate around their local area and give socks, water bottles, food, and other essentials needed to the local homeless people. In addition to that he’s also a founder of The Bay which serves as a skate park.

Mike Smith is a man who does not talk nearly as much as he does which says enough given how many schools and young people he talks to. He looks forward to continue making a change and help our youth make a change in their own way too. And maybe get a few more tattoos meanwhile.

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