Raven Chatman, Maintenance Worker, Washington University in St. Louis

Raven Chatman
Raven Chatman, Maintenance Worker, Washington University in St. Louis

"We’re so focused on material things and sometimes we forget love. And I just firmly believe that if you share, and I don't mean materialistically, If you share a positive vibe that positive vibe rotates and recycles itself towards you. If you share a negative vibe, that also rotates and recycles toward you. So if a homeless guy asks you for a dollar and you have ten in your pocket, you give him a dollar because you’re going to get that back, tenfold."

"I got this tattoo because, more than any other animal, I empathize with the tiger. Tigers grow up with their family but eventually leave and make their own way. At a certain age, they are alone and have to fend for themselves. However, if a tiger encounters another tiger trying to accomplish something, it helps that tiger so they can both eat. So if I see another tiger, my brother or my cousin, I’m going to help them eat. That's basically how I move; I try to respect everything around me."

"I'm an artist and I love drawing. In terms of what I draw, I try to base it off how I feel. I originally started off because I loved anime, Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, and eventually transitioned to graffiti. Ultimately, I want to open up a tattoo parlor. Not just to tattoo people but also to serve food and create a space where people can mingle and congregate."

"I have two sons, one named Tyus and another named Aashon. My daughter's name is yet to be revealed; she’s supposed to be born on Valentine’s Day. Tyus turns two on June, 27th and Aashon will be six on October 4th. Now, Aashon looks just like me, but he has his mother's mental. Tyus is the reverse: He looks like his mom, but thinks like me. Like a tiger. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about my kids is “second chance.” My second chance. So it's a second chance to teach my kids, as an extension of myself, things that I now know."

"I'm big on self-meditation. I started in 2017 and every day I try to meditate for ten minutes. I think of it as three simple steps: ten minutes meditation, drink plenty of water, and push out positive vibes. And that's what I try to do every day. I concentrate on my breath and my heartbeat, trying to really feel my heartbeat. It’s kind of crazy how it works because once you get into what I call nowhere, once you clear your mind out, nothing exists. Then, when you open your eyes, it feels like ten seconds have passed when it’s really been twenty. It’s something I think everyone should try."

Washington University in St. Louis