Bekah Miles's tattoo is an ambigram, a design that reads as two different things from different perspectives

By Alex Heigl
September 02, 2015 09:00 AM;;playerWidth=630;playerHeight=385;isShowIcon=true;clipId=11810293;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=Video%2520Player;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=fixedKPTV – FOX 12Tattoos are common conversation pieces, but one Oregon student’s new ink is sparking something more important than small talk.

Bekah Miles is a junior at George Fox University in Newberg. Like a lot of college students, she decided to get a tattoo, though hers comes from a different source of inspiration than a best friend or favorite song.

“Last year I was diagnosed with depression and it was really difficult for me,” Miles told Fox 12 Oregon. “I didn’t want to be afraid of it anymore and I didn’t want it to control me.”

Miles got two words inked over her left knee. To someone facing her, they read, “I’m fine;” for her, looking down, the tattoo reads, “Save me.” (This design construction is called an “ambigram.”)

Miles shared a picture of the piece on her Facebook, and it quickly went viral, getting picked up across the web.

“It’s been very overwhelming, but overwhelming in a good way,” she added. “These are real people with real struggles and we’re just brushing it under the rug. And that’s the real problem.”

Clinical psychologist (and Miles’s professor), Dr. Kristina Kays, opened up to her students about her own struggles with depression, inspiring Miles’s decision. “I decided a few years back that it was something that would be important for my students to know,” she told Fox 12. “That it wasn’t just other people but it’s people they know and there is a way out.”

“You’re not alone,” Miles said. “We’re not alone. I mean clearly – there’s at least 300,000 shares of the post. Clearly we’re not alone.”