LODI, N.J. – Laura Krikorian hasn’t had it easy.
The disabled Lodi resident, now 50, suffered a pair of strokes at 29 and a heart attack at 45.
She says one thing helped her through it all: listening to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
The proof of her fandom is on her body. She has adorned herself with a slew of tattoos related to the Boss, including an incredibly life-like sketch of the famous Jersey rocker on her leg.
In all, the superfan has 10 tattoos related to Springsteen and his music.
“When I am lost I always find the answers in his music,” said Krikorian, who said her favorite song is “Backstreets.”
She even has some of the lyrics of the song tattooed on her chest: “Hiding on the backstreets where we swore forever friends. On the backstreets until the end."
Other tattoos depict phrases like, “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive,” and “Show a little faith there’s magic in the night.” She also has a tattoo that states, “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will live in my heart forever.”
“His music just does something for me,” said Krikorian, who has been to more than 30 of his shows. She said the music has helped her spiritually. "I don't listen to anyone else but him."
Krikorian said she started getting her tattoos about six or seven years ago. Most of her work is done by the artists at Lola’s Tattoos in Bogota. “I just kept getting them and I will probably still get them,” she said.
Ultimately, she’d like to be able to show her tattoos to Springsteen himself.
“I'd love to meet him and thank him for his amazing music that helped me through plenty of rough times,” she said.