In recent years the Southern Cross tattoo has become a divisive symbol.
A hallmark of the late 90s and early 00s, what began as a symbol of Australian patriotism slowly morphed into a sign of boganism and, more recently, one of dogged nationalism.
It’s a shift in acceptance that has angered one patriotic Aussie, who had the five stars tattooed on her right foot before deciding to have them covered up.
“It is frowned upon to be proud to be Australian,” Emily told Triple J’s Hack program on Thursday night.
“I don’t like that all because we all should be allowed to be proud of where we live,” she continued.
“I think it’s definitely become racist to have a Southern Cross, which is terrible because that’s our flag.”
Emily said that at job interviews, parties, and social events, she'd cover her feet with frilly socks to avoid confrontation that could stem from her controversial ink - even when she was wearing heels.