Yes, there’s a huge stigma surrounding tattoos. If you’re ever expressed any interest in getting one, I’m sure you’ve been met by backlash, eye-rolls, huffs or simply looks of genuine disapproval from someone. Of course, this is all completely ridiculous. Aside from the obvious fact that your body should be yours to do with as you please (and it seems a little strange that we’re all so concerned with how everyone else looks anyway), tattoos are a form of art.
Thankfully, as of late, people have become more accepting in tattoos; for the most part, at least. Employers are still rather divided and varied on the subject, meaning that the majority of people place tattoos in areas concealed by their work clothes.
I’m sure things will change in the future, if it perhaps becomes ‘discriminatory’ to judge somebody’s appearance based on a tattoo. Though something tells me that an inked skull masking a person’s entire face might always be a little intimidating to most employers, friends, families and crying babies on the street.
For the most part, tattoos are harmless. An image marking your body can be as simple an expression about yourself as a T-Shirt bearing that very same image. Here are 3 more reasons you should stop listening to judgmental people and get a tattoo if you’ve always wanted one:
It can be artistic
Artists and creative types might have a idea for a beautiful image, design or a quotation that they feel defines them as a person. If you’re this kind of person, then you shouldn’t be holding yourself back. If you truly want that design, then go ahead and do it. Be stylish and get the aesthetic you’ve always wanted.
It can be meaningful
For some people, a tattoo is about much more than an artistic statement or a design choice. For some, it’s a symbol of deeper meaning and it reflects either something personal in their life or something they believe about the world. If you have deep views that you never want to forget and you really want a tattoo, then combining the two could be an important step in your life. It’s your body, after all.
It’s not permanent
Yes, I know this directly conflicts with everything that everyone has ever told you, but, like so many other things in this world, ‘permanent’ doesn’t have to mean permanent. There are some decent forms of tattoo removal out there, though it’s important to note that some are much better than others. The point I want to make is: if you did decide on an image you thought you liked, but then one day you change your mind, or a job forces you to remove it, you can rest easy in the knowledge that there are ways to reverse the decision and you can be left with skin which looks just the same as it did before.
Obviously, that’s all a lot of hassle, so it’s best to be sure that you want not only a tattoo, but the exact design you’ve requested. One of the benefits of age restrictions when it comes to getting a tattoo is that you don’t end up with some ridiculous Sponge bob design etched into your skin forever (unless you’re still into Sponge bob as an adult) to each their own.