I will forever be baffled by these people that frown upon tattoos, and the parents that tell their kids, "If you get a tattoo, you're getting kicked out of my house!" I understand saying no to certain tattoos, or even saying no to a tattoo in general because you're too young. Had my parents let me get a tattoo when I originally started asking for one, I'd probably have the Jonas Brothers logo on my arm, and a unicorn somewhere on my body. That just does not sound like a good thing to me.
Ask anyone with tattoos, especially those with a lot of tattoos. They will tell you that their tattoos are art, and are a way to express themselves in their own way. Some argue "Your body is a temple". Look at a lot of ancient temples, they're filled with paintings right on the walls. They're not framed, or able to be removed, they're forever on the walls. Its essentially the same thing with tattoos. Your body is your temple, why not decorate it?
Are all tattoos a good thing? No, of course not. If you're dumb enough to get "YOLO" tattooed on your forehead, you will probably be labeled a dumbass, and have to get it surgically removed in the future because you will regret it. Placement is important too, especially since we live in a world that does discriminate against those who are walking journals. Sometimes you do need to consider getting tattoos in places that can easily be covered, so you can get a job easier. Other than that, I say go for it.
Do make sure before you do that you really want the tattoo. Like, don't go, "Oh hey, I like Taco Bell, so I'm going to get Taco Bell across my hands." If you get that reference, then good for you. Only some people will understand. Also, never, and I mean never, get the name of your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, friend, or wife. Unless they are passed away, then it does open up more consideration. Names can be tattooed on the body, without being a known curse if the person is deceased. Relatives names are always okay, because it is a relative, you can't curse that relationship.
Basically, be smart about your tattoos, but really, they're not a bad thing. They're a good thing. People could know some of your story before they even talk to you this way. Given, that is a bit of a double edged sword. On one hand, that's a good thing. It could keep people that are only going to be rude toward you because you're not what they think is an "acceptable person". On the other hand, its a bad thing because they are judging you without knowing you at all. If they really thought about your tattoos though, it is possible that they could figure out some about you. That's only if they take the time to figure out the meaning, though.
To anyone that feels like tattoos are a way of defiling your body, or that they're a "sin", I feel the need to point out that tattoos have been around since ancient times. Its not new, and way back then they were used to show good things, like moving up in your tribe. They were never frowned upon, so why frown upon them now?
Want to read more about tattoos in society? Feel free to read my article about how society discriminates against those who are pierced and tattooed.http://musicisimmortal.weebly.com/1/post/2012/09/discrimination-isnt-a-thing-of-the-past.html
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