Tattoo Taboo: Why Tattoos Aren't All Bad

By | January 23, 2014

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Why Do People Get Tattoos

There is no definitive answer to that question. People of all cultures and walks of life are getting tattoos at many different ages and for a number of different reasons. In some cultures, tattooing is symbolic of maturity, ranking or marital status, but in American culture, tattoos are usually just a form of self expression.

It is a common misconception that people who get tattoos are rebellious trouble makers or just looking for attention. In fact, most people who have them believe that they are amazing works of art which add permanent beauty to their lives and help them feel physically complete.

Why People Do Not Get Tattoos

In modern society tattoos, gauged earlobes and other body piercing are not as accepted as most other forms of body modification. Dying or cutting your hair, plucking your eyebrows, shaving, wearing makeup, and putting in extensions are more accepted forms of modification because they are not looked at as permanent. Although wearing bra enhancements and getting breast implants essentially do the same thing by altering the way you look and boosting your self confidence, they are looked at as two very different things.

With our lives and who we are as human beings constantly changing, it is difficult for some to commit to such a permanent change. People are more likely to get a piercing than a tattoo because they can get a similar rush and feeling of change as getting a tattoo, only the piercing can be removed. Tattoos can also be partially removed after a number of different sittings, but there will always be a mark or scar where the tattoo was. Tattoo removal can cause a lot of pain and cost a lot of money.

Tattoos are also associated with negative stereotypes and are frowned upon at most work places. Some people still associate tattoos with drug use or imprisonment and assume that people with tattoos lead rambunctious lifestyles. They have also been forbidden by many parents and, in some households, are looked at as one of the highest forms of defiance and disrespect.

Reasons Behind Getting Tattooed

People come up with just about any reason to get tattoos and create intricate stories about the meanings behind them after they have gotten them. Tattoos should be well thought out before you consider getting them and should have some sort of significance to your life or who you are as a person. Most people who get tattoos on a whim wind up regretting it in the future. You should never get a tattoo simply because you are turning 18 and can, to impress your friends, to prove that you are tough, because your friend got one or because you are on vacation and feel spontaneous. Your tattoo should be something that will make you feel better about yourself, bring out something from inside of you and make you feel complete.

You Get What You Pay For

When you are considering getting a tattoo, the last thing that you should think about is finding a great bargain. Go only to an artist that you trust will do a great job in a clean and sterile environment. Do not ask a tattoo artist to go down on the price of your tattoo. You are bargaining with something that will be on your body for the rest of your life. Most artist charge you by the hour and the way to make it cheaper is to spend less time on your tattoo. Rushing through a tattoo can lead to poor quality, shaky lines, uneven ink distribution and scarring.

Tattoos should not be shunned or looked down upon. They are a unique art form which should be appreciated, like any other art, as self expression and creativity. They may not be for everyone, but people should not be judged based on the simple fact that they have them. We do not look down upon someone for liking different paintings, sculptures or music than we do, we simply accept it as having different taste or style and nothing more. When thought out and done by a trustworthy artist, tattoos can bring great happiness to you and those around you who have the same appreciation for their unique beauty.

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