Tattoos: A Form of Self-Expression

Updated on February 19, 2019
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Holly is a Photographer and Digital Marketing Professional focusing on SEO, Pay Per Click, User Experience, and Strategy Development.

You Don't Have to Do Without, Just Stay Within a Hidden Area

Although this is a lot of ink-it is easily covered by work appropriate clothing.
Although this is a lot of ink-it is easily covered by work appropriate clothing.

You May End Up Being a Book That Gets Judged by Its Cover

Although it is not right, but it is true that people will judge you by your appearance. You may want to consider this before you get a tattoo. Many companies have a dress code that states that you must cover all tattoos while in the workplace. If you are not able to cover it and it is noticeable during the interview, you may miss out on job opportunities that you are qualified for.

It is not deemed professional looking to have a tattoo peaking from the collar of your shirt, wrapping around your neck. You may not get where you are capable of being if you are not able to cover up some of that colorful decoration you cover your body with.

Your Body Is a Blank Canvas

The Meaning Behind the Art

You can say anything that you want with a tattoo. It can be simple and sweet, or it can have hidden meaning behind it. For example; a rainbow tattoo. Is it a symbol of beauty, innocence and purity? Or is it an expression of sexual orientation?

Think Long & Hard Before You Decide on a Design That Is Right for Your Present As Well As Your Future

Just Incase Your Relationship Heads to Jerry Springer...

Although you may be head over heels in love, the choice to permanently have their name on your body can sometimes come back to haunt you. Lets face it: people break up. Marriages end. Do you really want to be stuck with your ex's name tattooed on your body FOREVER? At least wait until you have children and name the child after your spouse. Then when the name goes on, you are from the moment on covered with a believable excuse for having 'Forever & Always Amanda" or "Dreaming of Nick" tattooed across your back.

A Lasting Memory You Will Have to Explain Over and Over Again

You may not be a Tequila Girl at 80-the way that you were on your 21st birthday.
You may not be a Tequila Girl at 80-the way that you were on your 21st birthday.
So what is the meaning of this? Will you recall at your 75th birthday party?
So what is the meaning of this? Will you recall at your 75th birthday party?

Remember That You Will Be Asked, "Why Did You Get That?"

No matter the tattoo, you will have to answer questions about it to people the see it and either admire it, or wish to understand it. When your 21 and go to Las Vegas. what happens there may not stay there. In fact, Vegas may follow you home and never ever leave you. When you are old and Gray with grandchildren running around, they may stop and ask you, while gazing upon a cartoon character you picked out in a tattoo shop one sober free night, "What's that, grandma-what made you want to get that"?

Tattoos don't leave you. They are still present even after the hangover has come and gone. Stay away from Tattoo Shops when you do not have the ability to think before you choose-or you will be explaining it for the rest of your life. What was funny at 20-may not be as amusing when you are 80. Just a little something to think about.

Be Who You Want to Be...

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Picking Your Ink

The best thing about life is being able to live life and experience different things. Your body is a blank canvas, and decorating this canvas is a great way to express yourself. Tattoos use to be looked at as being something that either bikers got as a way to state which biker gang they were apart of or felons received them in prison. This is no longer the case.

In this day and age, mothers have them, school teachers have them, doctors and athletes have them. The key to getting a tattoos is, finding something that you don't mind living with for the rest of your life. It really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks of what you decide to put onto your skin, as long as you are okay with the way that people may (or may not) judge you.

I have never been the type to color in-between the lines, but I am also a person that wants to be respected for my abilities not judged before I am given a chance to succeed. That is why when I decided I would design a tattoo for myself I would make sure that the tattoo had personal meaning- was something that I enjoyed and something that if necessary I could cover up and no one would ever know it was there.

Be who ever you are, but my advice is this;

Be who you are-but do not limit the person that you will become and the opportunities that you will have down the road.

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        fredong bagsik 

        4 months ago

        tattoos are lame

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        Moulik Mistry 

        9 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

        I like tattoos but I don't have any - very interesting article, thank you...

      • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago from Lone Star State

        Thanks Sage-Thanks for reading and commenting :) Let me know if you do make it to the tattoo shop- interested in what you would get :)\


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        Sage Williams 

        9 years ago

        HC-Very well written hub, I enjoyed reading it. I personally have always liked tattoos when they are tastefully done and have some sort of personal meaning. But have never actually made it to the tattoo parlor myself. My daughter has a very beautiful one.

        You brought up some very good advice as far as the work place goes.

        Great Job!


      • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago from Lone Star State

        Thanks Cagsil,

        I like tattoos-when they are original and not completely stupid. Why would anyone want to put something on their body that a million people already have (can we say BaBa---Sheep). Your idea is different-would you get them on the inside of your arm or the outside? Just asking cause I heard that the area above your elbow on the outer part of your arm is very sensitive, so if you are getting a large tattoo, that is a lot of prolonged pain. Thanks for your comment :)


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        9 years ago from USA or America

        Hey H.C.Porter, I've never gotten around to get the two I want, but then again, many people have told me I am nuts. I wanted to two different types of swords, one down each arm. However, just never done it. Thank you for sharing. It was a great hub. :) Thumbs UP! as in Rate Up too. :)

      • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago from Lone Star State


        Thanks for your comment. Tattoos are somewhat controversial aren’t they, I am glad I thought twice about getting one when I wanted one just to have it.


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        9 years ago

        Great job on a controversial topic...goes right along with earrings for men and which ear to put it in...I saw a tattoo in a magazine once that was an ad for Sony...It was a cool looking Vaio on the small of a woman's back...thanks

      • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago from Lone Star State

        Thanks Madison22, As always you are very sweet and kind with your comments. I am glad you had a chance to read this one.


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        9 years ago from NYC

        Very good and sensible advice. Love your advice on being who you are. Thank you:-)

      • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago from Lone Star State


        Thanks for commenting-I am glad that you approve. Those forever love tats and branding yourself with another persons name can all too often come back and bite you in the butt...



        Thanks for commenting sir, I appreciate it. Tattoos don't really bother me- I just think too many young people get them for the wrong reasons and tend to regret it later down the road. Thanks again for commenting


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        Tony McGregor 

        9 years ago from South Africa

        Good advice. I have never been attracted to tattoos and often wondered why people have them. You have provided an answer. Thanks

        Love and peace


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        9 years ago from Italy

        I like tattoos, otherwise I wouldn't have some, and I like a lot the first picture. You said everything right, tattoos must be made because you like them, not for fashion, and you must remember that they'll be always with you. So staying far away from forever love stuff is a great advice. Beautiful and useful hub. :)

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        9 years ago

        Good advice, but the business might accept your form of expession, and as you said you will out of a job.

      • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


        9 years ago from Lone Star State


        Thanks! I am glad I contributed something new to the community- Thank you for leaving your comments :)


        I feel so bad when a good kid doesn't get the opportunities that they deserve because they made a choice when they were 18 to get I Luv .... on their knuckles. People need to think a little before deciding to get a tattoo. Thanks for the comments


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        Veronica Allen 

        9 years ago from Georgia

        This is very good advice. I especially like how you ended this hub - "Be who you are-but do not limit the person that you will become and the opportunities that you will have down the road". I think it would behoove anyone to heed this adivce before taking on this form of expression.

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        9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

        I don't think I've come across any hubs like this one thus far, so kudos to you for telling those who are indeed thinking about getting a tattoo to think twice! Great job. I myself am not a fan, but I will admit that there are some tattoos out there that are just magnificent to look at.


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