Tattoos: A Form of Self-Expression
You Don't Have to Do Without, Just Stay Within a Hidden Area
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
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.
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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.