Tattooing is most certainly ďinĒ, but should it be? I wonít argue that a well placed tattoo can be cute or even sexy, but it seems like there are more reasons to avoid tattoos than to get one. It may be about personal expression, but since I know Iíve changed a lot in the last few years, Iíd imagine others out there have as well. I wonder if they are rethinking their tattoos.
Tattoos Are Very, Very Permanent
Shaving your head is drastic, but itís not permanent. Dying your hair blue is permanent, but not that permanent. Having ink imprinted into your body that can only be removed through laser technology Ė and then only after nine to twelve painful sessions Ė is very, very permanent. A tattoo is fun to think about, but if you go ahead, itís almost impossible to change your mind unless you have thousands of dollars to remove the tattoo later.
Tattoos Can Be Unsafe
Ask around enough in your school and youíll find someone who knows a guy who does tattoos for free. The problem with this isnít his generosity in inking kids under the legal age. The problem is that offering tattoos without charging for them means costs are being cut somewhere. Running a business means you have to pay fees and buy equipment and ink. If youíre not paying Ė he might not be buying new stuff and you wind up with infections and worse from dirty equipment.
Tattoos Change Over Time
There are only a few places on a womanís body that donít change over time. If you gain weight during pregnancy, just about everything will shift and change. Your boobs will get bigger, your belly obviously stretches. Your backside shifts, your arms and legs can swell, too. All of that shifting and changing of the skin is killer for tattoos that shift and change right along with the rest of the body. If you plan on a tattoo, at the very least get it on a spot there you donít expect any shifts or change over time.
Tattoos Can Interfere With Your Future
Itís adorable to have a butterfly on your ankle when youíre in college. But when you show up to a job interview, sit down and your slacks pull up to show off that butterfly, your potential new boss will probably notice and your name is crossed off that list. While weíd like to think they donít, appearances matter a great deal and visible ink will keep you from being hired or being taken seriously in many fields.
Tattoos May Become Embarrassing
Tattoos may be cool now, but most fifty-year-old women arenít running around showing off the tattoo they got at seventeen. In fact, most fifty-year-old men arenít showing them off either. Over time, the follies of youth become just that Ė follies. Whatís fun at fifteen becomes silly at fifty or thirty or even twenty, and having to explain yourself over and over to your children, to friends and to family members can be absolutely frustrating and even embarrassing at times.