Tattoos seem to be more prominent than ever. Which were once considered as mark of the rough, threatening and rebellious crowds, now tattoos have become so mainstream, we’re not surprised to see one on the guy next door covered from head to toe with colours.
Many of you think about getting tattoos – soon. Yes, it looks artistic. It looks cool. It is the current fashion. But, have you ever thought about its impacts on your skin? Your image? Your career? This article talks through some pros and cons of getting tattoos…
A tattoo is a form of self expression
Tattoos are a great way to display your individuality without having to say a word. They are carried by their wearer and say something about that person, and its significance to their life. A tattoo is something for the wearer to hold on to and works as an artistic extension of the self.
Tattoos can open the door to new communities
Whether it’s going to conventions or getting involved in the alternative art scene, there is an incredible community behind the tattoo scene that supports one another in times when mainstream society won’t.
A tattoo may limit your career path
While society is becoming more open to tattoos each day, there is still a taboo with body art that could potentially affect the kind of job you get in life. Unfortunately, chances are likely that some companies will not hire someone with visible hand and face tattoos, even if the person is qualified!
A tattoo can put your body on display for the rest of the world
Have you even been aggravated by people constantly attacking you with questions? Well, there is nothing more annoying than being picked apart about each and every tattoo you have. When you start to get tattoos, be prepared for the constant bombarding of people asking you about them…
Getting a tattoo can be risky business
If you are thinking about getting one, be ready to spend over $200 from your pocket money! There are so many reasons that you should get your art done by a certified tattoo artist and not going the cheap route, the two major reasons being health and quality. A certified artist, though more expensive than your friend tattooing you in a kitchen, can make sure that your tattoo is done in a hygienic fashion and up to all safety standards to make sure no bacteria or infections occur. A certified artist also helps to ensure the quality of the piece through it’s application, design, and even healing.
Personally, I think tattoos are a waste of money, especially if you have to pay $200 just to cover it up in office! It might be significant to you. It might not affect your career path. It may open a door to a whole new community. But think again about the consequences of getting one: it can be a risky business. It can be harmful if not taken care. It will remain with you for your entire lifetime. So, think before you ink.