5 Things People With Tattoos Hear Way Too Often

5 Things People With Tattoos Hear Way Too Often

You've either heard or asked these five things.
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I recently got my sixth tattoo. I started getting them in the second semester of my freshman year, and like many people, once I started I didn't want to stop. I love the creative expression provided by tattoos, the importance they have for me and how they look when they're done well. But if you have tattoos, you know that you also hear the same things from other people over and over again.


1. "Did it hurt?"

Yes, of course it did! Every tattooed person ever isn't lying when they say it's painful. Of course, some tattoos hurt much less than others. Some of mine barely bothered me, while others felt more intensely painful.

And while I don't fully agree with all of the pain designations in this chart, it's definitely fairly accurate.


2. "Aren't you afraid of what they'll look like when you're old?"

I'm sorry, but if I'm 80 years old and still care that much what people think of me, I'll be sad. Tattoos aren't the only things that age! Your entire body grows old, gets wrinkled and anything can start to trouble you. When I'm elderly, I plan to be much more concerned with all of the family and wonderful people in my life than whether my tattoos have faded.


3. "Aren't you worried you won't be able to get a job?"

Nope, not particularly. I doubt I'd really want to work somewhere that would deny a good candidate a job based on something as surface-level as a couple of tattoos. I do understand that some industries still require employees to have any tattoos covered, so this might certainly be an issue for some people. But in my fields of interest, I've found this expectation is fairly non-existent. Plenty of people have tattoos these days, and they can still be excellent workers and amazing at what they do.


4. "Were they expensive?"

First of all, that's kind of an intrusive question. Secondly, if you want a tattoo to look great for a long time, of course you'll have to pay well for it. Tattoo artists are artists, first and foremost, and they can do amazing work. Some do have extremely reasonable prices. But if you're looking for a large or intricate tattoo, it'll definitely get pricey. You're getting permanent art out of it.


5. "What do they mean?"

Some people really won't want to answer this question. Tattoos can be very personal and deep, or they can just be something beautiful or interesting that you liked. Either way, if you do ask this question and get an answer, never judge or doubt the importance of someone's tattoo. They choose it for a reason, and the last thing they'll want to hear after sharing is your judgement of why they shouldn't have it. I don't mind talking about my tattoos to people at all, as long as they're respectful of my decisions.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.



2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."



3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.



4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."



5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."



6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."



8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)



9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.



10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.



11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.



13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.



16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."



18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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Don't Let Society Pressure You To Be Something That You're Not

It’s better to wear fashions that grace your character, rather than whatever the fashion gods on IG or YouTube tell you should wear.
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Once upon a time, the hype of fashion was only limited to the particular occasions and events. One might undoubtedly find a vast difference between a previous and modern generation though it would be absurd and pointless to compare.

Now, fashion is becoming the essential part of almost every teenager. Fashion usually reflects in the high school and college students including high fashion clothes, jewelry, sunglasses, language, taste in music, hairstyles, and even moral values. Majority of modern youth is slave to fashion. However, some teens invent their unique styles and aim at becoming an icon and differences among their groups.

In days of yore, fashion used to be found only among the upper class of people, but the time has changed entirely. It's difficult to see someone walking down the street who is not fashion conscious. Social media and television have been perceived as one of the primary influencers. Today's youths believe that in order to be popular among their people, they need to be fashion conscious or I would say match with their fashion. In fact, it's often seen that to assert their individuality and the values of their peers, they decide to break away from their parent generation.

However, someone might genuinely like specific fashion trend which does not make him/her slave to the fashion. The thought process to gain acceptance under the peer pressure or fear makes him/her slave to the fashion. Often, the influence of the group has no bad results, and occasionally, the impact can even be right.

What you always see in Vogue might not always suit your body or even personality.

It's quite reasonable to find that something is just not for you, and that's ok. It’s better to wear fashions that grace your character, rather than whatever the fashion gods on IG or YouTube tell you should wear. In the present, budget is one of the biggest concern for every college students, and thus one should make right choices before being a slave to fashion. You may have found yourself more involved with fashion and spending more time on social media then sleeping or studying for exams.

Today's youth strives hard to resemble the fashion models or glamorous faces. In fact, it's perfectly fine to be fashionable or get inspired by your fashion model, but you have to make sure that you don't hurt your self-esteem by being a slave to fashion. In short, the fundamental idea behind this article is not to oppose fashion models or modern youths, but it's to warn them about their choices when it comes to fashion. Don't let fashion define you.

You should determine fashion for yourself.

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