5 Reasons to Get That New Tattoo

5 Reasons to Get That New Tattoo

Forget the cost.

For those of us who have some ink, we remember the first time we ever stepped into a tattoo parlor. The generic options on the walls and the harmony of buzzing tattoo guns are still a not so distant memory. If you brought a friend with you like I did, you remember cutting off the circulation to their fingers every time the artist hit a tender spot. Then the feeling of walking away with a permanent memory of that period in your life. It's a nostalgia that beacons you back with a divine ambrosia. so without further ado, here are 5 reasons to get that new tattoo.

1. Because Your Other Tattoo(s) is/are Lonely

Everybody needs a best buddy! Why are our tattoo's any different? Even if you have 50 tattoos, they could welcome one more zany brainchild of yours to the bunch. The more friends the merrier!

2. Skin is So Boring Left Plain

Take this guy with the tiger tattoo standing next to his buddies as an example. Like yes his friends are buff and all, but his tiger really pops and makes him stand out in the group and gives him a great conversational piece. His friends really only have the good looks going for them, but he has a tiger.

3. Tattoo's Showcase Your Creativity

Tattoos are the real windows to the soul. Tattoo's tell a story, and help people break the ice in conversation. They tell a story about the person. It's your way to show the world who you are all the time. You don't have to dig through your portfolio to show off a tattoo.

4. It Doesn't Hurt That Bad!

Getting a new tattoo may hurt your wallet, but as far as the physical pain, that's dependent on your pain tolerance. However, comparatively it is not the most painful thing that can happen to a person. Childbirth and breaking your femur are higher up on the pain scale than getting a tattoo. Realistically though, it is a temporary pain that only lasts a couple of weeks.

5. The Sentimental Value (*TRIGGER WARNING* Suicide)

Many people use tattoos as a means to commemorate a period in their life, or the loss of a loved one. They are constant reminders of that time and what we had. As an example, my tattoo is a commemoration to the loss of dear pets. I know a friend who got a tattoo when her father passed to commemorate his memory. There are many people who have a semicolon tattoo as a sign of beating or fighting depression and suicidal idealization. Many breast cancer survivors get mastectomy tattoos and pink ribbons. Those in the LGBTQIA+ community get tattoos of the rainbow flag and others to show their pride in their sexuality. Tattoo's can mean many things to many people.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.


Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.


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