Let's Talk About Tattoo Shaming

Let's Talk About Tattoo Shaming

My tattoo doesn't make me a bad person

Tattoos are a form of art. Your body is like a blank canvas and you get to decorate it however you want, and that's pretty amazing. Tattoos aren't for everyone and thugs aren't the only people that get them, so stop tattoo shaming. My tattoo doesn't make me a bad person.

So my question is, what is so bad about having a tattoo and why am I not allowed to work at certain places because of it?

Recently I went into a fast food place to ask for a job application and when the application was handed to me the lady gave me an ugly look and told me I more than likely wouldn't get the job because of my tattoo. She said it was "unprofessional" So I smiled and gladly handed the paper back and walked out.

Well, this is what I have to say about that situation

Let's fast forward a few weeks, I was in a wreck and had to go to the Emergancy Room for neck and shoulder pain. Well guess what, the nurses and doctors had tattoos. Crazy, I know. But their tattoos didn't stop them from taking care of me and everyone else in that hospital. Those tattoos didn't stop them from preforming their jobs to the best of their abilities. Those tattoos didn't change the way that they treated me and everyone else.

My tattoo is very special to me, it's a semi colon with butterfly wings. My tattoo is a recovery tattoo. I was clean from all self harm for over a year so my parents surprised me with letting me get a tattoo for my 17th birthday. It's a daily reminder of how far I've come and helps me get through the days when I feel like going back to my old habits.

My tattoo didn't change the way I treated people, and if it did it was for the better. My tattoo made me feel beautiful. My tattoo made me feel comfortable in my own skin and for someone to tell me that it's unprofessional and "bad for business" made me mad, it hurt a little, and really got me thinking about how a lot of people see tattoos.

There are so many great people in this world that have tattoos and a lot of people only see them as dirty, ugly, unprofessional, uneducated, and mean. But those people with tattoos could be the nicest, smartest, and most professional people you will ever meet, but you wouldn't know that because you can't see past the ink that's in their skin.

Those people with tattoos are the teachers that teach your children, the doctors that keep you healthy and take care of you, the farmers and workers that supply you and your family with food and anything you need. Those people are parents, daughters, sons, aunts and uncles.

So please, tell me again how me having a tattoo will effect the way I treat anybody. I don't see tattoos as unprofessional, I see them as art. Tattoos tell a story of ones past, good or bad, and it's absolutely beautiful.

Why can't I get certain jobs becasue of my tattoo? It's not mean or ugly. It's not inappropriate. It's not going to stop me from being nice to everyone and caring for people I barley know. It's not going to stop me from doing whatever job is thrown at me to the best of my abilities.

I knew when I first got it that I would have to cover it for certain things, but for them to just rudely tell me I wasn't going to get the job made me mad.

Don't shame someone for having tattoos, you don't know their past. Tattoos are very special and usually mean something to the person it's on. Don't downgrade them because you don't like tattoos, you wouldn't want someone telling you that you're favorite thing was ugly or unprofessional. So why do it to other people?

Tattoos are beautiful and to the places that hire regardless of having a visible tattoo, you're the real MVP's

Cover Image Credit: Natalie Schlagenhauf

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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The Colors Of The Rainbow Ranked From Best To Worst

"Color is a power which directly influences the soul." – Wassily Kandinsky


The colors of the rainbow are found everywhere; in products at the store, clothing, and even in signs on the roads. Some colors stand out more than others but all in all, each and every one is there for a purpose. That purpose is most likely to grab your attention and make you notice one thing or another. All colors are great but some of them are better than others and here's why.

1. Purple

This was my favorite color, once upon a time. It was also my mom's favorite color. The color purple rarely appears in nature which makes it precious and exquisite. Purple has historically been associated with wealth and royalty but also represents creativity, wisdom, and independence. Given its rarity, seeing something purple makes it special.

2. Green

This is my favorite color now because it represents nature and all that lies in the great outdoors. The color green is everywhere; it represents life and growth. Green is soothing and relaxing while also bringing a sense of hope and adventure. It embodies me in a variety of aspects. I love adventure and am always looking to nature to bring a source of light to my life.

3. Blue

Another great color that can be seen every time you walk out the door and look up at the sky. Although blue usually symbolizes sadness, it also represents trust, stability, and intelligence. It is calming and tranquil in nature. What's better than watching the waves of the ocean?

4. Red

The color of blood and fire; representing both love and anger. Red is powerful and courageous while also being destructive and aggressive. It catches attention quickly and easily to help alert people to danger.

5. Yellow

The color of sunshine and happiness. Yellow represents energy, optimism, and joy. It is spontaneous and unstable while also being bright and attention-grabbing, but only when paired with a darker color.

6. Orange

Orange is a mix of colors rather than standing strong on its own. This color represents warmth and compassion, but it really just helps aid other colors rather than creating a name for itself. Orange reminds me of Halloween and pumpkins, but not much else.

7. Indigo

What even is indigo? This is such an irrelevant color which is why it falls on the end of my list. The only reason I know this color exists is because of ROYGBIV- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Without that, it would be a mystery; there would be no recognition behind the word.

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