Tattoos Are The New Therapy

Tattoos Are The New Therapy

Tattos and what they have done for me
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Tattoos are a growing trend in this day and age and usually, people tend to question, " Why did you get that" or " What does that mean to you?'. There are those cases when sometimes a person just gets a tattoo based solely of the way it looked or they liked the particular piece of art or style, but I tend to go a little bit more in depth.

Tattoos to me are a form of therapy due to the fact that they can tell a particular story. May it be from a certain day in my life, a quote from a letter, or a piece of art that represents my feelings, all of my tattoos have some sort of deeper meaning. After I got diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I saw a countless number of therapists, but I personally felt no connection with them nor did I have the urge to tell them my life story or any of the particular problems I could be facing.

For some reason, I had the urge to tell them story through tattoos. Have people be able to look at me and wonder what a particular piece means. Something about that interaction makes me feels more personal rather than me sitting across from some stranger mumbling words that I know they want to hear.

For example, I have the date I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder tattooed on my shoulder, I also have quotes from a letter my dad wrote me, as well as a poem I wrote. All of these tattoos hold some meaning to me. The fact that they are permanent only makes them more special because I know they will be with me forever and I'll look back when I am older and know why I got them.

Tattoos are a form of art. They may have a bad reputation to the older generation, but to some, they are really a form of therapy and expression. They spark conversations and create relationships with people you may have never thought you encounter or walk up to. There are so many different styles and cultures associated with them as well, so just the different backgrounds are a new awakening in itself.

I can write poetry and stories to express my self, but those are only shared with a select few. Tattoos give people the ability to share the ideas and feelings with anyone they encounter and I find peace in that. If you take the time and really think about what you want, in the end, you will create a beautiful piece of art.

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100 Of The Best Vines Of All Time

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Not to be dramatic, but the Vine app was the best thing to ever happen to me.

The Vine app truly understood me and my extremely odd sense of humor. When it was shut down, I felt like a part of me shut down with it. Luckily, I still have the ability to reflect on the good times that I had with Vine. Although there aren't any new Vine videos keeping my spirit alive, the Vine videos from the past are enough to keep me going.

This is way overdue, but here are the 100 best Vines to ever exist (in no particular order).

1. You better stop.

2. Come get y'all juice.

3. WTF is up Kyle.

4. That is NOT correct.

5. Mr. Postman.

6. Good evening.

7. This is your space, this is your area.

8. Honestly not sure what to title this one, but it's great so.

9. Someone help Elmo.

10. Pst...what?

11. Can I get a waffle?

12. Welcome back to Jesus Christ Hotline.

13. Oooooh, my boy going to school.

14. Lebron James.

15. #1 Dad.

16. Two bros chillin' in the hot tub.

17. Iz the fourth of July.

18. You have to say that you're fine and you're not really fine.

19. Tweaka Tweaka.

20. Hi, welcome to Chili's.

21. What up, I'm Jared.

22. If you wanna be a dog, RUFF.

23. When you think you look fresh, but your fish disagrees.

24. Rat in Walmart.

25. I'm dying... without me?

26. White ppl will turn anything into a casserole.

27. So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift.

28. You want a french fry? Eat a french fry.

29. ifyoulikemakingloveatmidnight.

30. Ms. Keisha.

31. Girl you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal.

32. My cinnamon apple.

33. Two shots of vodka.

34. Whoever threw that paper.

35. Wow.

36. Do the math.

37. Rip your face off.

38. Fed up teacher.

39. You can't kill me.

40. Look at me now snake.

41. Walking a duck.

42. No matter when you pause this one, it's hilarious.

43. I don't even understand this one.

44. I dropped my hot pocket.

45. I thought you were American.

46. I can't swim.

47. I wanna be a cowboy.

48. I look like Mona Lisa.

49. Look at this graph.

50. Yungman.

51. Squidward dabbing

52. Living with Nicholas Cage.

53. If Tinder had video profiles.

54. Why you always lying.

55. Chicken wing ch-chi-chicken wing.

56. Uh my chicle.

57. Love the Nickleback version.

58. Any excuse to nae nae.

59. I want to be famous.

60. That's my opinion.

61. There she goes.

62. I have to restart my potatoes.

63. And they don't stop coming.

64. Cat horn.

65. Who is she.

66. The bob.

67. Summertime.

68. Do I look like.

69. Nice Ron.

70. Mom hearing 'Only' by Nicki Minaj for the first time.

71. Happy fourth of July.

72. I'm washing me and my clothes.

73. Nickel the creatorback.

74. Give me your money.

75. U stoopid.

76. Shrek at school.

77. Patricia honey can you be quiet.

78. No baby.

79. You've got a big storm coming.

80. Out shopping with my coven.

81. Extreme makeover home edition.

82. They were roommates.

83. White girl trying to remember the day she was born.

84. xoxo, gossip girl.

85. Big time rush.

86. Scared grandma throwing milk.

87. Suicide fairy.

88. Zoey 101 microwave.

89. When you leave your makeup on after a night out.

90. Crazy skateboarding tricks.

91. Noodle head.

92. Under all that makeup.

93. Marriage goals.

94. Boy putting on lipstick.

95. When you walk past your friend's class.

96. Clear elevator jamming.

97. #RunningManChallenge

98. T-T-T-T-Target.

99. We all have a lot of laughs.

100. High school musical.

Honestly, I still can think of 100 more of the greatest vines of all time... but I guess I should stop now.

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3 Lessons Female Journalists IRL Can Take Away From Movie Journalists

Analyzing the portrayal of female journalists in mainstream Hollywood film.

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I'll admit, I've had a love affair with rom-coms from the 2000s for a long time (and still do). In all the cheesy rom-coms I watched, I noticed a common trope: the protagonist almost always works in journalism (mainly writing for lifestyle magazines).

I looked at the industry with a set of rose-colored glasses based on the number of movies I watched. Based on the protagonists' portrayals, I saw glamorous young women working in trendy spaces while getting paid to work on cool projects such as creating new branding initiatives and attending fashion events.

I saw a stress-free world of beauty samples, editorial shoots and an endless supply of designer clothing. You know what I didn't see? Pulling out your hair at four in the morning and panicking because your main source did not send an email. I didn't see journalists trying to come up with a pitch after being burnt out for the past few issues.

It seems as if the fictional world of movie journalists are taken straight out of an influencer's social media account. I mean, who has the funds to live in a densely populated city such as New York, all while driving a decent car and having a fully stocked designer wardrobe? Making $32,000 a year as an entry-level journalist cannot get you a one-bedroom condo in an expensive neighborhood with a walk-in closet and modern furniture.

Of course, fictional journalists are not perfect. We all have our flaws and make mistakes from time to time. However, it isn't safe to say that Hollywood provides an accurate depiction of female journalists (who just so happen to all be white females and not a single female journalist of color). Below is a listicle of the faux-pas of certain practices and aspects portrayed in film.

Falling in love (or perhaps sleeping with) a source 

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A major plotline in a majority of rom-coms (think "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and "Trainwreck") is the protagonist falling in love with the subject of her article, and thus, getting caught up in the whirlwind of her personal life.

Not only is this a major ethical issue, but it has the ability to sway the tone of the article and border into a conflict of interest or a bias. Journalists, do not sleep with your sources.

Pursuing a certain field without interest

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"Following your passions" may be a cliché phrase when referring to career aspirations, but it is cliché for a reason.

If you aren't passionate about what you're writing about, it clearly shows in your writing. Take, for example, Anne Hathaway's character, Andy Sachs, in "The Devil Wears Prada." When first being introduced to Miranda Priestly, the Editor-In-Chief of Runway Magazine, she does not take her job seriously, quoting that she isn't familiar with "this stuff" (fashion journalism).

Another example would be Isla Fisher's character, Rebecca Bloomwood, in "Confessions of a Shopaholic." A major theme of the film is Rebecca taking up a job at Successful Savings magazine, despite her shopaholic attitude, under the impression she'll get hired at another fashion magazine.

At the end of the day, pursuing your interests will pay off in the long run.

Going Undercover 

Never Been Kissed (1999)

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As interesting as this sounds for a film plot (think of Drew Barrymore's "Never Been Kissed"), going undercover for an article or not revealing your true intentions as a reporter is a major faux pas. Not only is this unethical, but it damages the trust between your sources and yourself as a journalist.

Going undercover and falling in love with your source (see above) is especially a bad combination. Don't go breaking hearts for article views.


At the end of the day, female journalists are portrayed in a certain light in order to add depth to a plotline and make the film seem more interesting. As much as I can protest over the lack of female journalists of color in Hollywood films, or the lack of female journalists in fields other than fashion journalism, one can only wait until someone writes an accurate screenplay.

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