Contrary To What You Think, Tattoos Aren't Permanent

Contrary To What You Think, Tattoos Aren't Permanent

There are way more things in life more permanent than a tattoo
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"It is going to be on your body for the rest of your life and in 20 years you'll probably hate it and imagine how wrinkley it will be when you're old and do you know how much it's going to cost to remove it!!!???" Does this sound familiar to anyone? Well those of you wanting/having a tattoo while living under your parents roof or still being supported by your parents financially, you might be pretty accustomed to hearing this.

I hate to admit it, but I have "cool" parents. In the state of North Carolina, even if you have a guardian's permission, you are not allowed to get a tattoo until you are 18. But I wanted a tattoo for as long as I can remember so for my 17th birthday, my mom took me to Virginia to get tatted for the first time!

It was so awesome and I've gotten a lot more since that birthday. Both of my parents have many tattoos so I've never had any "tattoos are permanent" speeches from them. But I have heard them being given to my friends and such...and here's what I have to say about it:

Tattoos aren't permanent! Yes, you read that correctly. Although painful and expensive, tattoos can be removed. And what I really mean by this is that your daughter getting a phrase that means a lot to her tattooed on her rib cage is not the worst thing she can do. Because you know something that actually is permanent? A college degree.

How is it fair that you're against the permanence of tattoos at the age of 18 but you want young people fresh out of high school to decide what they want their career to be? At 17 or 18 years old we were expected to graduate high school, pick a college, decide on a major, and essentially make one of the biggest decisions a person makes-what am I going to do for the rest of my life? How are we expected to this with no problem, but we are not mature enough to make the choice to permanently ink our bodies?

All I'm saying is a college degree is 4+ years of work and way more expensive than an $80 tattoo...maybe try this side of the argument next time mom or dad pulls out the "permanent" lecture!

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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 you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, 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 semicolon 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 into 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 and 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 glyph 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 and the strength we all have inside of us.

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


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Early 2000s Fashion Is The Next 90s Style Obsession

The 2000s trends that will take over the 90s ones in the next generation!

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Teenagers today flock to places like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21, where many of the seasonal styles are trends from the 90's. These are popular because they have become huge nostalgic pieces, reminiscent of our parents days as young adults. Even kids who have no connection to the 90's participate in this recycling of fashion due to their pure fascination in the time period.

But what will be the next reclaimed era of style? The answer is easily, the early 2000's. When Brittany Spears ruled the track suit and Ashley Tisdale was never seen without a skirt layered over baggy jeans. This iconic time in style will be what our kids are asking us about in the years to come, and I can't wait!

1. Metallic everything will be the new plaid

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Jennifer Lopez's metallic get up (2000) and Garcelle Beauvais's plaid skirt (1994).

2. Houndstooth pattern will be the new shape prints

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Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl wearing the classic Houndstooth print (2007) and Emma Chamberlain wearing a Louis Vuitton dress with the 90s-esque shapes pattern on it (2019).

3. Faux sports tops will be the new skate brands

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Miranda from Lizzie Mcguire wearing a jersey top (2001) and a model wearing the popular 90s Thrasher brand tee.

4. Low-rise pants will be the new mom jeans

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Paris Hilton wearing low rise jeans (2002) and Jennifer Aniston sporting mom jeans (1990).

5. Logo hand bags will be the new mini backpacks

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Jessica Simpson with Louis Vuitton logo bag (2003) and Cher Horowitz's tiny backpack in Clueless (1995).

6. Eccentric hair accessories will be the new tiny sunglasses

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Hilary Duff, queen of hair accessories (2002) and Drew Barrymore with tiny Aaliyah sunnies in the 90's.

7. Corset tops will be the new casual lingerie

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Eve in a corset top at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards and Catherine Zeta-Jones wearing a lingerie dress (1999).

8. Kitten heels will be the new platform shoes

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The Olsen Twins in kitten heels (2000) and The Spice Girls in platform sneakers (1997).

9. Cardigans will be the new puffer jackets

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Regina George from Mean Girls sports the popular cardigan style (2004) and Bella Hadid wearing a 90's inspired puffer jacket.

10. Designer track suits will be the new biker shorts

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Britney Spears wearing a Juicy Couture tracksuit in the early 2000s and Princess Diana sporting the biker shorts trend in the 90's.

Some may absolutely despise the early 2000s fashion. But when it makes its way back to mainstream stores and our kids are dressing in these looks, the nostalgia will be unreal!

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