Tattoos Are A Form Of Art

Tattoos Are A Form Of Art

Self expression through tattoos shouldn't be frowned upon.
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After landing at the Denver International Airport several days ago, one of the first things I noticed was the many people in Colorado who have tattoos. From the waitress at a local vegan restaurant in Boulder to passerby on the street, to the young college students and middle-aged bikers alike, a much greater number of people in Colorado seem to have chosen to be inked than where I'm from South Carolina, the heart of the Bible Belt.

People choose to get tattoos for many reasons. Some get a tattoo on a whim simply because they think it looks nice, some get one to commemorate something important to them, and some to pay respect to a lost loved one.

Many have chosen a semicolon tattoo, for example, to raise suicide and mental health awareness.

Are any of these people wrong? No, I don't believe so. Of course, I do think some measure of consideration should come before permanently inking your body.

However, my first tattoo was a small flower on my ankle gotten more or less on a whim my second day as a freshman in college. It's a symbol from one of my favorite books in high school, and I'm still just as happy with it nearly two years later.

Still, certain religious beliefs condemn tattoos.

As for Christianity, Leviticus 19:28 says "do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord."



This leads some Christians to have strong opinions against tattoos. I once attended a church with a fundamentalist Christian who wanted me to cover up my tattoo, even though it was only a small tattoo of a flower, and hardly noticeable (I refused to do so.)

After researching the subject, I learned that many Christians have varied opinions. Some do not see tattoos as a problem at all, and some have tattoos which represent their faith. Some argue that when looking at the language and context of this biblical verse critically, our modern word "tattoo," meant something different in that time period.

There were no tattoo parlors. It would have meant something much more violent, closer to slashing the skin. Others argue that the verse seems to address a Pagan tradition of the time and that the verse therefore only addresses Pagan tattoos.

Some believe that it is just another Old Testament verse Christians no longer need to follow, such as not cutting your hair (Leviticus 19:27) or not wearing clothes made of more than one fabric (Leviticus 19:19) and many more.

For those who are not religious, some still make the argument that "you'll regret getting a tattoo when you're sixty!" But if the tattoo was meaningful to you at some point in your life, why should you regret it later on?

Tattoos are a unique form of self-expression, art, creativity, and free-thinking. If you don't want one, then don't get one: but certainly don't shame others for having one. And if you want one, then get one! Don't let the negative or outdated beliefs of others stop you. Tattoos are a beautiful thing.





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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

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It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.




These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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