My Tattoos And Piercings Don’t Affect You

My Tattoos And Piercings Don’t Affect You

Yes Susan, I know my tattoos are permanent. I sure hope they are since I've literally paid hundreds of dollars for them.

If I had a dollar for every time someone made a negative comment about my tattoos/piercings or gave me a condescending look because of them, I’d be able to afford tattoos and piercings for the rest of my life.

Every time I wear short sleeves at work I notice a very large number of peoples' gaze go directly to the tattoo on my arm, and a disapproving look quickly comes over their face. My nose piercing also gets a lot of comments, like:

“Your parents let you do that to your face?”

“I have some pliers in my car. I can cut that off.”

“You know you have something in your nose right?” (To which I quickly ran to the bathroom, thanks Greg I had no idea I had my nose pierced!)

And yes Susan, I know my tattoos are permanent. I sure hope they are since I've literally paid hundreds of dollars for them.

Every time something like this happens, I have to smile back in their face and laugh it off when I want to scream “How do my tattoos or piercings effect you?” Spoiler: they don’t.

What I do to my body is frankly no one’s business. It’s my body and I’m going to do to it what I want. I love my tattoos and piercings. I love being able to cover my body with art. I think it’s a beautiful form of self-expression. I get that it’s not for everyone and that’s okay.

But what I can’t stand is getting looked at like less of a person for the way I choose to express myself. And before anyone says it, yes I knew when I started getting piercings and tattoos that judgmental stares and rude comments would come with it. But does that make it okay? Second spoiler: no, it doesn’t.

I don’t look at others and make comments like: “Wow, you really need to get your nose pierced” or “You know you’d look a lot better with a tattoo.” Why? Because it’s their body. They shouldn’t be ashamed for not wanting tattoos and piercings just like I shouldn’t be for wanting them.

They don’t change me as a person. If you’re going to judge me on something, judge me on how I am as a person and not on what I chose to do with my body.

It’s the 21st century; tattoos/body piercings are becoming more and more common. What someone chooses to do with their body has absolutely no effect on you.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

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 semi-colon 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 in to 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 & 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 glyphs 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 & the strength we all have inside of us.

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

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10 Fashionable Ways To Style Your Blazer This Fall

So grab some coffee, your favorite blazer, and conquer the world!


Welcome to the most fashionable time of the year! Grab your scarves. Grab your booties. Grab your blazers? Yes, blazers. A classic staple in anyone's closet. Whether you're in a professional setting or grabbing a quick Saturday coffee, this guide will help you look and feel polished this fall.

1. The classic black pantsuit

The power suits of all suits. This is a look anyone can pull off because you probably already have the core essentials in your closet. Match a classic pair of black trousers with a fitted black blazer and you're good to go! Want to add some color? Incorporate some color from your shoes to complete the look. Who says black has to be boring?

2. Have fun with different prints

Matching separates is a fun and easy way to dress down that conservative pantsuit look.

3. Blazer and Scarf 

Tie a scarf around your blazer to dress down your look. Incorporate solid or mixed prints with your scarf and blazer.

4. Wear a blazer over a graphic tee 

Dress up any basic graphic tee with a solid or patterned blazer. Throw in a cute pair of booties and add a statement piece of jewelry or two! Who knew that funky graphic tee you've had since high school could look so polished.

5. Blazer with the basics

You might be off the clock but that doesn't mean your outfit is. The classic white button-up, jeans, and blazer look is an easy way to look polished yet casual at the same time.

6. Dress and a blazer

Transform a late summer dress with a fitted or over-sized blazer. Add your favorite pair of flats or booties.

7. Maxi skirt and a blazer

Maxi skirts are not just for summer. Tie in a blazer to turn it into a fall staple.

8. Layer a flannel under a blazer

Blazer meet flannel. Flannel meet blazer. The unconventional pair that just makes sense. Dress a flannel up by tying in a pair of dark wash jeans with your flannel-blazer duo.

9. Break up denim-on-denim with a blazer 

Remember that no denim-on-denim rule? Yeah me either. Easily break up your denim-on-denim look with a black blazer.

10. Fitted blazer with boyfriend jeans

Those boyfriend jeans are not just for late night scrap-booking. Spice them up with a fitted blazer, classic button-up, and heels.

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