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.
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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.
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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 where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (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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Can Dying Your Hair With Coffee Ruin Your Lovely Locks?

Watch as I attempt to dye my hair with coffee this time. That's right, coffee.

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The cheap hair saga continues. Last time I tried to skip the salon, I was attempting to bleach my hair with hydrogen peroxide and although there was a (very) slight difference in shades, my hair was parched after the process. If you want to see the results for yourself, you can here. This time, I decided to go in the opposite direction. I wanted darker, richer hair that wouldn't make my split ends any worse than they already were.

I had the idea one night when I was standing in front of the washing machine, trying to rub a coffee stain from my morning espresso out of my new white tee shirt. I had already been considering doing something to my hair for a week or so and then I thought, "I wonder if coffee could stain your hair too." So instead of running to CVS for at home hair dye, I ran straight to google to see if coffee hair dye was possible. It turns out, the drink you enjoy every morning can also give you rich coffee hair… apparently.

Without hesitation (or really any research), I jumped right in with the first instructions I found. At first glance, you might think this would be harmless endeavor. My hair is already brown, it's just coffee, seriously what could go wrong?

Well, let's watch.

Let's Break down a few things.

Before this process, I had no idea that I should be taking the chemical ingredients of coffee into consideration before I rubbed the mixture into my scalp. Aka the CAFFEINE. That's essentially all coffee is, liquid caffeine. Pardon me for thinking your skin could be a protective layer against getting contact high. Turns out, if you let coffee soak into your skin, the caffeine will have the same effect on you as if you drank it, it could even have an increased effect because your body isn't metabolizing it. As you saw, I LET THE COFEE SOAK INTO MY BRAIN FOR A WHOLE HOUR.

The effects? I laid in my bed all night with my eyes open, debating on whether or not I should just start my day at 3 a.m. because I had this undying urge to be productive. I showed up to work earlier than normal and was hyper all day long. It literally felt like I was screaming at people when I tried to hold a conversation. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I hardly got any sleep ALL week and I genuinely think it was because of the coffee in my hair.

If you are prepping for an all-nighter I definitely recommend this technique. It probably won't do much to your hair but it will definitely have an effect on your week. But if you are only trying to make your hair darker, try at your own risk, I will not be held liable for your peers' concern for your well-being.

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