The Meaning Behind My Meaningless Tattoo

The Meaning Behind My Meaningless Tattoo

Skin is an artist's blank canvas
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As the controversy on getting tattoos finally dies down, questioning the significance and reasoning behind them begins. Tattoos have recently become more acceptable in the work force, which indirectly applies that they are becoming more socially acceptable. However, some blank humans, and even some inked, have come up with a new way to discriminate against the tattooed. They have dared to raise the question, "what does the tattoo mean?"

There are several modified people who put deep and meaningful thought into each tattoo poked into them. For example, memorial tattoos are very popular, along with portraits of admired loved ones or role models and infinity signs and anchors that remind the owners that the world continues to spin even when it seems to stop. However, some, like me, are in it simply for the artist's work. Unfortunatly, this freedom of expression has turned into an "irresponsible and meaningless" act, according to many viewers.

Recently, I went under the needle, and received a beautiful portrait of young girl submerged in water for my first tattoo. I discovered the original artwork from European tattoo artist, Silly Jane and fell immediately in love with the piece. The next month, my local tattoo artist, Josh Hendrix of Finishing Touch, tattooed the design beautifully on my back. I am a huge fan of art, and knowing that my back can be a canvas for several talented artists to display their impressive art is thrilling. Infact, I hope to collect several different original pieces from different artists overtime. The only problem is, not everyone understands this choice that many other inked people share with me.

Anytime my tattoo is exposed it is expected to receive several questions. Don't get me wrong, I do love to show off the piece and it often starts conversations, but more often than not, I receive the question "what does your tattoo symbolize?" or "who is that?" No, it doesn't mean I'm drowning and barely holding on, and no, it's not Selena Gomez, it's just art, but unfortunatly that is not an acceptable answer.

"So it's meaningless?"

Absolutely not.

It's much more than exploring google images and picking a random picture to commit to my skin. It's not pointless just because I don't have a story to tell with it. It's much like buying a print from an artist and then displaying it at your home, but I can always carry around this art and share it with people who deserve to see its beauty. I don't take life so seriously, and instead appreciate the originality and talent that it has to offer through permanent ink. We live in a world where we can modify the human body in any way, so why shouldn't we be allowed to? Or at least, respect those who don't always go through life searching for a "meaning."



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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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