The Truth About Tattoos
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The Truth About Tattoos

It's not what you think.

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The Truth About Tattoos
Sydney Davis

There are many things that people have to say about tattoos. Some people tell me that they love them, that they're cool, etc. But some people say the opposite. I've heard a lot of people bash on tattoos since they are a permanent mark that you're putting on your body. I understand why some people would have their doubts about tattoos. When I'm thinking about getting a new tattoo, I get nervous as well. Is this really something that I want on my body for the rest of my life? What if I regret it afterward? Is this what I want to spend my hard-earned money on?

These things freak me out, but once I have the tattoo, I am in love. They all represent something about me and who I am. So this is for those of you who don't understand the point of tattoos.

There are a lot of things that I've seen on social media bashing on people with tattoos, and I just want you to understand that you need to stop shaming these people. They aren't shaming you for your blank canvas. So, here a are just a few things that I've seen and/or heard about tattoos:

How do you think that's going to look when you're sixty?

This is the number one thing that I have heard people without tattoos say. I'm not getting my tattoos for when I'm sixty. I'm not thinking that far ahead. You may call me foolish, but I'm not worried about what they will look like. When I'm sixty, I will be surrounded by people who love me and who wont judge me for what my tattoos look like. My skin might sag and get wrinkly causing distortion in what used to be a beautiful piece of art, but it doesn't matter. Those who love me won't care.

Aren't you worried that you wont be able to get a job?

I'm don't have any tattoos on my face, nor do I plan to get any there at any point in my life. All of my tattoos can easily be covered up. In fact, people don't even realize that I have tattoos when I'm wearing certain clothes. I'm not worried about not being able to get a job. My tattoos don't affect my work ethic, but just in case an interviewer might think so, I can wear clothes that doesn't show them. Problem solved.

Do you really think that you're going to want that on your body in the future?

I'm not getting anything random or inappropriate, and I'm not getting anything based off of a dare or while intoxicated. Everything that I am getting permanently inked onto my body means something to me. All of my tattoos mean something to me and they show who I was and how I've grown. No I won't regret the heart on my foot that matches the one that's on my sister's foot. No I won't regret the tree on my wrist that represents happiness and life. I won't regret the tattoo that represents me as a writer because even if I'm not writing in the future (which I hope to be), it will always represent a part of me.

Your parents must be disappointed.

That's nice. I'm an adult and I can make my own decisions about my body. That's how my parents raised me. And they're not disappointed, just so you know.

Girls with tattoos are unattractive.

Well that's cool. I'm not permanently inking my body to impress some boy. Your opinion on my tattoos is irrelevant. If you don't like them, don't look at them. Tattoos do not make a woman any less ladylike than a woman without tattoos. Also, if you're judging a woman, or anyone, based off of their tattoos, you're the one with the issue. It's 2016. Women don't live to make men happy anymore. Sorry (not sorry).

You have a tattoo there? You must be a easy.

Yes, I'm talking about the infamous "tramp stamp". I don't personally have one (not that it's any of your business), but I have heard many things about girls that do. It's supposedly a symbol of promiscuity, probably something that some guy made up to make girls insecure. The placement of ones tattoo does not mean anything about that person's personality. Someone who has no tattoos whatsoever could be promiscuous whereas someone with a giant tramp stamp might be the most innocent. Don't judge someone based on the placement of their tattoos.

I could go on and on with negative things that I've hear about tattoos, but I wont bore you with that. I'm not here to talk you into getting a tattoo, nor am I judging those who don't have tattoos. Your body is yours, and mine is mine. I don't want to be judged by my choices to paint it or not. Next time you might want to judge someone based off of what they've done to their body, stop and think about what the meaning might be. That tattoo might mean the world to them. It's not on your body so there is no need for you to get upset up by it. Just go about your day.

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