The War On Tattoos Needs To End

The War On Tattoos Needs To End

Since Neolithic times, tattoos have been a form of free expression. Yes, they've been around for hundreds of thousands of years. Europe's oldest known human mummy, Otzi, had 61 tattoos scattered across his body. Since their very beginning, tattoos have had a negative connotation attached to them. I'll break down how ridiculous this idea is.

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First, let's explore anti-tattoo arguments. Tattoos are permanent--can't get rid of them if you have a change of heart. "How are they going to look when you're older?" is the most popular argument I've encountered. They aren't for those that worry about being judged. Employers in certain industries cite them as harmful to applicants. My response? Ok, sure. This is fair. But this only stresses the fact that people must be mature and thoughtful about their decisions, so why not let them? Everyone knows what they take into account. Also, you might want to look into a different field of work if their basis of hiring revolves around body ink as opposed to work ethic and character. I can't stress this enough.

On the contrary, tattoos have the unique ability to display what you're about as a person, without saying a word. The saying is "A picture is worth a thousand words", correct? They have the ability to tell a story or boast a lesson or meaning in life. They can convey emotions. Tattoos have the ability to pay tribute to lost loved ones and family members. On the not-so-serious side, they have the ability to be aesthetically pleasing, turning your skin into something out of an art gallery or comic book. Tattoos can be as symbolic or rad as you want them to be, hence why the profession is considered artful.

Makeup allows those who use it to feel more attractive. Jewelry and piercings do the same. Neither are a natural part of the body. These are not only acceptable appearance-altering tools, they are encouraged. Ridiculous clothing trends make their waves in and out of society. So, what's wrong with ink on skin? Let's not be hypocritical about adding features to ourselves to look or feel better. We're in 2019, right? The age of acceptance? Let's practice what we preach.

Who is responsible for the opposition to body ink? Older generations. Specifically, the Silent Generation (1925-1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), and Generation X (1965-1979). These generations, for the most part, adopted the attitude that tattoos were cancer. They were raised to believe this by their parents, and in turn, relayed the message to their their kids. Let's keep in mind that these generations aren't exactly the most open-minded. These are the generations that still prefer pencil and paper to laptops, fax machines to smartphones, and overall traditional means to an advanced society based on technology that makes life a hell of a lot easier. For as many things as these generations have been right about, there are equally as many that have been wrong. It's harder to accept a newer trend, like the growth of tattoos, when your philosophy revolves around traditionalism. It's not World War II anymore, grandpa. Let's move on to more exciting and innovative things.

Tattoos are only trending upwards. They will dominate society in the near future, men and women alike, if not already. Choosing not to accept peoples' decisions to have them is refusing to adapt to a different and more accepting world.

If you want a tattoo, get one. If it's meaningful or symbolic to you, get one. If you want one because you think it looks cool or appealing, get one. Life is way too short to not think for yourself or make your own decisions. Let's foster a more accepting society and focus our energy in more useful areas.

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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"

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My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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Rock might not be your thing but these songs will definitely get you pumped up and motivated!

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So, I understand if rock music is just not your thing but these songs are awesome at helping to get you pumped up to take on that cardio you have to do in a bit. It will make you want to dance and jump and down. Some of these suggestions and bands might be a little odd to you and might not be your first pick but just give them a try and see how you like them.

1. "Sound of Madness" by Shinedown

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2. "The Anthem" by Good Charlotte

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3. "Love Bites (So Do I)" by Halestorm

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