Things People With Tattoos Are Tired Of Hearing

Things People With Tattoos Are Tired Of Hearing

Getting ink can come with unwelcome questions and comments.
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People with tattoos get a lot of questions or comments about their art. Some are compliments, some are harmless, and some of them are borderline offensive. Tattoos are a personal decision and questions about those personal decisions can sometimes be unwelcome. Who wants to hear something they love being questioned and criticized? As a proud owner of several tattoos, I've heard these questions and statements dozens of times. Here's a list of a few things that people with tattoos are tired of hearing and why these conversations can be so frustrating.

1. "What do they mean?"

While the question seems harmless enough, it can actually be extremely invasive. For a lot of people, their tattoos have meaning to them - a reminder of an event in their past, a tribute to a deceased loved one, etc. All four of my tattoos, for example, have personal reasons behind them. By asking this question, the person is put in a weird situation. Their responses are limited: tell the truth and be uncomfortable, lie to make it seem like nothing, which is uncomfortable, or tell the person asking that it's not their concern, which makes everyone involved uncomfortable. Ultimately, it's best to avoid asking this question, period.

2. "Well, if it's visible, people are going to ask you about it."

Just because something is visible doesn't mean it is open for discussion. While yes, they did get the tattoo somewhere visible, it's usually not done to create a discussion topic; it's done because that's where the individual wanted the art to be. Just like you wouldn't comment on a person's appearance, you shouldn't ask someone with a tattoo what they mean.

3. "You wasted your money on THAT?"

To the tattoo's owner, a piece of art that they love that will be with them forever is not a waste. While we are aware that tattoos cost money, we're also aware that they're some of our most valued possessions.

4. "Won't you regret that when you're older?"

No. Even if I change drastically, my tattoos will always be a reminder of who I was.

5. "That's going to look ugly when your old."

Will it fade and blur? Of course. Will it lose any of its meaning? Not at all. They may not look as pretty as when they're new, but nothing ever is. When things have sentimental value to you, you love them regardless of their appearance.

6. "You're never going to find a job with those."

Tattoos are not the taboo thing they used to be. A lot of people have tattoos and are perfectly successful in their field. Employers are now hiring people for their talent rather than their appearance - as they should. And if I'm denied employment because of my tattoos, despite achievements and experience, then it's not a place I want to be working. If the situation calls for tattoos to be covered, make up and clothing do the trick.

This is not to say that you should never talk to or ask questions of a person with tattoos. Just be aware that, to the owner of the tattoo or tattoos in question, their art is a part of them. They spent money and endured pain to have something with them for the rest of their lives. Whether the tattoo has a personal meaning or was simply an addition to boost self-confidence, they tend to be a sensitive subject for those that have them.

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.
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BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I get? There are currently eight BANG energy drink flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I buy BANG energy drinks? You can find BANG energy drinks at Amazon, your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How does BANG compare to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data on nutrition facts and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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My Chemical Imbalance Is Just That, So Quit Shaming Me For Taking Medication

It's not just a mindset.

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Mental illnesses are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. It is not something anyone can control. So why are we still shaming those who take medications for their chemical imbalance?

I was diagnosed with depression in October of 2015. I went through thirteen different medications before I found the one that worked with my body. Everybody is different. Not every medication works the same for every person that tries it. I worked hard and pushed through all thirteen of those medications to get to where I am today.

It wasn't easy. But it was worth it.

I knew something was wrong with my body and my brain and that it wasn't just something that could change with a mindset.

Not everything can be solved with a bubble bath and ice cream. Some things are much deeper than the surface. You owe it to yourself to get the help you need.

When you tell someone "just think happy thoughts," or "stop being so down all the time," or even "it's all in your head," you are the reason that so many lose hope and end their lives.

Medication isn't for everyone. But for many, it helps tremendously. I don't even want to know what my life would be like if I didn't have my medications.

It helps me out of the bed every morning.

Do I like being dependent on a pill to live? No. But do I take it anyways in hopes that one day I will be OK without it? Yes. It is what keeps me going. I can't just stop taking them and expect to be perfectly fine.

It's a chemical imbalance, it doesn't work like that.

When you break your arm, it is an injury that people can see. That people can understand.

Just because you can't see my injury, doesn't mean you shouldn't take the time to understand it. It's real and it's there.

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