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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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants
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Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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How To Survive Your First Flu At ISU

Being away from your parents can be tough when you get sick, but here's a short how-to guide of what to do when you catch the flu.

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Going away to college can be tough, especially if you're used to being at home and having someone to take care of you when you get sick. Now I don't know about the rest of you but when I get sick I turn into a needy childish mess of a person who wants her mom to make her soup and bring her juice and medicine. But, being about a two-hour drive away from home I can no longer rely on my mom to take care of me. So, you would assume that my first option is to just lay in bed and sleep all day until I don't feel sick anymore. Unfortunately, I have tried that, and I can assure you that it's not a valid way to get better anytime soon. So, in this article, I am going to explain how you can get healthy quicker and skip fewer classes.

Step one to any sickness is staying hydrated, you should drink a lot of water, tea, and juice. The water helps flush toxins out of your body, the tea helps soothe your sore throat, and the juice provides vitamins and antioxidants. You will need all of these things in order to feel better as soon as possible.

Step two is to stay in bed and sleep, getting rest can help your body heal a lot quicker than you think. It's not a good thing to skip classes but if you can skip a class and use that time to rest and heal you won't have to skip as many classes in the future because of a sickness that lasts for multiple days or even weeks.

Step three is to remember to eat, when you feel achy and sore from being sick and laying in bed you will not want to go get food but it's important to remember to eat when you're sick especially things like hot soup and crackers. Even if you feel absolutely terrible you have to remember to eat, which might mean asking your roommate to bring you a to-go box and offering to repay the favor at a later time.

Step four is to take a nice hot shower, the steam from the hot water can help open up your sinuses which will relieve your runny or stuffy nose as well as relieving your sore throat.

Step five is remembering to email your professors and let them know that you are sick, this will help you to keep up in your classes and prevent your grades from dropping due to absence. Another helpful tip is to text a friend from your class to get a copy of the notes from class.

Hopefully, this short article will help you to handle your first serious sickness away from home, and if you're still feeling sick after trying all of these things make sure you schedule an appointment at the student health center located in the student health services building across the street from the Bone Student center.

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