Tattoos are not the worst things in the world. It is so sad when I wear a short sleeve shirt and my tattoos are exposed and I can tell on someone's face that they are judging me. I would also like to point out that my tattoos are meaningful. Whether someone has an animal as a tattoo or even a meaningful quote, they should not be judged. You know that saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? This not only applies to the person because they have tattoos but for the tattoos themselves.

Although a tattoo of a dog or a sun may not seem meaningful to you, you never know what it may mean to someone else. There have been days when I wake up in the morning with no motivation to get up and go through the day just because I have so much going on in my life and I emotionally can not take it anymore. When I have those days, I look to my tattoo that says, "Cont;nue," and it gives me the strength to get up and go about my day. For those of you who do not know what that means, it is a tattoo for the semicolon project.

Some people may not have obviously meaningful tattoos, but you have no right to judge them because you do not know if that is the one thing that gets them through their rough times. A butterfly could signify strength, a penguin could be an animal that one of their relatives who passed loved, there are so many things that could signify someone who has passed. My tattoo that is for my uncle is one of the main things that I have left to remember him.

Before you judge someone by their tattoos, take a step back and think about how it may be meaningful to them. Judging is never a good thing to do.