Monday, 22 May 2017

Tattoos: Acceptable or Taboo?

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I got my very first tattoo last month! A decision that took an awful lot of thinking to come to. I spoke to a few close people and found a few mixed opinions on whether they'd get a tattoo themselves, which did actually make me think for a bit. 

As I mentioned, getting a tattoo isn't a spur of the moment thing. I took a while to finalise my decision to get one and the reason was the thought of mixed opinions on the subject.

The way I look at it is that tattoos are an expression of creativity. I'd never question or judge someone's decision to have one but some may not love the idea of permanently having something inked on you. 

Work, career and jobs pinged into my head when the idea of tattoos came into my mind. Would I ever be in a situation where a future employer didn't like my tattoo? Would I ever be working with someone who didn't like my tattoo?

All legitimate questions right? But I knew the design I was planning on having wasn't offensive and it wasn't going to cover a huge huge amount of my skin. So, if that situation does ever present itself, I guess I'll have to deal with it then and there.

The next thing that made me question it was location. From the moment I'd become 110% set on getting it, I could only see the tattoo on my wrist/forearm. A fairly visible place?

People mentioned to me about getting it someone less obvious but it was the only place I could envisage my tattoo. It is still cover-able - with long sleeves. I'm not one to wear short sleeves to work, I normally have a long sleeved shirt or cardigan or jacket on when I'm at work. So, thinking about it, it would still be pretty concealable.

I've seen so many people with bigger tattoos on their hands or feet, and that was obviously something they really wanted so good on them. It doesn't make sense to judge someone (and I'm not saying anyone and everyone does this) on their tattoos.

Obviously, it's up the person who wants the tattoo to think about what's best for them and to a certain extent, I think you have to think about the future, careers, life, when deciding on a tattoo. But it's definitely not a negative to have one. It shouldn't be seen as that much of a taboo. Because it has become such a common thing to have.

What are your thoughts on tattoos?


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