The truth of tattoos

Joe Smith gives us his opinions on whether tattoos are worth the commitment.

Joe Smith
1st March 2020
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Tattoos. A permanent addition to your body. Something that can only be removed via the painful process of it being literally burnt off your skin, but they’re also quite cool, aren’t they?

As someone who has tattoos myself, I can be said to pose a bias towards getting a permanent piece of art on your body. However, I’m no stranger to the issues or worries that come with getting a tattoo.

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Let’s start with the positives. Tattoos are a way of expression, a way to show off your interests and style. They can help people understand who you are without you actually having to say a word yourself. They can hold a deep meaning to the individual who possesses them and represent something that they hold dear to their heart. Or they could show that the individual just really likes cats, or in my case, plant pots.

Getting a tattoo can also open the doors to fantastic communities, people who live for sharing the art on their bodies and giving others advice on to go about it the in right way. The tattooing community is a welcoming one that is open to those with and without tattoos. It is merely a group of people who share the same passion.

Now on to the cons. The first thing that everyone says when discussing body art is that it will limit the jobs available to you and that employers will not take you seriously. Although this will most likely be the case of those with face tattoos or others that can not be easily covered up, tattoos that can be easily hidden under clothing should not act as a hindrance towards employability. The stigma surrounding tattoos is one that is slowly fading but is not yet completely gone.

Putting your body’s appearance in the hands of a stranger is quite a surreal thing to do and can be seen as one of the most off-putting things about getting a tattoo.

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There is always the risk that your tattoo won’t look how you expected it to, whether this is because of the way you look after it in the aftercare process or a mistake on the tattoo artist's part. The latter is a risk many are willing to take. Putting your body’s appearance in the hands of a stranger is quite a surreal thing to do and can be seen as one of the most off-putting things about getting a tattoo. The aftercare process is in the hands of the individual who gets a tattoo. The tattoo must be looked after for weeks after you initially get it. This involves keeping it clean and moisturised as to avoid any infection. If a tattoo does get infected, there isn’t much that can be done to save it and its appearance will become forever altered.

Getting a tattoo requires a lot of thought, but more often than not they become something people learn to love. A piece of art unique to them that will remain on their bodies forever.

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