Think before you get ink

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D'Nieka Hartsfield

D’Nieka Hartsfield

here comes a time in all our lives when we experience the rebel years.

Today we are going to talk about tattoos.

Are they, in fact, a sign of rebellion? Those objective might say it’s mutilating your skin and is distasteful. But on the contrary, it is all about a person’s perception.

What makes one get a tattoo? What does having a tattoo or multiple tattoos say about you?

Have you ever met a person you perceived as conservative on a lot of points, but then noticed they have a tattoo? Or have you met a person covered in them who carried themselves in a manner you may have not expected? Did you judge either person based on their tattoos or were you the person experiencing the judgment?

I got my first tattoo with my best friend about 10 years ago. We have been best friends for many years and we wanted to do something “special” that represented how close we were in our friendship.

The next tattoo was because I was hooked and thought they were cool. Luckily, I was mature enough at that time to consider my future and cognizant that I might grow out of my obsession.

I think a tattoo can work for anyone. However, there are so many people who have to cover them up with makeup for whatever reason or opting to get them removed … ouch!

Here are five things you should consider for yourself or someone you know before getting a tattoo:

• Will you love the tattoo 10-20 years from now? As we all know, tattoos are indelible so make sure you’re emotionally attached.

• Is it a phase or art (does it have meaning to you)? A friend of mine has a tattoo that she says is generic and wishes she would have personalized it. She basically visited a shop and looked at a book and said “I want that one.”

• Know what you’re stamping on your body. There have been people that have found out later that their foreign manuscript actually translated into something other than what they were told they were getting.

• Will it interfere in your career field? A tattoo should never cost you your employment.

• Can the tattoo be covered if necessary? If you’re interviewing for a job and you have a tattoo stamped across your neck, chances are you won’t be hired unless you are interviewing to be the tattoo artist yourself.

 

D’Nieka Hartsfield writes for Clovis Media Inc. Contact her at dhartsfield@cnjonline.com or find her on Facebook.

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