This is a guest post by Victoria Hill, who writes for Progression Tattoo.
Ever think about getting a tattoo?
Millions of people have all across the world. And more and more of them take the plunge and get a tattoo every day.
Each of those individuals has a different reason for getting their tattoos. For some it is a form of expressing themselves. For others – a statement. A cultural tradition. Or a combination of these.
But no matter the reason, getting a tattoo will change your life. Here’s how:
The Art Of Self-Expression
Most tattoos here in America are a form of self-expression.
Tattoos can be just about anything you can imagine – from the image of your favorite cartoon character to your favorite poem or saying.
They can make a bold statement or simply be pleasing to look at. A tattoo is a wonderful why to release your creative side. You can proudly display your tattoo or you can place it in a more secret location.
Either way, your expression has an outlet that will enhance your life. The artwork may mean something deep to the individual, or it may just be a design that they fancied. The reason behind the individual’s choice in tattoo designs may vary but the view of the tattoo will assign meaning to it too.
So you made the plunge and got your first tattoo, and you are thrilled.
Then your grandmother asks you, “Are you in a gang?” or “Are you a drug dealer?”, or something of the sort. You are prepared for something like that because people in her age frame are just living in different times.
The question is, are you ready for the potential employer to quietly judge you in the same way and turn you down for a job you are a perfect fit for? Or to have a mother tell her child to stay away from that tattooed freak?
There are people out there that will judge you on a preconceived notion of the stereotype.
Most people are very accepting of tattoos, but you’ll discover the surprising fact that many are not.
As a result, your perspective of the world will begin to change.
Proof Of Self-Confidence
For various reasons, being tattooed can be intimidating.
To start with, a tattoo is permanent. You need to really evaluate yourself before making a final decision because you could end up stuck with something you regret.
Tattoo removal is an option, of course, but it’s painful. It shows you are confident enough with your choice, to live with it for the rest of your life or go through the pain of having it removed.
Getting a tattoo does require you to tolerate some pain. It shows a level of self-esteem and control to go through the process. It also takes confidence to walk into a tattoo studio. There is a stereotype that is associated with individuals that frequent tattoo studios.
Your own judgments need to be set aside in order to feel comfortable in your skin and allow someone to tattoo you. You also need to be confident enough to assert what your desires are, and to pick the tattoo artist that will best be able to do what you want.
To Tattoo Or Not To Tattoo?
The decision to get a tattoo will change your life. You will need to consider your tattoo design carefully.
Choosing a tattoo that expresses yourself is very important because it is something you will have for the rest of your life. Considering how others will view your tattoo is important too.
Judgmental people may cause unexpected difficulties for you because of their own misconceptions. Whether they are right or wrong, it will still affect you.
So whether you are confidently prepared to get a tattoo on your body or not, should be a well thought out decision.