A wise person once said, “There are two kinds of people in the world … those with tatoos and those without. It doesn’t bother those of us that have them that you don’t.” When a young man returns from the service without a tatoo, his mother doesn’t cry in disbelief, “Oh son, I’m so disappointed! Everyone else got a tatoo.”
In some cultures a tatoo is a mark of social status. In the free world, a lot of people automatically assume that you are a “druggie”, a “biker” or really wild or worse if you have a tatoo. If you elect to have a tatoo that is visible when you are dressed, be prepared for a comment from anyone that you meet. Complete strangers seem to have no problem in voicing their opinion about your tatoo and you may not like their comment or agree, but … that won’t stop them.
The decision to have a tatoo is very personal. Many tatoos are symbolic and tell a story. Art is the choice of the individual, whether it is in a painting on your wall or on your skin. Tatoo is an incredible art style — the ability to make a portrait or picture come to life on the flesh is art in the purest sense. Tatoo can provide a beautiful makeover for flesh in an area with a birthmark, discoloration of the skin, old tatoos and scars.
If you have thought about “getting” a tatoo or are curious about the actual tatooing procedure, take a trip to your local artist. Ask them questions. Check around before you decide on anything. All tatoo artists and people with tatoos aren’t necessarily drug addicts, prostitutes or bikers … Also remember that everyone has to be something. Not everyone with a tatoo had it done when they were in the service or out drinking with friends.
Tatoos are not for everyone, before you decide, check it out … then before making the final decision, remember it stays with you forever.