I’ve been asked countless times when am I going to get tattat up (slang for getting tattoos). My reply is either something very sarcastic or straightforward but the answer is always “I’m not getting any tattoos.” In my opinion, a tattoo is nothing but a blotch of ink pierced into the skin but most people in the world and a lot of people throughout the history of mankind would strongly disagree with me. They would say that they represent their culture, feelings, likes, and or personality. They would say that they look cute or cool and are an outward representation of their soul. All of these things are fine reasons to back up getting and having tattoos but when you look at the big picture tattoos aren’t worth it because of potential health issues/medical bills, added difficulty finding jobs, and the fact that people change over time.
Tattoos are made by using a needle to inject ink into the second layer of skin called the dermis. Injecting the ink in this under layer of skin not only keeps the ink from going away but it also keeps the tattoo from stretching which means you can keep the tattoo forever. The needle vibrates and pierces about a millimeter into the skin as the artist draws the tattoo. Some tattoos are small but many people get multiple tattoos and some tattoos cover large areas of the body.
It hurts to get tattoos, especially on the places of the body that don’t have a lot of meat. Scaring can occur along with the pain especially on places such as the forearms, chest, and back. This clearly doesn’t faze people since over 36% of people in America ages 18-30 have tattoos. Not even including the generation of people that got tattoos when they were younger or the other millions of people in the world that have them. The pain of getting a tattoo goes away in time but worse side effects can happen such as inks being used on a customer that contain lead which can lead to nerve and or brain damage. Lead and traces of other substances can be avoided if you see a professional tattoo artist as well infections and or diseases transmitted by blood such as HIV. Unfortunately, many people (especially younger ones) end up getting tattoos in unprofessional ways that end up being harmful to them. Even if a tattoo is done professionally the person may be allergic to something the ink contains such as hennas, which is a shrub or small tree whose flowers are used in some inks. Again, I advise against tattoos but you feel it’s necessary to get some try and be as safe as possible.
Mistakes don’t happen often but when they do, it’s good that you can have tattoos removed, right? Make an appointment with a dermatologist and a special medical laser will be used specifically for each color and each color requires a separate trip. Tattoo removals don’t happen all in one treatment. Most of them take at least eight treatments costing $500 – $1,000 per treatment which health care doesn’t cover and after the removal it’s still possible to tell that a tattoo was on the skin by the look of it.
A removed tattoo is unsightly but it’s not that bad especially when looking for a job. People can get tattoos anywhere they want, even their eyes. A hiring manager of a job is going to expect those he interviews to come dressed appropriately and present themselves and things about themselves that are beneficial to the job. Most jobs don’t really tolerate tattoos not because they have a personal problem with them (which they may) but because the people that they work with may have a problem with them which would be bad for their business. So they think ahead and choose people that they see as more easy on the eyes. Putting people with tattoos a step bellow people that don’t in the job market. There are things that a person wouldn’t express about themselves in a job interview and if a person’s tattoo represents an important or favored part of his or herself then it may come up during the interview weather it’s beneficial or not. A person may like baggy clothes but can change out of them for an interview but a tattoo is something that is show all the time if it isn’t covered up or removed.
Some people get tattoos in their teenage years. Probably only thinking about how cool it would be but as time goes by people meet new people, get involved with new things, develop new likes and views, and see what’s most important. There are also things that people should show with their actions and not their looks. How can someone be committed to having a tattoo when they can’t even be committed to their spouses families, and friends. A tattoo is supposed to be permanent but so are soul ties such as relationships with family, promises people make, and other important things according to responsibility and feelings. Meaning it’s hypocritical to say that a tattoo is permanent part of you when you don’t show that the more important things are a part of you first.
Tattoos may look cool or have a deep meaning but they change a person’s life. Getting tattoos may have adverse effects on the body, a person’s career, financial situation, and future. It’s just a safer route to take if a person doesn’t get a tattoo and lets their actions show what’s cool about them and what’s in that persons heart.