This Lighten Up Thursday Covers the Controversial Views Of Tattoos and My Harsh, Short Opinion On Them.
So, I was talking to an old friend about life lately. We both went to what I’d consider a top tier high school and although I’d only attended the school for a year, I enjoyed my year there. Anyway, we began discussing the changes we had made to our lives, and I mentioned my tattoos. Her response was a scoff and to further explain that I’d never make it by with a good job because of my tattoos. (I only have two) I simply replied “Lighten up!” but to her, tattoos were the scum of the earth. I support the right for everyone to have their own opinions and today’s Lighten Up Thursday talks about mine.
Tattoos Are Like Drawings. I mean, they are but..
Have you ever had a toddler, a family member, or a friend draw something on you? Have you ever had a body part signed by your favorite celebrity? Have you ever gotten one of the popular Henna tattoo? Jasemine, what does that have to do with anything? It has everything to do with it.
If you replied “yes” to any of the above instances or any similar, then think back to when you had to wash that off. Surely, you felt some remorse washing your little daughter’s first masterpiece off of your hand. Yet, you probably snapped a picture for Facebook first so that you could share it with all of your friends and family. Now imagine you didn’t have a camera, but your child’s drawing as SO GOOD that you felt you wanted to share it with the world. Yet, you couldn’t because you have to wash it off.
See where I’m going yet?
Forever is A Long Time To Have A “Drawing” on your Body
I agree about forever being a long time! Forever is also a long time to be married to the the love of your life but people are doing that every single day and they’re not banning that in the workplace. Well, not unless the love of your life has all the same body parts as you do. Then, it’s banned all over the United States of America *sarcastic voice* because that makes sense, right? WRONG. But that’s a totally different topic entirely and it should never be forgotten or overlooked.
Anyway, no one should be the decider of your forever. To me, that’s our problem. We, as a country, spend so much time determining and limiting the forever of others that we can’t find our own. As if forever is something completely harmful 100% o the time. These “drawings” aren’t harmful… I mean, with the exception of ink poisoning, but at least it’s not to your employees or friends. If it is, why not hire based of what tattoo they have not if have one. I say that because I’d much rather someone with a butterfly tattoo than a Swastika but that’s for personal reasons.
Art is forever, one that a lot of us depend on. The common misconception is that all tattoos are impulsive which is just that. A misconception. My first tattoo was symbolic to my struggle, and it was indeed impulsive but my second tattoo took two years to plan and it was my tattoo artist Ofie who eventually sealed the deal. It’s because of her that my dad is in the skin I’m proud of forever. He taught me to work hard and to be the best I can be at everything I do. My tattoo reminds me of that everyday.
Prisoners, Gang Members And Murderers All Have Tattoos!
If that’s your reason for not accepting them, I’m actually a little offended. You know who else may have tattoos? Kathy in HR. Yeah, that’s right. She’s got a cute little bumblebee on her left ankle which you’ve never seen because she hides it beneath her business pantsuit leg. What do Kathy, gang members, murderers, teenagers, anyone else with tattoos and you all have in common? We’re human! We’re all misjudged by our exterior features instead of being accepted for our interiors. We all have or will or will strive in our lives to be the best we can be at some point and along the way we all find things we’d like to keep forever because we hold them dear. Some people just keep forever in different ways. your old baseball cards don’t place you in the same category as a criminal, so why should anyone’s tattoos do that for them? It sounds like an absurd example, but really think about it!
So Lighten Up!
The next time you see a tattoo, you should ask the person the story behind it Listen before you take judgement. Learn to accept someone else’s forever and embrace the impact that your acceptance may have on your workplace, your friendships, or even your life.
Remember that a tattoo is not just a drawing but a work of art that is someone’s forever.
What About You?
Have you ever been rejected because of a tattoo? Have you ever heard or do you have an interesting story behind a tattoo? Share!
Until next time, this fashionista is hasta la vista. 😉