I myself am heavily tattooed. Here is my response to some common arguments.
- "You'll hate it in 20 years."
What? You're incapable of making a lasting decision? Same thing about getting a wife, dumbass. YOU MAY HATE HER IN TWENTY YEARS. By that rhetoric, nobody should get a wife, start a career, or move houses.
- "It'll look ugly when you're old."
YOU'LL look ugly when you're old, regardless of a tattoo. Unless you're telling me non-tattooed people somehow stay good looking forever.
- "It's permanent."
No sh*t. That's the point, smart one. It's a symbol of you being able to think things through. Unless you're telling me you're incapable of that. If you regret it later, deal with it. You made the decision.
- "It'll cost you your job."
Your dumbassery will cost you your job. Just how many places of the body are exposed from clothing? Your clothing covers most of your body. Also, you can simply by specialized makeup to cover tattoos for work. If you have arm work, just use sleeves. It's not that hard to cover a tattoo, genius.
I'll take the why not too side, just because I am not a fan of tattoos.
It will be pretty much permanent. It may look cool now but what about in 10 years?, your skin will change, you might have a family. It will make people view you differently, I know tattoos are much more common now, but I know when I see a person with a tattoo I automatically make an assumption about them. You may not like it later on and then you are stuck with it. Companies hiring for jobs would rather not see a tattoo. It may be a turn off to some guys. I would really think about why you are doing it. Are you getting one just because it looks cool, or are you honoring some family member or friend?
I've kind of been wrestling with the idea of getting or not getting a tattoo myself. Usually, when I think of a design I like, I hold onto it for a few weeks or months. Then, I'll look at it again and ask myself, "Would I really want a tattoo of that?" Usually my answer is no, but if I found something that I liked enough or that represented something special to me, I might get one.
im getting a tattoo soon. its going to represent the struggles I had with my sister over the past 18 years (she was abusive in everyway possible). I'm getting a bengal tiger face that looks like its coming out of my body. its going to reminde me every time I see it that I was strong enough to push through the things my sister did to me, that I am a strong woman who can handle anything, and I don't care what others think. ill be proud to show off my tattoo and ill be more than happy to tell the story of my tiger tattoo.
get tattoos that have a special meaning to you, not some design that you might hate in a couple of days. if you get a tattoo make sure its worth it and you'll smile every time you look at it
A couple years ago, my sister and I decided that when she turned 18, we'd each get a tattoo of the Greek word for "sister." My sister thought they should look exactly the same and be in the exact same place, but we could never agree. I think customizing it and putting it on our own special places would be more special - we can keep them individualized but still have the basic idea for both of us.
All that being said, I've since reconsidered getting that tattoo. At least for a while. There are other tattoos I'd rather get anyway, but I might not ever get any. I have the pain tolerance and the ideas and desire for the designs I picked years ago, but I might not have the guts to actually get it done.
I got a tattoo after my Grandfather passed away. It is on my right shoulder with the date he passed away. It's on the right side because guardian angels are always on your right shoulder and to me he is my guardian angel. The bad thing is that tattoos are expensive and it depends on the pain tolerance, but for me it hurt a lot (my pain tolerance is really low). Make sure it's not a dumb tattoo like a hairy ball sack or something. I am planning to get another one on my ribs that says: live like there's no tomorrow. Good luck! :)