Why I Got A Tattoo

To tat or not to tat?

That is the question.

In today's Americanized society, it is becoming more and more popular to get a tattoo, also known as getting "ink." For a majority of the wishful "inking" population, heading to your local tattoo parlor and picking out a tattoo on the wall is just as easy as swinging by the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk. On the other hand, there are the rest of us that devote much time, effort and creativity into designing a piece of artwork that will be on the body eternally.

On the other hand, there is much controversy over tattoos and the Bible. Some argue that religious reasons halt them from tattooing the temple God gave them. Although, many researchers believe the Bible contradicts itself many times. When I showed my [ex] sister-in-law my brand new tattoo, you should have seen the look on her face. She raised her eyebrows, pursed her lips and responded with, "You know that's against the Bible, right?"

Later, I turned to my old friend, Google, to find out: Leviticus 19:28 – “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” If truth be told, then at least I will have company seeing as many people I know are tattooed as well! With all due respect to the Bible and religion and what not, I work in the medical field. I help save people's lives and plan on pursuing a career in nursing. Can God forgive me this one minuscule sin? Here's a contradictory statement: God forgives, right?

Others simply cannot deal with the issue of pain. If being poked and prodded with half a dozen needles doesn't sound appealing to you, getting a tattoo is probably not your cup of tea. Particularly, if you are someone who despises getting their blood drawn. To me, the pain was euphoric. Call me sick, call me weird, whatever it was, I loved it. It was a natural high that cannot be recreated in any way. I confess I am somewhat unsure of why I felt this way during and after the procedure, but I will tell you at the time it was my new found glory and I would gladly do it all over again, if not for the tattoo, but for the pain.

In my personal opinion, receiving a tattoo has a much deeper meaning than a piece of art that will be on my body forever. By helping design my tattoos, receiving them has given them a much deeper meaning.

My first tattoo is not as original in design but the moment I saw it, I knew it was a something I wanted. After searching through Gemini (that's me), Kanji tattoos, and various other tattoos of butterflies, dragonflies, etc., I printed out some potential tattoos, got in my little "Toaster," and headed to the tattoo shop.

After weeks of soul searching, I finally found a tat that was unique and out of the norm, or so I thought at that moment in time. Until one summer day, while laying out at the pool in my apartment complex, I noticed three sisters who all had my tattoo on various parts of their bodies.I strolled down to the pool at my apartment complex weeks later to find three sisters all got the same tattoo! Ultimately, I decided on the Jane Seymour Open Heart. In my career, I help patient's that cannot help themselves. I enjoy what I do, I like to help others less fortunate than myself. My final decision was not only meaningful, but appropriate. I decided I wanted to put it on the inner side, as opposed to the outside, of my right ankle. Might I add, this is one of the most painful places on the human body to receive a tattoo! Although, the best pain I've ever felt in a strange sort of orgasmic way.

My second tattoo is one that has much more meaning than the first. Though, I was in a somber state of mind when I got this tattoo, the tattoo itself is anything but. I was depressed and gloomy due to unnamed circumstances and when I rolled into the parking lot of the the tattoo shop, had no idea what I wanted. Although I knew I wanted something, I needed to feel the pain of the needle to make my pain go away that I was feeling at the time. After pondering with the most awesome tattoo artist ever [Pam], I decided on two stars on my left wrist. One that stands for myself and the other baby star stands for my daughter. After she was finished, she suggested we make them shooting stars. The end product is beyond ordinary and the best part is that it's located on my inner left wrist. Hence, I am reminded every time I look down that the sky is the limit for the deep eternal love I have for my daughter.

In the past year or two, I've pondered the idea of a large tat on my back. Then I think of how it will look in 20 years when I'm in my mid-forties and my mind quickly changes in the opposite direction. A tattoo is a lifelong commitment. It is almost as if you are marrying that part of your body to the tattoo you choose. Conversely, if you'd like to divorce the two, expect to shell out hundreds of dollars as well as be willing to dedicate many hours to a physician who specializes in tattoo removal. Think: Angelina Jolie tattooing Billy Bob on her arm.

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