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Looking at tattoo's: examining the truth

Updated on July 26, 2011

Examining the truth

We see them every day, people with tattoos. There in the workplace, our stores, and even babysitting our children. In these recent times tattoos have become more socially acceptable and popular. Before you go out and get yourself one though it will be wise to do some research.

First lets look at the part dealing with employment. Some of the employers out there refuse to hire anyone that has a tattoo. They believe that a tattoo makes a person look dangerous, untrustworthy, and unreliable, rebels, possible social outcasts and failures in society. They do not want their company’s name to be sullied by someone who has marred their bodies. Don't let that discourage you though. As long as the tattoo is hidden and is not in violation of your future employer's dress code then there shouldn't be a problem. Make sure your tattoo, if you get one is in a place that is easily hidden. For example your leg or shoulder.

Now for a some what scary part. Yes tattoos are permanent. This means they last as long as you do. Don't fret though. Just select your tattoos wisely. Don't get something that you may regret like your lovers name or something that you were dared to do. Get something that holds special meaning to you and something that you will never want to get rid of.

If you do get a tattoo that you do not want to keep though there is always tattoo removal. I warn you though that this process can be more painful than actually getting the tattoo. The surgeon uses a high-intensity laser beam to blast the pigment, breaking it into tiny particles that dissipate into the body. It has even been compared to being splattered with hot grease. Not to mention the price in and of it self is painful. The average price is $200 to $500 per session and the tattoo won’t be gone in the first session. Even if all of the ink is removed there is also a chance of scaring. Sometimes though the removal is not always successful. There have been cases were the pigment actually darkened instead of lightening. So if you do get a tattoo make sure it is one you will truly want forever.

One thing you need to also consider is the parlor where you get your tattoo done. If their equipment is not properly sterilized there is a chance that you can get some serious diseases. Just to list a few: Allergic reactions, Skin infections, Blood borne diseases including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tetanus and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are also some cases where a tattoo can effect an MRI. But don't fret. This is not as common as you would expect. Just be sure to research where you are going to get your tattoo. Make sure it is safe and their work is well done and properly executed.

Now there is a rummor going on that tattoos are addictive but when you look at it anything can become addictive. Video games, drugs, Jenga. You name it and someone can become addicted. It is up to the person to fight the addiction. Some things that support the addiction idea are: Getting over the fear causes an addiction, tattoos release endorphins, people could be massocistic, people could love art and want to carry a peice with them at all times. It's all up to the person. My though, I hardly doubt that you could become addicted to tattoos. It's not like meth where it becomes a need for your system to continue working. You have a choice to get into that chair or not. Will can overcome any addiction.


If done right and by artist a tattoo can become something cherished and beautiful. If it holds meaning to you getting a tattoo can be one of the most important things you could do. To remember something that is of great importance to you, a lost loved one, a significant date or moment in you life are all great reasons to get one. Now I am not trying to sound repetitive but meaning is the most important reason to get a tattoo. True you could get one just because you like the art but I wouldn't recommend it. Sooner or later you may not like that art so much.

So whether you are making a statement, remembering something, or other just remember to research the area and be sure the tattoo you get you will want for the rest of your life.


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    • Andrea Rose profile image

      Andrea Rose 5 years ago

      And it is body art. I got my tattoo to express myself and make me different than the other people around me.

      Oh and thank you for the comment.

    • brittvan22 profile image

      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      did you know where tats originated from? By this, I mean culturally speaking they were a way of the Natives to express themselves especially those tribes that did not wear much clothing or no clothing due to weather, etc. They saw it is body art.