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Tattoos - A Design For Life.
This is a subject I can relate to in a couple of ways and i'm sure some of you reading this can.
Firstly tattoos are becoming more and more popular all over the world, but the topics i'm going to be talking about include, why people get tattooed, the difference between good and bad tattoos and the risks tattooing from home.
Why do people get tattooed?
People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons, some good and some bad. The main reasons for getting tattoos are in memory of someone who has passed away or who we admire. Life stories such as a fatal illness who have survived or a traumatic event in someone's life. Another reason is something someone is passionate about, such as a life career or hobby.
Also people get names tattooed on their bodies, normally their partner's name, which I am against unless it is say a family member's name. People should realise a tattoo is for life (unless you get it removed) not just for the amount of time they are with someone. Even if you are in a relationship with somebody your whole life, there are better ways to show your love than with a tattoo. So this kind of tattoo is a big no-no for me.
Knowing the good from bad.
As you probably know there are amazing artists out there and I have to say it, terrible artists too. I am ashamed to say that I've had a bad tattoo done, not naming names, which was my first one and the meaning behind meant so much to me. As I am in a relationship with someone who knows a lot more about tattoos than I do, as he has worked for someone in a tattoo shop and learnt about it day in, day out. He told me that my tattoo was terrible and I soon realised that he was right. So this brings me to my point as to why do people get terrible tattoos that eventually they will spend more money on to get it covered or lasered, is it really worth it?
I mean some people don't know the difference between good tattoos and bad ones, but I've had my eyes opened to what is being produced and I will be extra careful when getting another tattoo.
Tattooing from home.
Another point I want to raise within this topic is people who tattoo from home. I really haven't got anything against people who do it, but I really wouldn't considered getting tattooed from someone who isn't properly qualified for a couple of reasons.
- Health and safety - How do you know what they are using is thoroughly cleaned? Do they have a H&S licence? - Probably not.
- Going back to getting tattooed by bad artists - Do these people who tattoo from home really know what they're doing?
- You will end up with a bad tattoo just because it was cheaper or free from your mate, which you will have to pay more money to get removed or covered up.
I love tattoos as much as the next person, but I just hate to see bad work on people's skin. I just want people to realise that saving up and waiting for the right time to get a tattoo will be worth it in the end, I've had a bad experience with my tattoo and regret it now, and i'm sure many other people have.