June 21, 2018

My Thoughts on Tattoos

(pic by Nat)

As some of you may know, I have a few tattoos. If you didn't know I talk you through what I have and where in this recent blog post. Within this post I mentioned that I am starting the process of getting a sleeve this summer and boy did I receive some kick back about it. So, the purpose of this post is hopefully let you see my perspective on tattoos. But most importantly my tips how to overcome peoples judgement around your self expression, wether that be piercings, tattoos, hair color, etc. So grab some popcorn and lets get to talking. 

Why get a tattoo? Why I got my tattoos?
For me, I grew up in a household where both of my parents have one tattoo each. That did not shape my opinion or drive me to get one. Neither did the fad of being tattooed when you turn 18. I waited until I had a steady idea for 2 years to finally go under the gun and get it done. All my friends and classmates had tattoos and yes, at times I did feel left out but I waited until I loved my idea for 2 years before permanently putting it on my body at the age of 19 almost 20. 


Tattooing is a form of art.
When choosing my artists I put a lot of research and thought into who's going to be tattooing me. My first tattoos (my swallows) were done by Danny Reed out of Hot Stuff Tattoo in Asheville. I had my appointment booked months in advance and I drove over 8 hours round trip to see him; he was well worth it. 

I find tattoos the most expressive form of art for not only the artist but the person who wears them on their skin. Any other form of art such as a painting or statue can in a sense be destroyed but a well done tattoo is a form of art that is permanent. Yes, tattoos be removed but that is beside the point. 

Some, if not most tattoos do have a meaning to the person who wears them but that isn't a reason to have one. I saw this quote once and it stuck, "If my body is a temple, why not decorate the walls?" I don't know who said it but I stand behind it. If you have a deep connection with a verse, quote, animal, symbol,  or anything else then there is no reason for you not to commemorate that on your body. If there is a flower that you love but has no relevance or meaning other than you find it beautiful why not have that beauty upon your skin?

I think you get the point and I've stated why I think tattooing is an art form.

There are always going to be people trying to change you, but here is what I tell them:

  • First and foremost, you are the one who will have this tattoo on you, not them and therefore they really don't have grounds to stand on (unless you're under 18 and need their signature to get the tattoo and in that case I really don't know how to help you). 
  • If a job you want won't hire you because of your tattoos, why do you want to work under someone who won't let you express yourself? Your resume/portfolio should speak for itself, not your tattoos. 
  • There are worse things you can be doing instead of getting a tattoo, just saying.
  • It is a way to express yourself and a conversation starter. You never really know what you'll learn or who you'll meet because of your tattoos and the conversations they can start.
  • Tattoos to some people mean you are immature, I completely disagree. Tattoos are at the pinnacle of dedication to something, you seriously have this on your skin forever, what shows dedication to something more than that? If anything employers should consider that as a positive. 

So, if you made it this far I applaud you. I appreciate you for letting me rant and let out pent up feelings. I am starting my sleeve with a floral piece on July 12 with Kelsey Moore out of Awaken Tattoo & Gallery in Chicago and I couldn't be more excited. All in all, there will always be people who judge you, or people who want to change you but you only live once as cliche as that is. Get that tattoo, dye your hair a crazy color, get that piercing, do what makes you happy because that is what truly matters.

If you are looking for some tattoo inspiration or to get a closer look at my style of tattoos I gravitate towards take a look at my Pinterest board.


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