The negative aspects concerning tattoos are well-known. If you have a tattoo people are more likely to treat you with suspicion, especially if you are a male and some tattoos can be regretted like those with some personal conviction on them like ‘I love Lucy’ or ‘Death to Hedgehogs’, about which you later change your mind. However, what are the advantages of having a tattoo? Are there any? In this piece we will take a look at some of the things that people give in defense of tattoos in order to attempt to get a more balanced picture of this popular form of body modification, as it is officially known.
You might really, really like a particular or photo. If you like old master oil paintings for example, you might like to have your favorite tattooed onto your body. Or you might only like a part of a photograph done. Nowadays, you can have an almost unlimited choice of colors and so almost any piece of artwork can be copied in a tattoo by a skillful tattoo artist. If you travel a lot or have a dangerous line of business, you might want to have some of your personal details tattooed on you. You could have your blood group, national insurance (social security) number and country of origin tattooed on your arm or leg. It is best to only use data that cannot be modified. Address, telephone number and spouse’s name are not such good ideas.
If you are superstitious, you might want to wear a tattoo of your favorite lucky emblem like a shamrock or a four-leafed clover – at least you can never lose it and the chain will never snap! If you are devout, you might like the concept of wearing a tattoo of the most important religious artifact to you. You might like the cross, a fish, the Star of David or a verse from the Koran. If you are not religious, you may like to have your favorite maxim or adage incorporated into a design that you like. Military personnel often tattoo the regiment’s motto on their arms and fans of football teams often do something comparable. ‘Death or Glory’ or ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’ are two common military examples.
Some people use tattoos to alter their image. Someone might want a tattoo to make him or herself look tougher. This is widespread among gangs and prisoners. Tribal warriors also do or did the same. Maoris, Mayans, Incas, Africans and Celts are among some of the famous names who did this, so this beneficial use has a long tradition. These days, many women endeavor to use tattoos for the opposite reason – to make them look more feminine. Butterflies and flowers are the latest trend in this direction. The only thing that is certain is that if you would like a tattoo, give it lots of thought first of all, because they are a lot harder and much more costly to have removed than put on.
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