Tattoos are known to signify important events in life, or things we hold deer to our lives. To others tattoos symbolize cultural practices. Tattoos had a sacred meaning in ancient traditional days that one would only get one after a symbolic ritual. In the modern days, tattoos have very different meanings, while many really don’t mean anything. You would think that such a tradition would die down with civility, but still hold strong.
In every ten people, there is at least one with a tattoo, whether visible or hidden. However, reasons for having tattoos crafted on their bodies range from unwise to “of great symbolic value” By unwise reasons, I refer to individuals who do not know the meaning of a tattoo, but are influenced through peer pressure, or to identify with an influential person or group, or just to look cool. Teenagers are the likely culprits of these practices, for example, you will probably find one tattooing the name of her boyfriend or his girlfriend, in the most visible part of his/her body.
As much as the majority of people love tattoos, there is one disturbing issue. While considering a tattoo of choice, we tend to suffer from lack of wisdom and forethought. The nature and visibility of a tattoo may adversely affect your employment chances, or future partner, and even the kind of reputation your peers and your family would have on you. Other tattoos eventually transform to be symbolic of a gang irrespective of their cultural symbolism; others are commonly identifiable with prostitution. Arrogance and violence are synonymous with tattoos as well.
Well, let’s be honest, If you are a young person desiring to wear a tattoo or have one, you will tend to disapprove people who you refer to as “of high moral ground”, – that they do not understand, or are judgmental. The fact that “it is your body and it concerns no one else” seems to be a common argument. The truth behind these argument is the fact that one is totally overcome by his/her fleshly desires and has therefore failed to see sense in the advice or disapproval of tattoos by – “those of high moral ground” ,especially if the tattoos make no sense. Psychologically, humans are generally wise to their own reasoning, and for one to take in corrections or advise he or she must be ready to have an open heart, and humility, a rare virtue in today’s generation. In simple terms, before you wear a tattoo, there is need to put all factors into consideration including your future endeavors such as employment, family, the changing meaning of the particular tattoo and the expense of either maintaining or removing the tattoo.
Mine is to caution the wisdom behind wearing a tattoo. If you find yourself hiding yours, either while looking for employment or for safeguarding your image, you probably wore it for wrong reasons. Be wise in choosing a tattoo, if you can do without it, the better. I cannot imagine wearing a tattoo in the presence of my children. It provides a recipe for a dysfunctional family.