Tatted Up

Tattoos have been around for a long time, and they have always been a touchy subject. Many people would disagree with getting a tattoo. A permanent mark on your body? Many would call it ridiculous. You know what’s ridiculous? The fact that people are judged just because they have tattoos. Tattoos usually have a story behind them, so next time you see someone with tattoos, don’t be so quick to judge. 

A tattoo can mean many different things to many different people, but, too often, someone is judged on the spot for the art he bares on his skin. If a man with full sleeves walks around with a t-shirt on, people think he’s crazy or aggressive. What if his sister had full sleeves and just recently died, so he got the sleeves as an homage to her? That’s an incredibly scary, but amazing, thing to do.

images This shows the upper half of a sleeve. First thought is what? Something like: “Why would you do that to your skin?”, “What kind of idiot gets such a large and visible tattoo?”, “He should be ashamed!”, or “He has to live with that mistake for the rest of his life”. It’s kind of sad that people say stuff like that without even hearing the story behind the tattoo. What if he just had his first kid and he named her rose? What if someone he was close to died but her favorite flower was a rose, so he got that tattoo for that person? The funny thing is, people say it’s a mistake to get a tattoo. There are countless opportunities where it’s a mistake NOT to get one.

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My mother and uncle got a tattoo of grandmother (left) when my great grandmother died. And when my uncle’s dogs die, he gets a paw print on him so he will remember them. Tattoos have stories behind them, so people shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Get to know someone with sleeves or even full body tattoos. They usually aren’t bad people. Ask them for the stories behind their tattoos, and I’m sure they will be happy to share it with you.

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