Are Tattoos Just a Matter of Beauty
Nowadays it is becoming very popular to decorate one’s body somehow. They have the option of either body piercing or getting a tattoo. To tell the truth, I am also one of those people who are interested in getting a tattoo. But after I read some articles on the Internet and heard stories about it, I am almost ready to change my mind. There are reasons for and against getting tattoos.
The most interesting fact is that not only teenagers get tattoos but people over 30 and older also. The majority of tattoos that cover almost all of the body or a larger part of it are done to punks, rockers and others artsy people. Most people are satisfied with smaller tattoos that cover only a part of their hand, leg, back, stomach, or other part of the body. People are very imaginative about where to place the tattoo. Some may want to have them done on their tongue, lip, or even in the intimate places.
So, the first possible reason why someone would get a tattoo is to express themselves. They consider that getting a tattoo is suitable for them and they can either choose the tattoo from a catalogue or draw it themselves. By drawing their own picture, they can express themselves better because they themselves are depicting what they want to truly express. These drawings can be of anything because there is no boundary on one’s imagination.
In addition, sometimes tattoos symbolize something. One can get it done to mark a special event, to remember someone or to honour someone they love. Sometimes people tattoo their lover’s name on their body to show how much they love them. But this is not advised by masters of tattooing and is not very popular because the love object might change anytime. Also a lot of tattoos are done in remembrance of a loved one or close friend that has passed away.
Another reason is that people like being the centre of attention, to stand out in the crowd, and to be proud of the painting that they have on their body. They love others to look at them in the streets, ask them all kinds of questions about their tattoos, and to be the main topic of conversation at parties or other gatherings. There are also competitions between those who have tattoos. They compare tattoos and decide whose is bigger, nicer, have more colours, and so on. As I do not have a tattoo (at least not yet) I do not know what all the aspects of competition are. So, when one is selected as having the best tattoo he or she may be proud of himself or herself.
Sometimes tattoos are done in order to hide a big scar or other defects on one’s skin. If there is no other way or the alternatives, such as plastic surgery, are too expensive tattoos are a good way of covering up the problematic places, especially if the person feels really bad about his or her skin defect and cannot live a normal life. Getting a tattoo brings self-confidence and happiness to his or her life because there is no need to wear a pullover anymore when the day is hot enough not to wear one.