To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo…


Things you should know about your tattooed 20-somethings…

  • They know the arguments against getting tattoos.
  • They are aware that their tattoos will look different years from now.
  • They don’t care about that.
  • They know that placement of ink is critical.
  • They are more thoughtful about it than you think.
  • Contrary to popular belief, most are not inebriated when they get them. (most)
  • They know the risks of infection.
  • They pick their parlor/artists carefully.
  • They are diligent in their aftercare.
  • They care more about what their parents think than they say.
  • They get them anyway because it is important to them.
  • They do not do it to hurt you.
  • It is not personal.
  • They feel strongly that tattoos are a choice they are free to make.
  • They are right.
  • They might regret their choice someday.
  • Don’t we all?
  • They want you to trust your parenting and who you raised them to be.
  • They want you to know it might look different than you expected.
  • They are the same person as before, only now they are decorated.
  • They want you to trust them.
  • They are not stupid.
  • They have not lost their minds.
  • They know that tattoos are permanent.
  • That’s why they like them.
  • They are passionate.
  • They want to make a statement.
  • A permanent passionate statement.

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Things you should know about your un-tattooed parents…

  • They are not out to get you.
  • Their tattoo point of reference is different than yours.
  • They remember when tattoos were a sign of rebellion.
  • They remember when tattoos were a sign of promiscuity.
  • Nothing they knew about tattoos was something they would wish for their offspring.
  • Tattoos made a statement that you were to be avoided.
  • Tattoos said you were “seedy” “freakish” “crazy” “loose” “criminal” “no good” “loser”.
  • Not to be hired. Not to be trusted. Not to be associated with.
  • They do not want you to have these words/attitudes connected to you.
  • They do not understand the desire to have something permanently engraved upon you.
  • To them it seems disrespectful to your body to do so.
  • They know that most people their age have a similar point of view.
  • They know that people their age do most of the hiring for companies.
  • They do not wish for first impressions to prevent you from being employable.
  • They remember when your skin was fresh and smelled of baby powder.  
  • They miss those days.
  • Tattoos represent a permanent “growing up and stepping away.”
  • That makes them sad because they no longer have a say in your choices.
  • They do not want to be judged by people for your tattoo choices.
  • They will be, even if you don’t think so.
  • They want what is best for you.
  • They may disagree that a tattoo is “best.”
  • They try to adjust their point of view.
  • They are slow in doing so.
  • They begin to realize that tattoos are meaningful to you.
  • They try to understand.
  • They love you more than you can comprehend.

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One thought on “To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo…

  1. I love this. 2 of 3 of my 20-somethings have tattoos. The first one was the hardest-especially since it was hidden from me, but it has gotten easier with each one. I’m curious now and that’s different. It helps I guess that there are few kids that age that don’t have one-makes the judgments attached to them harder to hold onto.

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