To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo? That is the question?

I follow my favourite DJ on Twitter.  Her name is Tara Stewart.  She has the most wonderful accent and plays the most fabulous music on 2fm.  Honestly, she really is awesome therefore you all should check her out.  In fact, I command you to, but that’s beside the point.  I am here to talk about tattoos.  You see this week, Tara has expressed that she has been deliberating about whether or not she should get a tattoo or not and expressed that she was kind of scared.  After seeing that, I started thinking about tattoos in general and wondered, are they still in fashion?  Is it cool to get a tattoo these days or what is the general consensus? 

I have been trawling through the internet and have come across so many articles that paint tattoos in a very negative light.  In fact, after googling the phrase “tattoo or not?” the very first article I came across by Carrie Madormo entitled “Big Reasons You Should Never Get A Tattoo” scared me so much that I feel morally obliged to write this article to literally “STOP” people from making the biggest mistake of their lives!!  In the article, she warns (literally warns) the reader that as “this is a permanent decision” and that thinking it through to make sure you are absolutely sure is critical.  “The choice to get a tattoo is highly personal and one that should only be made after a careful and deliberate consideration of the consequences (both short and long term) of the tattoo,” she warns.  Being honest, I was on the fence about tattoos myself but after this warning, I will never, ever consider one.  Maybe I should send this article to Tara and warn her before it’s too late? 

Perhaps Carrie does have a point though.  Not only are there aesthetic implications to getting a tattoo but there are health implications too.  When you go to a tattoo artist, do you know how clean the tattoo artist’s instruments are? Is there any possibility that you could pick up an infectious disease?  Did you know that you could have an allergic reaction to the ink?  Did you know that by getting a tattoo that you may increase you risk of developing skin cancer if you already have a predisposition?

In her article ‘7 Reasons Smart People Shouldn’t Get Tattoos’, Riley Davis points out that tattoos aren’t cool or edgy anymore, that you’ll probably get discriminated against if you have one (even today) and that you will almost inevitably regret one. So what do you think? What are you thoughts?

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