I am very confused when people talk poorly about tattoos. How they will "ruin your life", or make getting jobs impossible, or that you won't want it later on in life. All of these things are so very wrong, at least to me.
I have heard stories about people being shamed for their tattoos. For me, I have a "stick and poke" triangle that I did about two years ago. It is small, but is perfect. It doesn't draw attention, which was my goal for my first informal tattoo. I have gotten some hate for it, which makes me confused about the people around me in my life.
An old friends mom said it was incredibly stupid to do this to myself, and that tattoos are disgusting. She joked around afterwards, but in my mind, when she said this to me, I was hurt and confused. How could my body offend someone? Especially if they do not know the meaning behind the tattoo, or my motivation to get it?
It then hit me.
I can't let people like this get to me.
2016 is the year of tattoos. It is more widely accepted, and are appreciated by more. When I decide to get more tattoos, I shouldn't be shamed for that, because tattoos are the decoration of ones body. The creation of ones soul straight onto ones skin. They are beautiful, and even if some people cannot see that, as long as you do, that is the only thing that matters.
Overall, the point of this blog is to spread a message that tattoo shaming is not okay, and should not be socially acceptable.
So, think about it. Tattoos are merely the adornment of ones body. A decoration that creates even more of a soulful being. It is something so incredibly beautiful.
Keep in mind, that when people get tattoos, they are not trying to disgust you or cause you angst. They aren't trying to hurt you or be disrespectful.
We are loving ourselves, and decorating our canvas.
The social stigma behind tattoos is slowly coming to an end, and I can't wait to live in a world where body adornment and decoration is widely accepted.
"Our shoes are tattered and torn, but our feet are dry. As for our places in history, we will run naked through your streets before we sit decorated in your halls."