By: Kristin Conner
By: Kristin Conner
There is no doubt that today’s society is more accepting of women having tattoos, and it has often become another way for a person to express their individuality.
While it is much more common now to see tattoos displayed proudly on women’s bodies as works of art, is it still taboo? In Covered: New Documentary on Women and Tattoos, an article from Ms. Magazine, the documentary explores tattooists and tattooed women with some women stating that their tattoos “are empowering” while others associate it with “lower classes and Satanism.”
When it comes to women and tattoos, I (personally) not only see the ink as an expression of individuality, but also as a rite of passage. Even though women are free to do whatever they aspire towards and are ‘equal’ in comparison to any man, we sometimes feel like there will always be a point to be proven. I’m thankful for all of the hard working ladies who fought to help us gain our freedom to have great careers, vote, equality, and basically be who we are today!
After a little questioning, I have come up with some Pros and Cons of Having a Tattoo.
–Form of self-expression
–An artistic way to ‘decorate’ your body
–A way to be different and unique
–A way to symbolize things that are important to you
–It isn’t a painless process (Ouch!)
–Risk of infection
–Removal is possible but could leave scars
–You might get tired of it
–Future employers may not like it (if you get it in a visible spot, that is)
–It could clash with future social events. (Think cocktail dress, business clothes, skirts, sun dresses, church attire, etc.)
Tattoos can be beautiful, but if not careful they can also become an eyesore. For women, especially those in the professional careers, a tattoo(s) should be placed on the most inconspicuous parts of the body. That way, there will be no reason for anyone (such as superiors in the workplace) to call you on it. However, if you are a risky lady then the sky is the limit!
According to www.magforwomen.com, the 7 most common places to get a tattoo are as follows:
1. Lower back
2. Upper back
7. Upper arm or biceps
Ladies, the most important thing to remember is this: each and every one of you is beautiful with or without the creative body art! Do what makes YOU happy and don’t worry about what others think. One thing is for sure, feeling good about yourself makes all of the difference in the world! So, if getting ‘inked’ is what you want…go for it! We only get one chance to be happy and live life to the fullest.
Photo Credit: Image of tattoed woman in 1907, U.S. public domain. www.msmagazine.com, Beverly Yuen Thompson and Elizabeth Kissling
Meet Kristin! ==> I am 27 years old, and I live in Southern West Virginia. I am a banker by day and an aspiring writer by night! Becoming a writer is my main goal in life, it has always been a passion, and I hope that one day it will become something more. I currently have a blog that I am trying to get off of the ground! It is located at www.relatedreality.wordpress.com. I use the alias RelatedReality because I try to focus on things that are ‘relatable to reality’. (I know, pretty simple.) I believe that everyone is beautiful just the way they are. It doesn’t matter what a person has or does not have, we are all special in our individuality.