By: Brady Evans
I am currently holding myself back from getting a tattoo.
I look around and see coworkers, strangers, and people I admire intellectually, professionally, and socially with tattoos. I watch the news and see tatted skin. I drive through Lexington and into Columbia and pass by at least 6 tattoo establishments. No one talks about tattoos anymore. When referencing someone, no one ever says, “AND he had TATTOOS!” No doubt they are becoming more acceptable and more the norm.
I heard a story on NPR about Ice Man (by the way, I remember when he was found in 1991 – I was just in elementary school but it made a huge impact on me) and I heard that he was tattooed. Tattoos have been present in our culture for a long time!
So, I am sitting here holding myself back from getting a tattoo. I already have two. This surprises most people. These two stay hidden all of the time – one is on my ribs and the other on my shoulder. They stay hidden because I am still not sure what people think about them. I wanted them in a place that was covered day to day. But then…what’s the point of a tattoo if no one sees it? Are tattoos for the wearer or the viewer? A part of me thinks both.
My dog died. That’s what my new tattoo will be about. The grief my husband and I have experienced is new to both of us and has surprised us both. For some reason I think that tattooing her memory on my body will help. It probably won’t. It will, however, give me a reason to bring her up (when people ask about the tattoo – if it is not hidden). I will see it in the mirror and be reminded of her.
What’s your opinion on tattoos? Tacky? Unprofessional? Sweet? Do you have a tattoo? Why did you get it?