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 tattoo-1179512through 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?

2 thoughts on “Tattoos

  1. Brady, I have 9 tattoos and they all have a very special meaning for me personally. I don’t get them for others, I get them for myself for sure. But I say, if you want one, GET ONE and if anyone passes judgement on you b/c you have tattoos then shame on them! “Never judge a book by it’s cover!” is my motto. Every tattoo has its story and it’s what I like to think of as artistic expression. If it warms your heart and is special to you, I say go for it and express your artistic freedom girl!

  2. Personally, I don’t have any and don’t really have any plans to get any; I know that in 30 or 40 years that tat won’t look quite so pretty or cute on me when gravity takes hold. Just my personal opinion for me. Also, while we can talk all day about not judging a book by its cover, it is done in professional settings and daily life every single day. How you present yourself in paper form through your application, how you are dressed in an interview, even how you are dressed while out about in public at the store (think saggy, baggy pants) – we can debate the “rightness” or “wrongness” of it, but it happens and in some ways, has to happen – not every person can be interviewed for every job, therefore judgments are made based on grammar, etc.

    Yes, I know plenty of wonderful people, both personally and professionally, who have tats and I love them the same and think that a few tastefully placed tats are acceptable, I’m really not crazy about many large and highly visible ones.

    But, c’est la vie. That’s life and we all have opinions.

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