This Is The Sign You're Looking For To Get That Tattoo

Xavier in Guides

If you're stuck at a crossroad, thinking whether that tattoo you've been wanting for a long time is actually worth it, hear us out.

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via Tumblr

You're here because you've never been tattooed and you've been reading tattoo posts for a while now, wishing you can get great-looking tattoos too. If it weren't for things that bothered you. Or maybe you've gotten tattooed before but this time, you want to take a bigger step and get a tattoo other than small ones behind your ear or on your ankle.

Maybe it's your job, or what your family will say, or maybe you're worrying that you might not like it in a year or two. There are different things that may be troubling you and keeping you from getting that tattoo you really want.

Photo by Haris Nukem
Photo by Haris Nukem

But it's good that you're spending time contemplating about this tattoo that seems out of reach... For now. Research more and save more money for this tattoo. Keep your  tabs open. Burn them in the back of your mind and have them sitting on your thoughts for a while—a year, if necessary. But when you know that this is the tattoo you really want to get and yet, something is stopping you from taking the next step and making that appointment, stop for a minute and sleep on these words.

Alan Powdrill Photography
Alan Powdrill Photography

Tattoos will no longer keep you from getting your dream job

Let’s be positive for a moment towards the visible tattoo in the workplace. As you know, many companies—and not just in the Western world—are becoming more accepting towards tattoos. Some don’t mind tattoos on the arms and legs, even the visible ones, while some are fine with them as long as it won’t be seen in work clothes. While many still aren’t keen with neck face, and hand tattoos—and I can see the point, it’s not as difficult to get away with them anymore. No more pesky physical exams and all that. I heard that there are jobs that won’t mind any tattoos as long as you pass a drug test.

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A mere eight or nine years ago, I rarely see professionals with tattoos and I was still under the impression that these things were taboo—thus intriguing me even more. But nowadays, they’re like news about the Kardashians. They’re everywhere. My aunt—a 37-year old full-time mom of three—even shared her desire to get a nice, little tattoo on her wrist. I was surprised that she even brought up white ink and the possibility of getting them.

(Tattoo by Alice Carrier)
(Tattoo by Alice Carrier)

But on the other side of the coin, I can still think of companies and cities who won’t hire anyone with the slightest trace of ink. Let’s assume that you belong in a job field where tattoo acceptance is a rarity and you’re worried that your next job might not be very tolerant. The only way to compromise here is to get a tattoo in the safe zones—all the parts of your body that can be normally covered by the type of clothes you wear at work. In Asian countries though, especially in the South East, those who are looking in to moving abroad or into a wider and more successful career path are wary of getting tattoos and even piercings. They’re bound to become stumbling blocks in medical exams and are good as positive drug test results. Read more here about the topic of visible tattoos in the workplace.

Rihanna underboob tattoo
Rihanna underboob tattoo

Social media is your personal go-to friend for tattoo ideas

After Cara Delevingne unveiled her lion finger tattoo, many of her Instagram followers—men and women—were inspired to get similar ones too, seeing how nice it looked on her. The same tattoo went on to be featured in some ads Cara appeared in at the time, just like some of the other tattoos she has. The same happened with Rihanna and the underboob tattoo she has that featured the winged Egyptian goddess Isis. The daring Barbadian beauty arose a trend that women felt strong about getting. Because aside from the fact that under the breasts is a very enticing place for a woman to get a tattoo, it won’t really hinder their careers because they don’t wear crop tops at work anyway.

Full sleeve tattoo
Full sleeve tattoo

It’s also through social media that sites like Tattoodo are able to share the hottest things and the latest news about anything tattoos. If it weren’t for hashtags and the whole lot, the world will have to rely on word of mouth to let people know how screwing amazing polka trash tattoos are. We wouldn't have known the many rising talents and obscure yet insanely talented artists, either. Social media is where it’s all at. It’s an excellent portal for us to share ideas and inspire one another on many things; namely, tattoos.

Flower tattoo
Flower tattoo

The tattoo style rainbow is still gaining colors

A decade ago, dotwork tattoos might have sounded like some kind of ancient Oriental torture to you. But these days, the demand for alternative styles like dotwork and watercolour are insatiable. These styles opened even more doors for  artists to explore other styles and amalgamate them to come up with something new. You no longer have to settle for the standard traditional American/Japanese, etc most tattoo parlours only offer then. You now have a still-growing list of styles to choose from and an even wider range of designs.

What I Wore Blog
What I Wore Blog

Your tattoo may no longer be relevant to you in the long run, but at one point it did

This is the most crucial thing. Whatever tattoo you get, it's always going to be a part of you. However spontaneous, dumb, boring, random, or generic your tattoo is, it's always going to be a part of you. Your tattoos—even the bad ones—are chapters in the beautiful book that is your life. Your little kid will point to them one day and ask you about them. That's when you look back and think about what a crazy kid you once was and all the good times, the bad, and the painful thing you once went through. You're going to smile and hope that your kids will handle the mistakes they'll make when they grow up better than you did. And you better direct these kids to the right tattoo artist to get their first taste of ink!

by Nik Petrov
by Nik Petrov

But after all, who are we to tell you what to do. It's still your body. We're only here to provide the best of the tattoo scene. When you know what you want and you know there's no stopping you from getting it, you may get back to us so you may finally get that tattoo already.

Xavier

@Xavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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