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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Let's Talk About Tattoos

Okay so this is something I've been meaning to write for a while but just.. couldn't quite figure out where to start. I still can't.. So I'm just gonna keep typing until I feel like I've written enough to send you to sleep. Okay good.
So let me just start with saying that Having A Tattoo Doesn't Make Somebody A 'Type' Of Person. It doesn't define you, it doesn't separate you, it doesn't make you any less able to to things or be someone just in the same way that if I dye my hair blonde tomorrow, I'm still made up of the same personality, the same emotions and organs... I'm the same. Okay?
To some of you this might seem obvious, and I'm glad.. but I am honestly still completely shocked at the reaction some of society has to tattoos. I mean, at this point it's probably necessary to point out that I like tattoos... I think they're cool, I think they're art. My brother is covered in them, and he's understanding, passionate, more reliable and more dependable than some of those in my life who are tattoo free. I wasn't brought up to appreciate tattoos or see them as cool, my parents don't have any.. I don't think anyone else in my family has any, and my friends are mostly tattoo free with the exception of one sleeve and a couple of small symbols and objects dotted around the place.
I feel like I'm coming at this from an objective angle, because I'm not saying everyone should have them, or like them, or appreciate them, just that they should not discriminate because of them.
I'll be honest, I've seen a lot of tattoos that I really don't like. I think they're ugly, I think they're random or pointless, and some are just done for the sake of 'having a tattoo'. I hope that doesn't make me a dick. The point is however, I don't voice these opinions in the same way that I wouldn't randomly verbally abuse someone for any other physical trait, and if I do make judgements about those people, it's more likely to be something along the lines of ' I don't like the style of that' or ' I don't think that's cool' in the same way that I might make a judgement about someones slogan tee or diadora trackies.
A lot of jobs will ask that you do not have tattoos in viewable areas and that all piercings are removed because it doesn't look 'professional'. Like, on one hand, I get it... maybe you'd find someone with a full facial tattoo quite intimidating or scary.. it's odd really cause I probably would too on first impression, I guess it just seems like a more aggressive form of 'body mutilation' than getting a 'cute' butterfly on your hip. I guess that would be the extreme though, and generally, the extreme of anything is quite unsettling. Extremely fake tanned, extremely skinny, extremely large, extremely muscly, extremely loud, extremely reserved... yadadyada.
Something I hear a lot is 'Y'know.. they'll last forever and when you're old, they won't look the same anymore.'  No Shit. Forgive me for pointing out the obvious here but, I won't look the same anymore, cause I'll be old, and wrinkly, and (no offense) maybe a little saggy and that's FINE. If the tattoos sag and wrinkle and stretch along with my body then they'll probably look more fitting and normal than if they were the only part of my body that stayed youthful. 
Some people just don't like them.. don't find them visually appealing or maybe they just don't like the action of a needle jabbing away endlessly into someones skin (mmmm) and that is so totally fine too. If you have tattoos or maybe you're thinking of getting one/some/all, then it's something you have to accept: not everyone will like them 
but here's the thing:
It should be no different to the way that someone prefers blonde hair, or dark eyes, or I dunno.. long legs(cheeky).
I'd like to say that 'THIS DOES NOT MAKE YOU LESS ATTRACTIVE OR LESS ANYTHING', but let's be real here... people have tastes, preferences.. things they find visually stimulating and things that they don't.. so just as someone who's really into tattoos, might find someone without any 'less interesting' or whatever, the same goes the other way round, and that's something you (or I ) have got to accept.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you don't like tattoos then that's cool, but it's equally cool if you do. Don't let someone dictate to you that you'll be a 'different kind of person' if you want to get your dogs name written on your foot forever. It's you're choice. Just in the way that you can eat what you want, say what you want, and wear whatever the hell you want because it's your body, your life, and your choice to make.   
Do it for you. 
Do everything for you. 
Stay True
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29 comments

  1. Love this post! I have tattoos and I get so bored of the stigma attached to them, I don't mind questions but constantly being asked why has started to get a bit annoying. Answering because I want to and it is my body just doesn't seem to cut it for some people but that is the truth, as you say it is my choice and I did it for me, so I shouldn't have to feel like I need to condone my decision to anyone.


    http://www.emmainks.com/

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    1. Thanks Emma, I'm so glad you liked it!

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  2. God why are you such a babe?! I don't have any tattoos and that's not because I am against them, because I am not at all I just don't want them for myself! Like you say, it's your body, your choice!

    Hayley-Eszti | www.hayleyeszti.com

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    1. Haha Hayley! Thanks so much!
      Yess and that's totally cool too! Everybody is the saaaame (:

      xx

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  3. I love this post! I have a tiny anchor on my ankle because to me, it's a sign of strength and reminds me when I don't feel strong enough etc. I think everyone is different and it's your own personal choice as to whether you have one, they don't make anyone more or less of a person, and they shouldn't make you more vulnerable to discrimination! Also, there's definitely 'no type' of person that can have one.. if anything I'm the least likely person to get one in the world! xx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

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    1. Thanks Sam I'm glad you liked the post. Everyone has or doesn't have them for different reasons!!

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  4. Love this post!! I have three tattoos and people are always really surprised when I tell them or they see them. The first few times it was fine, but after a while peoples reactions have gotten boring and annoying. Like why shouldn't I have tattoos? People judge waaay to early, tattoos or not. Great post chick!
    Claire.x
    www.xclaireabella.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Claire, I'm so glad you liked the post!
      That's such a good point, people do judge too early, perhaps that's the actual problem and it's less relevant to tattoos?

      xx

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  5. I love this post. Despite the fact that I couldn't yet, I do really want tattoos. Not because they're ''cool'' (although, they are) and not because they'll make me look any different - or, appear any differently. I'll still be me, but I'll have something with my - on me - forever. And I like that fact.

    Rachel // Rachel Jayne Beauty
    (p.s what font is this?)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I think it's something that you should really think about, as they're not easily removed etc, but it's something that you shouldn't be judged on if you do decide to get some!

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  6. Honestly, this post could not have come at a better time. I've been really struggling with a constant battle between myself and my family in terms of the tattoos that I have and honestly, this came at the best time. Thank you so much for sharing, I really appreciate it! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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    1. Awh thanks Sarah I'm so glad it helped.
      It can be so hard when family have strong views about anything, not necessarily tattoos.. it's not really for me to say because, you're family are so important and, I would never suggest anybody doing something to cause upset or an argument but equally sometimes, you've got to just do something for yourself, no matter what everyone else thinks. I hope you're all good Sarah!

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  7. Just come across your blog

    I lovely !!!!

    I am now following!!

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    thanks :)

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  8. I love this post!! Although I don't have any tattoos yet (I'm too young), I completely agree with everything you said here. xx
    Elise @ Elise Dopson

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    1. Thanks Elise! I find that I change my mind all the time, especially when I was younger so it's probably good that I didn't get any then haha, but once you're old enough and completely sure, it's totally your decision. xx

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  9. i want to get some small tattoos so badly but my dad is one of those people that is completely against them...i'll have to do it once i move out! yours look great btw :)

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

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    1. Hey Danielle,
      I would never want to suggest doing something that caused an argument or upset, but equally I don't know your situation. All I can say is that you are your own person, and those who love you, will hopefully appreciate that
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  10. Such a good post. I dyed my hair all sorts of colours last year bright pink, pastels, blue, etc. and I definitely noticed that people interacted with me differently than when I just had my normal blonde hair. So silly that it still needs to be said that someone's personal preference in looks has no impact on who they are as a person xx

    Love and Marmalade

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    1. Thanks Marielle! I did too, Ive had my hair all of the colours under the sun haha. I guess part of it was because I wanted to stand out, rather than fit in with the crowd.. perhaps that's the same with some people and tattoos? I'm not sure. But you're certainly right, it isn't a representation of who they are as a person!
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  11. Well said!! I get looks quite a lot as I have a professional job but have quite a big tattoo on my ankle. It so silly that people still have such a view of them given so many people have tattoos nowadays
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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    1. Thanks Lauren!
      I know, it's so weird isn't it!
      xx

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  12. I started writing a comment and then it seemed to disappear but I'm not sure whether it actually did so apologies if this appears twice haha!
    But this is such a well written post and I completely agree with everything in here. The nicest and most open minded people I know all have tattoo's. People with tattoo's don't judge those without, so why should it be the other way round?
    It's all personal preference and doesn't affect anyone else! Love it!

    Soph x | www.avenuedesophie.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much Soph!!

      Totally agree!

      xx

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  13. Literally have been stalking your blog for ages now and this is my first comment, thoroughly enjoy your content hun. And love the tatts, especially the axe one. Currently in the motion of building up my sleeve.

    I have also nominated you for the Liebster Award hun over on my blog! :)

    xoxo

    http://www.sincerelyshug.co.uk/

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    1. Ahhh Lea thankyou so much!!!

      xx

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  14. I am 100% with you on this post! I HATE when people judge others for having tattoos! Why should it matter if someone has a bit of art on their body? We don't judge people for having art on their walls!
    Alice xo
    p.s you look super fit as always

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    1. Exactly what I'm saying pal!!

      Aha thankyou
      xxx

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  15. about to get my 4th and my mum is judging away.... i love tatts :)

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  16. Just going to casually wing this to my mum before I get my first - it's been something we've talked about for a while and I've been putting it off because I don't want to upset her. And this is way more eloquent than me potentially getting emosh at her (yet again). I love tattoos, some of my best friends have the most horrifically questionable ink around (tarantula on the sternum, anyone?) but it's part of them and they love it so who is anyone else to judge.
    Great post, and you look stunning.

    little miss fii || Fii x

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