So, I had a conversation with a company this week to discuss some part time work – and one of the questions they asked was: “Do you have any tattoo’s?”
Now, this struck a nerve with me. I mean, I know that there is a stigma around tattoos and a lot of companies won’t hire people with them as it is seen as being against the traditional professional image, but come on… It’s 2016!
Why are people still being discriminated for having a bloody tattoo?
A tattoo is a personal statement, a reminder of who we are, who we were, who someone was to us, a keepsake or a piece of art we treasure.
This should not be a reason to turn away any human being that is willing to work hard in order to earn a living – and yes, even if said tattoo was picked by your friends for you on a sambuca binge in Magaluf – does that tattoo have a meaning to you? Of course it does!
If you’re considering getting inked but have been advised by others that: it will affect your life, look ugly in ten years or that you won’t be employable…
Read on and let me give you back your spark in five little statements.
No° ONE| It’s your body. Do what you want with it
(Quite frankly this is the most important thing to remember.)
Do whatever the hell you want to do with it: This goes for piercings, hair styles/colours and clothing too. The odds of you coming into existence are one in four hundred trillion. Thats 1/ 400,000,000,000,000 – the fact that you exist is phenomenal!
Be exactly what you want to be, dress exactly how you want to dress and never let anyone piss on your bonfire.
No° TWO| By the time you’re old, you won’t care
Your tattoo will go saggy, wrinkled or discoloured. Guess what – so will your lady lumps and bumps! Your partner’s junk will go brown and look like a shrivelled plum… Don’t check, just trust me!
You’re going to get old and you will probably wet yourself at least three times a day.
You really won’t care!
Let yourself enjoy each moment as it comes, when it comes.
No° THREE| A Job is just a job
I’ve had more jobs than the average twenty six year old and let me tell you: I’m not concerned with what any of my previous employers thought of me – nor am I willing to hide a part of my personality to suit an organisation or business… and neither should you!
When you are lying on your deathbed, surrounded by your loved ones, is your final thought going to be “I didn’t get that tattoo… but at least Jeremy the MD (PhD) liked me”?
To be honest, I know that you’re not going to be thinking about the tattoo’s you do and don’t have on your deathbed, but it is a good hypothetical situation, isn’t it.
No° FOUR| It will be there for the rest of your life
The anti-tattooist’s age old, go-to. People will always say this with the negative in mind but I refuse to believe that something being with you for the rest of your natural existence is a bad thing.
Whether your tattoo becomes an honest mistake or your pride and joy, this is your time Mr. or Ms. 1/400,000,000,000,000 and you do not exist to tick someone else’s boxes. You exist to find joy, fulfilment and happiness until the cycle repeats.
Think about it…
When I tell my boyfriend that I love him and want to be with him forever, I don’t think “Whoa shit, that could be another 60+ years” – It’s the same with a tattoo.
No° FIVE| It’s not just a phase in your life or a fashion statement
If you even need one more reason to book in to have something done, it should be this –
Now, before any of you sporting a barbed wire arm band or a cartoon devil on your shoulder start to brew your justifications – I’m not saying that no-one has ever had tattoo’s because of a trend or a fad.
My point is: that was something you wanted to be part of your life. It is a representation of your journey – your life experience. Don’t ever feel ashamed about your past, or hesitant about your future. You hold the incalculable gift of self expression, so use it.
You want something? Go and get it!
Vicki Amaya xo