One of the questions people ask me the most is “do you have any tattoos?” or “where are your tattoos?” For some reason, it is assumed that I have at least one tattoo—but in reality, I have none, zero, zilch. This surprises some people, but I never really had a desire to get a tattoo, not even as a younger lass. Tattoos ain’t ever really been my thing, I suppose.
I don’t have any tattoos because they just never did anything for me. Simply put, I could never see myself rocking my children’s names on my bicep or getting a tiger or heart or Chinese symbol on my back or thigh. I have a huge fear of commitment when it comes to my body—plus I like to flip the script a lot. I am the type of chick who goes from long to short hair, curly to straight, hippie chick to classic modern. I love versatility and the ability to recreate my look at will—with a tattoo, it’s always there. There is no symbol, picture, or name that I want to see each and EVERY day on my body.
Plus the thought of having something like Ride or Die Chick on my breasts when I am 60 is so unappealing.
It seems to me that getting a tattoo is almost a right of passage—when you graduate from high school, you get a tattoo. Before you get married, you get a tattoo. When you have a child, you get a tattoo. When you get a divorce, you get a tattoo. Turn 21, 30, 40, etc. you get a tattoo. See the pattern?
I don’t judge anyone who has tattoos—most of my friends have at least one. For them, it’s kinda sexy and avante garde. On me, though? I think I would look like a fool.
My 17 year old son has been itching to get a tattoo for the longest, but I will not sign the consent form for him to get one. Despite the fact that we live in a free society, people do judge you for what you have on your body—I have discouraged him from getting any tattoos that can’t be covered up by normal clothing so he will be able to go out into corporate America and get a job (if that is what he wants to do when he is older). If he gets a tattoo, it will be after he turns 18 and is able to pay for it himself.
Gosh, am I am writing this, I feel like I am being a conservative prude. And I am far from being BOTH of those! But tattoos, they are there forever (unless you get them removed, which is a painful process I hear).
I also don’t have any piercings other than my ears. Again, that is also not my bag.
I think I am quite a sexy chick without a tattoo (although you may beg to differ). Don’t judge me for not having tattoo, and I won’t judge you for having one. 🙂
What’s your take, Cubes and Dudes? Let the Great Tattoo Debate begin!