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Tattoos – What Do They Really Say About a Person?

As far as Mother’s Day presents go, mine pretty much rocked. Hubster booked us a room at a pretty incredible bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs, Arkansas call The Peabody.


What’s cool (to me anyway) about The Peabody is it’s smack dab in the middle of the historic downtown district, which means we can park the car and never get in again until it’s time to head back home. Everything we want—shops, food, entertainment—is within walking distance.

Now, I’ve been contemplating tattoo number two for a while now. (Okay, technically it’s tattoo number three, but I figure number one doesn’t count since number two covered it up.) I want it somewhere visible because I’m getting it to remind me of the one thing I struggle to do.

Keep things in balance.

I’ve pulled several ideas together, these being a few.

65_b5231e06c2429a70ebffe4fbf5755aa81331692878images I don’t want anything huge, just something about three to four inches on the inside of my forearm where I can’t miss it. I haven’t done it yet simply because I haven’t found the right artist.

I have no idea what prompted me to check out artists in Eureka Springs, but I did. Maybe it was the laid-back, eclectic feel of the place that yanked my inner flower child out for a little spontaneity. I went by a place, talked to one of the artists and plunked down a deposit for a design.

Then, walking back to the B&B, hubby and I started talking about corporate perception. Where he works, visible tattoos are a no-no. They don’t say you can’t have them, but you absolutely must cover them up.

That got me thinking. I had no idea what the corporate policy was where I worked. And the last thing anyone wants in July or August in Oklahoma is long sleeves.

So, I called the artist and told him to hold off—at least until I could track down my company’s policy.

Still, the whole thing kind of yanked my flower child’s chain. If I’d chosen not to go through with the tattoo on the basis of not liking the design that would be one thing. But to step away because I was worried about how other people might perceive it? Because it might label me as incapable of doing my job, or poor judgment? Yeah, it didn’t sit well.

What do you think? Has the perception of tattoos changed in the last five to ten years? Do you categorize an individual when you see them with ink? Does it depend on the content of the artwork? What would you have done in my scenario?

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    Kait Nolan
    May 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I grew up in the very conservative South with a mother who is very opinionated about ink. When my husband got his tattoo (a very tasteful Celtic guitar design on his forearm), she had a fit and acted like that some how made him skeezy. I had issues for exactly the reason you just mentioned–I worried about his employability because like it or not we live in an area where that kind of thing is an issue. But as a rule, the people I know who have ink are nicer, more accepting, more inclusive, and more awesome than all the people who look at them and judge them based on their ink. One of these days I will get one–if I ever make up my mind WHAT!

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      May 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

      I know what you mean. So many options to choose from! And it’s not like it’s easy to get a do-over. Trust me on this. I’ve got one on my back I’m having removed because I let the tattoo dude talk me into it. Bad, bad move.

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    CJ Burright
    May 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    My vote is for the second design – that’s so cool! I definitely think the public perception on tattoos has changed. Maybe it’s the less conservative younger generation taking over. It would be interesting to research the percentages, but I’d say I know more people who have tattoos than those who don’t.

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      May 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      For the younger generation, I think you’re definitely right. It’s art and expression. But others? Yeah, I still get grief for the one I have and most people can’t even see it. 🙁

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    May 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Well . . . I’d like my eyeliner tattooed on. Does that count? LOL. I did see a tattoo I might like to have. (I won’t, but if I were to get one…) It was a thin, line drawing of a treble clef, about 6 inches long, right on a woman’s spine.
    Tasteful and elegant. So me. SNORT!

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      May 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Oh, girl…spine tattoos HURT! Yes, I know this for a fact. 🙂

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    May 20, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Oh, for sure the perception’s changed. While I feel less than no urge to get my own tattoo, I do understand it…at least better than I used to. But symbols are important; some wear them as rings, some around their necks, and some, I guess, on their skin. As for the symbols above, I like the second one more, just ’cause it’s more about the scale than the person holding it…but I’d say keep looking. You’ll know it when you see it. Rock on, flower child.

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