In my book there is a tattoo culture. Each family has their own symbol or emblem, which is customarily tattooed within the frame of an armband. Recreational tats are also used. If the person is a warrior and is moving up the ranks, then tattoos will represent that. I love tats.
For me, tattoos should have meaning. They can represent a period in my life, something I may want to let go, something that I want to remember forever, or something that represents one of my philosophies in life. So I take a long time to decide what I want to get. But that's part of the fun. The other part is the pain involved. But that's another post.
One of my favorite shows is The Actor's Studio, hosted by James Lipton. He's interviewed famous actors, directors, and some writers, exploring how they got to where they are today. One of the running themes of the show is tattoos. Every time an actor has one, or several, Lipton asks them about it. He whines how he can't have a tattoo because his wife won't allow it.
One of my friends wants a tattoo. He's a doctor. His wife won't allow him to have one. She said it isn't proper for a doctor. My initial thought is, if it's covered under clothes, how would anyone know?
My second thought is, why are these men allowing their wives to tell them what they can or cannot do with their bodies? It's their bodies, their life; they can do with it as they wish. Right?
If my friend wanted to quit his job just because he felt like it, then that's different. He's the sole breadwinner, and his family depends on him. But getting a tattoo shouldn't change his wife's love or appreciation for him. Right? He's still the same person.
If my friend was single and wanted to quit his job, then he should. He has to live with the rewards or consequences of doing so, but he's only affecting himself and not anyone else.
Isn't getting a tattoo only affecting the person getting it?
It pisses me off that people try to tell others what to do. We live in a society of blending in. You wanna look good and be part of the right group of people? Wear the right clothes sold at the GAP. Have your hair this way. Talk right. Earn this much. Color within the lines.
You want a good job? Get a college degree. Really?
Steve Jobs never got one and look at where he is. Is he an exception? I don't think so. In his lecture to Stanford's 2005 graduates, he tells them that he's always lived a life of passion, and followed it. For him, the incomprehensible dots that led him out of college and into that famous garage wasn't planned, nor could he even see what they would lead to. Not until he arrived could he connect the dots looking back.
So live your life. Follow your passions. You'll never know where they'll lead you.