All about my life and living with tattoos. Now living in today’s society with tattoos has become easier and easier. But I’m still faced with challenges on a day-to-day basis.
- I have to dress appropriately for work and other professional functions.
- I have to deal with cat-callers, nosy people, and rude remarks.
- I get to be apart of a beautiful and mysterious sub-culture.
I got my first tattoo at 18. My mom INSISTED I wait until I was even legally able to get a tattoo. And I am extremely glad I did. Some of the stuff I wanted at 15…definitely questionable now. However, for my first tattoo I got the one thing everyone says not to get. “A tattoo for a boyfriend” Yup…what a mistake. But in my defense, it wasn’t his name.
If I have to count how many tattoos I have, I’d say 11 individually… However some pieces have been morphed together to make a whole piece… Basically I have a sleeve, a chest piece, a stomach piece, and 2 “basic-white-girl” tattoos. Each tattoo has a meaning and is important to me.
Because I work in a professional setting, I have to cover ALL my tattoos and body piercings. Sometimes it’s a pain in the
ass but I love my job and it pays the bills, so I’ll suck it up. Yet it is hard to find clothes that completely cover some tattoos. My chest for example, can be tricky. I’m usually wearing crew neck work T-shirts or fancy collar button ups. I hardly go shopping for normal every-day clothes because I subconsciously think “Could I wear this to work?” and most of women’s blouses are made to show off some skin, so I usually just stick to buying gym clothes. Boat necks are my current favorite top to wear. 3/4 sleeves are a PLUS! Having (almost) a sleeve, I also keep in mind that my arms need to be covered. Usually you will see me in a cardi or hoodie. I do have cover sleeves, one black and one flesh. But I usually wear these on hotter days when it’s too warm to wear a jacket.
With great tattoos,comes great annoying
The Rebel. Some people see a person (especially a female) with tattoos and are quick to assume that she’s rebelling against society. Or maybe she has some “daddy issues.”
The Trouble-maker. Usually I get this when I’m in a “high-class” area where there are a lot of “richies” (excuse the Pretty in Pink reference) They are quick to assume I’m going to steal their children, or I’m apart of a gang, or I’m going start a fight.
The Misfit. I just don’t belong. No one understands me. Some stupid “emo” crap.
To set the record straight, I have tattoos because I love them. I was exposed to this body modification at a young age and was always fascinated by it. My mom has tattoos, my uncle has tattoos…even my grandma has tattoos! It’s a type of art form and being an artist, it simply suits me.
The most annoying thing about having tattoos has to be the cat-callers.
I get all types of attention from my tattoos. Especially my chest piece. Not many women have a giant tattoo covering their cleavage, so of course guys usually notice that first about me. I get gawked, whistled, and hollered at but it all just phases me now. I’ll be at the store with sweats on, no make-up and messy hair and guys will still try to “compliment” my tattoos. Like really dude? I just came here to buy toilet paper.
What’s almost as bad as cat-callers, are the extraordinarily nosy people. I know they’re just curious about why I have a blue telephone box on my shoulder or a recycle symbol on my neck. But I know nothing about you, you’re a complete stranger…so why would I tell you the entire story about why I got my tattoo?
What I find enjoyable, is when I get really rude stares and gossiping (usually from the elderly crowd.) They don’t realize that I’m actually a nice person. I try to make an effort to be really nice to these people so they can get that awful stigma about tattooed people out of their head. I’m slowly trying to break the mold that all people with tattoos are no-good-people-with-a-bad-agenda.
But above all, I love being apart of this sub-culture. I’ve worked alongside some fantastic artists, met great people with interesting stories, and seen beautiful artwork that just takes my breath away. Most people I’ve met within this culture have been nice and just simply
badass. I’ve learned so much about the art of tattooing and I’m glad to be apart of that tattoo world.