I got my first tattoo when I was almost sixteen with my mom. I’ve gotten two more since then and always get tons of questions about them. People with tattoos have a common understanding of tattoo question etiquette, but people without tattoos don’t seem to use the best judgement when discussing ink.
Whether or not you agree, getting tatted up is personal. It’s your body, you do what you want with it. People with tattoos are still people, just with art permanently on their skin. Before you start talking to people with tattoos about their ink, you might want to consider these things first.
Why Did You Get That?
Uhhh because I wanted to. Because I liked something enough to put it on my body forever. Because it has significant meaning that I'm not willing to share. Because it has no significant meaning but I wanted it.
Do You Regret It?
If I did, do you think they'd still be here? Also, even if I did regret my tattoos (which I don't), why would I tell someone who clearly doesn't show any restraint in asking something like that.
What Happens When You Get Older?
Um, well, I'll probably have a family. Maybe I'll retire and go on lots of vacations. Oh, you meant what happens to my tattoos when I'm older? Nothing. They'll still be here. Maybe with some more, I don't know.
You Know That Tattoos Are Permanent
Why, yes, I do! That's sort of the point.
But What About Your Future?
What about it? My tattoos, believe it or not, didn't keep me from getting into college, having internships or scoring an amazing full-time job!
Tattoos are [insert offensive adjective here]
Just... no. Stop. Whatever thought is going through your brain, don't let it connect to your mouth and come out in word form. I do not want your opinion on my tattoos, on anyone else's tattoos or on tattoos in general. Just don't.
I Would Never Get A Tattoo
Okay, so don't.
Do you have any tattoos? Do people ever ask you questions? What’s the worst thing someone has said to you about your tattoos? Tell us in the comments!