See, they are starting out young. But, Marvin is right. A great reason to get a tattoo is to express your own personal statement. But, figure out what your personal statement is, first. I wouldn’t suggest you get a chef’s hat tattoo and then discover you can’t boil an egg or worse, getting a ‘Thug Life’ tattooed on your stomach when you grow up on a farm in Wisconsin.
My personal statement at the time of my first tattoo was to continue to be the kind of person who was always up for trying new things and having new experiences. I was on a journey to have experiences that altered and heightened my consciousness. I read a book in college by Andrew Weil called The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon. If you haven’t read it, check it out. Some people use drugs and alcohol, some use coffee. There are guys in the mountains of Mexico who eat hot peppers to capture that high, if even for a minute. Andrew’s journey to find the ultimate state took him to the mountains of South America where he witness an eclipse; a marriage of the sun and the moon. That image was my first tattoo.
To a certain extent it is still my personal statement. It is why I love to write, why I love to travel, why I love food and why I love getting tattooed. These are experiences that alter my consciousness and are safer then drugs and alcohol.
What is your personal statement? Do you think it is tattoo worthy?
Spoiler alert, they hurt and they don’t wash off, so you better be sure.
If you have a great tattoo story you want to share, let me know and I will feature it on Tattoo Tuesday.