8 February 2013
People should not use tattoos as self-expression because many dilemmas appear after the art is on the body. Yes, I do consider tattoos as art; but people need to think about the artwork in the long run. The way the body ages has a big impact on how tattoos will look over time. Tattoos can also influence success in employment opportunities. Plus, tattoos are permanently on the body. There are many reasons to get a tattoo, but you also have to think about the future. Body changes, employment opportunities, and the fact that tattoos are permanent are my reasons on why I think tattoos make bad examples of self-expression.
The aging process dramatically alters the look of tattoos over time. The human body is always changing and going through stages. We start off growing and our skin stretches, but over time we lose bone density and start shrinking and sagging. Also, due to the lack of protection from the sun’s exposure, tattoos lose their coloring and details. This means you could either live with a dull tattoo or go through the pain of paying and getting a touch up on the already scared tissue. Through the years, the lovely art of gravity makes the skin stretch and sag, which makes the tattoo lose the shape, clarity, and artful appearance. The colors could also run together, which to me looks like people are trying to study for an inkblot test. These are just some reasons why the aging process is one of the biggest enemies of any tattoo.
Tattoos can also impact the success people have in employment opportunities. Many good paying jobs require that all visible tattoos be covered with makeup or be bandaged up. To me the most popular places to get a tattoo is either on the wrist or forearm. These parts of the body are the most exposed, making them easier for people to see, but harder to cover up. Employers are also looking for people who can be a role model for their company. If...