Tattooing, Piercing, and Body Art
What Does Your Body Art Reveal?
Getting a tattoo or piercing can also have an effect on your relationships with family, friends, and everyone you meet for the rest of your life. You’ve likely heard people say, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” There’s wisdom in that statement. People consider our appearances when they first meet us and use the information they gather to help them form an opinion. As people get to know us, they form more detailed impressions of our true selves, but that first impression is an important starting point. Mixed Messages
Your body modification sends messages to the people you meet. Different people will attach different meanings to those messages. While some people might see your piercing and think you are fashionable, hip, and adventurous, others will interpret your appearance as a statement against mainstream society. They will think that you embrace an alternative lifestyle. Others might think that your body modification is an indication that you engage in risky behaviors. Put more simply, having a body modification will get you “in” with some crowds and keep you on the fringes of others. You should consider the social implications of your body modifications before you make your decision to obtain them. In School
Some school dress codes prohibit visible body modifications. If your school is one of them, you could be forced to remove your jewelry or cover your tattoo during school hours. You might be expelled. If being home-schooled or dropping out of school in order to bypass a school dress code limits your abilities to meet your personal goals, you may want to weigh the personal importance of being modified against the importance of attaining your educational goals. Whether it’s right or wrong, having a body modification quickly becomes more than an aesthetic choice. It is important to note that school is not the end of these struggles. These issues follow many adults...
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