Tattoos require careful thought

Ioana Johansson, Reporter

TATTOOS are imprints on the skin that individuals use to show their creative sides in life. Society gives many opportunities and life lessons to have a good tattoo.

When getting interviewed for a certain career, employers might check for tattoos because some might not want someone with tattoos to work for them. Even if they are pretty and inspirational, they would want employees to look professional and clean. Jobs that typically don’t want tattoos in their systems are law firms, government agencies, and health care professions.

Tattoos can be a great way to show off to your friends and family. However, there might be some difficulties. The pain is the first thing most people consider, and if you want a tattoo then you have to be sure that you can handle pain. According to the the most painful areas to get a tattoo include, “foreheads, neck, spine, ribs, hands, fingers, ankles, and top of the feet.” Another thing to consider is it could get infected. Taking care of a tattoo takes a while, so you have to be patient. It can take up to 24 hours for the tattoo to finally heal. There are steps and precautions you still have to take, so listening to the tattooist is a big deal. The tattoo artist  might put some kind of bandage on the tattoo and is recommended to leave the bandage on for 3 hours instead of ripping it off right away.

Gage Snyder (11) is a junior who has a total of 3 tattoos and is planning on getting more in the future. “All my tattoos have a meaning,” Snyder said. Some might just get tattoos when they are bored, and some might get them because life has taught them many things that they would like to express on their bodies. Snyder has an arm tattoo that has his last name on it. 

When a person gets tattoos, there are many things to consider. First, kids under the age of 18 have to notify a parent about the tattoo. Parents/guardians play big roles in a child’s life, and some parents might not encourage their kids to get tattoos. If a parent says no to their child getting a tattoo, many kids will not do it. It won’t be the end of the world, as one can decide to just get it later when it would be more appropriate. Having someone that can be depended on is a great person to ask if you should get a tattoo or not.