Friday Debate: Tattoos are gross and will ruin your life

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I love my tattoos. I have three of them, and each one holds important significance for me, reflecting a period of time in my life, connections to certain themes or people, and also they just look damn cool. I have proudly worn my tattoos for years now, and I adore them. But, I know not everyone is a fan of ink injected into flesh.

Over on The Guardian, a woman published an article about her 21-year-old son getting a tattoo. She was horrified.

I know I’m being completely unreasonable. This level of grief is absurd. He’s not dying, he hasn’t killed anyone, he hasn’t volunteered to fight on behalf of a military dictatorship. But I feel as though a knife is twisting in my guts.

[…] “To me, it seems like self-mutilation. If you’d lost your arm in a car accident, I would have understood. I would have done everything to make you feel better. But this – this is desecration. And I hate it.”

This mother is definitely overreacting, and the article is more useful as a commentary on how parents overstep their role for years after they should, but that doesn’t change the fact that tattoos are still taboo to many people. Even as tattoos become increasingly mainstream, there are those who simply don’t understand them, would never get one themselves, or feel that others shouldn’t either.

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I’ve seen more and more people in high-level positions who wear casual wear at work with visible tattoos. Meanwhile, some employers still won’t hire someone if they are showing ink. Do you think tattoos are a sign of poor decision-making? Do you find them offensive in the workplace? Are you grossed out when people use their own bodies as a canvas?

Even those who can appreciate the art of tattoos don’t necessarily like them. I can even consider myself in that group to an extent – I love the look of tattoo sleeves, but I would never get one myself. Then again, I’ve changed my mind about things before… maybe I should get more ink.

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Last Updated: July 14, 2017

Zoe Hawkins

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