Advice: To Ink Or Not To Ink!

This is my advice blog. You can submitt your questions on any topping and I will try to answer them from my prespective.

“ZIBATARIN” writes: I really badly want a tattoo but my parents won’t hear of it. I’m 17 and need their consent before getting one but my dad especially hates the idea and keeps telling me I will look like a convict. You seem to be about their age but much more open-minded so tell me what I should do?

Dear Zibatarin; Getting “inked” has certainly changed a lot, even in the last 10 years. As your father remembers, it was in fact a sign usually associated with criminals and inmates but that was then and this is now. I personally haven’t found anything interesting enough that I’d want displayed 24/7 on my body but again, I’m not sure if I’d be offering that something special, much of a special canvas to be displayed on.

Although you wont like my answer here, I am with your parents on this one and the only reason I say that is because of your age. Your tastes, likes and personality even is about to go through a tremendous change and by the time you are 25, you might as well be a different person. I can tell you that looking back, if what I was into at 17 was tattooed on my body back then, I’d be having removal operations and cover-up tattoos put one on top of the others for the rest of my life and it still may have not been enough.

Just look at how Angelina Jolie is still trying to cover her dragon and Billy Bob Thornton’s name. Take a deep breath and wait, until you are at least 21, but preferably older. Then go and find the most unique design that expresses something meaningful to you put on by a real artist. Until then, use this “giving in” against your parents to scheme other privileges out of them!

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