If you get a tattoo, do it right

As time goes on, tattoos are becoming more accepted by the majority of society. There is less of a stigma attached to body art than there was twenty or even ten years ago, and the lessening of stereotypes associated with tattoos has made them more common, even among high school students. High school students should be thoughtful when choosing to get a tattoo.


SAFETY FIRST: Carrie McGill, co-owner of Dragonsbane Tattoo, shows off the business’s autoclave. The autoclave uses heat to sterilize tattoo and piercing equipment.

People choose to get tattoos for many reasons, which vary in emotional significance. Many choose to get tattoos that commemorate a loved one or honor their religious beliefs or a personal mantra. Some, however, choose to get tattoos simply because they enjoy a design. Students should make sure that their tattoo is a design that they love and not an impulsive decision. Students should also ask themselves if they will love their design thirty years into the future.

Although younger people are becoming more accepting of tattoos, there are still some stereotypes attached to getting inked. People with tattoos can face a tougher time finding a job or getting loans.

Tattoos are expensive, and are even more expensive to get removed. People who want a tattoo should make sure they they know exactly what they want and are sure of their decision. 

The most important part of getting a tattoo is making sure that your tattoo artist is competent and that they work in a clean, safe environment.Getting a tattoo on a whim can not only ruin your life, but it can also be a health risk. Clean needles are a necessity. If you want a tattoo, you should also know that Indiana law requires parental permission from anyone under 18. Your parents are legally required to be a part of your decision-making process.

To any students who want to get a tattoo: make sure you think through anything you want to have done to your body and be sure that you are willing to live with that decision for the rest of your life. Planning is key when getting a tattoo. Your body is under your control, so make sure that you make the decision that is best for you.

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