Choosing Tradition and Respect Over Sleeting Adolescent Desires

As One Becomes Older, One Thing Becomes Clear: Tattoos Aren’t All That

By Lauren Rosen

Go outside for a day and observe people. I bet that you’ll have trouble finding one person who doesn’t have any tattoos or piercings.

Body art can be looked upon as an outlet in society. and have become socially acceptable more and more throughout the years.

Personally, I am not allowed to have tattoos because of my religion. I am Jewish, and my parents would flip out if I had something permanent on my body.

As a substitute for tattoos, I have several different piercings. I have my first, second, and third holes pierced, four cartilage piercings on both of my ears, my conch, tragus, rook, helix, belly button, smiley, web, and my nose pierced.

According to my religion, if I ever got a tattoo I will not be allowed to be buried in a Jewish cemetery.

I don’t care. I am not very religious, nor is my family. But when it comes to something that is forever engraved onto your body, my parents will never approve it.

That is one thing that they’re consistently stern about. I am 21 years old and I could’ve gotten a tattoo three years ago when I turned 18 without the consent of my parents, but I chose not to because I respect my parents.

If it were up to me, my body would most likely be covered in tattoos; instead, I have piercings that are temporary.

In a way, I feel as though it is a plus that I don’t have any tattoos. Many of my friends have tattoos that they have to hide every time they go on a job interview.

I never have to worry about that. In a worstcase scenario, I sometimes will have to take my nose ring out. At the end of the interview, I’ll put it back in, whereas if I had a tattoo, I wouldn’t be able to just rip it off my skin and put it back on myself at my leisure.

As much as I had wanted a tattoo, I’m glad I don’t have any to be honest. I saved a lot of money by not getting any tattoos, and the idea will be that something is permanently engraved onto my body is something I am not comfortable with.

I understand that people get tattoos that can be meaningful to them and they put a lot of thought into the tattoo that they receive, but if they don’t like that tattoo 50 years from now, they cannot do anything about it.

There is the option of having laser tattoo removal, which can cost up to $400 per session depending on the size of the tattoo.

The bigger the tattoo, the higher the price will be. It can take around 10 sessions for the tattoo to be semi-gone. The tattoo will never be fully removed. A scar will always remain on the skin.

The hole from a piercing can close up within months, depending on how long the piercing has been there.

People often want to be “cool” or “fit in” with the crowd. My friend lost a bet with his brother and ended up getting tattooed while he was far from sober.

The next morning he woke up and soon came to the realization that something was imprinted onto his body. He is now stuck with that tattoo for the rest of his life.

My friend’s cousin wanted a tattoo of a Chinese symbol on the back of her neck. She soon came to find out by a stranger that was fluent in Chinese, informed her that the symbol she got tattooed meant “school” instead of “believe.”

A tattoo artist can mess up your tattoo if you make even the slightest movement. Even though you can cover up that tattoo, it cost more money and many tattoos fade.

You will have to then get them touched up, resulting in even more money being spent for the same tattoo, whereas a piercing is done once and you won’t have to get it touched up again.

I’m glad I respected my parents enough to listen to them and not get a tattoo. At the end of the day, to me, my piercings trump even the sickest tattoo art.

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