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Thinking About Getting Inked? Here’s What You Should Consider to Help You With the Decision

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By Tallulah Ray

There used to be a time when women who had tattoos were looked down upon. They were thought to be bad girls, troublemakers, rebellious, or skanky. These days, one in every five adults in America has a tattoo. That’s about 20% of the American voters out there.  47% of women under the age of 35 have at least one tattoo, which is almost double the number of men their age who have the same (at a mere 25 percent).

But it’s not just that one in five have one tattoo, they’re getting more of them too. Those who have tattoos have said that they are like an addiction. About 14% of the people that voted in this poll said that they have more than one tattoo.

Women with tattoos aren’t viewed as rebellious anymore, though that may also depend on where they are placed and what the tattoos are, which can say a lot about you.

Workplace Woes?

The biggest concern in the tattoo society isn’t acceptance from the general public but trouble getting jobs. They are told to get tattoos in a place that can easily be covered by workplace attire. However, since more American women are voluntarily leaving their jobs every month, having a visible tattoo might cause trouble for some who are constantly changing jobs.

Lucky for them, workplace tattoo policies are different with each company. Some don’t allow visible tattoos while others don’t care. For example, Bank of America told Forbes that they don’t have any rules or regulations against tattoos because they “value differences” and that those differences make their company stronger.

Those who have tattoos suggest that if someone is finding it difficult to find a job that is accepting of their ink, they should look other places. On average, the creative industry (such as graphic design, artists, and writers) is often more accepting of tattoos and body modifications.

However, if you’re not interested in working in any of those fields, be upfront about your ink.

“I can see that you’re uncomfortable with my tattoo,” you could add.

Then ease their tension by refocusing the interview back to what makes you the most qualified for the position.

“My tattoo will not hinder my determination to be the best bank teller I know I can be…”

Tramp Stamp: In or Out?

There has been an incredible backlash against the infamous tramp stamp (which is a tattoo on your lower back along your waistline). It rose in popularity in the late 90’s an early 2000’s and is considered to be feminine in nature because those who had one would show them off with crop tops and low rise jeans. Because it is usually only visible when a woman wants it to be shown, it is usually considered to be pretty erotic. That being said, the popularity of tramp stamps have died down considerably.

There are medical issues involved with tramp stamps (or lower back tattoos) as well because that area is where epidurals are given. Medical practitioners debate upon and are worried about the ink pigmentation entering inter-spinous ligaments and other areas that could cause possibly health issues.

Considering Getting Inked?

Fading will occur. All tattoos fade over time, which is why you need to consider what type of design or artwork you want. Watch out for tattoos that are too small. When they fade, they will just look like a blotch or a blob of ink. Tattoos on certain parts of your body (like your face, wrists, or other joints), especially on callous, compression, or wrinkle areas will warp as well as fade. Tattoos that are on your abdomen will warp too because of how often the skin on your abdomen stretches, shrinks, and folds (like when you sit or slouch).

If you’re considering getting some ink done, there should be three big deciding factors in what you get and where you go.

  1. Consider the reputation of the tattoo artist and studio. There are 21,000 tattoo parlors and studios all across America. That’s a lot of tattoos. Each tattoo artist and parlor has his own reputation that you have to research before you let them poke you with a sharp instrument.
  2. Look at the price. Remember that you get what you pay for. On average a small tattoo costs about $45, while a large tattoo will cost about $150 an hour. If you think that you’re getting an incredible deal for something that should probably cost more, dig a little deeper. Have you seen the artist’s portfolio? Have you looked into the history and stats of the tattoo parlor?
  3. Think about the personal meaning behind the tattoo. Is it because of a fad that may die down in a couple years – because your tattoo won’t. In fact, your tattoo will speak of your undying love for that fad for your entire life (or until you save up enough money for laser removal). The tattoo laser removal industry is a bustling business and 85% of their business comes from women who are between the ages of 18 and 44.
So Tell Me More About “Laser Removal Process”…

The laser removal process is expensive and extensive. It costs about five to ten times more to get a tattoo removed than it does to get the tattoo in the first place. It will run you anywhere from $750 to $1,500 on average.

It’s also a painful process. It takes a few treatments in order to fully remove a tattoo. Tattoos with different colors are the hardest to remove and will require the most number of treatments.

The Newest Trend in Tattoos…Temporary and White

The newest trend in tattoos are called “pen parlors”. Sharpie tattoos are temporary and will fade as you shower. Celebrities like model Kendell Jenner are definitely loving this trend since it allows them to indulge in their love of ink without it being permanent. If you’re considering getting a tattoo, why not hit a sharpie parlor instead? Give your tattoo a test run before you get permanent ink done.

Another trend that is hitting the celebrity circuit are white tattoos. These can be easily hidden by Photoshop and can’t be seen from afar. Models Bar Refaeli and Cara Delevingne are just a couple examples of celebrities who have jumped on the white tattoo bandwagon.

Remember your tattoo will speak for you when you no longer have words to express yourself. So how do you want to be remembered?

  • Marshia

    That’s weird, me and my sisters were talking about getting matching tattoos just a few days ago. Something classy with the word “sisters” and a remembrance somehow of our other sister who passed away years ago.

  • Faloola

    I’ve tossed around the idea of getting some ink for years, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. My pain tolerance is about average, but I guess I just don’t want a tattoo bad enough to go through pain for recreational purposes.

  • Rosanna

    I never realized there were so many things to consider with a tattoo. The warping and wrinkling aspects were especially interesting – you could end up with a completely different picture. I think some tattoos are exquisite works of art, but I don’t think I could ever decide on one for myself, since I would have to live with it forever.

  • EmilyM

    I LOVE the look of white tattoos, but my concern is fading being an issue. Look how badly black ink fades. I would assume white is worse, but I do like the look of them and would definitely consider getting one! I love the idea of getting a sentiment written by a loved one tattooed on my body as a keepsake of them.

  • Shalene

    I love tattoos! I think they look awesome on men and beautiful on women. To me tats are very artistic and many people have them for very meaningful reasons. I have 5 myself and I would love to have a few more. As for the workplace, it burns me up that many office jobs allow you to have tattoos and many fast food restaurants do not. How does THAT even make sense? But, I think no less of a person with tats than I do a person without. Hiring a person should be based on their skill and experience and not if they have art on their bodies.

  • Bryson Leigh

    Tattoos are very beautiful to me. I find it interesting to see people working at public jobs who have tattoos. It gives me something to strike up a conversation with them about. However, if I were to get a tattoo, I would definitely think long and hard about it. I would want it to be something that both I and my husband would want to see for a very long time.

  • Angi55

    Some companies want a more professional workplace. They think tats are not professional. I wouldn’t want to work for a company like that. I don’t have any but I don’t dislike them.

  • Angi55

    I love tattoo’s that have some special meaning. I think those are the nicest. Every tattoo tells a story. I think it would be cool to get one that honors your sister.

  • Angi55

    I never thought about tramp stamps and epidurals. I guess that is possible. You could get ink in your bloodstream. I wouldn’t get a tramp stamp now, I’m too old.

  • Cece

    It’s interesting to know that tattoos fade. I wonder how much they fade and how long it takes. It would be nice if you could wait a few years and then have fewer laser removal treatments.

  • WildSarah

    I have never seen white tattoos. I will have to look them up. I admire tattoos on other people, but I am not sure I would really like one on me. Maybe this white tattoo idea will be ore to my liking. I would also want something that means a lot to me, and trying to figure that out seems kind of daunting. It’s permanent so I would want something special.

  • KennaRae

    I have a few tats and I really enjoy seeing them on others as well. One of mine is outlined with white ink and it has always made the tat look brighter and more noticeable. However, having a tattoo that is made entirely of white ink just does not appeal to me.

  • SelenaJ25

    I’ve never heard of white tattoos before. Is the border actually white in color? I don’t have any tattoos, but I have a number of friends that do. My one friend has the most beautiful orchid sleeve that I have ever seen. It’s definitely a great way to show off your individuality.

  • Abigal

    I have always wanted a tattoo in memory of my father. But, I have never come up with a design that is perfectly fitting. I want to be sure that it represents him the way I want it to and that it is something I want to look at for the rest of my life.

  • Colliope

    I love temporary tattoos. It’s perfect for someone like me who loves the look of them, but changes their mind frequently. I never know what I’m going to be in the mood for; plus it’s off by the time I go to work for the week.

  • Faloola

    I find it hard to believe that in this day and age people are still being discriminated against for having tats. People will defend a transgender person’s right to go in the restroom of their choosing, but having a tattoo in certain workplaces is frowned upon. It’s ridiculous.

  • Gracie

    I have started seeing more and more white tattoos (well, as much as you can see them, sometimes they are kind of light) and I really like them. I think I like them so much because they aren’t as obvious. White tattoos are much more subtle and I find them to be very classy.