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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.
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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?