One thing I CANNOT stand is when people sneer at me because of my tattoos. (You know who you are.) Yes, I have quite a few – and yes, they’re very noticeable – But I will not try to hide them because they are a part of ME and my story. Now, of course I can understand the ”professional aspect” of things, however; I believe that’s a different story for another day. I’m referring to in general, day to day life outside of the work place.
The reason this ruffles my feathers so badly is because I see tattoos as a form of art. Ever heard of “The Art of Expression”?
“Expression is not merely a matter of representing one’s thoughts to the world, for the enterprise of expressing oneself is as much about creation as it is about representation.” – Timothy Macklem (Professor at King’s College London, Published Author)
Tattoos are just that. All about expressing and representing who you are with your immense creativity.
“Well, It’s against christian values, G-D says you shouldn’t mark on your skin!”
I can still hear my grandmother scolding me now. Although she meant well, and yes the bible does actually say this – However; it’s in the old covenant, not the new covenant, so Jesus has fulfilled the law. Plus, it’s talking about his covenant people Israel marking their body thereby identifying themselves with idolizing of false profits, so I don’t think it really applies.
If you don’t believe me, that’s fine. But consider this – One, not everyone has the same religious beliefs, and in some cultures tattoos are a part of religious expression. Two, doesn’t G-D say that only he has the power to judge? Shouldn’t you love & respect thy neighbor regardless of your bias beliefs? Also, many Christians today are tattooing themselves not in tribute to a false or anti-Christian idol, but with love for their one true G-d and Creator. It’s a creative way to utilize this permanent marking in giving glory to G-d.
Some may also want scars covered up from self harm or surgeries. If you’ve read my personal story, then you’d understand the amount of distress I endured growing up. I turned to an unconventional way of coping and scarred myself at a young age. – And I know I’m not alone on this. I wasn’t ashamed of the scars, because I eventually learned that life will have unexpected turns & how to deal with them. – But as I got older I also discovered that I wanted to cover them with something a little prettier to look at. A creative reminder. Tattoos are the art of who we are and they can be so beautiful in so many ways.
Whatever your opinion may be on tattoos, remember that you’ve walked a different path in life and have had different experiences that have shaped who you are as a person. The good and the bad. The same goes for EVERYONE else on this earth. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, because what’s inside is usually the best part.