I do not like inked people. Not until I got my first one and started entertaining the idea of getting myself inked.
Having a tattoo is not intended to those who have so many hesitations, for once you have it will be forever there – a lifetime commitment indeed. So I asked myself not just once or twice but several times. Questions like, what will I get if I get inked? What will be the disadvantages? Do I really need one or my friends are just carrying me away?
It is my personal way of telling the world that I am not perfect and remind myself where I came from. My first tattoo was not a statement of being “cool” and “in” as a matter of fact I do not flaunt it. People who have tattoos can be easily subjected to misinterpretation by the public that is why I have to hide my tattoo most of the time so as not to be misinterpreted by people whom I encountered everyday. Moreover, I will not waste my time engaging in an argument with them asserting myself and explaining to them the reasons why I get inked and erase on their minds that people who have tattoos are not “bad guys” and “bad goons” in movies. For those who do not believe there is no explanation possible and for those who do, there is no justification needed.
For first timer, it takes too much courage, not to mention what will be the reactions of my mom and the people around me for I can deal with that. What I am worried the day when I decided to get inked is the thought that I may not be able to survive the pain. I even consulted a friend if administration of anesthesia is possible before the session would start but I realized that he is right in saying that it depicts the very purpose of having tattoo. For some, they want to feel the pain for they are getting pleasure out of it and I think I have to face and overcome the pain because that’s the way it is.
The so-called “markings” are the most painful part. My conscious mind feels the needles coming in and out and slowly putting ink on my skin plus the sound of the machine that still reverberates in my ears. I felt tortured because of the pain. I even asked for a bottle of beers to at least lessen the pain for alcohol will bring numbness on your body, but to no avail. My tattoo measures six inches long and it took the artist almost three hours to finish it including the time that I asked him to pause for a break because of the pain. After which and when I saw the design inked on my left arm, it was so fulfilling and rewarding. It is worth the wait, I exclaimed.
How do you know if you are ready to get inked? Since having a tattoo is for lifetime, I carefully plan for it. From the design, the color of the ink to be used, which part of my body I will put the design up until to the selection of the artist whom I will entrust the future of my first tattoo. It entails a lot of preparation – physically, emotionally and psychologically. Do not be overwhelmed by the idea that getting inked will give you autonomous status in the society where you belong nor it will create a feeling of superiority among your peer group. If this is your purpose of getting inked, scrap the idea but rather concentrate on your studies or work and excel on this field because no doubt it will give you recognition, autonomy and the feeling of superiority. No one will do things that he will regret for the rest of his life. Having tattoo is not an exception. Do not compromise yourself, if you are not yet ready for embrace the fact that having tattoo is for lifetime, do not have one unless couched otherwise.
Do not be misled that having tattoo will bring any advantages and I do not believe that it will bring disadvantages as well. I am working in a company where inclusion and value for individuals are one of their core values. I was never reprimanded nor terminated because I get inked. I did not receive any increase as well the moment that my Manager saw that I finally get myself inked even if she is undeniably a huge fan of having it with her seven sets of tattoos all over her body.
In other words, my performance will not define by my tattoo and vice versa. In the same language, having one will not give me a free pass not to do what is expected of me at work and receive merit because of it. Though I have to be more responsible and be sensitive about my co-employees think about people having tattoos. I have to clothe it to protect other’s right and my company’s dress code policy.
There are still some companies out there that do not hire workforce and prohibit their existing employees to have visible tattoos. Maybe because of the nature of the job or it is on their dress code policy. Hence, this is another thing that someone needs to seriously think about before getting inked. Weight the impact. If having tattoo will put your job or the opportunity of getting the job you wanted at risk, I do not encourage you to get one.
It is easy to get a new tattoo but there are lot of things need to consider. So if you want to find yourself in limbo because of the poor decision that you’ve made today, you really need to doubt everything if possible.
You need to heed even to your slightest doubt, which by the way will help you lessen the possibility that you will regret whatever decision that you are about to make. This anthology of personal experiences about getting myself inked aims to help those who are still considering the idea of having themselves inked.