Body Art in the Extreme
Body Art in the
Tattoos are becoming a popular phenomenon
that is seen everywhere. Today’s youth are getting permanent tattoos
to be cool and trendy, but are not considering the long-term effects.
Teenagers should be aware of all that body modification may include, it
is not just a pretty picture. Adolescences must consider the dangers
and conscientious result of attaining diseases, being underage, and having
a permanent mark on their body.
The unsanitary conditions of getting a
tattoo tend to go unnoticed by teenagers. The increase popularity
in body art has also caused an increase in the incidences of Hepatitis,
especially Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is spread by contact with human
blood. Since, the government regulation has not enforced hygiene
requirements for tattoo parlors, disease such as Hepatitis C thrive in
these environments. Another disease that can be acquired is HIV.
The government does not force tattoo parlors to use new needles or to sanitize
the old ones. Also, tattoos can get easily infected and leave a scar
if not properly taken care of. Sometimes, people die from ink poisoning
if too much ink gets into the blood stream. I haven’t even touched
on how painful it is to get a tattoo and how painful it will be to obtain
a disease. Young adults do not consider the dangers of a tattoo until
it is too late.
Another problem with getting a tattoo is
being underage. Teenagers have to convince their parents that a tattoo
isn’t a foolish decision and they really want one. Some parents are
intensely against tattoos and see them as something "bad." Certain parents
are narrow minded, because they view them as gang related, devilish behavior
or eccentric conduct. Certain tattoos can also give you a bad reputation.
Such as, having a skull can make adults think that you are part of a biker
gang or having certain symbols would associate you with a gang. If
you don’t get your parent’s consent for a tattoo and somehow get one, then
you will have hide the tattoo in order not to get in trouble. Sometimes,
if you have a tattoo showing when you go to a job interview, you might
not get the job. Employers feel that their employees should have a nice
outer appearance that would look attractive to the customers. Being
underage can be a bitch.
Finally, tattoos are permanent and very
hard to get off. It would be hard to pick one design and to
stick with that design for the rest of your life. Most people change
their mind about everything at least three times. What may have seemed
cool when you were 25 is completely different kind of cool when you are
55. Also, your body changes too. You won’t have the same body
at 25 when you are 55. That tattoo will be there forever unless you
decide to use laser surgery to have it remove, which would cost at least
a thousand more than the tattoo itself. Then, after you have it removed
you will still have a scar where the tattoo use to be. You could
even end up in hell for having a tattoo. God created your human body
and expected you to die with that human body. Which, if you get a
tattoo it would be a creation of your own and not God’s. Therefore,
it would be consider a sin. The tattoo will never go away.
No matter how glamorous a tattoo is, it
will harm you in some way. When you consider the dangers and conscientious
result, you may think twice about a tattoo. There are so many more
factors that I haven’t even touch upon that could stop a person from getting
a tattoo. All you have to do is go to your parents and I am positive
that they will discourage you from attempting to get one. You could
always enjoy the benefit of temporary tattoos. They look like real
tattoos, but without the hassles of one.