Last week another one of my children informed me that he got a tattoo. I mentioned the last tattoo milestone in my post “A Week in the Life” awhile ago. This now makes three of my four kids permanently decorated. What does this say about my parenting, considering I told all three of them not to? Really?
Now, I’m not a prude, nor am I stranger to the skin ink. My ex husband has a creepy snake thing on his shoulder and both of my sisters have something, although I don’t remember what. My beautiful niece and her husband actually own a professional tattoo parlor. Her husband is a remarkable artist, and I am always amazed at the work he does.
Many young adults that I know, have recently made the commitment to this art and I’m amazed. I just don’t understand I guess. I am not one who believes it is a “sin”, although the famous OT verse, Leviticus 19:28, is referring to not behaving as the pagans do… so you can take that for what it’s worth…I don’t think having a tattoo makes you any less of a person either, but I personally would just never do it.
Here are my top ten reasons why…
- I’m over 40 and I think about my commitments very carefully.
- I’ve seen what gravity can do to a body, and sagging art work doesn’t help it.
- It hurts.
- I’d only be copying my kids…
- I don’t want to explain it to my grandkids.
- I’m OCD and ADD… I would loose my mind if I couldn’t erase it when I decided I didn’t like it anymore, which I would, and I hear removal hurts even more.
- WWJD… Really. He wouldn’t, cause he was Jewish.
- My husband doesn’t like them. (I know this should be reason enough…)
- I don’t need to prove, show or remember anything that bad. That’s what scrapbooks and blogs are for.
- I worry enough about moles and freckles…the more I care for my aging skin, the better.
No matter how many people are walking works of art, the stigma will remain, and it’s one I don’t have to worry about. Am I mad or disappointed with my kids? No. But I wish they had left their beautiful young skin alone. It’s a blessing that won’t last, but that tattoo will…Really.
Do you have a tattoo? If so, I’d love to hear your story.