Thoughts on Tattoos


Hannah Clark, Reporter

The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu”, which means “to mark something.” It is arguably claimed that tattooing has existed since 12,000 years B.C.
The purpose of tattooing has varied from culture to culture and its place on the timeline. Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent, complex, captivating designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, and signs of religious beliefs.
In recent years tattoos, in general, have become more and more popular. People get tattoos for different reasons. Some people get them for the art or as a memorial. Some get them as a way to express their personality and passions. And some get them just because they look pretty. personally got mine as a celebration.
They mean a lot to people, and they can’t wait to keep rocking them as they get older. No matter what your reasoning, tattoos are a personal thing and a great way to celebrate your individuality. Tattoos can act as a tribute to a loved one, a memorial for keeping someone close and a part of you forever. Who wants to fit in any way? Each tattoo is unique and each reasoning for getting one is different. Your tattoo can be individual to you and a great way to make you stand apart from the crowd! It is art! Getting a tattoo by an artist whose work you love means that you get to keep this unique piece of work created just for you, all to yourself! Forever! They can tell a story, too, cover up an ugly scar, etc.
However, many people disagree. Some say that tattoos are “evil”, horrible and gross to look upon. “Trashy, scandalous, and provocative.” A lot of people automatically believe that if a person has a tattoo, they are a wild, rebellious, devil-worshipper, bad, merciless person. Thoughts as such are narrow-minded and cruel, not to mention ignorant and arrogant. Getting and having a tattoo doesn’t change who you are as a person. Being tattooed doesn’t make you less intelligent, less compassionate, less friendly or more slutty.
Madison Poole (2019)
Do you ever see yourself getting a tattoo?
– “Yes.”
Why so?
– “Because it would be art. Something awesome to look at and be proud of. It would mean something to me; it would be special. It wouldn’t be a lousy piece of jewelry.”
Lauren Stallworth (2021)
Do you ever see yourself getting a tattoo?
– “Yes!”
Why so?
– “Because I think it’s a gorgeous way to express yourself. It truly means something and it could be a way to remember something very important to you! They can cute, awesome, and beautiful!”
Hannah Clark (2019)
– I definitely want tattoos when I am older, because each one would have a story behind it; as to why I decided to ink my skin. My body is a canvas just waiting to be decorated with art. Here are some tattoos that I have desired to get since I was small:
“My father is my number one hero!”
“My faith has been weakened over the years, but I want to forever remember it.”
“This is an ancient Viking symbol that means, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”
I believe it speaks for itself, then.”