Monday, June 3, 2013

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Pros And Cons: Tattoos

DON'T chop your arm off to get this tattoo.
          When you grow up you're going to face a few life-changing decisions, and one that's overlooked a lot is getting a tattoo. It's a great way to show the world how much of a badass you think you are, though it's frowned upon by many it's held in high esteem by many others. So, do the benefits outweigh the negative consequences or vice-versa?

I don't know but I guess that the guy on the left was painted.
Or maybe that is a tattoo.
Made by a professional artist.
        People love hearing the good news first, so here goes. First of all, there's almost no risk. Sure, go homemade or go to a dirty shop and you'll see you've got another thing coming, but usually there's no problem. And of course, it's not like you'll be considered a freak. Hell, there are teachers and doctors with tattoos. 


            Also, it's fairly customizable, it can cover a small part of your body or all of it, and you can choose to put it in a concealable place. Besides, if a tattoo's done correctly, damn, it'll look awesome. Besides, it can hold some deep personal meaning or serve as a reminder (that doesn't mean you should tattoo the periodic table before finals).

It's also a good alternative for baldness.
         Now, cons. If a tattoo's visible, that could cost you your job, and also, they're hard to get rid of (hopefully that will change in the next few years). Also, if you go to a shitty parlor you can get a disease like Hepatitis B or even get infected with HIV. Also a tattoo can come out crappy or can fade away and that really sucks. Also, you can't donate blood or an organ once you've been marked (this is possibly the biggest con of all, and hopefully one that will also change soon). 

Or you could get a tramp stamp.
           Many people complain the process is painful (some more than others), but aside from that there aren't many cons. If you're going to get a tattoo just make sure that you're comfortable speaking with the artist, check out their portfolios, make sure they sterilize their needles, and that the needles themselves are disposable, and you should be good to go. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll get one of these.