Just to be clear, I am not trying to encourage anyone to have something permanently applied to their body that they’re not absolutely certain that they want but, if you have been considering getting a tattoo, and just haven’t quite made the leap, here are some reasons why you should.
1- The tattoo process can be a really powerful experience. I mentioned in previous posts that I was getting a new tattoo. I have been wanting this particular design for a long time, and it feels really good to finally have it done. Plus, I had forgotten just how much I love the whole experience. I have realized that there is nothing in the world that gives me the confidence boost that a new tattoo does. Obviously, the tattoo itself is the overall goal, but I find the entire process to be sort of beautiful and empowering.
I don’t know, maybe other people don’t feel this way about it but, for me, the experience of getting tattooed is both cathartic and transformative. You go through this painful process to achieve something beautiful and meaningful, that will stay with you forever. When you step back outside of the studio, you know you will never be the same.
2- Tattoos have a long, rich history connected to cultures all over the world. This article
from McGill University explains that the art of tattooing has existed for at least 5,300 years and has been practiced, in some form or another, by nearly every culture throughout history.
4- They are well worth the price. Some people will tell you that tattoos are a waste of money. I won’t deny that they are kind of expensive, averaging around $50-$100 for a small one, $200 for a medium one, and upward of $250 for a large one, according to an article from Ink Book, and they are not a necessity. You obviously shouldn’t get a tattoo instead of buying food or paying your rent. But when it comes to spending money on something that is just for you, I can’t really think of a better investment than a custom piece of original artwork that you get to take with you everywhere you go, for the rest of your life.
5- There are plenty of vegan ink options these days. When I first went vegan (and learned that some tattoo ink is not vegan) I had a hell of a time finding artists that used vegan ink. Now that both veganism and tattoos are growing in popularity, there is a vast array of vegan inks to choose from, many of which can be found on this list, from Vegan Tattoo Studios, though this list is a bit older, so there are actually more. In fact, all of the Top Five Best Tattoo Ink Brands Made in the U.S., as listed by Monster Steele are vegan. You may still have to check with your local shop to find out what brand they use, but I’ve found that most artists no longer roll their eyes at you when you ask about vegan ink.
So, if you’ve always wanted a tattoo, but weren’t sure if you should go through with it, do it!
Whitney Metz is the author of the Black Magick Series. She lives outside the town of Mannington, West Virginia with Riley and Petunia, two pigs she adopted during an internship at Farm Sanctuary. She also writes a weekly blog at her website whitneymetz.com.
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