We've all seen countless tattoos since back in 1995 that range from beautiful and artistic to ratchet and just plain ghetto. It was a pretty big thing back in the 90s to get a tattoo, especially if you were in high school. Now I look at kids in high school and tattoos are almost like a right of passage. You would be hard pressed these days to go to a high school and find a student without tattoos (I could be over exaggerating, but you get my point).
The latter part of the evolution of the tattoo came with the sleeve, where ink addicts started not only getting tattoos that covered up a few inches of their bodies, but now, kids are getting their entire arms, and backs tattooed (I blame 50 Cent) as well as their legs, chests, neck, and even their faces inked. Even reality TV has gotten in on the fun by featuring shows in tattoo parlors and showing the drama that ensues in popular tattoo shops in Los Angeles and Miami.
Back in the day, lol, parents would tell you not to get tattoos because of the negative connotations people make when they see them inside and outside the workplace. However, now, I wonder if the same connotations still exist. Do people judge you based on your ink? Have you or anyone you know ever been denied a job because your tattoos were exposed? I know as they become much more prominent, the rules seem to be more lenient.
I am in no way too old-fashioned or washed up so let me say that I have seem some wonderful tattoo art that I actually adore. My girl Britanie Girard who is a model and piercing artist in New York and Los Angeles exemplifies true body art and expression. All of her "pieces" have meaning and she has spent years covering her entire body. You have no idea how beautiful her art is until you see her up close and personal, but I have some pictures you can view to get an idea:
I also have a good friend, Isiah, in Philly, who incorporates some of his own creative art on his body. His art is also a work in progress. Check it out:
Ok....now I have tattoo envy :-) Feel free to share some of your tattoo stories and experiences and I'm dying to know what doors your tattoos have open or closed.