Tattoos are one style statement that almost everyone yearns for. Here in India, only metros are witnessing the rise of tattoo culture but outside tattoo culture is at its epitome. Ask anyone and they wouldn’t mind getting a tattoo, yes, it is true that the pain do keep some people away from the tattoo culture. However, technology comes to their rescue and thus, tattoos are now accessible, when and where you want.
Keeping the stylish side of tattoo culture aside, let’s once go through the fears of Kate Moody, an Ottawa woman who is now spending a good amount of bucks to get the bearded, fanged green and yellow monster removed from her foot. It is surprising and ironical to know that where today skin art is one of the ways to flaunt your attitude and spend thousands getting a right one, people like Moody are getting them removed. The lady was initially working with a clothing company and now has switched to being a fitness trainer. Nonetheless, she apprehends that the tattoo can cost her the job. Here is what Moody has to say,
I am kind of the poster child for tattoo regret. Whenever I hear people that are like, ‘I’m going to get a new tattoo,’ I’m like, ‘Think about that. They don’t appear professional, they’re not something I’m proud of. I find it takes away a little bit from my credibility … people think I’m a kid. You get a judgment from society, I find, which is something I could do without at this point in my life.
As per the American Association of Dermatologists, 50% of people who at some point of life decide to get a tattoo, later regret their decision and turn up for treatments. However, tattoo artists and other related to the culture have contradicting views. For them, tattoos have become popular and also are being accepted. That is the reason why, the taboo on tattoos doesn’t exist anymore and the tattoo business is scaling high peaks.
Nick Janna who works at Planet Ink on Ottawa’s Rideau Street, emphasized on the fact that tattoo parlors do abide by a few rules, which ensure that people don’t regret their decisions later on. As per him, most of the parlors don’t tattoo teens under eighteen. They also avoid tattooing on hands, necks, faces and other visible body parts. They also try to convince people not to get tattoos done in these areas. However, we all know that parlors who don’t have any rules also exist thus, making the situations more tough to deal with. Also, people sometimes go stubborn enough in their craze and later on regret over. Licensing of tattoo parlors, implementation of a few good rules for artists/ parlors and awareness on the part of artist himself, can lead to tattoos with healthier stories.
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