News Editor says Tattoos are Classless and Worthless Posted on January 31, 2012
This article was reposted in it’s entirety from The Spectrum, the independent publication for the University of Buffalo.
Article by Lisa Khoury
I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.
Ladies, I know you’re at least at the legal age of making your own decisions, but before you decide to get a tattoo, allow me to let you in on a little secret. A secret you may have not fully realized yet thus far in your life. What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures.
Seriously, though. Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands, because – as corny as this sounds – we hold the world’s beauty.
But something girls seem to forget nowadays, or maybe have not been taught, is that women hold the world’s class and elegance in their hands, as well. So what’s more attractive than a girl with a nice body? I’ll tell you what: a girl with class. Looks may not last, but class does. And so do tattoos.
An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.
But marking it up with ink? That’s just not necessary.
I’m not here to say a girl should walk around flaunting her body like it’s her job – that’s just degrading. Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you have been given, not permanently engraving it.
Can you get meaning out of a tattoo? Arguably. If you want to insert ink into your skin as a symbol for something greater than yourself, then maybe you are proving a point to yourself or the rest of the world.
But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.
Invest your time, money, and effort into a gym membership, or yoga classes, or new clothes, or experimenting with different hairstyles if you’re craving something new with your body, not a tattoo.
I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.
God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.
The best way to describe what I have to say about this is to repost the email I sent this sorry excuse for a human being:
I just got done reading your article on how classless women with tattoos are. It actually baffles me that in this day and age people as ignorant and degrading as you still exist. I am a married happy woman saving up like any normal couple to buy our first home. When I am around my friends children they all have fun looking at my tattoos and seeing something new and unique. I am an inteligent well respected member of my community and NOT A SINGLE PERSON has cast such ignorant jugments upon me as I read in your article. Maybe you should focus less on beauty, makeup, nails, hair, nice clothing, heels and a gym membership making a women a classy and elegant worthwhile human being. Maybe just maybe you didn’t learn in elementary school that its what inside that counts. Not to judge a book its cover? That the beauty of the world is all the different people that make it up? I am a beautiful, smart, self respecting and worthwhile human being. Hopefully one day you will be too, but you’re american so if not i’ll understand. (just a little ignorance tossed in there to make you feel more comfortable)