I was chatting to one of my mates the other day about tattoos. My friend is definitely a body-art aficionado. He has a couple of gorgeous tattoos and is planning on getting many more. As I we talked, I spouted off a number of ideas I’ve had for tattoos, describing beautiful tattoos that I’ve seen and discussing my favourite tattoo placements. After a while, my friend asked, “So, why don’t you have any tattoos? You seem to love them, so why don’t you have one?”
The truth is, there are a number of reasons why I don’t have a tattoo. Before I begin talking about my own reasons, I would just like to point out that I think that the decision to get a tattoo is incredibly personal. I don’t judge anyone who elects to decorate their body in this way, for whatever reason they choose. I think that what you do with your own body is your own business.
The first reason that I don’t have a tattoo is that I think it’s too much of a commitment for me. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll notice that my personal style is incredibly varied. I tend to chop and change the things I wear pretty often. I don’t like to stick to a single style and I am pretty contrary when it comes to fashion.
I honestly don’t trust myself to choose something that I would want on my body forever. My tastes are ever-changing and I find inspiration in so many odd places. I don’t want to commit to permanently changing my body by tattooing it, because I know that I would grow tired of my tattoo in time. I’d much prefer to celebrate my style with items that I can change, like clothing or jewelry. I know myself well enough to be sure that I would regret the decision to permanently ink an image or phrase onto my body.
The second reason that I don’t have a tattoo is that I don’t like the way that tattoos degrade with time. I’ve seen so many incredible designs that I think would make incredible tattoos. The problem is that a tattoo doesn’t remain the same. Tattoos change with time. Lines blur, colours fade and the skin underneath changes texture. I don’t like the idea of selecting a beautiful image to display on my body, only to know that it’s going to be altered with time. For me, I’d much rather to celebrate that work of art by hanging it in my home or having it rendered onto a piece of jewelry. That way it’s more permanent and is less likely to change as time passes. I can appreciate it in it’s own form forever, without worrying that time is going to wear it out.
I do realise that there are a lot of things that you can do to preserve a tattoo. I know many friends with incredible tattoos who put in a lot of effort to keep them looking fresh and bright. Once again, I know myself well enough to know that I wouldn’t be able to make this commitment. It would be very difficult for me to afford the cost of tattoo maintenance, and there are a lot of things that are more important to me that I’d prefer to spend my money on.
So, that’s why I don’t have a tattoo. Although I adore tattoo art and I love tattoo culture, I know in myself that it’s not a commitment that I could make.
Once again, I’d like to point out that I think tattoos are rad. If you’ve chosen to get a tattoo (or many!) then I support your decision and I’m glad that you’ve made the move to express yourself in a way that’s important to you. I don’t judge anyone who DOES have a tattoo, I just know that it’s not the right choice for me.
Do you have any tattoos? If not, why not? If you do, what made you decide to get a tattoo?