Think Tattoos Are Cool? Think Again. Here’s Why…

Can you think of a good reason why you should get a tattoo? Can’t think of one? How about because tattoos are cool? Yeah, that’s right… not. If you can’t think of a better reason to get a tattoo, then you shouldn’t get one.

First of all, list on a piece of paper all the reasons why you want a tattoo. Then in a column next to why you want a tattoo, list all the reasons why you need a tattoo.

Got it? Compare your list of wants and needs. Think about your needs versus your wants. If have reasons on your ‘needs’ column and they are more than your ‘wants’ column, then you have passed the first test. You have shown that you need a tattoo. Chances are, you have a reason to get one and you don’t need any more validation.

Okay, just in case you don’t know if this article is for you, keep reading. So who are you, anyway? Let’s see if you fit any of the following descriptions:

People who are copycats: These people are like the wannabes but worse because without any originality. Not only do they want to be like others, they copy them exactly to the T. We are talking about people who copy the same tattoo as people they strive to be. While it’s okay to have role models, it’s not okay to steal their identity.

People who are ugly: Okay, we are not saying that ugly people don’t have a right to get a tattoo as everyone else does. We are not that mean. What we are saying is that ugly people who think that tattoos would somehow make them appear more attractive are seriously wrong. So, just get the tattoo for the right reasons, not so you can try to get laid. It won’t work.

Yes, we know some people who get tattoos do it because they think tattoos are cool, but we don’t want you to be one of them. Now we would like you to do this brief cognitive exercise: Did you think Barney was cool when you were two? Did you think Yu Gi Oh was cool when you were five? Did you think Power Rangers were cool when you were ten? Did you think Dungeons and Dragons were cool when you were fifteen? Do you think any of these are cool now?

You are the middle-aged guy or gal in a mid-life crisis. Most likely, you have purchased a bike in the past six months, and you have decided that you are a biker guy and chick after all. Now all you need to gain some biker street cred is to have a biker tattoo to flaunt. Nothing screams mid-life crisis worse than that combination.

So if they only reason why you are getting one is because you think they are cool, then do yourself a huge favor and wait until tomorrow to get one.

Another friend I know got a tattoo and now covers it up. She wears turtlenecks and long-sleeved shirts everywhere, even in the summertime. She just graduated from college and is looking for a job in teaching, and she knows that she cannot be hired if she doesn’t project a certain image. With her multiple tattoos running down the sides of her arm, she looks like a gang-banger. At one time, she ran with a rough crowd, but she no longer hangs out with this crowd. She also regrets having tattoos.

I can go on and on. The bottom line is, if you can’t think of any reasons than getting a tattoo because they are cool and can get you in some cool clique, then you have no business getting one. You will thank me years from now you didn’t make that mistake. A tattoo is something you’ll most likely live with for the rest of your life. It should be a blessing, not a burden down the road.
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Chick Corea & The Vigil – Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz 2013,
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● Tracklist:
– Hot House
– Planet Chia
– Portals To Forever
– Galaxy 32 Star 4
● Personnel:
– CHICK COREA – piano
– TIM GARLAND – tenor sax, soprano sax, bass clarinet
– LUIS QUINTERO – percussion
● 20th July 2013, 37 Festival Jazz Vitoria-Gasteiz / Mendizorrotza Sports Center
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