Tattooing is one of the oldest art forms in human history having existed for literally thousands of years. In today’s modern society, there are differing ideals of how a person should look, act, and talk. One point of concern to many is that tattoos are often deemed taboo in the workplace. There is certainly a bias in the professional environment regarding body art and great debate on whether this is right or wrong. There are obvious exceptions such as in the case of something racist or derogatory (please reconsider how that will affect other people’s perception of you).
It is important to be aware in this state, as of December 2014, changes to the Police Offences Act 1935 were introduced to help protect young Tasmanians. It is illegal to tattoo or perform body modification (such as ear lobe stretching) on a person under the age of 18.
If you are considering getting a tattoo; do your research! Have a look around your local area for reliable tattoo artists. Find a parlour that is licensed and don’t be afraid to ask about hygiene or sterilization of needles. These are important questions that can help you avoid getting a disease, such as Hepatitis C from a dodgy backyard operator. Find a tattoo artist able to work with the style you have chosen. While one artist may be skilled at black and white style tattoos, they might be terrible at colouring. If you are unsure, talk to them. It will not hurt to learn. Get some tips on how to let it heal.
Good placements for tattoos are also an important consideration. If your tattoo artist tries dissuading you from getting a particular tattoo or in a certain location, please listen. Tattoos are their livelihood and they know better than anyone does how people react to tattoos. Reconsider getting one on your neck or face, please, unless you know that it will not ever affect your occupational prospects. There are also plenty of online resources teaching people how to conceal tattoos. You can cover them up with a base layer of liquid concealer and a layer of foundation over the top. Try getting as close to your skin tone as possible.
The popularity of tattoos among young people seems to be on the rise and it is important when modifying your body in this manner you make the right choices and consider all of your options. If not, you risk ending up with a long-term regret or perhaps featured on an episode of Tattoo Nightmares!