Where do you stand on tattoos?
If you're agonizing over it now, you may worry about it too much later.
Have you ever had one?
I don't consider it a plus to put it mildly. It can give out many different signals, none of them positive: Naive, inflexible, dogmatic, fashion victim, dumb, stupid, egotripper ...
Just me (Sir to you)
Put it off for a month then see if you still think its a good idea, I doubut you will.
I thought about having BAADF00D* tat'd somewhere, but I think the number who'd get the joke would be too small. Get a T-Shirt instead, at least you can change that.
it will look fantastic when you reach age 50, and your body starts to melt because of fat
I have two, but they are in areas that aren't normally displayed (upper shoulder area of the arm, and one on my right shoulder blade).
I want to be different....
I know a few "white collar" people who have them, one is a medical doctor and the other is a bioinf PhD. To each his own :)
I have one; I first pondered getting it in 1997, but put it off to consider if I really wanted it. While I thought about it, I kept the image (one I did myself; it's a celtic knot, so ) in my wallet, where I saw it every day - I've heard other people recommend that you stick it on your bedroom wall. After three revisions and five years of looking at the design daily, I had it done - it's on my shoulder, hidden by a short-sleeved shirt if necessary.
I got one last year at 36 on my right shoulder blade. I got the Green Lantern symbol as I used to be a big comic book collector and always felt a strong affinity to that character. I would say go for it if your planning on getting something that means something to you, as a previous poster stated don't just pick something off the wall of the tattoo shop.
why is the shoulder the most attractive place for a tattoo?
IMHO, don't get words. If the artist screws up a picture, nobody needs to know but you. But everyone can tell what happened when your shoulder says "SUOL FOOD"
I think the shoulder came from military types who tattooed what they had on their dragoons. But then again I might be wrong.
Damsel in Distress
I think you'll find the ability to hide a tattoo helps at interviews...and formal social occasions.
a cynic writes...
Well, I got mine on the upper shoulder because I was in the Military Police at the time and planned on moving toward the investigation side eventually. If you're working under cover (which I never actually did) then you don't want your unique tattoo out where everyone can see it.
Tattoos can be removed using a laser. I heard they used the laser once for each primary color (i could be wrong but I know it takes several treatments) and that it was a little painful. Google for 'laser removal' or 'tattoo removal'. Heck they can remove a lot of stuff with a laser like unwanted hair plus they have facial treatments and I believe acne treatments as well.
Why are the military so atracted to tattoos? If you're a war veteran or a special forces guy, I can understand. After all, something particularly hard happened during your life and you don't want to let it go away. But nowadays, what's the thrill?
Google on "esprit de corps"
It doesn't take war veterans or special forces guys to be exposed to violence. I remember I had just left the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in the Mid 90's when it was attacked and blown up by a fuel truck. My roommate at the time was there and when he came back he had started smoking and had a change of attitude. I'm not sure if he got a tattoo or not but I know that he was a completely different person. Still a good guy but maybe a little wiser to the ways of the world.
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