I was always told that tattoos were for a certain kind of person, someone who I was not supposed to be like. This is what I heard most of my childhood and it was reiterated throughout life. People with tattoos are low value, they don’t get good jobs and they do not matter. Between childhood and adulthood a lot changed.
Here is why I decided to get my first tattoo…
Tattoos became more mainstream and not only do people with tattoos get good jobs people do not judge people the same way that they used to. So deciding to get a tattoo as an adult became a much easier decision. Keep in mind that this was way before we started our tattoo shop that we still operate to this day. It became a much easier decision because high-quality people all around me, on the TV, and the media and every strata of life we’re doing well and these people have tattoos.
When it came time for me to decide on what type of tattoo I would get it was a very long process. I didn’t want anything run of the mill instead I wanted something that meant something to me. It has to be something that was important, something that at age 80 when I’m old still reminds me of something, it tells a story, it tells me of my evolution as a person. This is what I wanted, I didn’t want some cookie-cutter type of tattoo I was looking for meaning and expression and a reminder of what I’ve been through and who I am now.