The Pros and Cons of Tattoos – Aftercare and Otherwise

As with all things in life, there are pros and cons, tattoos included. There are a variety of connotations that are associated with tattoos ranging from the criminal underworld to eccentric creativity. With these various interpretations in mind, it is important to think about what it is you want to do in life and how having a (visible) tattoo may impact that.

Pro: Tattoos open up a new community

People with tattoos tend to stick together. There are various tattoo conventions and contests that cover every tattoo in the book. If you have a tattoo, you may very well open yourself to an entire new world of people who can influence and befriend you in a way that makes your life more enjoyable!

Con: Tattoos may impose a glass ceiling on your career

While the stigma towards tattoos within society is at an all time low, there is still an underlying taboo which, albeit unfair, may limit your career. This may be more applicable in white collar careers such as law and medicine, so if you want to pursue such a career, perhaps getting a hidden tattoo would be more practical.

Pro: Tattoos allow one to express themselves

Indeed, there are few things quite as artistic as well as permanent as a tattoo. Adding a flare of ink to your body is almost unmatched in its intimacy and its uniqueness and therefore is grear for people who wish to (sometimes quite literally) wear their heart on their sleeve.

Con: Aftercare can be a pain

As many tattoo owners are well aware, tattoo aftercare is just as important as the tattoo itself. If you do not use the proper aftercare responsibly on a fresh tattoo, you run the risk of scarring and your tattoo becoming altered. Being responsible and making sure that the right aftercare is applied can indeed be a hassle, especially when you are likely to be eager to show off your new ink to your friends. If you aren’t very responsible, you may want to reconsider getting a tattoo or perhaps getting one that is smaller.

Pro: A tattoo is customised artwork

Unless you get a really generic tattoo, chances are that your tattoo is completely unique. Sure, there may be people with similar ideas and designs, but the details are what set every tattoo apart. Getting a tattoo is, for all intensive purposes, a piece of you and should be taken pride in!

Con: Tattoos age with you

Because a tattoo is a piece of you it is also unfortunately going to age with you. Later down the line when your skin begins to wrinkle – your tattoo can follow suit. While this doesn’t necessarily ruin the tattoo, it may be something to consider later down the line.

So, what do you think? Are the benefits of the tattoos worth the possible setbacks? Leave a comment and let us know your opinion!