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They say there are only two kinds of people in this world. Ones that see the glass half full, others half empty. But, I assure you, if you run into someone who has been inked in the past, you’d be meeting a third kind. For them it’s all about the refills. And sadly, they’re only a handful in number!

We’re often hearing stories on how apprehensive people get when it comes to getting a body art. And for fairly acceptable reasons. You first have to research a hell lot on the type of tattoo you want (and be stick to it), then decide on where you want it, then cross check it with your bank balance and then, after all this, if you still have any energy left, you drag yourself to the nearest known studio. Yet, chances are that a single piece of misinformation/rumour on getting inked can make you change your mind. It’s kind of a big deal after all. Besides, what if you don’t like the art after a while? We’re a bunch of fickle-heads as it is.

Let me ask you a question here. Aren’t you just making up a zillion excuses? You had the thought. You wanted a tattoo for a reason. A reason only you know best. So, what made you stop at the spur? I’ll tell you what. You were afraid. No, not afraid of the needle or the pain or the ink that everyone keeps warning you about. You know you’ll get over those. But, it is etching a part of your time, one that will freeze under your skin FOREVER, that freaks you out. What if later you realize that this isn’t the phase you want to recall every time you look at yourself? What if it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? Maybe these pointers can tell you why it can never be a mistake:

 

Firstly, to regret a tattoo is to regret your past. But, a past that has shaped you into who you are at present, how can you possibly regret that?

Think about it. That would be gravely insulting yourself. Your tattoo depicts much of the time that has passed in your life, of your dreams and interests, of the people you’ve known, of circumstances and more. Reflecting back can only help you become a better version of yourself.

Tattoos are like milestones in your life. They symbolize how far you’ve come.

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People ask me, why should you show off and attract attention like that? I ask, why not? It shows you’re proud of everything you’ve been through.

They’re also road-signs to the path you need to take. Even if you can’t take a call instantly, at least you’d know what to not go for.

The ink is telling your story. Things you know, things that have bothered you, things that have given you pleasure. From the day you make them, they become you, and, over time, you become them. You grow to trust these more than anything else. They’re, after all, consequences of your choice.

Some show off their tattoos, others don’t. In any case, tattoos make you more confident of the person that you are, whether you like the design 10 years later or not.

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You cannot pass a judgement on an inked person, because there isn’t any that they wouldn’t have passed on themselves already. In other words, tattoos make you more aware and tolerant to much worse the society has to offer. In the back of your head you know you’re so much more than your physical appearance. You’re just no longer afraid of being yourself and tattoos help you let the world know this. You’re not battling to impress here. You can very well hold your own.

Tattoos aren’t simply about displaying an extreme side. It’s about self-acceptance and identity.

Your aura merges with the ink you sport. “Oh, that girl with the dragon-fly tattoo?”, that’s probably how a stranger remembers you. Point is, you’re reminded of and noticed by every soul you cross. Now that is a big deal!

The problem is that we think forever is long time and we don’t want “regrets”. We better be safe than sorry. Well, not for a second should you think that forever is long. Because it’ll pass in a jiffy. At least, with tattoos, you pair with the acceptance of this short-living reality. Not just that, you discover far more about yourself than most others. And let’s face it. With or without the ink, you have to learn, grow and live. So, why not glorify moments of your life like this when you have the opportunity to?

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