Tattoo or Not Tattoo


Dharma is happy to have Victoria back this weekend as a guest blogger with some words of wisdom regarding tattoos!

Victoria is a beginner writer from Brooklyn, New York who graduated from NYC University with a degree in Arts and Sciences.   She has many hobbies, with writing being her favourite.  She has written for her university and now writes blogs mainly about hair care and fashion items for both ladies and men.


Let’s say it’s your 18th or 21st birthday and you went to the bar – or it might be your 16th birthday if you have a quality fake ID…  You and your friends are getting so drunk you decide getting a tattoo might not be such a bad idea; moreover, you actually think it to be a splendid idea!

So what do you do?

You get your happy, drunk ass to the nearest tattoo parlor and blow all of your birthday money on a piece you will regret. And you will regret it, believe me. Your best bet is to be prepared for that day as much as possible. Unfortunately, your inebriated brain won’t be able to determine what is lame and what is not, but at least try to put the abomination somewhere no one can see it.

First of all, the lower back is off limits. A tramp stamp is not a good choice. Your drunk mind may think it is, but it’s really not. Unless you are a teenage girl with poor taste in fashion and music, I suggest forgetting you have that body part at all.

You and your buddies might think a butterfly above your ass is hilarious, but it will pass, trust me. Being a laughing stock is never fun, and you have all the chances to get the first-hand confirmation if you slap a design there.

Speaking of your ass, don’t put ink there. It’s not a good look, especially for a dude. It might be somewhat okay when you are eighteen, but it surely is not when you are pushing thirty-five. You don’t want another reason to be embarrassed when naked, do you? A tattoo on a hip is not a good choice either, mainly for the same reason.

Do I have to say this?

I don’t believe I actually have to say it, but tattooing your forehead is a very, very bad idea. In theory, it may sound like a nice gag ink, if you are stupid and drunk, but it’s not.

Moreover, do not put a needle anywhere in the general vicinity of your face. It would not go well with your frat boy style and Manhattan haircut. Look at Mike Tyson, the dude doesn’t wear his piece gracefully. What makes you think you will be able to? Not to mention, you’ll probably get your ass kicked not only by all of your relatives but also some gang members as well.

Furthermore, I would not recommend putting ink anywhere it can’t be hidden by your clothes. It can harm not only your reputation and image if your tattoo of choice turns out to be horrendous, but also your chances of finding a decent job in the future.

Either way, try to remember this article when your drunken ass is sitting in a tattoo chair and asking for a piece anywhere on your anatomy!


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  • Irene McGuinness says:

    I can’t for the life of me understand why people have tattoos where they can’t see them. It’s like spending money on art and hanging it backwards on the wall.

    • Thoughtful hidden treasure says:

      I can totally understand hidden tattoos. If I ever get one, it’ll be something for me, not out in the open for just anyone to see.
      Some tattoos come across as billboards, or propaganda. Some as gentle protests. Others may be someone’s attempt at seeming more “insert any wishful attribute here – such as tough, heartbroken, sweet, thoughtful, creative”. Or maybe it’s someone’s way of expressing themselves.
      But yes, for me, it would be placed in a secret spot so that only people really close to me could see it. Very personal.
      Also, would not be a drunk event hahaha!

      • Dharma says:

        I think there’s a difference between a “hidden” tattoo and one you can’t even see on your own body… So somewhere I can see it, but can cover it up if I choose to…

        I do agree that putting a tattoo somewhere my own eyes can’t reach is exactly the analogy Irene mentions above – spending money on art and then hanging it backwards…

        Thanks to both of you for the comments! 🙂

  • Gwen says:

    I’m sorry, but I can’t agree with this one. I mean yeah, “don’t make decisions that will have a lifelong impact while drunk” is a good piece of advice, but it’s your body. Put your ink wherever you want. Get a butterfly on your ass. Get a tramp stamp, and then *feel free to never call it that*. Your body. Your choice.

    And FWIW, I work with several professionals in a respected university who show ink.

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