Society can be disappointingly judgmental. I want to preface this by saying that I don’t judge all of the society, nor do I hate people in general – but a good number of people certainly act like this.
I was standing in line at a Starbucks minding my own business getting a coffee when I overheard these two moms gossiping loudly about me. I knew they were moms because their kids were running around in the store. I know many people on planet earth have tattoos, but it’s pretty rare for the town I moved to (I’m originally from NYC). I have more than one tattoo, and I don’t hide them. One of the moms obnoxiously said “Her parents must have failed her” while the other one replied, “Tattoos are too trashy.” Both of them looked at me while I glanced at them from the side, so I knew they were talking about me.
I’m sorry, but first of all who do you think you are to judge me for my appearance? And secondly, you know nothing about why I have my tattoos. My tattoos are my choice, and the one they happened to be talking about was a tribute to my dear friend Elizabeth who died last year in a car crash. I had the tattoo made in memory of her.
Unable to control my temper, I turned to the two of them and said, “I’m sorry my parents allowed me to express myself through art. I’m sorry that my friend died last year and the only way I knew how to remember her was through my favorite form of art.”
They instantly shut up. One of them began to reply when the other just nudged her and looked ashamed.
Having tattoos doesn’t make you a bad person. I am sick of this stigma that tattoos carry. Tattoos are a way for one to express themselves and they can have value and meaning to someone’s life. Yes, I plan on getting more tattoos, and I’m not going to apologize for it. Please stop being judgmental to others.
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