Tattoo or Tat-Don't?

Why You Should Consider NOT Getting a Tattoo

Health Risks

One of the reasons why a person should avoid getting a tattoo would be the major health risks involved, such as possibly contracting viruses, diseases, and infections. One virus that is easily transferred through needles is Hepatitis B. “Hepatitis B can cause life long infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death” (pg. 45). If the needle isn’t sterilized, Hepatitis B could potentially infect an individual. Even if he/she thinks the tattoo provider is clean, infection cannot be 100% avoided. Another disease a person could contract is Hepatitis C, which is “…an incurable disease transmitted through blood” (pg. 45). These health risks are posed to all people who get tattoos, so it is extremely important for sterile equipment and precautions. People can never be absolutely positive that they are safe from disease when getting a tattoo

Work Place Problems

Another reason a person might not want to get a tattoo would be the implications of tattoos in the workplace. Even though people today are far more accepting of tattoos then they were in the past, many employers are put off by them, and discourage employees from showing them at work. “A 2001 survey by, an online management site, stated that of the five hundred participants questioned in the survey, 18 percent of tattooed or pierced employees and 24 percent of tattooed or pierced managers said that their tattoos or piercings have hindered their career prospects” (pg. 75). So why would a person get a tattoo that could potentially ruin a career? Many employers don’t take people as seriously who have them. Although many tattoos can be covered up, it would be an annoyance each day (depending on the location, of course) to make sure that the tattoo is covered up. Why go through all of that hassle?

Tattoo Regret

Finally, people who get tattoos often have tattoo regret years later, wishing they had never decided to get them in the first place. As people age, their bodies change, and their tattoos will change as well. “Tattoos can stretch if a person gains weight” (pg. 78). This would distort the image, and make it look less attractive than it did in the beginning. Most importantly, people’s attitudes and tastes change as they age. “What may have seemed ‘cool’ at eighteen may look silly or not reflect someone’s life style years later” (pg. 79). A person who got a butterfly tattooed on her ankle at the age of twenty might look a little ridiculous with the same tattoo at the age of sixty. Many people do not fully think through the fact that tattoos are forever (with the exception of expensive laser surgery, which many people cannot afford).