A choice that lasts a lifetime

By: Ana Perez

Tattoos have been around for a millennia. Originally, the word tattoo claims its roots from the Tahitian word “tatu” which means to mark something. The earliest recorded tattoos are from 5,000 years ago and were found in the body of an ice man unearthed in the Italian-Austrian border. The Romans would tattoo their slaves and prisoners, in Greece tattoos would be used as a signal marking spies among them, the Ainu introduced the practice into Japanese culture, the Druids in Britain used tattoos ceremoniously, and more recent during World War II, the German’s marked numbers on their camp laborers.

Teenagers, adolescents, and even adults mark themselves for life; some markings have a symbolic purpose while others are merely for looks. They can be very intricate and time-consuming, enhancing our favorite body parts. But unfortunately for a great majority of people who chose to make the lifelong commitment, they shortly come to the realization, that tattooing your boyfriend/girlfriend’s name to your arm was not a wise decision. For one thing, please remember that tattoos are permanent.  Some people enter a tattoo parlor with an idea in mind and leave with another look.  Some people need tattoos to help themselves build courage, and after a while, realize they don’t need the branding.  Whichever the case may be, always remember that the removal of a tattoo via cosmetic laser surgery will be in the thousands.

Maria Jose Cristerna holds the Guinness World Record for female with the most tattoos and body changes. This very famous mother of four is an artist and a former lawyer in Guadalajara, Mexico. I guess you can say she overcomes all stereotypes. Some may discriminate against her and even believe her to be a Satan worshiper, but that is clearly just gossip. The saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, it may as well apply directly to her. Cristerna’s reasons for modifying her body go beyond recreational purposes. She began modifying her body as soon as she got the courage to leave her abusive marriage of 10 years. This was how she learned to cope with a difficult situation.For Maria Jose Cristerna, her tattoos are just not a hobby or something that happened during girl’s night out.

Like for Cisterna, for some tattoo enthusiasts, the art form has a deep rooted meaning. The decision to tattoo your skin isn’t something that one should be ashamed of, nor should it be taken lightly. The person who will be tattooed after all is you. If you are very confident and happy with how the way your body will look, then by all means aim for happiness.


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