As i stated in my recent post, college tends to be a time for rebellion. It is a time when students look to experiment with things such as tattooing and piercings. A lot of times people tend to get things spur of the moment because at the time it seems like a good idea or in some cases an idea spurred by a night of drinking. When it comes to tattoos it is something that one might regret doing since ink is permanent.
Before getting any tattoo or piercing, one should think about what he or she is getting into, and whether it is worth it. First off, it takes a lot of work to maintain the tattoo at first so one must be willing to take care of it or it can become infected. Secondly, one should put a lot of thought into what they want to get. You should not just go to the tattoo parlor and get any old thing inked onto your body. If you think about it, when your 60 you will wonder why in the world you chose to get a picture of a frog on your neck. If you are really serious about getting a tattoo you should think to yourself, "What's something that is meaningful, and that I wont regret having when Im older". Another thing to think about is that once you have it, its pretty much here to stay. There is always the option for tattoo removal, but that is a process that is time consuming, painful and just overall expensive.
The last and probably most important thing to think about is, "Will it effect the opportunity at a professional career?" If you are in college, you are obviously interested in getting into a somewhat professional career and with ink that is highly visible, it will be pretty tough to get a professional job. So if you are thinking about getting a tattoo, you should find a place where it can be discreet and will not effect the possible opportunity and a great career. Getting a tattoo or piercing is great and all, but its not worth it if it is going to effect your opportunities in the future.
In the end, do not just go out and get these things done on a whim. Make sure you think that it is for you and how it will effect your life. All i am saying is, "Think Before You Ink"!