There are plenty of negative stereotypes that surround the whole tattoo culture. People with tattoos are associated with gangs, violence, promiscuity, unprofessionalism and low-social standing. But, over the past few years, tattoos have evolved into more of a fashion trend. For example, you’ve got the men inked with a tribal design on their arms while women have an infinity sign tatted on their wrist. Regardless of what you get, tattoos are slowly becoming more acceptable in the workplace and society.
For me, I see tattoos as a work of art. My tattoos are all symbols of the occurrences in my life, so I can pretty much give you a story behind each of them. One of my latest additions is a dragon’s eye. To you, it just looks like a triangular prism. In some cultures, it is a symbol of protection or a balance between love, power and wisdom. For my siblings and I, a dragon’s eye is a tribute to our mother. The three corners represent my sibs and I, where we connect in the middle to show the overall bond that we have with her. Since my mother is a dragon under the lunar calendar, we thought this was entirely fitting.
What also makes this tattoo experience so special is that I had gotten it with my siblings! Well, not ALL of my siblings. This would have been a very cute moment if my brother had gotten it as well, but, unfortunately, he’s too “pure” for permanently inking his body. As my mother would always say, “Don’t you dare taint him with that crap” as I shamelessly try to peer pressure him into getting one.
As you can quite figure out, my mother does not approve of tattoos at all. One of the reasons is because tattoos are permanent, just like how our family will always be “permanently” attached to us no matter what…
Yeah…my mom didn’t buy that argument.