Ms Khoury asked, 'Can you get meaning out of a tattoo? ... at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that's it.'
When I read the original article, I did so with my jaw glued to the floor. I can barely conceive of the fact that anyone still thinks this way.
I absolutely view my body as a temple, and I adorn it as a temple... Which reminds me of something else Ms Khoury said about what she thought a woman should do if she was not happy with her temple, 'She's not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends.'
If she is not happy, she should distract herself with passing trends. She should never commit to anything long term. She should be vapid and shallow and temporary.
Yes, this article riled me up. Not because I read any truth in it but because it was written in ignorance. It was evident Ms Khoury had never asked a woman with tattoos why she gets them, or what she gets from having them.
Women who get tattoos are generally well aware that when they grow old and their skin loses it's elasticity, their tattoos will lose some shape. Everyone who gets tattoos knows the ink fades. While tattoos might be viewed as the domain of the young, more and more women in their late 30s and 40s and older are getting them these days, not to be rebellious, not from lack of foresight, but for far deeper reasons.
So, I thought I'd list 10 reasons why tattoos are worthwhile for women:
- Women's bodies are beautiful and tattoos make people look closer - and not just at a women's boobs or her legs, though also these. Tattoos draw attention to the a woman's arms, her back, her shoulders, the curve of her neck, the soft pale skin inside her elbow. Tattoos highlight these, often overlooked, areas. They also draw attention to the texture of a woman's skin.
- Tattoos show a woman's deep commitment to those she loves, her children, her partner, her friends, her hobbies and interest. When you see a tattoo of a couple of knitting needles in a ball of yarn and the words 'Knit fast, die warm' - you just know that woman loves to knit!
- Tattoos build and build on a woman's self-confidence. You have to be self-confident to wear a visible tattoo in public - especially with the likes of Ms Khoury still walking the planet. You have to believe in your choices and own them.
- Tattoos remind women of hard times; lost babies and friends. And tattoos give a woman an opportunity to talk about those she has lost when someone asks her, 'So, does that tattoo have a meaning?'
- Tattoos can bind a woman to her community forever. Today is the third anniversary of the Black Saturday fires and in the town of Flowerdale men and women have gotten matching tattoos to remember those who died.
- Getting a tattoo, even if it is in a concealed place, only for the woman herself, can be about overcoming a fear. The actual act of sitting and tolerating the pain of getting a tattoo engraved into her skin can be a right of passage with a permanent reminder that she endured.
- A tattoo can be a sacred symbol on the skin which imbues the woman with a sense of strength, good fortune or peace.
- A tattoo can, and often does, mark a time of transition in a woman's life, a time when she learned something knew about her world and her place in it - in the days, months and years that follow, the tattoo serves to remind the woman of that transition and what she achieved in her life.
- A tattoo can bring new people into a woman's life. There have been many occasions where I've struck up a conversation with someone because I liked their tattoo, and likewise others with me because they liked mine. Tattoos are a fantastic icebreaker!
- Tattoos are gorgeous! They are art that people commit to by wearing it on their skin. There are designs to suit every kind of taste; whether you like true-to-life, cartoony or abstract designs. Art inspires and so do tattoos!
Oh and one more, just on a person note!
- For me personally, my tattoos are created by my brother and so when I wear them I'm reminded of him. I am able to wear his artwork wherever I go. This has brought us closer together.