One of the best reasons for getting tattooed is to provide documentation of your life; the events that have been important to you, have changed you, the qualities you have encountered and embraced, and the people who have had an impact in your life.
Tattoos have become very popular now days. We see them everywhere, but unfortunately much of the work is done out of vanity with designs that don’t mean nor represent squat; they are more of a fashion accessory placed on the body in an attempt to look cute or tough.
GOING OLD SCHOOL
Let’s get old school for a minute. Back in the day tattoos meant something. Sailors would get inked and their bodies would read like an autobiography of their lives. The places traveled to, the events encountered, the women they loved; this was hardcore, old school tattoo representation..
Tattooing now days seems to have gotten lost in sea of modern tribal mess. But you don’t have to go with this current flow. You can go old school and have your ink mean something.
Actor Johnny Depp is an example of someone who has kept the old school tradition of tattooing alive. He has stated long ago that his intention with ink was to document or draw a map of his life, similar to the sailors of old. His tats tend to be single designs each with their own representation as opposed to a mess of ink blotched all together with no rhyme nor reason.
So symbolizing and documenting one’s life through tattoos definitely still goes on. The men and women with their fashion tattoos will be the one’s who will be having major regrets later in life.
But the individuals with representational ink will be the one’s proud of their tattoos later in life, as they reflect on the interesting and perhaps wild, ride they had.