First, just let me say happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there who read this about tattoo’s and thank you for your positive influence on your children. This is a late Father’s day note, and I’m still proud to say thanks to my dad! (wrote after midnight b/c I was playing some card games with my kids:)
My dad had a tattoo. He was in the Navy, and said he got his tattoo while on leave in California. I remember telling him that I couldn’t wait until I could have my own tattoo. I also remember him yelling at me about wanting a tattoo. He had a tattoo and didn’t want me to have one. Honestly, I was confused as a boy, and am still a little confused if I should get a tattoo today. My dad had a tattoo and told me never to get one….???? I learned about hypocrisy. The tattoo my dad had was about being a patriot and loving his country. Whether he wanted to have it or not, he should have expressed the meaning of the tattoo and why he chose the image he had embedded on his skin for his life. (Which I think he may have during my teenage years when I wasn’t listening:)
My first born child was in 1995. I’ve felt as if I’ve influenced a few other kids along the way. All of the kids, I would still call my own children today. Being with 3 different women who already had children. That being said, I’m glad that I’m a dad and glad to be a positive influence on others along the way. My response to any kid who wants to get a tattoo would be this: If you believe you can live with the ink for life with pride and feel as if it’s an expression that you want to explain to others, then go for it. The other thing I would say, is if getting a tattoo isn’t something you are 100% sure you want to do…….WAIT.
I’ve thought about getting a tattoo for many years. Waiting to get a tattoo is okay. If someone is pressuring you to get a tattoo, whether a girlfriend, wife, husband, friend,artist or neighbor. The answer should be always be: I’ll get a tattoo when I’m ready, and I know what ink I want on my body for life. There are many different laser procedures to take tattoo’s off nowadays, but to not have to pay for something twice is always a better way to do it.
Dad told me it was a drunken mistake that he made while on leave with the Navy. I thought it was a pretty damn cool tattoo. It was plain green ink, and was just an eagle doing something dominating. Hell, I don’t even remember what it looked like……at least exactly. Eagle tattoo on his forearm grabbing onto something is all I remember. I think it had something about his unit that he served with, and after my own tour with the military….I wanted a tattoo even more.
So, since I was a kid I was told–“don’t get a tattoo!!” My mom would still tell me that today. And I believe my wife would as well. And I will stand true to myself. I will get a tattoo when I’m ready. I will get a tattoo when the right artist presents me with the ink that I want to have on my body for life. I believe that I will have a tattoo one day. We’ll see, maybe I’ll travel to see you at your shop to have my first tattoo completed.
Tattoo’s are not necessarily for life, but why pay for a tattoo twice. That’s what I’ve always thought anyway.
Happy Father’s day to all the Dad’s out there making their family proud and all the dad’s that have passed, that we miss!
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