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  Tattoos. People either love them or they hate them. Personally, I am one of those that loves them and have three of my own. I view tattoos as artwork. They allow an individual to tell a story with their body, and it is ultimately a form of expression. Not everyone sees them as such, and a lot of companies/jobs forbid any kind of visible body art. Tattoos can sometimes make or break a person’s chance of getting hired for a job if they are applying for a high profile position. The more artistic the industry, the more likely tattoos are embraced and sometimes even encouraged amongst employees. However, they are not yet accepted by all. 

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Believe it or not, the Bible actually has a verse claiming that ‘thou shall not tattoo themselves," It is no secret that many claims in the Bible are outdated, so I doubt that everyone getting ink is destined to go to hell. Our generation is welcoming and accepting of tattoos. I remember my first year of college, I was shocked to see so many of my peers with tattoos, but then as time went on, I understood the addiction. After you get one, the excitement for another almost immediately sets in. 

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I think it makes someone even more unique when they decide to get a tattoo. They are lifelong ‘scars’ and they are tailored to you. Sure, there are popular designs that some may call cliché, but it is all a matter of what you want and what you like. 

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For anyone that has been debating getting a tattoo, or has a design in mind, I recommend waiting a full year before going. That gives you time to decide whether or not you truly love it, and if you really want it. It also gives you time to save up, because they can get pretty pricey depending on size, color, and the intricacies of the design itself. 

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Think before you ink!  

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Nicola Paerg

Sacred Heart '21

My name is Nicola Paerg. I am a senior at Sacred Heart University pursuing a degree in Communications-Advertising and PR, and minor in Management studies. Throughout my career as a SHU student, I have written for our school newspaper for the Arts&Entertainment section, then the following year I served as the Advertising manager for the publication. Additionally I interned with our D1 Men's Ice Hockey team, serving as an intermissions event coordinator and game advertiser. Following that I worked as a social media intern for the club CrossFit team, while actively competing as a team member. I am very devoted to pop culture and celebrity news, and enjoy all that the media has to offer. I look forward to writing for Her Campus and hope everyone enjoys any contributions that I make :)
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