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Why It’s Okay That Your Tattoo Doesn’t Have a Meaning

Anyone who has a tattoo can attest that everyone and anyone will ask within the first few minutes of the reveal: “So, what does it mean?”

When told that it has no meaning, except that you like it, people are immediately taken aback. This is usually followed by the usual, “You know that’s permanent.”

Yes, Barbara, I know. If it wasn’t, I would be upset because I paid so much for it.

Here’s the thing, tattoos don’t have to have a meaning. It’s cool to like an artwork enough to put it on your body.

It is your body. It is your choice. Things do not need to have significance to be permanent.

Life is too short to sit around waiting to find something meaningful to place on your body. If you like the design and you are willing to pay for it, then do it.

There are things that remind us of periods of our lives. That one tattoo that you got for the aesthetic can become meaningful later on. It can serve as a beacon of nostalgia. A reminder of who you were before parts of your life changed.

Art is a form of expression. Humans are a form of expression. They can exist together without needing explanation.

So, go out there and live your life. Get the tattoo you think is cool and stop caring about what people think, because at the end of the day, it’s your body and it’s your choice.

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Emily Holter is a Freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University. She studies Mass Communications with a concentration in Print and Online Journalism. She is an avid reader of books, a lover of all things Cher, and a flower enthusiast. Most days, she is tucked away in a coffee shop, sipping on her black coffee and enjoying light conversation.
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