Oct 2, 2014

Peace, Love, & Tattoos.

***Caution: might be controversial***

I think most of you know that I have tattoos. I have had them for several years now and I am going to give you my two cents as to being an active Latter Day Saint(Mormon) with tattoos.

I haven't always been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mostly because I was being selfish and prideful. Sounds so cliche but I had convinced myself I was better off without the gospel. It took a few years and I was proven VERY wrong, after hitting rock bottom. I had my life planned out with Andy and I knew what I was going to do. We had our plan and I didn't have a backup plan. Why would I need one?! Trust me- ALWAYS have a backup plan. I had to come up with a whole new plan after ending things with Andy. This was a serious blessing to me and my life. I changed everything for the better! Anyway, I wasn't at my best in life when I got them. Thats the best back story I can give to the World Wide Web.

There are struggles that come along with having tattoos: (even with mine being small)

For work I am asked to cover my tattoos because I represent the University. I completely understand this and do my best to comply with the request. I do struggle because that usually means I have to do my hair! Those who truly know me, know I hate doing my hair.

One of the other struggles I have faced on a rare occasion is someone telling me we can't be friends because I have tattoos. They don't want to be associated with someone who has tattoos. To me, those people don't deserve to associate with ME.

The last one I will mention is the most obvious of all- the initial judgements others make. Those snap judgements annoy the crap out of me. I understand the stereotypes of people with tattoos are generalizations. That doesn't make it any better it still targets individuals.

Moral of the story. I have tattoos. I do not regret them. They teach me and remind me so much every time I see them. I know who I am and what I stand for. They are now a part of me. I will probably never get them removed but they do not dictate who I am in the church or what my standing in the gospel is.

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