The Needle and The Damage Done

The needle and the damage done

Our flesh covers our bones and embodies our souls.

I saw a disturbing tattoo on a barely seventeen-year-old girl. It was of a twisted tree with the word “imagine” under the cascading leaves. I asked myself, imagine what? The pain? The cost? The meaning? The significance? Finally I imagined what her grandchildren would think of such a garish tattoo. I seriously wondered how many people would be given the chance to be inspired by the body ink given its private location…left hip to 3rd intercostals rib.

I am all for freedom of expression but what message is being expressed with an eighteen inch tree on the side of a seventeen year old girl.

How many of us need to see the word “imagine” under an airbrushed tree to remind us to imagine? When she looks in the mirror the tattoo will read back to her “enigami.” Near as I can tell there is no hidden meaning there.

My point is this. Be mindful when choosing to decorate the already beautiful wrapping you came in. I have seen artistic memorials on shoulders and reminders of hard times and triumphs on someone’s back. I have even admired the wedding ring inked on a friend.

There is a place for tattoos and often times the expressions of images or words on the human body have great meaning and significance to those that are adorned by them. The need for ink or the status is brings to those with it will no doubt change in the next century. I sense a trend, that of a need to be trendy. In particular with regard to body ink and the infiltration of this trend to the not yet ready for prime time youth embracing it.

I would never tell anybody what to do or not to do with their own bodies, I will only recommend, based on my experiences, to make wise and informed decisions. How many kids in tattoo parlors have asked their elders what they think of their “tats” 25 years or even 50 years after the initial great idea.

To be inspired and to want a permanent reminder is awesome. I am only pointing out that the need to be impetuous or trendy not factor into the lifetime decision to carry the image or words with you.

Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives. www.JeffYalden.com

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