Students use tattoos to express themselves

Hanna Clark displays her sun tattoo.

Although tattoos are a big commitment, the age requirement for tattoos is becoming more relaxed and students are taking advantage of this opportunity.

“I got my first tattoo once I turned 18,” says Luella Gesky, Physical and Wellness Education teacher. “If I could, I would totally take that tattoo away.”

The problem with getting a tattoo at a young age is that as you grow and change as a person, feelings of regret can arise.

Getting a tattoo as a teen can be exciting, but it is important to be cautious about where and why you’re getting it.

Not only will regret weigh heavy on your conscience, but there are health risks as well. “There is a risk of hepatitis and other blood-born illnesses if you don’t go to a clean place that uses sterile needles,” says Gesky.

On the other hand, tattoos can look really cool at and often are very symbolic.

“When I was 18, my mom, siblings and I got a matching tattoo of the sun on our ankles,” says Hannah Clark, senior. “My mother has the moon, my siblings have the stars, and I have the sun.”

Considering how you will be viewed by society based on your tattoo is crucial. It can possibly jeopardize your chance of getting a reputable job.
Ultimately, it is your body and some tattoos are very sentimental. If you feel like getting one, nothing should stop you. Just remember to carefully think it over before getting one and try to start small.