WORDS BY SIMON SMITH
We're pushing out a range of inked shoes. What else are we going to write about?
Here are the four reason why you should get a tattoo...
THEY'RE GREAT CONVERSATION STARTERSLet's face it, you're at a party and you spy an interesting tattoo on a girl's arm. You're intrigued. The orange pirate ship balanced on top of a broken wine bottle with Siamese lettering through the middle may look strange but for her, it holds a story she's dying to tell. Thus, tattoos are great conversation starters and an easy way to break the ice. Unfortunately getting an image or gif to demonstrate this point has be almost impossible which is why we've ended up with this incredibly creepy one.
THEY'RE A FORM OF SELF-EXPRESSIONGetting inked up is a great way to display your individuality without having to speak one word. Tattoos can be both highly creative and personal. That's unless you get "YOUR NAME" tattooed across your arse. That's not creative or personal. Joking aside, where else can you see a living, breathing piece of art? You are what you create and for many, the body is a canvas which is supposed to be used for self-expression. Ok, so the below tattoo is quite extreme but it's undeniably expressive.
THEY BRING OUT WHAT'S IMPORTANTYou're seeing a part of a person's personality that you might not otherwise have found out about. For any person who's has decided to get a tattoo, they've hopefully had a long, hard think about what they're going to get and why. They force you to think of what's important. Below is a shot of Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) from the TV series Prison Break. In the series, Scofield has his torso tattooed with the blueprints of the prison. That's what's important to him. Breaking out of jail.
THEY CAN TRANSFORM YOUR BODYDifferent cultures around the globe have been tattooing their bodies for centuries. They are used for a whole range of reasons that extend far beyond reminding friends and family that you love City. More and more people are turning to tattoo artists to cover unwanted cancer scars, burns and stretch marks that can transform something painful into something beautiful.
Many of you may think this is a negative, and that's understandable. The fact that tattoos are permanent are one of the key reasons people are put off by getting one. But think about it, how many things in your life are temporary? Your jobs, your friends, your apartments, your hobbies. A tattoo is one of the few things that will actually stay with you for your entire life. Look at the guy below. Imagine introducing him to your new girlfriend at the family BBQ.