Tattoos: body art with meaning

By Jana Peterson

Some people show their personality by the clothes they wear, their hairstyle or the car they drive.

Then there are those who show their individuality and life experiences by getting a tattoo.

A decade ago, tattoos weren’t as acceptable as they are now; they have made a huge comeback. They are more popular and accepted than they have been in recent decades.

Tattooists are now considered “fine artists,” and all classes of people seek the best tattoo artists.

The question that arises with Generation Y is whether tattoos will have an effect on their job search or any other aspects in their lives.

Sophomore Oliver Summers has a tattoo and enjoys its style and art.

Junior visual communications major Colin Valerio shows the tattoos on his arm. Each are symbolisms to him.

Junior visual communications major Colin Valerio shows the tattoos on his arm. Each are symbolisms to him. Photo by Matthew Peterson

“I have a sun representing living in the light and not in the darkness and in the middle it says ‘Jesus lives.’”

He has had no problem with his tattoo affecting getting a job because it can be covered by his shirt.

Other students like junior Carissa Lucas had to cover the tattoo on the back of her shoulder when she played volleyball for UMHB.

“My coach said it couldn’t be visible,” Lucas said.

Although Lucas has tattoos on her feet, she regrets getting the one on the back of her shoulder.

“I wish I would’ve gotten it somewhere you can’t see.”

The common question beginning to appear is how to get a tattoo removed.

Dermatology Associates of Central Texas offers laser tattoo removal; they have two locations in Temple and Killeen.

Professional tattoos require five to six treatments while amateur ones require three to four. Dark inks like black and blue and red inks respond the best to the laser treatment.

While oranges and purples usually respond well, green and yellow are the

Junior visual communications major Colin Valerio shows the fleur de lis tattoo on his left calf.

Junior visual communications major Colin Valerio shows the fleur de lis tattoo on his left calf. Photo by Matthew Peterson

most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.

Tattoo removal prices vary by size of the tattoo. Melissa Quintero from Dermatology Associates of Central Texas said anyone interested in tattoo removal should have a consultation to determine an exact price. The quoted prices are for one laser treatment.

“If you are interested in spot treatment, it runs from $125, while tattoos that are ten centimeters square start at $200 and tattoos from 10 to 50 centimeters square run about $400,” she said.

Author: The Bells Staff

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