Tattoos have always been popular, but their presence seems to have reached a new level of popularity with so many celebrities now embracing body ink. But do real moms have the same luxury of being able to sport tattoos and not be judged or do they need to worry about what others think? We asked several moms to give us their true feelings on the tattoo topic. Most embrace tattoos -- within reason.
New Jersey resident Lizz Fass, a 37-year-old mom of two, has two tattoos and wants to get one more -- but will use caution. "Celebrities are afforded the luxury of people overlooking such things as piercings and tattoos," Fass says. "In the real world, you are still judged by your appearance. A human resources manager will still think twice about hiring you if you don't project the professional image they are looking for." In the office setting, tattoos are still not considered professional, Fass adds. "So as much as I'd love to get one say on my ankle or wrist, I know I won't because that won't look professional. Some may say I'm a hypocrite but I don't feel I am. I like to keep my personal life just that, personal. So I have always had them placed where they could be covered with my work attire."
Meanwhile, Joanne DiStasi, a 39-year-old NJ-based photographer and mother of two boys, views tattoos as a way to express her creative side. "My tattoo journey started when I was 20 and got my first three tattoos. I currently have one on my lower leg, an ankle bracelet, my back, both wrists and am starting on half sleeves. I love tattoos and being an artist I feel it is one of the very best ways to express yourself and your creativity," she says.
"I have a few tribute pieces to my mom and brother both of who have passed away. I have a piece I am sketching for my boys' names that I am very excited about. My kids love my ink and enjoy looking at them and pointing out when they see others that have them."
Still, she admits that others probably don't feel the same way. "I used to work in an office for a long time and it was always something that would cause eyes to roll. Even though it has no impact on your job performance, people do label you. I think it's a beautiful piece of artwork that you use to display on your body. I don't regret any of my tattoos and only regret not getting more sooner."
If you are going to get a tattoo, remember ladies, they are permanent, so choose whatever design or artwork wisely. Chicago mom Kelly Finnigan, an animal behaviorist and rescuer, likes tattoos but only if they have significance. She also prefers them out of sight and is urging her daughter to abstain from marking her body.
"I got one as a teen and I despise it. I have another one on my [backside] and love it. So, I guess I'm torn. If it's right and has a significance that will last, yes. It's a hard choice because your tastes change. Also, I attend a lot of black tie events and I prefer a clean body. Not a clunky rose on my ankle. I like that the one I do like is out of sight -- except for those intimate times."
Similarly, Fass, while she says she has no regrets over her tattoos, admits her first tattoo is constantly being confused with a pretzel. "That's very annoying. But I know what it is and am the first to correct anyone who doesn't see it. The second [tattoo] is very rarely seen with the exception of my husband or back doctor. I'm very happy with that one."
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