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Isn’t it crazy how having tattoos can initiate conversations between so many people?

I’ve been stopped in the street before, or the cashier in the shop will chat to me about them, or with family and friends…

I recently had my works Christmas party and there was such a variation of people there. I work in the leisure industry so obviously there were a lot of gym buffs there, but also us office folk too.

I noticed one of the managers from the South has a small bicycle tattooed on his hand. A simple question of ‘Does this tattoo have a meaning?’ stemmed into a huge conversation between us. We talked about all our ink and the meaning behind it. We are different in age, gender, hobbies and location, but we had the same views behind how tattoos can help us in life.

It felt lovely to speak to someone so openly and deeply about tattoos, and hearing their reasons and meanings behind their ink felt so nice.

Now, on the complete opposite side, I recently moved to a different team in work and met a whole bunch of new people. One of which is the guy I sit next to. He is Muslim and I have learnt so much about his religion, it’s been fascinating.

One thing that did kind of shock me was the fact that his religion does not allow tattoos at all. He said that he would like to get one, but he is simply not allowed. I do really respect his beliefs and the strength he has to follow this so rigidly and love the life he lives.

A lot of the time, you will find that conversations with un-tattooed people can often lead to them judging you and your ink, but talking to him gives me faith that not everyone is judgemental about tattoos.

However, I have often had those conversations with people telling me that I will regret this when I’m 80…

One of which being with Granddad. He doesn’t get it, I don’t think he ever will and that is simply because that is how his generation have been brought up. He says I’m ruining my look and shouldn’t be covering myself in tattoos. I tell him that to me this is artwork. I’m covering my skin in amazing art done by artists. People have art hung in their homes, why can’t I display it on my body and take it everywhere I go?

Conversations about tattoos can go some many ways, but my favourites are when people can chat openly and respect each other’s opinions no matter what they believe.

Cara –  @dots.and.dreams

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