By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter
Everyone has a way of expressing themselves, some people do so with body modifications. Some people choose tattoos.
Tattoos have been one of the more popular body modification that people gravitate towards. This is going to be be most colorful generation of grandparents about 50 years from now.
Whether it is because of a broken heart, an amazing experience, or just because, a lot of people are choosing to have their stories imprinted on them for the rest of their lives.
Kayla Johnson, a Lansing resident, shared her personal story about her first tattoo and only tattoo.
“My 10th-grade boyfriend and I would write love letters to each other and he drew that symbol in one of the letters,” she said. “We broke up and in order to relieve the pain in a good way, I got a tattoo of that symbol.”
The tattoo community is so beautiful, that even people without tattoos encourage the expression.
Kariel McMillan is one of those people who do not have tattoos, but is a firm advocate that tattoos are art.
“I love them. Each one is different and has there own meaning some deeper than others. Each one has a story to tell, some painful some joyous. No single tattoo is exactly the same which in terms relates to individuality,” she said.
“I don’t have any just yet because I am waiting to get a good idea. I feel like if you are going to have someone permanently on your body for the rest of your life, it has to be something that you are going to want to look at for the rest of your life,” said McMillan.
With getting tattoos, people have to think about things like weight changes, age, and even skin changes. The biggest argument people who oppose tattoos have is that they will not look the same when you get older which is very true, some think they will look better because they are now vintage.
“I don’t think that people should regret getting their tattoos even if they are saggy because at one point in time you loved that, or I’d hope you love that because you have that on your body forever,” said Johnson.
McMillan said that people, “knew it was permanent when they got them and I’m sure they’ve faded but I don’t see anything wrong with it. Its their body.”
There are people who oppose tattoos and believe that people are ruining their bodies and not making them better.
Ciara Brown is one of those people who do not believe people should get tattoos because they are “damaging” their bodies.
“Yes, tattoos are nice to look at but think of what you are really doing to your body. That is ink going through your blood stream which cannot be a good thing. The more you get, the more you are damaging your blood stream,” said Brown.
The body, to most people with tattoos, is being seen as a canvass to create a beautiful picture. More people are opening shops and becoming artists to help people express themselves.
Here’s a list of some local tattoo shops for those of you interested in getting some new body art.