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Why You Should Never, EVER Get a Tattoo!

Tattoos are definitely not something you would consider real beauty. They used to be considered something trashy that only outcasts would get, or rebels from culture, like sailors and prisoners.

Today it seems like almost every celebrity has at least one tattoo. Some have many. Often they have the overused ‘star’ somewhere on their body, or a poem of some sort or a Chinese symbol.

In my opinion, tattoos look trashy. I wonder how a beautiful celebrity could alter their naturally beautiful body that God blessed them with. Most often, people regret their tattoos later on in life. Megan Fox certainly looks as if she did. You can see that she’s getting the tattoo of Marilyn Monroe removed from her forearm (if you check out her modeling shots, she often creatively covers the tattoo with something).

If celebrities don’t get their tattoos removed, the tattoos fade so they look twice as bad and must get redone.

Classic women like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe would never have dreamed of getting a tattoo, and I find it a bit odd that Megan Fox would get one of Marilyn Monroe. If you look closely, you see that the tattoo is a bit cheesy. No wonder she’s trying to remove it (a long and painful process!).

Learn from their mistakes. Please don’t alter your body to get a tattoo that will last forever, when most people change their minds or feel differently about it once they mature.

Just Google “old people with tattoos,” and that might sway you from ever getting one. Here are a few pictures of celebrities with various tattoos, the first series is the infamous star tattoo they all get:

Avril Lavigne also has this disgusting tattoo on her ribs! Who puts a cuss word permanently on their body? It’s so trashy!

And now a few celebrities are getting the word “SHH” tattoo’d on their finger because apparently they think it’s cute:

And the most heartbreaking of them all is Angelina Jolie’s tattoos: I wish she didn’t destroy her beautiful body with them!

What do you think of tattoos? Are you going to get one? Learn from these celebs’ mistakes, and don’t! In the long run, you’ll be grateful that you kept your body tattoo-free.


What do you think about tattoos?

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  1. aine

    Posted by aine on June 26, 2017 at 22:11

    I appreciate different perspectives on a topic, but I just have to disagree with the way you presented your opinion in this post. Your opinion that tattoos are wrong seems to be based on the fact that you personally find them disgusting, trashy, and a symbol of rebellion. I feel like you could have covered this topic from more angles and based your argument on more than just opinion. You included many pictures of “worldly” celebs with their tattoos, but there are plenty of popular Christian artists out there who have non-offensive tattoos. And you said that tattoos carry a “rebellious” feeling, which is certainly sometimes true, but there are plenty of people who get tattooed for reasons other than rebellion. For example, what about someone who gets a tattoo in honor of a loved one? Even better, what if a person got a tattoo with a Bible verse or Christian symbol? That could be a great conversation starter, giving a chance for that person to talk about God. While tattoos are pretty controversial, I think that blanket statements (“you should never, ever get a tattoo”) are wrong, and that you should instead look at the reasons of the person getting the tattoo. While I don’t have any tattoos, nor do I plan on getting any, I feel that stereotyping all people who get tattoos as “trashy, disgusting, or heartbreaking” is insensitive and unfair.

  2. raesta102

    Posted by raesta102 on May 24, 2017 at 22:17

    If you look closely, you see that the tattoo is a bit cheesy. No wonder she’s trying to remove it (a long and painful process!).
    because apparently they think it’s cute
    has this disgusting tattoo on her ribs!

    Okay, no.
    Judge-y much?
    It’s fine to have an opinion about something. It’s fine to have a belief about something. It’s fine to share your belief about something. Unless it is a tenet of Christian Doctrine involving Jesus, the Trinity, or salvation by faith vs. works, it is not fine to judge other people by your beliefs, make people feel bad, trashy, blemished, or disgusting for having a tattoo or anything else that already said is permanent, or to use such strong, offensive language, e.g. disgusting, trashy, etc., to get your personal opinion across.
    If you had biblical references and support in this post, then fine. But you don’t. This is just your opinion.
    This is just you telling impressionable young girls to think a certain way on a topic without any biblical support, and using their view of you as an authority figure and mentor to influence their personal beliefs (again, with no biblical support mentioned or used).
    This is you spewing your personal beliefs on a Christian website and judging other people based on your definition of beauty. On a website that talks about not letting other people tell you that you aren’t beautiful and being confidant in who you are and standing firm in your beliefs, etc., etc., etc.
    This is not the first time I’ve read a post that I disagreed with personally.
    This is the first time I’ve read a post and felt offended and/or had the desire to stop reading this website.
    I read in a comment that you might not have the same beliefs now. If so, I would recommend taking this blog post down, because you are not saving any souls with this particular message.

    I don’t usually do rants or anything, mostly because I always come across really harsh and mean. I’m sorry about that. I just don’t know how to say everything I’m thinking/feeling in a nicer way while still getting my point across. I was personally hurt, because my mom and I are planning on getting tattoos together before I join the Army, and this really means a lot to me. Some tattoos, like facial tattoos, aren’t attractive at all, but that doesn’t mean all tattoos are bad or look bad or are bad decisions to make.
    So thanks for that.

    There really should be a font for sarcasm…

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by AmeliaBadelia87 on March 30, 2016 at 18:15

    Things I have:

    7 tattoos.

    A 4.0 GPA in college.

    High moral standards.

    Impulse control, critical thinking skills, and the ability to think through my decisions and their consequences without being influenced by teen pop singers.

    A carefully researched theological position on Christians getting tattoos (something this article seems to lack).

    Things I do not have:

    Regrets about my body modifications.

    A star tattoo.

    Enough disposable income to waste on poorly planned tattoos that are not personally significant to me and that I am getting just to be trendy. I am working full time putting myself through school to be a psychologist after all.

    Any desire to be trendy rather than being myself.

    Any desire to alter my own personal subjective beauty standards to make them more like the personal subjective beauty standards of some stranger ranting on the Internet.

    Any desire to pressure strangers on the Internet to conform to my own personal subjective beauty standards by implying that they are less beautiful and less responsible than I am if they don’t.

    But I turn 30 next year, so maybe I’ll “mature” and realize that it doesn’t really matter what I think is beautiful- it only matters what a stranger on the internet thinks is beautiful.

  4. Miku4evr

    Posted by Miku4evr on August 1, 2015 at 19:46

    I have considered getting a tattoo. Something like my name in hebrew on my wrist שָׂרָה or a tiny little cross,my favorite Bible verse or a quote from C.S.Lewis. But its probably something I will never do. I probably will end up getting a lip piercing or maybe snake bites when I turn 18. But I always remember I am 15 and I might change my mind as I grow older. I have a brother who started getting tattoos in high-school and has a new one on his chest. I stalk him on Facebook. 😛 Lol. Ok but anyway. I think there is nothing wrong with getting something thats like scripture but everything else…Meh….not my thing. If you want a tattoo go ahead. Your body right?

    But seriously do people reeeeeallllly want weird tattoos on their bodies when they are 80? I sure wouldn’t want that. :\

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Bahar on July 8, 2015 at 16:12

    I don’t have a problem with tattoos. If you want it, fine with me. Some of them are really awesome too. I love those ones with special meanings, like when a couple gets their names tattooed on each other 🙂
    And no I don’t think you should get any tattoo; some of them…ahem…no thanks 😛 but some are cool. And if you feel like God doesn’t want you to get one, then don’t! But otherwise I have no problem with them.

  6. HayHay

    Posted by HayHay on June 30, 2015 at 20:28

    Tattoos can also be an expression of who we are however. I really wanted to get a tattoo saying something like “Daughter of the King”. I don’t want it to be trendy or anything like that but I want it because I want to symbolize the permanence of my relationship with God. Just like the tattoo is there on my body forever constantly reminding me of who I am in God, so is my relationship with God always going to be there. I would never regret a tattoo like that. And I definitely wouldn’t consider it trashy.

  7. Juanita11

    Posted by Juanita11 on May 24, 2015 at 00:20

    I have had ideas for tattoos.I would never tattoo something one my face, but I will consider getting one.
    It is just an appearanc.

  8. K@ty

    Posted by K@ty on April 19, 2015 at 07:56

    While I agree that tattoos with no real meaning are somewhat pointless and in some cases can be trashy, there are circumstances in which tattoos are perfectly acceptable. My two oldest brothers are both in the navy and I have many extended family members who were in the service and I know many service members who have tattoos either of their branch or an eagle or something like that and that is entirely different that having a tattoo of a random word or picture just because you felt like it.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kasey on September 8, 2014 at 17:10

    I’m appalled that you put Audrey Hepburn, a lady who in her later life became a humanities worker, and Marilynn Monroe, queen of playboy in the same grouping.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kasey on September 8, 2014 at 17:09

    I would never get a tat to be trendy, I would get one that held a lot of meaning to me.

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by LyndsayJoell on August 5, 2014 at 15:58

    As someone with a lot of body modifications, I just wanted to say a few things.
    Yes, I am a Christian and yes I know it says in Leviticus not to get them. That particular passage is irrelevant to anyone with tattoos or they wouldn’t have gotten them.
    If you think my tattoos (or anyone else’s tattoos) are trashy or ugly, I don’t care. They don’t care. I believe that tattoos enhance beauty. They are the only thing you take to the grave with you. Honestly we hear it soooo many times a day, we tune it out.
    Lastly its honestly no ones business what anyone else does with their body. (If that sounds mean I swear I don’t mean it that way). If you don’t like tattoos don’t get any. It’s simple as that. Aren’t we all taught not to pass judgment based on ones looks? Body mods are no different:-)

  12. lovegod123

    Posted by lovegod123 on June 25, 2014 at 16:28

    They look cool but I would NEVER EVER get one but the designs are pretty

  13. feministgoddess

    Posted by feministgoddess on January 5, 2014 at 19:40

    Do what you want. You define your own beauty. Don’t let archaic rules get you down, man. Tattoos are different choices for everyone.

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by lordslady108 on November 25, 2013 at 14:13

    I’m not exactly a tattoo person, but I have a friend who got a beautiful cross in a perfectly modest place as a reminder of her faith. Sure it might not look great when she’s old, but I’d hardly call it trashy or anything like that.?

  15. Rose of Emerlandia

    Posted by Rose of Emerlandia on November 8, 2013 at 12:19

    Oh, and I noticed your little poll doesn’t have an option for “I have a tattoo” or “I love them and I’m getting one”. We love you anyway, but wow, Nicole.

  16. MereMere

    Posted by MereMere on November 8, 2013 at 12:14

    I think it depends on the tattoo and the meaning behind it. I completely agree that getting a curse word tattooed onto one’s body is dirty and wrong but I’m not sure how I feel about a meaningful tattoo. I guess Id rather get a significant piece of jewelry or something to make a statement rather than a tattoo. I’m not sure

  17. Rose of Emerlandia

    Posted by Rose of Emerlandia on November 8, 2013 at 12:14

    Badly done. I agree that people often regret getting tattoos and that they can get seriously nasty when people get old, and I would never get one. But it’s not right to make the generalization that all tattoos are trashy or rebellious. That is almost purely a cultural idea. An old one that has passed. When I saw the title for this article I thought you were either joking or had some actual biblical insights I hadn’t known about before. I agree with the other comments; I know there are plenty of Christians with tattoos and there are many verses, crosses etc. that are very nice and can lead to evangelism. I think the only real issue with tattoos is whether or not they are appropriate (placement on a person’s body, language, message, imagery). I don’t like make-up, won’t wear it, think other people are better off without it because God made us look the way we are. But there is nothing in the Bible against it so I have no right or reason to tell people it is wrong. Same for tattoos. It is a personal choice. A better article perhaps would warn of the permanence and how tattoos get distorted and people change their minds, like yours does, but leave off the judgment. Perhaps encourage henna as an alternative.

  18. jordy724

    Posted by jordy724 on November 7, 2013 at 06:33

    This article actually makes me want to stop using this site…this is so sad. Some of the most godly people I know (men and women) are covered in tattoos. I have several, including the word “forgiven” with a cross next to it on the inside of my left arm. My tattoos have actually helped me reach more people for Christ, because they see them and ask what they mean. My other ones represent different struggles I have gone through that God has helped me with…and I just read an article on a Christian website that tells me I look trashy and disgusting. Thinking of deleting my profile now.

    • Mandi Pi

      Posted by Mandi Pi on November 13, 2013 at 10:54

      I’m sorry. 🙁 Honestly, I think Nicole has changed a lot from when she first started this site (this article was written in 2011). I mean, if you look at a ton of the older posts from 2011-2012, she seems really judgmental and not really the same person she is now. :/ I think that honestly, if you asked her her thoughts on them today, she would have a different answer. I am sorry your offended…Please don’t be though! I agree with you, lots of pastors at my church and tons of other people I know have tattoos that represent different things about their faith! 🙂

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by Mariemoore25 on November 7, 2013 at 00:00

    I want to get an angel tattoo for religious reasons soooo does that make me a bad Christian?? according to this article it does

  20. zoeylovesjesus

    Posted by zoeylovesjesus on November 5, 2013 at 16:36

    i want a small cross tattoo on my right ankle
    thats all

  21. rileyyjane

    Posted by rileyyjane on November 1, 2013 at 14:07

    I don’t know if I want to continue coming to this site after reading this article. Calling celebrities “trashy” because of how they look?! Is this really the judging view you want the young girls on this site to have about people? Everyone is beautiful even if they have a star on their wrist or a word on their back. You’re teaching girls to judge people and label them as “trashy” and “disgusting” because of a tattoo. That’s not right

    • Mandi Pi

      Posted by Mandi Pi on November 13, 2013 at 11:03

      I’m sorry. I agree with you’ll, lots of pastors at my church and lots of other people I know have tattoos that represent something about their faith! I honestly agree that the article sounds judgmental, but I can promise you that Nicole really isn’t anything like that! I know that Nicole (and anyone else on PI) wouldn’t mean to hurt/offend/judge anyone. I mean, I understand if your feelings aren’t change since it DID unintentionally offend you, but I don’t want want you to go away with a complete wrong idea about Nicole and/or PI.

    • jordy724

      Posted by jordy724 on November 7, 2013 at 06:37

      Completely agree with everything you just said…