“I am a canvas of my experiences, my story is etched in lines and shading, and you can read it on my arms, my legs, my shoulders, and my stomach.”
― Kat Von D.
We’ve talked about tattoos from an artist’s point of view on my previous article but, this time, let’s talk about it from someone who actually has some.
I got the chance to do a little Q&A with a good friend of mine, Peter Alec Galvez to talk about why people are quick to judge when they see someone with tattoos and he also shared his story about how he got his.
1. When was the first time you got a tattoo?
“The first time I got the tattoo was around 2013 when I was hanging out at my friends house, we were so bored and all of a sudden one of our friends showed up and said “let’s get tattoos!”, I immediately sat up and said “let’s do it!” It was both a YOLO thing but we’ve been talking about it for awhile already. It just happened to be an opportune time.”
2. Why did you get a tattoo?
“I got it because my friend and I have been talking about it for awhile and also I wanted to have something that spoke more than words ever could. A tattoo for me is the ultimate form of self expression, which I whole heartedly believe in (as long as it has meaning).”
3. Did your family approve?
“I’d say it’d have to be mixed. The first time they saw it they were shocked but not mad, they just kept telling me every time I get a tattoo, “last na yan ha (that should be the last)” and I kept saying “hmmm (neither confirming or denying)” lmao
4. Why do you think its frowned upon to get a tattoo at some places?
“In my opinion it’s because that sometimes people think that getting a tattoo immediately associates you with being a bad person, either you’re from prison, do drugs, a trouble-maker of some sort. Yes, some people are open for change, others are just simply closed minded.”
5. Why do you think most people don’t like tattoos?
“It’s just simply relating to the things that aren’t always true. It doesn’t mean that if you have a tattoo you can’t have a job, can’t be respected, your opportunities are limited and so on. Also others think it looks dirty, they say that because they don’t understand or maybe they just don’t want to understand why people do it.”
6. Why do you think some companies don’t hire people with tattoos?
“It’s my belief that some companies don’t hire people with tattoos if they’re in the field of constant interaction with people. They don’t want people talking about the integrity of their company by hiring people with tattoos because the closed minded people out there would see it as a very unprofessional thing to have in some industries. These companies are few now since most people are opening their eyes on not judging people by how they look.”
7. What is a tattoo for you?
“It’s the ultimate form of self expression, it’s sometimes a symbol of ones experience, or sometimes words that have deep meaning of emotion or ties to someone dear.”
Lastly, give some advice to people who would like to get a tattoo.
My advice would be;
– make sure of what tattoo you want to get, don’t go half assed because that will be with you for the rest of your life.
– be well informed of how to take care of your tattoos especially when they’re healing, pain chart for tattoos as well.
– be prepared to be explain the meaning of your tattoos to people who ask even though it’s obvious as to what the tattoo is all about.
There are different reasons why people get tatted. Like what kuya Alec said, it’s a form of self expression. Yes, there are other ways to express ourselves like, singing, dancing, acting, painting, photography, videography, poems and such and they’re all permanent too if you ask me. Why? Because all the songs, paintings, videos, photographs and the things you write are all out there for the world to see and they’re also stuck with you until the day you leave this planet. So, how are tattoos any different?