Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Think long and hard before getting a piercing

PUBLICATION: The Ottawa Citizen
DATE: 2005.05.10
PNAME: City Editorial
BYLINE: Mona Harb
SOURCE: The Ottawa Citizen
ILLUSTRATION: Photo: Wayne Cuddington, The Ottawa Citizen / Mona Harb saysyou shouldn't make permanent fashion statements when you are young that you are likely to regret when you are older and in a position of responsibility.


Think long and hard before getting a piercing


My parents are always saying that I should take my time and think before I make a decision that I could regret later in life.

They have told me that tattoos and piercings are trashy and look unprofessional. I recently got my eyebrow pierced and this really upset my dad. What he doesn't know is that I did have him in mind when I made my decision and that I did make a responsible decision.

The legal age to get tattooed without parental consent in Ontario is 18 -- for a reason. By that age, you can make more responsible decisions. There's less chance you will be using a tattoo as a way to impress anyone or to annoy a certain person who gave birth to you. If that's the only reason for getting a tattoo, you will regret it, for sure.

A tattoo fashion statement you want to make now should be one you won't regret in 10 or 20 years when you are a chief executive officer of a big corporation and a mother, yourself, of teenagers. Although laser removal is an option, it's a costly and unpleasant way to fix a mistake.

The nicest looking tattoos and the ones that are least regretted are the ones that have meaning behind them.

My parents are right that tattooing and piercing has a tendency to evoke an unprofessional image. That's another reason for knowing what message the tattoo makes about you. You might want to get it on a place that can be covered easily if need be. You don't see many professionals with forehead art or a "Born to be wild" tattoo on the back of their hand.

There is a lot to think about before getting a tattoo or a piercing, including your parents' input. Like all decisions, the more time you take to think about it, and the more informed you are, the better.

Mona Harb,



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have my own horror story about getting my tongue pierced. After having it pierced, I was in a lot of pain and the thing got infected. After being forced to take antibiotics to get rid of the infection, I chipped a tooth on the ring. So I decided to scrape the tongue ring/psuedo rebel look and go back to being myself sans the body holes.

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