IMAG0893There was an opinion featured in the last edition of The Rambler in which Santiago Munoz said tattoos are trendy. He also indicated that tattoos defined people as criminals and junkies. This could not be farther from the truth. Tattoos are just art.

I myself have over two-dozen tattoos, and some are very visible in everyday life. I got my first sleeve, not to state that I have been locked up in prison, because I wanted to honor the time I spent in the Army fighting in the Iraq war.

Tattoos are acceptable in life and in professional business. I have been attending Texas Wesleyan for two years now. I have been on the dean’s list, I have been accepted into two national honor societies, and have been featured on more Rambler TV shows than I can count. In some shows, I have even let my tattoos show proudly.

I strongly disagree with the claim tattoos are trendy. We live in a time when differences are acceptable, and intolerance is not tolerated. If the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s has taught us anything, it is that no one should be judged by how they look, but by the content of their character.

I do agree with  Munoz’s statement that tattoos are earned. It takes someone who is comfortable in their own skin to put something permanent on it. Tattoos are a form of self-empowerment and self-expression. It is a way to let the world know who you are as a person. Every person is unique just as every tattoo is unique. Just like people, no tattoo is exactly the same. Each is different and can represent different things to different people.

We as citizens of the United States of America can no longer accept attitudes like Munoz’s. He seems blind to the reality of what is going on in the world around him. There are tattoo movements which have been going on for decades. Conventions take place weekly all around the country to promote the art of tattooing and the skill of the tattoo artist.

Take a look on Facebook sometime and you will realize millions of people around the world have tattoos, and are fighting for the acceptance of visible ink.

If we, the tattooed community, want full acceptance we must fight ignorance with education and hatred with love. It is important to remember tattoos are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of self-power and pride. For goodness sake Munoz, it is only art.

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