What Am I In For?

I am a 42 yr old woman, with a Maters degree & have been teaching a wide range of students for the last 20 years.  I have always been intrigued by tattoos but never had a "Reason" to get one.  After the last 3 years of fighting educational /administrative politics while trying to help more disadvantaged students, I have had a reality check on the time I have wasted on trying to induce change.... clearly - I could have been spending more time with my 2 kids and husband.   I am in need of a readjustment of my priorities and have decided a tattoo which represents the ballance I need to find between my profession and my family fun.   My husband is not thrilled with the idea- he is a wonderful- supportive man ( He supported me when I wanted to buy my first Harley sportster last year :) ) but he is not happy about hte Tattoo -- I was supposed to be inked tonight and my artist cancelled b/c of a sick daughter.... so I will be inked in 10 days... I found info on the net last night about peoples attitudes which are still carrying the old stigma of tat's.  I thought that attitude was not so prevalent anymore but it is alive and well.  My husband would fall into this catagory - i even explained the story behind the tat - and he respected that but I think he is worried with how it will reflect on me in the community.  I plan to get it on my shoulder so I can hide it or show it as I feel.  It is funny how something I see as so meaningful, can be assumed to be shallow by others-- so all you people with the tat's you love -- what am I in for?? Am I destined to be judged by professionals who find out -- or parents who disapprove? - (b/c I am a teacher I am considered an indentured servent and cant have the liberties of normal adults..... }:{

swmn swmn
41-45, F
4 Responses Mar 27, 2009

OK - I'll keep talkin' to my hubby and work on him -- getting inked on the 8th so we have a few days ;)

I have a four year old daughter. ;) In today's world her wanting a tattoo is the least of my problems. <br><br />
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I have more tattoos than I can count without using my fingers and toes. I was actually looking at some of my pictures today trying to find some to put on EP when I realized I have a couple of tattoos I forget I even have. (maybe I'll have to write an experience on that one)<br><br />
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Your Hubby is the one I'd concern myself with the most if I were you, his impression and feelings should never be discounted. <br><br />
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You sound like you are on top of the parenting food chain so the kids should be just fine. :p

thanks for your support -- <br />
I am pretty solid in my position at school and most everyone gives me a lot of lattitude professionally b/c I know what I am doing and the kids / parents love me.. I dont intend onthis being a show stopper pc that I show off at school - but once im out the doors all bets are off! I have a lot of thought and conviction behind my tat and I dont care what they think... I know I might sound like a smart a$$ now - I just hope the conviction I feel will continue to remain strong - as I already have another tat I'd like to have... It comforts me to hear your wife has one-- I am curious if you have one too -- I worry most about my hubby and impressionable kids... how old are your kids?? do you worry they will jump in too soon in exploring this art?

*sigh* Where do I start? <br />
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People are very narrow minded. Especially in a professional setting. <br />
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Is it the end of the world? No. <br />
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My better half is a teacher as well. She has an adorable tattoo on her shoulder of a precious moments style dragon. She is planning to get a couple more that have meaning for her in the future. <br />
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The important thing for her and I would expect for you as well because of your profession is to keep your art in a position where it can be concealed in environments you feel it may cause an issue. <br />
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I think it's awesome that you are expressing yourself and that you are keeping yourself relevant in your own world. Good luck!