I love hearing the inspiration behind the art on someone's body. Although, sometimes people don't want to share their stories, and that's okay too. It can be a deeply personal thing. I think that if you're going to get a tattoo, get it for you, not for what other people will think. Something I hear all the time from people is: your body is perfectly beautiful without tattoos... and some people with tattoos might completely agree with that statement. But for the ones that get tattoos because it makes them feel more beautiful, I think that's awesome too; finding what helps you love yourself is wonderful.
People get tattoos for many different reasons and my story is just one. For me, my tattoos are a way to take the creativity and inspiration from inside my soul and make it visible. I find it so easy to get confused or lost in thoughts and feelings, but a tattoo - whether that's a word or image - is a concrete thing that will stay with you forever. So, my tattoos are a little glimpse inside of my soul. They are little pieces of my story and remind me who I am.
Both my tattoos have so much meaning in them and were carefully thought out. My first one, which I got in May of last year, is the word hope on my wrist with a butterfly. I explain the meaning behind it in my post Always Need Hope. My newer tattoo, which I got in May of this year, is a lotus flower on my left foot. My left leg is the one that I've had 10 surgeries on, and May 10th 2014 marked 10 years since the first surgery. There's a quote that I absolutely love, and I think about it and what it means to me every time I see my lotus flower...
"If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong" ~Masaru Emoto
Anyway, back to my answer to the question from the beginning of this post - I'm not worried that having a tattoo will affect jobs because if someone has something against me being the person I am, than I don't want that job. I'm also remaining optimistic that soon enough we'll stop judging each other based on physical appearances.