Everyone is getting a character tattoo! Everyone! The “vogue” is not limited to one nation or even one hundred nations either. Globally, everyone is getting a character tattoo.
No, I am not exaggerating. Keep reading.
Three Kinds of Character Tattoo
If you ask a colleague if he or she already has a character tattoo, you may not get a clear answer. People tend to assume they know what you mean, but character tattoos fall into many different categories. A quick look at just these three categories will show what I mean.
1. Character tattoos ~ that represent creatures (characters) from cartoons, anime, video games, etc. Many people pay to have animation characters, whether charming or grotesque, inked on their bodies. Each of these character tattoos conveys a message, a glimpse into the wearer’s inner self. One wearer described a Peter Pan character tattoo as a reminder never to leave behind the wonder of childhood. Another said the motivation for a grotesque video warrior tattoo was to protest his parents’ and society’s demands.
2. Character tattoos ~ that represent words (characters) from foreign languages. Some decide to have words in Chinese or Japanese characters tattooed on their bodies. These character tattoos also communicate a message, but it may or may not express what you intended. One British teenager paid for a Chinese character tattoo of the words “love, honor, and obey” on his upper arm. Imagine the shock when a Chinese person explained to the teen that the tattooist had actually used characters that said, “At the end of the day, this is an ugly boy.”
3. Character tattoos ~ that represent symbols (characters) from religion. A great number of people choose to have religious characters placed (semi) permanently on the body. These tattoos telegraph messages as loudly as do the above. Ask a lady wearing a cross or angel tattoo, and she might say it testifies to her religious faith. Ask a man about the cross or other religious character tattoo he wears, and he may well say he wears it for protection from an adversarial gang or other danger.
As you can see, asking a colleague if he or she already has a character tattoo may not result in a clear understanding. You must ask if he or she has one of the unavoidable character tattoos.
Unavoidable Character Tattoos
Character tattoos of the sort under discussion never fall into a category of optional accessories. They are unavoidable – inevitable. Everyone receives them, like it or not. Acquaintances in the U.S., Japan, and New Zealand all got them. You cannot escape getting a character tattoo.
Children, too, will be getting these character tattoos. If you are a teacher, you should be aware of that. If you are a parent, you should be mindful of that. Parent, teacher, or other adult who interacts with children should be alert – watchful and knowledgeable about these tattoos.
Not Marks on Our Skin
Here is the point. These character tattoos do not consist of (semi) permanent body modifications. These character tattoos comprise modifications to our innermost beings.
Each time you or I perform any act, we record a mark on the moral pattern of our hearts. We cannot escape it. We cannot cry out against a mark, and avoid having it added to the pattern. No. One by one, from the day of birth until the day of death, we add inescapably to our tattoo.
• Bend the truth during a discussion, and your tattoo records dishonesty.
• Engage in spouse – bashing, and the tattoo colors in disrespect.
• Lose your temper and shout at another person, and ink on lack of self-control.
• Shirk your job, or do it half-heartedly, and color yourself irresponsible.
You get the picture, I’m sure. Those closest to you at home or in the workplace get the picture, too – the emerging pattern of who you truly are. You are…
~ a person of strong character,
~ a person of weak character, or
~ a person lacking in character.
Every person on Earth is getting a tattoo, but the recipient determines the pattern.
Although I’ve never visited a tattoo parlor or tattoo art studio, common sense dictates an important first step of deciding on a design. Choose a design based on what other people like, and you fool yourself. Other people don’t have to live with it, but you do – until you die. You need to think about what you want a skin tattoo to say about you.
The same is true with your character tattoo. You will get that inescapable character tattoo, but you can choose the design. Think about what you want your character tattoo to say about you. Do you want a motif showing a total lack of character or a work of art that shows strong, steadfast character? The choice is yours.
Keep an eagle eye on the progress of your character tattoo. If you see a harsh line of untrustworthiness appear, redouble your efforts to become more trustworthy. Should a small blob of ingratitude drop on the design, work hard to build gratitude into your life. What if a dark angle of hatred appears? Focus every effort to lavish on bright shades of love – the character trait that sacrifices self in order to do what is best for the other person.
Your Personal Tattoo
Your personal actions continue to ink a personal tattoo on your inner being as long as you live. Never let down your guard, thinking your design is complete. Build character daily, and you will have a character tattoo worthy of the name.