I think that we can all agree on the fact that tattoos usually look pretty cool. They give you an edge, when you may not have one in other regards, and for some people, they can become a way of life, using their body as a canvas to spell out their identity. But as with most things in life, tattoos come with both their pros and their cons and it is not always a good idea to get one.
Sobriety tattoos have been popular ever since people started putting ink to their skin and ever since people started getting sober. They come in a number of different shapes, sizes and types, but probably one of the most popular ones is the sobriety date tattoo.
Now, I will admit that I might just be superstitious but I find that most of the time this is not really a good idea. It is one thing to be proud of the date that you decided to change your life, in fact, you absolutely should be, but inking this into your skin can be a way to set yourself up for failure.
For instance, let’s say you have a month clean and sober and you decide to get a sobriety tattoo that has your sober date on it. What happens if you go back out? You now have on your body, forever, unless you laser it off, a reminder that you tried and failed once before. This constant reminder could be enough to heighten anyone’s guilt level and to a person attempting to get sober, they don’t need any more reminders of the pain from their past.
Not to mention that if you have a date tattooed on your body, and it is visible, you may open yourself up to questions that you don’t want to answer. You may be sitting at your desk at work and your boss says, ‘what’s with that date on your forearm?” Now you have two options, you can just make something up and lie or you can them that it is the date you got sober. While there isn’t anything inherently wrong with doing this, for some people, it could spell trouble later on.
Putting your sobriety date on your body is not the only type of sobriety tattoo that people get, though, and some people choose to put the AA symbol or NA symbol somewhere visible on their body. While this may seem like a commendable thing to do, showing pride for your recovery and not being ashamed of it, doing so can have its drawbacks, especially in the business world.
Having tattoos, in general, can affect your ability to find work, but if you have the AA triangle tattooed between your thumb and index finger, it may lead to unwanted questions early on in your career that could hurt you in the long run. This is because there is still a stigma in this country about what recovery is, and so if the wrong person sees that tattoo, asks what it is, and then finds out that you’re a recovering alcoholic or addict, it could lead to issues that you do not need or want.
There is still another category of sobriety tattoos that people get, that have nothing to do with sobriety, but everything to do with early sobriety, and they are cheap, not thought out tattoos. If you go into just about any sober living house in the country, you will hear someone talking about the sleeve they are going to get. For those of you who don’t know, a sleeve is a basically a tattoo that covers your entire arm or leg. Now a person who is newly sober is usually fairly broke and is usually in a new city. They may or may not have a job and if they do, it probably pays minimum wage, affording them their rent and some food, so any tattoo they get is going to have to be on a budget.
Getting tattoos on a budget is usually a bad idea because it means that the artist you are working with may not be as skilled as someone charging more and when taking into account the fact that these things will be on you forever you probably want to spring for the more expensive artist.
This sort of compulsive behavior and a want to tattoo their entire body, has lead a great many newly sober individuals to get tattoos that they regret almost immediately afterwards, so it is a good rule of thumb to maybe wait a little while in recovery before your start tattooing and make sure that you have the funds to do it the right way.
I believe that it is probably a good idea if you are planning on getting a tattoo to wait a couple of months after the initial thought before you go out and get one. If you think you want your sobriety date, some symbol of your recovery, or just some random tattoo, then sit with that for a while and see how it feels. If after you’ve done research into the tattoo artist you will be using, you have the money in order to do it correctly, and you find that you still want it a few months on, then go out and do so, but try to avoid compulsive tattooing, because it is usually only results in embarrassment or having to spend more money later on to cover it up or remove it.
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