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Tattoos planned for most students

Kimberly Dominguez and Maria Sanchez

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Most Morton East students plan on getting a tattoo at some point in their lives. 

Tattoos have a long history, a tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes, and pigments, either indelible or temporary into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The art of making a tattoo is tattooing. The word tattoo, or tattoo in the 18th century, meaning “to strike”. Since the 1970s, tattoos have become a mainstream part of global and Western fashion, common among both sexes, to all economic classes, and to age groups from the later teen years to middle age. Students that are under age want a tattoo but what they don’t know or forget is that getting a tattoo must be with a parent’s permission. A lot of them decided to get a tattoo on their friend house or any other place that is not safe to get their tattoo. In a random survey of 174 Morton East students, 133 students report they will get a tattoo.  

“I am 16 years old and I got my tattoo when I was 15 years old in a friend’s house it was easy, and I did not need a permission sign from my parents,” junior Kevin Aguilar said.  

Another student feels differently.  

“I love my tattoo.  It represents my family and the religion that I am from. I got my tattoo when I was 18 years old; in my opinion, kids who are under age should wait before getting a tattoo without the permission of a guardian,” sophomore Gerardo Gutierrez said.  

But, the lunch ladies of the school feel that every student is free to do want ever they want to do in their body.  

“I feel we are in a free country where anyone can have a tattoo on their body as long as it’s appropriate or it symbolizes something that is very important”, said Kimberly lunch lady 3A. 

Another student thinks differently.  

“No one should get a tattoo because if you try to donate your blood you won’t be able to do it; the tattoo pigment is bad for our blood and you will not be able to donate blood,” senior Gabriel Santana said.    

Finally, one of our adults tells us about their experience.   

“My tattoo took about five hours; my experience was amazing.  (Tattooing) does hurt, but in the end, the tattoo symbolizes a lot of things to me, and I don’t regret tattooing my skin even though I know it’s sometimes bad for work, or people see you in a bad way,” Marcela Garcia said.  

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  1. Hilda Gonzalez on February 12th, 2019 9:25 am

    I would love to get a tattoo once I am older than 18 years old because it’ll be something with my family and religion. I want to get a cross with the names of y family members that have passed due to cancer. I also want to get the ribbon for breast cancer and stomach cancer for my mom, who is a very strong woman. At the same time, what one of the students said that you won’t be able to donate blood once you have a tattoo makes me afraid of getting one. I want to do more research if it is certain I won’t be able to donate or if I have to wait a certain time period after getting the tattoo.

  2. Zeena Al Herbawi on February 12th, 2019 9:26 am

    I would not want to get a tattoo because getting a tattoo may interfere with blood donations and cause blood-borne illnesses. If a tattoo is not done properly it may get infected and it wouldn’t look nice on the skin. I would not want to get tattoos because there are a lot of things that can go wrong. For example, you can have an allergic reaction to the ink, you might regret your tattoos later in life, and tattoos can cause permanent scarring.

  3. Jesus Cabral on February 12th, 2019 10:20 am

    i personally think that tattoos is something that shouldn’t be something to worried about. if you choose to get a tattoo it wont be affecting anybody but the person itself. Unless, the tattoo may have something that is offensive or inappropriate that can cause violence. Many people that are 18 or younger have already been getting tattoos. most of the tattoos they get symbolizes something important in their life. tattoos are something that i don’t really don’t pay close attention to since I’m not really interested in them. however, if i ever chose to get i personally choose to wait until i become 18 or older to do it legally and i’ll also have permission from my parents.

  4. Sienna G Camargo on February 12th, 2019 11:02 am

    I know many people who have tattoos and for the most part their tattoo has some kind of meaning. I plan of getting a tattoo pretty soon and most likely i’ll get something with meaning because it’ll stay on my body for the rest of my life. And honestly it’s really easy to get a tattoo, but you just have to be careful and precautions of who you get it by because for all you know they don’t have a clean needle or something. I’m 16 and even I know a couple people who do underage tattoos without a parents consent, but i believe there’s a lot of risks you’re possibly taking.

  5. Guadalupe S Vazquez on February 12th, 2019 11:09 am

    I myself believe that getting a tattoo should totally be the person’s choice. We are in a free country and the person who is getting the tattoo has a say in this. Yes, when having tattoos you are not be able to donate blood. I personally want a tattoo and plan on getting it. Yet, my mom tells me not to because what if in the future she needs me to donate blood to her or anyone else. In the end, it is my body and i should be able to make those decisions myself. I do think it is the right thing to ask for parents permission but at the end of the day its your body not theirs. So if you want to get tattooed then go for it! No one should stop you from doing what you want, you are the only one in control of your body. Making any change to your appearance or features to your body needs to be your choice. Soon we are going to be grown adults and making decisions on our own, we gotta start some how.

  6. denise ceballos on February 12th, 2019 11:14 am

    I really enjoyed this article. it had many answers of questions i had about students getting a tattoo. All though both sides have very good solid points, i personally dont think that the students need to have permission from their parents. I also liked how they used people from morton to speak about this, it gave the students with tattoos to tell everyone about their opinion.

  7. Donna Mocha on February 12th, 2019 11:25 am

    I think that a tattoo is a way to symbolize something that means very deeply to you. Personally, I do plan on getting a tattoo but I think that it’s better to wait until I’m older and more wiser to decide. I know that if I get a tattoo right now, I would have not done my research and I would have gone to a place where they use unsanitized needles and other things. I recommend others who are planning to get a tattoo to do the same.

  8. Joseph E Desparrois on February 12th, 2019 1:13 pm

    I would love to get a tattoo. Tattoos are able to express yourself and some may tell stories. I may consider having writing at the top of my back. Maybe a small quote of what someone told me. Although, i am still too young to get one and i may change my mind, but most likely will have one in my 20’s.

  9. Annarosa Alvarado on February 12th, 2019 1:56 pm

    I agree with with mostly what the article says. I think tattoos are very cool and anyone who wants to get them should be allowed. I do agree with having a parents permission if you do want to get a tattoo before you turn 18. If someone wants to get a tattoo of something meaningful to them or just something cool they want on their body I’m all for it.I just hope everyone get their tattoo in a safe environment with someone who knows what they’re doing.

  10. Alexia on February 12th, 2019 2:05 pm

    I think that a tattoo is a symbol of something important to someone. Many people get tattoos as a representation of what they’ve been through, their “story”, a motivation for them to keep striving for things in this world. An example would be my sister, she got a tattoo on her arm that signifies bravery and perseverance. In my opinion tattoo are important to people’s life. I also think that when getting one you shouldn’t need a parent or guardian’s permission.

  11. Jocelyn Torres on February 13th, 2019 12:15 am

    I can see why some don’t want tattoos but think personally its not bad to get them as long as it means something important. Tattoos should be done in a safe way thought and not at a friends house. I think that tattoos shouldn’t be done at a young age thought because you might not like what you got later on.

  12. Jennyfer Reyes on February 13th, 2019 11:27 am

    I agree with other students that if you want to get a a tattoo you should always wait until yon are old enough to get one done yourselves or until you get a parents permission. I think that if you want to get a tattoo you must think about it thoroughly since it is something that will stay with you forever. Some experiences that I have heard are that people who have gotten a tattoo when they were young have regretted it now that they are adults. Some adults have regretted getting a tattoo when they were young because they either haven’t been able to get a job because of the tattoos or they have not been able to go to the school of their choice. So in the end I think that the students in Morton and students in general who want to get a tattoo should wait until they are old enough to make their own decisions.

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