(SNN) - So, your teenage daughter decided she wants a tattoo. For some parents, their first reaction is disgust, with a stern “no.” Tattoos have their share of misunderstanding. For other parents it's “Oh, that's nice honey.” With no thought whatsoever to the of kind tattoo she will come home with or where she plans to display it, for that matter.
So what would be the responsible thing for a parent to do? You don't want her to get just any tattoo, like a Tat on her ass or a poorly translated Chinese symbol. Ask questions, get involved, help her to choose the right one that will translate a significant aspect of herself.
Tattoos as a form of art.
Tattoos are truly an individual piece of art. Their history and purpose vary based on the human canvas.
What message the person wants to convey may be based on an inspiration or a way to display respect for others. The exquisite designs display messages without the need for verbal expressions. It is so important to fully understand the meaning associated with the design before making the decision to proceed with ink.
Each design has a very strong meaning.
Let us take for example, the Angel Tattoo. Historically, it is a representation of spirits that link heaven and Earth. Popular meanings include keeper of safety, protector, and guardians. Closer to the heart is the Rose Tattoo, which is one of the most popular tattoos in the world. By itself it signifies love, beauty and fertility. Paired with other objects its meaning changes. These are just two examples of thousands of tattoo expressions. Choosing wisely is essential, because the moment you get inked, it becomes a permanent statement.
So what or who inspired your daughter?
It could be to express her religious views or maybe her stance on environmental issues. It could be that she saw the beauty and expression of a tribal belly dancer, such as Rachel Brice. Brice is a contemporary tribal fusion belly dancer who first fell in love with belly dance when she saw the famous Hahbi'Ru in the early nineties. When she saw big, gorgeous, proud women with strong carriage and charisma adorned with spectacular antique tribal jewelry, tattoos, and rich textiles, it changed the way she saw beauty. Brice expresses herself with a tattoo across her abdomen. Her tattoo, in Sanskrit, means “Practice becomes firmly grounded when continued for a long time, without interruption and with reverent devotion.”
Our world around us has changed with the influx of cultural homogenization. Having an open mind will help you as a parent, understand your daughter's desire to be part of a ever changing, diverse society.
Respecting a daughter's decision to be part of a culture she was not born into may be the hardest for some parents to accept.
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