People will tell you they got a tattoo to commemorate the dead, to illustrate who they are at the core, or just because it looked cool. But people who get tattoos essentially get them for the same underlying reason. They have accepted their own mortality. Aside from the intended message, a tattoo also says “Life is WAY too short. My body is only temporary so I might as well draw on it while it still belongs to me”.
Some people think that tattoos are a foolish idea. And in fact many people do get tattoos for all the wrong reasons and regret it later. Some people think it’s foolish to willingly mutilate your own body, but what they don’t understand is that’s the whole point. People with tattoos, whether they know it or not, all of them have accepted their own mortality. When you see your body as a temporary vessel, it’s no longer such a big deal to doodle on it. Let me explain.
Most people don’t like to think about the fact that they WILL die someday. It’s depressing, and the more you focus on it the more horrific the reality becomes. However, not thinking about it is even worse. There are alot of people who like to think that they will last forever, that they can stay young forever because they lack the courage to say “Yes. I will die. I am not important. Even if I’m famous people will eventually forget about me”. The refusal to accept your own mortality leads to vanity and corruption, which can only lead to a poorer quality of life and a quicker death.
If you’re invincible, then why be kind to others? Why follow any honorable path at all? This is the wrong way of thinking. Once you accept your own mortality, you grow up a little. You realize that life is short and you start treating people with more respect because you’re not sure how much longer you have and you don’t want to die being known as a douchebag. You become more ambitious because you realize that your time is limited. And if you accept your own mortality, it’s alot easier to get a tattoo. After all, it’s your body and it’s not going to be around for very long. Once you’re dead, your old problems won’t seem like such a big deal after all.
I’m not trying to say that everyone with a tattoo is a model citizen! But if you ever wondered how a person could do that to themselves, now you know. I encourage you to sit yourself down and admit out loud that you will die. It will feel good. You may get inspired to achieve more. After all, once you’re dead you will wish that you tried harder. You will have less drama in your life because you’ll know that life is way too short for it. Overwhelming problems don’t seem so bad, compared to dying. You’ll be more grateful for what you have, which coincidentally is key to getting more. You’ll release your tight grip on materialism and as a result you’ll probably become wealthier. All while having a non-judgemental, drama-free attitude. If you’re sexier than most people or if you’re wealthier, you won’t flaunt it or look down on others. Because you WILL die someday. And when you die, you’ll have nothing, just like everyone else. So think hard about who you really are at the core and what you will stand for with the little time you have. Then go and get a tattoo.