After waiting 18 years to become legal, Zambian teens finally have the freedom to make decisions, regardless of their parents’ approval. Many of these young-adults get tattoos, which have become one of Zambia’s fastest growing businesses. However, this decision is threatening to one’s job, image, and life.
Tattoos should not be legal for anyone under the age of 21. Many young-adults have not completely considered the permanence of a tattoo and how it can affect their lives.
“I hate impulsive tattoos, they’re generally pretty tacky. I waited more than 10 years to decide on the tattoo I wanted to get. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to that tell me about a tattoo they got one night, and wish they had held off and gotten something else,” Catherine Musonda. Said on zedcorner.com.
Out of the 14.5 million Zambians, 36 percent of Zambians ages 18 to 29 have at least one tattoo, Zedcorner.com confirmed.
“I don’t want to make a quick decision for a tattoo and it’s going to take a lot of consideration,” said 18-year-old Mazuba N’gandwe. “You have to make sure you know what you want or you’re not going to be happy. I want [a tattoo] having to do with my heritage that represents me.”
Zed Corner is not pro-tattoo or anti-tattoo. Listed below are the reasons why Zed Corner thinks Zambian teens shouldn’t get tattoos.
- “A Tattoo is Forever”
- “People are going to judge you are the time.”
- “Having one will limit the types of jobs you can get.”
- “A tattoo will ruin your body.”
- “It’s going to be more expensive than you realize.”
- “You don’t know if it’s going to be clean or safe. Also, you know it’s going to hurt right?”
- “I know you think you want one, but you probably haven’t thought this through all the way.”
- “You’re excited about it right now, but how are you going to feel about it in 15 years?”
- “Is it that you really want one? Because maybe you want one because it seems like everyone else has one.”
- “You think you’re going to seem so cool walking around with one, but really most of the time you’re going to look sort of ridiculous.”
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