By SARAH LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief

If you have tattoos, you are probably a murderous, ex-con who has escaped from Attica. If you aren’t a murderer, you are most likely a streetwalker like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman before the whole Richard Gere transformation. Ew, why would you put something on your skin forever? You’ll regret those when you’re older…

Dear everyone who has ever said something like that to me before, YOU ARE INCORRECT. Every single time I hear someone talk disgracefully about tattoos, I can’t help but scream, “Is this real life?”

Tattoos can be beautiful works of symbolic art that people proudly display on their bodies. The most telling pieces are those that simply hold significance to an individual.

I honestly don’t think it’s proper for another individual to tell me what I should and should not have on my body, unless you are my mother, who is kind of warming up to the idea that her daughter has two tattoos…so far.

I don’t think anything can enrage me quite like the claim that tattoos make a person appear to be unprofessional or trashy. Sure, I have seen some pictures on the Internet of some scandalous tattoos that I would never put on my skin, but I’m not going to shame someone for having it on there’s.

Saying someone with tattoos is unprofessional is like saying a college student is lazy because they wear sweatpants. Nobody knows what your work ethic is until they actually see you working. GASP! Can it be true?! You really can’t judge a book by its cover? Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m saying, and obviously this doesn’t just apply to the great tattoo debate.

If a probable employer doesn’t hire me because I have tattoos then I didn’t want to work for them in the first place considering they are clearly ignorant bigots. I’ve always been the type of person who yearns for ways to express myself, and tattooing is just another way for me to fuel that fire. I really don’t think there is a problem with it, and if you think there is chances of me caring are rather slim.

If my lion or “Thank you for being a friend” tattoos offend you or skew your opinion on me, then so be it. If you want to know what they stand for, I’d be more than willing to offer that information up to you, but no judging.

I’m not judging people who aren’t tattooed just because I am, so why isn’t it a two way street? I guess I’m still trying to figure that out. Didn’t your mom teach you not to judge a book by its cover? I know mine did.