A Public Service Announcement: Some Things to Think About With a Tattoo

Recently, the Honolulu Weekly featured a write-up discussing phenomenal tattooist Mike Ledger talking about a kid he had met with a tattoo his face.  When we read that, we got the impression that the kid had given up and had gotten a tattoo on his face because he gave up and that seems to be a big part of what’s happening with many members of the current generation.

In this blog, we wanted to take some time to talk about the other side of custom tattooing.  Anytime someone does something like that, it is counter-culture, not going with the norm, and with it come different experiences for the rest of life.  In anything, our actions have repercussions and whether we agree with it or not, great tattoos come with great responsibility.  The joke on the Spiderman line (with great power comes… etc.) aside, it’s true.  People need to realize that a tattoo really is for life.  Celebrities like Angelina Jolie can afford tattoo removal.  Celebrities can also get tattoos on their face like Lil Wayne or Gucci Mane, who has an ice cream cone on his face, and all over their bodies because they can afford to.  Athletes can get super bowl rings tattooed on their neck because they can.  You can too, it’s your choice but society doesn’t judge those in the limelight quite the same way they do as the average person.  Unfortunately in this day and age, many people are still afraid of tattoos and attach stereotypes to them.

While we are obviously pro-tattoo, we just want some people to think things through before going and getting a tattoo on their face or anywhere else on their body just because it is en vogue and especially if they are giving up on existence.  Getting a tattoo as a statement of “I Quit at life” is not the way to Flow.  As long as you’re alive, there’s still an opportunity to find something worth experiencing and to make a change in life if one is not so stoked on it.  Getting a tattoo on your face as a way to throw in the towel is not the answer. Tattoos are powerful forms of expression and should be meaningful.

That being said, we’re also pro be true to your heart and we just want our customers to walk away satisfied with a piece on their body, wherever they choose, that they can enjoy for life. If you’re thinking about getting a visible tattoo and don’t know if you’ll like it later, sleep on it, keep it in mind for a year.  Then if you’re still set on it, at least you gave it alot of thought and are committed to it.

With that, thank you to all our customers, past, present, and future.  We’re here to support you through whatever part of the tattoo process you are in.  If you’d like to discuss this or other tattoo related issues, including getting a free consultation on your next custom piece, come on down to 434 Tattoo, our Honolulu Tattoo Shop today.

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii


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