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By Kylee Weber
On February 8, 2019


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Tattoos are something we get on our body that we look at for the rest of our lives. I personally have been wanting to get a tattoo for a while now, but a few things hold me back from committing. I ask myself before looking at a design if I know anyone who has it. If you have these tattoos, it doesn’t mean you don’t have an amazing reason to have it on your body. However, whatever explanation you give, someone else around you is giving the same one about their tattoo. Most of these tattoo designs are found by Googling “cute tattoos for (insert body part here).” These following tattoos are the most basic and popular designs that college students can get.

Infinity Signs On Girls:

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Infinity signs have become a popular tattoo over the past five years. They symbolize eternity and usually are used to represent family or love. The most popular place for an infinity sign is on a girl’s wrist. Most likely because it’s the popular trend and they want to fit in. You can personalize an infinity sign in many different ways, but in the long run, thousands of other people have a similar, if not identical, tattoo on their body.

Bible Verse On Girls and Guys:

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Many girls that have a Bible verse on their ribcage and comment that it is something special to them. However, most of the girls that have these verses have not read the Bible, and most likely simply Googled “cute Bible verse.” This applies to guys as well; many guys have Bible verses on their body. They comment how this motivates them, but most of the Bible verses on their bodies are popular ones that are looked up on Google. There is one piece of advice I have to offer if you do want to borrow from the Bible. One, don’t get a verse that someone else has. Two, if you get a verse, make sure it means something to you or is unique to your life. Three, make sure you spell check before you get this verse on your body. Nothing is worse than having Deuteronomy misspelled.

Cross On Girls and Guys:

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Cross tattoos have been around for ages, but now they are becoming more and more popular. In Ottawa especially, a majority of the girls have a cross tattoo somewhere on their body. Most of these appear on their neck, behind their ear or on their fingers. Similar to the cross on girls, guys favor a more complex design. These are usually larger with thorns around them or an important date. Most cross tattoos are on the arm or chest for a guy. Although these are more complex, many guys have identical cross designs on their body. While the cross is a huge symbol for people, it is not unique enough to where I could mark my body with it for the rest of my life.


Lotus Flower On Girls:

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The lotus flower is becoming popular on girls’ arms, backs and feet. The lotus flower symbolizes purity in the mind, body and soul. These tattoos give people peace knowing that the flower grows from muddy water. This shows that you can live through the struggles of life and still be a pure person. While it is a beautiful tattoo, many girls use it not because of their meaning, but because how pretty it looks.


Important Date On Guys:

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Important date tattoos are the farthest thing from not being unique. In fact, these are one of the most meaningful tattoos men put on their body. However, most guys have this important date tattoo on their arms, chest or ribs. These are unique but are becoming so popular that a majority of the male race has this tattoo somewhere.


Bands On Guys:

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These band tattoos have zero meaning behind them and are not unique. A majority of these bands are placed on the arm and some are around the wrist as well. Many men out there have these band tattoos to show how big their muscles are or how masculine they are. Very few of these bands have meaning beyond the design or placement.

All of these tattoos could potentially have meaning behind them. However, the uniqueness of the tattoo will vary mostly because you will know someone with a similar-if-not-identical tattoo. I personally will always look to find a unique and meaningful tattoo before I scar my body for life. When I look at my tattoo, I want to think about what it means to me, not what it means to hundreds of other people. Make sure you ask yourself the question, “Does someone I know have this tattoo?”



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