By Brittney Irizzary and Clare Driscoll
“The reason for getting a tattoo is because it’s important to you, it has significant meaning and it’s cool to be able to share that with other people,” said senior Dante Burke.
What’s the issue with tattoos? Are they too vulgar, too distracting?
These are questions that have been brought up concerning the topic of covering tattoos as part of the school dress code.
In a survey of the junior and senior classes this September, it was indicated that only a handful of students have tattoos. That may not seem like an impressionable number, but it is enough for students to wonder why enforcing tattoo coverage was highlighted at the beginning of this year as it had not been in the past.
To investigate, we sat down with Father Beeman to ask about the Catholic Church’s stance on tattoos.
“The Catholic Church does not take a negative or positive stance on tattoos, and allows it up to the conscience of the individual person to decide whether or not he or she will have tattoos,” said Father Beeman.
Father Beeman acknowledged that he doesn’t think tattoos are looked down upon if they don’t inflict excessive harm to one’s body. He even thinks they are “cool.”
“I really like tattoos, I think they are cool,” said Father Beeman.
But are they distracting in the school environment? According to the survey of members of the senior and junior classes: no.
“No, not at all, it is part of your body,” said senior Teradja Mitchell.
Sophomore Niko McKay agrees. “Not really,” he said.
One of the main arguments made against tattoos in general is that the a person might eventually regret having gotten it when he or she is an adult.
Naturally, there were differing opinions about this. Most of the students that have tattoos got them because they have symbolic meaning and represent a part of their life. For example, senior Tyler DeSue has a tattoo of a cancer ribbon on his bicep to support the cause in search of a cure for leukemia because his sister is a leukemia survivor.
As the times are changing, tattoos have become more acceptable to society and less distracting. Should the rules at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School change with the times?
In a modern society, tattoos are a common occurrence that kids are starting to grow up around. They have become a familiarity and a social norm. Tattoos are seen as forms of expression and represent a meaningful part of their life.
“It is like covering up a part of your past,” said senior Dante Burke.
The responses to the student survey indicate that perhaps the rule should be reevaluated and perhaps revised. Unlike piercings and other body jewelry, a tattoo is not something you can simply “take out,” or remove.