The Budget of Your Body
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In early 2012 there was an article about the PlayStation Vita, and whether or not it would be a major player in the video game industry. With the exception of its poor battery life, experts argued that the Vita was an amazing gaming system – one that would bring back the handheld gaming console.
Yet other experts disagreed, not because the system wasn’t a quality console, but because more and more people had SmartPhones instead of smaller cell phones.
What Do SmartPhones Have to Do With the PlayStation Vita?
The argument is not that SmartPhones have replaced gaming. Angry Birds is a popular game, but it will never compare to BioShock Infinite. No, the reason that SmartPhones would prevent people from buying the Vita was because SmartPhones take away much of a person’s “pocket budget.”
Pants pockets have a limited amount of space. That space needs to be dolled out to the items that need it most. A wallet is a must, as are keys. Once you add a SmartPhone (which has become much larger as a result of the wider screens), there simply isn’t enough room to fit the PlayStation Vita, no matter how much you may want to purchase the device.
What Does This Have to Do With Tattoos?
Tattoos are a complicated art form. They’re an art piece, they’re an accessory, and they are a statement. They are all of these things wrapped up into one. Yet there is one flaw with tattoo designs as an art form – you only have one body. In a way, it is like being an amazing painter, and only being allowed one canvas for your entire life. You can essentially only make one painting (or many smaller paintings), despite all of your talent and all of the things you hope to express. You are given a canvas budget – you have a limited amount of space, and you have to choose how important your inspiration is to take up that space.
It is the same with the human body. You have a limited amount of skin – a “skin budget,” if you will. You have to choose how to use that skin budget, and if you choose wrong, then you are stuck with less of a skin budget for all of the other tattoos you may want to add in the future. This is why it’s so important to carefully consider your tattoo design choices. Look through thousands of tattoos before you make your choices, and make sure that you are 100% certain that you want the tattoo you are choosing. Otherwise you may find yourself making a poor decision, and losing out on an opportunity for a better tattoo in the future.