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post #41 of 48

From what I understand, it's the risk of infection, which is very low if you take proper care of it...but the shops don't want to take a chance sometimes.  https://www.llli.org/faq/tattoos.html

post #42 of 48

I'm going to put aside the fact you're receiving welfare.

 

Do you have a budget?  If yes, is there any wiggle room in that budget for you to set aside some tattoo  money over the course of some time?

 

If so, I see no reason against it.

post #43 of 48

I see people on here who are basically saying "No, you shouldn't.It's okay to occasionally treat yourself to a small thing here or there, but not a tattoo." Those "small things" add up. OP is saying that she doesn't usually indulge in these small things. Depending on the cost, it could be about the equivalent of a Redbox movie twice a week for a year, or getting a drink from a coffee shop once a week. I think most people would be OK with someone spending $5 or so on themselves in a week.

post #44 of 48
I think it is strongly advisable to make good/wise/beneficial choices all the time - but especially when you are receiving assistance. I don't care where that assistance is coming from. It could be WIC, a family member or kind stranger.
If a friend of mine was struggling to the point she came to me and asked for help with groceries, I gave her money and she came back with a tattoo, I would be offended and would not offer her money again. 
I know once a gift is given it is the receivers to do with it what they wish but when someone gives a gift in good faith out of charity and concern for someones well being they expect it to actually be used for their well being and that of their children - not fun, expensive items that have no worth other than glamour.

I cannot stress how strongly in favor I am of government aid to those in need. However, I do also believe that it needs to be remembered that aid is a gift given to those who are in need because of extremely difficult circumstances. If you are in a position to afford a tattoo (something my budget wouldn't allow for and I am not receiving aid) then it might be likely you do not need this gift. 

 

post #45 of 48
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I was even wondering are you "not supposed to" get your kids any toys because you could be using that to get off of welfare. There need to be some sacrifices. There needs to be some balance as well.
I would argue that a couple of toys for one's children and a tattoo are nowhere near the same thing.  Kids need to play - it's their work.  Toys help facilitate that.  Nobody needs a tattoo.  It is purely a luxury item. 

I would argue that toys are NOT necessary. Kids will always find a way to play, to do their important work. They wil play with pots and pans, and bowls and spoons. Sticks, leaves, and pebbles. (My children do even with all the toys they have.) So, do kids really NEED all those horrible, cheap plastic toys? No, but obviously some people FEEL that they do. Is a tattoo a need, of course not, but some people may feel they need them. We all have different priorities and different opinions about things that are important to us.
post #46 of 48
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I would argue that toys are NOT necessary. Kids will always find a way to play, to do their important work. They wil play with pots and pans, and bowls and spoons. Sticks, leaves, and pebbles. (My children do even with all the toys they have.) So, do kids really NEED all those horrible, cheap plastic toys? No, but obviously some people FEEL that they do. Is a tattoo a need, of course not, but some people may feel they need them. We all have different priorities and different opinions about things that are important to us.


I agree.  But when someone is unable to feed one's children without assistance from the government, their priorities should be to earn financial independence, not body art.

post #47 of 48
I would not judge anyone who got a tattoo while on food stamps or others on government assistance. Who am I to know the frugality practiced in other ways, the reasons for the tattoo, etc? What it comes down to, in my mind, is whether you expect that someone receiving government assistance is some kind of saint who should be under expectations of behaviour far beyond anyone else. It's just a sliding scale: a wealthy person could say that no middle class person should be indulging in things when that person's child doesn't have post-secondary education fully paid for, and so on. It's too easy to feel self-righteous judging the spending of others.
post #48 of 48

I've been skirting around this thread since it started, but now I'm chiming in. Yes, I think it is wrong to get a tattoo while on welfare. Yes, we all deserve and needs treats in our lives, but sometimes we just can't have them. Sometimes we have to wait. And if someone else has to put food on the table for your family for you (which is what welfare is, in frank language) then other things need to get put on hold. You get the tattoo after you've gotten off welfare, to celebrate and reward yourself. Not before. Any extra funds you have need to go to getting your primary needs back to square. 

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