Thursday, April 14, 2011
April Fools! 

Yes, I do realize that it's now April 14th, and traditionally April fool's jokes are reserved for April 1st.  But I just now came up with one and I didn't want to have to wait another 50 weeks to use it! 

Really, I thought it might be fun to talk about my opinion of tattoos.  It's quite simple, really. 

I realize that they are very personal.

And people have a right to do whatever they want with their skin and ink. 

And I have, on rare (very very rare) occasion seen or heard of a tattoo that I maybe could understand the rationale behind. 

But in general, my opinion of tattoos is:

There's nothing that can be said better permanently inked on your soon to wrinkle body than can be said with a 1) piece of art, 2) wall hanging, 3) piece of jewelry, 4) photograph, or 5) framed poem, short story, or other form of creative writing.

Yes, I do know stars and Chinese characters may have a VERY important place in your life.  But when you get them tattooed on your ankle, and you put on a dress, the dress is ruined. 

And when you get a heart with a banner and "mom" tattooed on your arm, we all know you really love your mom.  But then you love your muscle and it looks like you held mom over the fire too long, and she melted.  If you'd taken your mom to a photography studio and gotten some nice photos taken of the two of you, she'd feel equally loved and would never melt or wrinkle.

Here are some tattoos that SOMEONE thought were a good idea when they got them... hindsight is 20/20.

And, I must say, even though I might get assaulted from some form of feminist swat team, tattoos look, in general, more ridiculous on women than men.  Ladies, we can wear headbands, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, rings, toe rings, anklets, belts, purses, handbags, scarves, cloaks, shoes, hats, sunglasses, and we can carry small dogs.  There are a trillion and one ways to make yourself unique and represent who you are.  No need to put it permanently on your body.  When was the last time a pair of shoes was in style for... EVER.  Never, oh, then it's probably a good idea to get something on your body that will stay there forever.

Clearly, I have no intentions of ever getting a tattoo. 

Dad, you can sleep easy at night!

What's the most ridiculous tattoo you've ever seen?


Maxwell Grant said...

I agree. I read an article ages ago that said most tattoos fall into one of two "categories": 1) memory (especially of traumatic loss) 2) fantasy/symbol of the aspirational self. And if that's true, I feel like there are a lot of ways to express and own that without being "stuck" with it permanently

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