Prompt – Tattoos, who’s a fan?
Tattoos generally tell a story or have a special meaning, unless you were otherwise engaged and not thinking straight when laid out in a chair with a needle hovering over your regions stabbing you, or you are in Bali. They are for show and tell people, unless hidden, we will look, some may judge, otherwise, why have them on display?
I am a fan and I’m not, and no, I don’t have any. Am often surprised to find tattoos on people I wouldn’t have dreamt would have one. Not against them unless, one pops up on my daughters body.
That did happen
Yes I was devastated, still am, despite her
warning preparing me for a whole year. If asked, I would have driven her there myself, then sat outside fretting the whole time. I was embarrassed, ashamed, mortified and I even cried. My immediate thoughts were, well that’s a winter wedding then, a long sleeved job, shame on me. Just doesn’t fit my picture but does her’s, and that’s all that matters.
Her tattoo is on her forearm, a written one
I think therefore I am. She’s happy, I’m still not, but I respect her decision.
On the upside
- It’s not cupid bows on the back of her legs
- It’s not a neck tattoo
- It’s not a sleeve (though I do admire them on the right chick)
- It’s not a rose on a vine
- It’s not a buxom woman
- It’s not a snake or any other sort of animal
- The spelling is correct
- It’s not the words, death, drug free, hate or love in large letters
- It’s not on her knucles
- It’s not a bar code
I’ll live with her decision, (like I have a choice) will refrain from saying I told you so (in about 30 years time if I’m still around then). I remember a friend of hers had his name in very large letters plastered over his back, maybe as he was small the letters looked large. The outline only, as it hurt too much to have it filled in (fail). I wondered if his name was to help him remember who he was when in a drunken state, also wondering if he regrets that now, the tattoo that is not the drunken state.
Sunday Times Perth
An article in Sundays West paper by Karen Collier, ‘tattoos scare off customers’. No shit sherlock! Society I guess is not ready, will it ever be, I wonder. The neck tattoos, I agree, are angry looking and appear to have the intent to intimidate. We will one day, hear the cry of, ‘that’s discriminatory behaviour against body art, our rights’. Education needed on all sides I guess. I remember the days when in job interviews, you would be asked about your tattoos and advised to cover them up with plasters. Some of those plasters were pretty big. You did what you had to do, conform if you wanted the work.
I always thought you dressed for the part, if you were working where tattoos were acceptable, then strut it like a portrait picture. Where not, respect the space.
Young Men with Tattoos Thankyou
The subject of tattoos on young men, well that’s to be admired, right. The ones on show, strutting around in singlets, exposed calves, the sleeves, till you run out of space and have tattooed a novel? Muscly broad shouldered, flat stomached, bronzed beefed up boys! Admirable, the majority of artwork I admire.
Thank you, for giving me the opportunity to monitor your art work. At least I can pretend that is what I’m doing while my mind wanders elsewhere. That thought alone, a middle aged woman, eyeing them up, would turn them off wouldn’t it, at the very least creep them out?
Next time, A book you loved and a book you didn’t
Merry Christmas and safe holiday travels my friends xxx