Re: Tattoos!!!Jan 31st, 2005
I think tatoos are a scar .... and folks line up to get a scar!
No difference between having a scar or a tatoo. Both are rather permanent.
I think it is sort of like body multilation.
I got my first tattoo at 15 years old (yup, way back in the 70s before it was "cool"). Out of neccesity it was a small one I could hide from my parents. It started an ongoing desire in me to continue adding tattoos to my skin as important markers in my life.
Tattoos are an ideal way to start conversations with total strangers and to be give the opportunity to get to know deep truths about people that it would otherwise take years to learn. I the reasons people get their tattoos most fascinating. It's rare that someone gets inked just for the hell of it. Tattoos are deeply meaningful expressions. If you are honestly interested, people will reveal their truths if you ask.
In more than 30 years, I have regretted only one of my tattoos ... a matching tattoo I got with someone that turned out to be a bit of a psycho. I plan to have it covered. The rest of them give me a great deal of enjoyment whenever I look at them. The reason I have yet to get any on my back is that I get my tattoos for MY benefit and can't see my back. They are totems, of a sort ... spiritual markings that represent dreams, strengths, loves. It's like wearing a part of my psche on my outsides. It also provides me with the same kind of ritualistic reminder that Catholics find in their rosaries ... my tattoos remind me of my spiritual goals when I am feeling off centre.
I have tattoos on both arms, on my legs ... my tattoos couldn't be covered if I tried. It's been interesting in the work force, at times, but because I am completely unapologetic and entirely comfortable with my ink, even employers generally respond well. At least not a one has ever told me to cover them, even in office settings.
Actually, Calm, scarification is a very interesting form of body art. It's ancient tradition and can be quite beautiful. I love the pretty colours, tho, so haven't taken that route. I just stick with the tattoos and the piercings.
I think many people have a knee-jerk reaction to tattoos. Because they were once the dominion of the "bad" people, the bikers and druggies, etc., it's easy to dismiss tattoos without stopping to actually pay attention to their real meaning.
But that's just my opinion. Shell and I are working on a design as a symbol of our upcoming wedding and we're both quite excited. She's a "virgin" ... no tattoos. Yet.