I don't like tattoos. No hearts. No butterflies. No...No. And yes, I'm totally aware that I married a military man, but I managed to find the one UN-inked man left in the USMC. But to me, tats are tacky. Again...to me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I don't really care what you do to your body, but I am kinda tired of seeing your personal doodle pad.
Let's back up...last week in Target (where else would I be?), I quickly realized I might be the only person in the store without a tattoo. And y'all, I ain't talking cutsie little butterflies and hearts. I'm talking ALL OVER tattoos. I started looking around to make sure I was still in Target...not Walmart. As I'm strolling through the store making my own personal wish list, I passed several different families each with the MOTHERS covered in tattoos. Yes, go ahead...call me a conservative prude. You'd be very wrong, but on this one...ewww!
I overheard one mom talking on her cell that she and her daughter...not yet 18...got tats together to celebrate something or other. Is this what we do now? Cause I can go ahead and break the news to Lola...it ain't happenin'. Lucky for me I grew up where my grandmother, mama, aunts, etc. weren't walking billboards for drunken dumbass nights. And I respect them for it. (could one or more have a tattoo that I don't know about...sure. But see that's the point...I don't have to SEE it.)
Tattoos used to be private. Something only those intimately connected to you would know about. Or men who served our country who inked themselves to seal the bond with their brothers of times spent in training, in war, away from their blood family. It was a badge of honor. This new lifestyle is stupid. I get that it's an art form. I mean, it takes talent, patience, but a little sadomasochistic mentality in my opinion. (and if I spelled that wrong, bite me, since you'd probably enjoy it.)
Here are my random thoughts:
Chinese characters: Do you think it's going to make you fast friends when China takes over? I'm thinking before I permanently write in another language on myself, I'd do some serious research...just to make sure.
Boobs: Girls, when you have kids...these things grow and shrink...no way to know what that cute little tattoo will look like afterwards.
Tramp Stamp: Y'all....it really is. It's already bad enough to see men checking out women's asses, but stretching to catch a glimpse of some "secret" tattoo right about your butt crack...you are advertising exactly what you are.
Quotes: I love quotes. I have a whole book of quotes that I've collected over the years...but these deep thoughts tattooed all over you...anything you could possibly say, no matter how DEEP, is cancelled out by your big flashy billboarding of your body. Live by example. It is really true that actions speak louder than words.
And honestly, cause I'm insane, I kept thinking of these men or women with pictures and sayings all over them trying to be intimate with their partner. I don't know about y'all, but when I get undressed, the last thing I want is him READING. Unless it's in braille. (sorry, mama).
But let me leave you with this one thought....if you aren't pissed and have logged off....remember how you look back at old photos like middle school or those 80s pictures of the big hair and crazy clothes. Remember how you laugh at how ridiculous you look and how far you've come.....Now think of having to wear that outfit EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. of your life because that's what a tattoo is. It's a moment, a passing feeling that you permanently put on your body.
I wear my tattoos on my heart. But again...that's just me.