You got ‘Tats’?

It must be the sugar rush from all the holiday sweets that I have consumed that has brought me to this off-beat topic in 2007. I have no idea where the thought came from; it just appeared. Everywhere I look, I see people of both genders with massive tattoos on their bodies. I don’t get it. What is the attraction? I just recently watched a basketball game and couldn’t believe all the tattoos on the players. They looked weird, kinda thuggish. After that revelation, I went out to dinner and a young couple sat across from me and both were sporting very large tattoos. She had barbed wire around her arm, plus a butterfly. He had a giant snake wrapping around his arm and I am not sure where it ended up. Then, the strangest thought crossed my mind. When he is older and becomes a grandfather, will his tattoo scare his grandchildren to the point they will not go near him? What a shame that would be. I know if I was a little kid, no way, Jose. As an adult, I caught myself unconsciously grimacing at the sight of the snake. I think his decision was very shortsighted. It is bad enough for guys to get tattoos, but I really cringe when I see them on females. If you could wash them off, then, I would say okay, have fun. But, permanent, forever and always is a very, very long time…


13 Responses to You got ‘Tats’?

  1. If you got “tats” and your Doc looks at you funny…

    …Raspa RF,
    Cusack J.
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

    Psychiatric disorders, such as antisocial personality disorder, drug or alcohol abuse and borderline personality disorder, are frequently associated with tattoos. Finding a tattoo on physical examination should alert the physician to the possibility of an underlying psychiatric condition.

    PMID: 2333825 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  2. madmouser says:

    Wow! That is very interesting and I will never forget that on my journey to find Mr Right. Thank you for enlightenment.

  3. tekel says:

    heh. Last time I checked, if you have a tatoo, the red cross is not interested in your blood donation. Some people get inked while they’re drunk and lacking jugdment. Others do it becuase they want to memorialize an event or a period in their life in a permanent way.

    An interesting cultural norm that I was just told about last year- while it’s not generally acceptable to stare at another person, if you have a tat, it’s ok to stare at someone else’s tat, becuase it gives you a shared experience as a topic of conversation. I take it that piercings in unorthodox numbers or places are the same sort of deal. Kind of like bumming a “social” cigarette off that pretty girl at the bar.

  4. Debatethisii says:

    Actually….Hmmm….As BMA (Body Modification Artist)-this subject is more “to each his or her own”. Negative-the Red Cross will accept donations from people with both tattoos and piercings. As long as it is 6-9 months post modification.

    Screening for the Blood banks occurs after the blood is taken. They don’t just “take peoples word”. All blood is screened for and not limiting to any blood born contaminating blood disease and infection.

    While there are limited laws within the culture- localized outlines for what can and cannot be done are enforced. And it is up to communities to help maintain them if they fear they are being neglected by: Red Cross, OSHA and Health Department.

    I have been involved with body modifications for the past 11 years. I am now a certified body piercer and I also have a BS in Graphic Design/Art Media that I use in re of Flash Art and personalized/custom tattoos for patrons. I also have a forum inwhich I am am informed associated piercer of the do’s and don’ts as well as how to report un-authorized piercing.

    Through my education of the cultures, and 4 college based “visual anthropological” classes on body modifications of the now and the past, I have taken the time to see both sides of the fence as well as the pro’s and con’s of having them.

    Today? I do custom tattoo work and I am a Paralegal. I have visible piercings of the large gauge persuasion that has never been questioned by my employer or in re of my abilities. I have 4 large scale tattoos on my back, and soon to have on my rib cage. These are all personal choices of how I wish my body to be. I see it being no different than-plastic to hold your face up, plastic to make your boobs look bigger, butt implants, calf implants, tummy tucks, penial implants ect. They are all options, some are more dangerous than others, but they are all options to have and to not like.


    My two cents.

  5. debatethisii says:

    PS…hmmmm Maybe I could write a response blog as notonly an artist but as the arted as well so that one can really hear a response to someone in the lifestyle…up to you though. Whats the fun in blogging if you can’t get creative with it?

  6. When I was a kid in the early 70’s only the poor tough European-American guys got them. Trust me I know first hand, been there done that. What blows my mind is when darker people and pretty girls get them. It scares me, I think it is more about sex for the young girls and acceptance for the darker skinned folks. Thanks for the topic, it is good and I noticed too….

  7. raincoaster says:

    Now, people! Let’s be practical! Tats make it easier to identify the bodies. Simple as that!

  8. madmouser says:

    Good point, Raincoaster. Only you can make lemonade out of lemons.

  9. Marty says:

    All I can say, is I’m sure these people haven’t thought about what the ‘tats’ are going to look like many, many years from now, when their up in age…old age. Yikes!!! That might be kind of scarry.

  10. 1loneranger says:

    why waste time judging ordinary people by what they put on their bodies? are your ears pierced? what’s the difference? there was a time when that was “socially unexceptable” to some. and how could a child be scared of something they’ve seen since they were weeks old. it would be common place, wouldn’t it? i don’t think people care about what the ‘tats’ are going to look like 50 years from now. if they don’t like them then, they have them removed, it’s that simple.

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