I’ve noticed a lot of people complaining about tattoos lately as if they are some sort of heinous affront to humanity. If anyone has any insight to offer on this, I would be interested to entertain your thought in the hopes to gain some clarity.
I never really bothered to consider it before but there is some pretty hefty discrimination against people with tattoos. It’s all sort of of baffling to me. Sure, not all tattoos are works of art or beautiful but I can’t ever recall having been actively offended by one. It’s not like they smell bad or secrete a goo that makes everything sticky. In fact, I’ve come across pieces that I’ve found quite beautiful and have an affinity for several inked bodies. I’ve been enamored with burning giraffes running across a skin landscape, an octopus clinging to a ribcage or an all black abstract sun spread across a porcelain white sky of flesh. Body art can be beautiful- especially on the right person and done in the right way. Maybe not as beautiful as one of those time-lapse videos of a flower blooming or someone doing a wheelie on a dirt-bike, but pretty close.
I’m not really certain as to why so many people have an aversion to body art and the people that wear it. Maybe it’s because people associate tattoos with gang culture or that bad element that nobody can seem to define but everyone assures you is “out there.” It truly does offend some people but I have trouble with the logic. I really don’t see the point of being offended by something that has literally nothing to do with you. I could understand if the tattoo was in a conspicuous place and was actively threatening, but how often does that really happen outside of white supremacy groups?
A lot of people feel like they are protected by their First Amendment right to freedom of expression. This isn’t the case in the corporate world. As long as they’re not directly infringing on your civil liberties, your employer can force you to look however they want unless you can prove it hinders your racial, religious or gender identity. Prison has the same rules but I’ve been told it’s more lenient on tattoos. Still, there are some items that I absolutely refuse to endorse. Some unacceptable tattoos include swastikas, your favorite athlete, any Looney Tunes character not strategically placed in a mosaic of other images, a poem you wrote, a poem your friend wrote, anything relating to Harry Potter, the name of almost every band and anything proclaiming your status as a gangster or informs me that you may or may not be “straight thuggin’.”
However, there are some tattoos that I would really like to see more of. They include directions to famous landmarks, mathematical formulas, pin numbers, my name, the name of this website, a best page from your favorite book, babies posing as pin-up calendar girls, plates of food, unicorns, cats, classic cars being driven by dogs and Mount Rushmore with whatever presidents you see fit (allow me to suggest three Teddy Roosevelts and a Taft) .
Anyway, I’ve officially moved and am back to regular postings and, as a going away present, a friend wrote a song about me that I’m quite fond of.
Back to business.