Thursday, August 06, 2009

Tattoo Pandemic (2 of 2)

Let’s not forget the millions of Jews who were tattooed against their will with a sequence of numbers during the Holocaust. The whole idea was to reduce each one to just a number, making them less than human. I guess that’s why it was so easy to exterminate six million Jews, not to mention the millions of other Europeans who died during the genocide.

This post was originally going to be about how much I despise tattoos. However, I can’t say I really do. I can say, without hesitation, I do appreciate the art form. What I dislike and disapprove of is the offensive, provocative and disruptive fashion for how some tattoos are placed and displayed. I make no apologizes for my disapproval of tattoos on the face, neck, arms, legs and other areas where they cannot be concealed.

How can you expect to be taken seriously when you have a tattoo on your arm that is as big as your face and it reads, “I got your back” or “baby momma in the house?” How can you ask people (coworkers, mentors, etc.) to trust you when you have three tear drops tattooed below your eye and they supposedly signify murders you’ve committed? How can you ask the world to respect you when you have the word “bitch” tattooed above your breasts? How can you ask a healthcare professional to believe you when you say, “I’m not spreading disease,” and you have an arrow tattooed by your good vein or have a arrow tattooed above the crack of you butt that reads, “enter here?” What I really want to know is how can you compete in the professional world when you have names and other words written on your neck or face? WHAT ARE WE TO THINK OF YOU? WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOU? HOW SHOULD WE REACT TO YOU?

Not too long ago I was at jury duty. I was bored because the process for checking in jurors took too long and it was extremely disorganized. To amuse and keep myself occupied and from falling asleep, I counted things, like number of women vs. men, etc. One of the many things I counted was tattoos. Interestingly enough, out of let’s say 100 people, I counted 45 neck tattoos, 35 large tattoos on the upper arm, five men had more than two tears below their eye and there were 52 tattoos with slang words.

The point of this post (and I have one) is conformity, at a higher standard, is not such a bad thing. Show some resistance and stop acting erratic and on impulse. To do this will help save you a lifetime of shame and embarrassment.

There are so many people saying, “I can’t find a job” or “I can’t move up the corporate ladder” or “People don’t respect me.” Often this is true, and too many times it’s because of presentation.

If you must tattoo yourself do it tastefully, elegantly and beautifully. Show some class... real class. Tattoos on the face and neck are just plain repulsive. Take a clue from the research patient with the devil complex and make sure you conceal your tattoos. - paerki

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