Monday, January 30, 2012

Tattoo You?

Thank God when I was in college and my girlfriends and I were thinking, "Hey, let's go to Tattoo Charlies and get a tattoo!", that we quickly sobered up enough to realize what a baaaaad decision that would have been.

If you have a tattoo, I don't mean to offend. I'm just glad I didn't opt for the permanent ink, especially after having two babies (one who weighed 9 lbs, 11 oz.) and a career in corporate America. A Tweetie Bird on the ankle just doesn't work on a 38-year old. And, it always makes me think of Vince Vaughn's line from "Wedding Crashers" where he sees a tattoo on a girl, cocks his head to the side and says, "Tattoo on the lower back? Might as well be a bull's eye." Crude? Yes. True? Also yes. Remember, gals, try to keep it classy.

Sorry if I sound judgmental here (Who, me? Judgmental??). Feel free to disagree. I totally understand free expression and the love some folks have for tattoo art. To each his own. It's just not for me. Or my kids.  ;)

Happy Monday, friends. Onward.
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High Heeled Life said...

Good morning dear friend! great post ... hopefully a young girl who is reading this post .. will consider the outcomes and perhaps- reconsider the location OR not getting one at all.

I too have considered getting a little one BUT am happy I didn't. I have gotten Henna - which fades in about a week or so... wishing you a fabulous day. XO HHL

helen tilston said...

Oh I was just thinking of this this morning as I ran the beach. I saw a beautiful young women in a 2 pce bikini without tattoos. A rare sight and I hope she will not be lured to the dreaded parlour. She looked so beautiful - then sadly a woman past 40 who sported the ankle tattoo and more and some vericose veins. I don't believe there are full length mirrors in tattoo parlours.

Piercings if one must as this is less permanent but tattoos never!!

That is my opinion and I am sticking with it.

Great post, you verbalized what we all think.

pve design said...

I really try not to judge. I give those credit that would be able to make a "choice" with something that permanent. I have a hard enough time ordering from a menu.
It does seem that everyone today has to feel the need for more. More is not always better.
Just different.

Suburban Princess said...

Oh my! I think we have all considered it even for a brief moment...then came to our senses!

I even wrote about it in my book...people forget how trashy they look with a wedding dress!

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!! I always quote that same line to my husband when I see a lower back tatoo!!! HA!!!!!!!!!!

Beth Dunn said...

I'm too chicken to get a tatoo but am now glad I didn't do it!

Princess Freckles said...

This is hilarious! I've never even seriously considered it. I can't even buy a pair of shoes without going to the store at least twice! I can't commit to a tattoo and also find them gross. My husband has two. One is currently being lasered off, and once that's gone, he plans to start removing the other. People change, and so do their tastes, he got his at 19. Obviously I'm a great influence, but I can happily report removing them was 100% his idea.

Karena said...

I admit there were times I thought about it. Wow I am having enough trouble keeping my body in shape without drawing more attention to it!

I do try to not be judgmental is just so, well permanent!

Art by Karena

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

You are hilarious and I feel the same!

p.s. My blog has been hacked. I've reported it but I have no idea if and when I'll be back up again. Sad...and frustrating.

Neon Blonde Runner said...

YES, just showed this to Tappan. We totally agree. Especially with the neck/head ones!!

Renée Finberg said...

i feel strongly about this issue.
i too
did a post on this
see here

Lauren said...

As a tattoo lover but also open minded individual, I completely understand your point of view. However, I disagree respectfully. I've worked in a nursing home, and I've met plenty of older people who wouldn't take back their tattoos, and they actually didn't look very good considering they got them in the time when the technology wasn't as good. I have two small tattoos, one on my foot and one tiny one on my wrist, both can be covered or shown depending on the discretion needed at the time. I'm in school to be a nurse, and I've met plenty of tattooed nurses who were able to get jobs. All that being said, I think sometimes the decision is rather hastily made, and that's where regret may come in. Both my tattoos are music symbols, and being a musician, music has always and will always play a huge role in my life. I will never regret the nature of those tattoos. Now if I had Betty Boop on my shoulder blade, there's a different story.

Lauren said...

Regardless, I laughed at the picture.

Unknown said...

This is funny but having 3 tattoos myself I find your opinions to be a little silly. I love my tattoos and consider them art, and they bold a bit of a story of my life, on my body. Obviously when people have gotten a tattoo when they were drunk or the name of a boyfriend etc, they may have regrets, but I find them quite beautiful, capturing a piece of a time in someone's life that they will forever remember, and mine, relating to my independence and my children are stories that will forever be beautiful in every way.

Kacie said...

I just came across this article, and while I absolutely believe everyone has their own thoughts and opinions, I will have to disagree with some of the statements. I am 25 years old and have tattoos covering both arms, some on my back, chest, ribs, hipbones, and legs. I agree though, the tramp stamps are gross. Now, while mosy people would easily judge me by my appearance what they WOULDN'T know is I married my high school sweetheart at 18 and have been with him since. He is a Marine and I couldnt be prouder of him. He is just as tattooed as I am. We are proud parents of two beautiful children who are our whole worlds. We also attend church weekly, are very involved with our childrens activities and our community. People also wouldn't see that I went to college to become a nurse and now work in the NICU and currently am in school to get a degree in psychology.

So while I agree tattoos are def not for everyone and understand other peoples reasoning for not having them, it is still a shame some people judge others with tattoos (not saying you are, just in general). But!!! That's what makes our society beautiful, the choice we have as individuals!!!

eddie naymon said...

You kno opinions are like assholes? Everyone has one and some stink more than others. Tattoos in general have become "socially" actable more now than ever. Doctors that preform your surgeries, lawyers, goveners, and many more upstanding citizens of this country have there own reasons for ink. This diagram really bothers me; even more than it should. Your telling me your surgeon that possibly saved you or your kids life is never going to have a job paying taxes? Joke or not this is infuriating. To the whole tattooed community. And who are you to say that you children wont grow up and get sleeved? Everybody has their reasons ex. A triumph, a memorial, a past time etc.. tattoos do not define us,we do. When Iits your time you cant take your house, car, luxuries to the grave? But the ink in your flesh will always be with you. Food for thought
~grim~ Artist