Tattoos seem to have become mainstream. That wasn’t really the case when I was growing up. Only bikers, rebels, and sailors had tattoos, according to my momma.
Then, they were more crude. A good many of them were only in blue ink. There weren’t many tattoo parlours in ‘respectable’ parts of town. Matter of fact, I don’t ever remember seeing one as a kid.
But I was fascinated by them. I wanted one. My momma’s response was always “Over my dead body!” I was such the obedient daughter that I didn’t get a tattoo until my momma passed away. Even now, she’s probably looking down at me from heaven, shaking her head every time she sees them.
I’m not sure if it’s mainly the older generations that still consider tattoos not respectable or whether there are still younger folks that think they’re awful also. Personally, I think a well done tattoo, by a good artist, is a work of art.
Some are fun, like the tattoo of the laughing dolphin I have on my hip. How can anyone look at a laughing dolphin and not smile? It’s my favourite of the two I have, and it was my first. I loved it so much, I went back the very next day and got another. I got a design across my lower back, with hearts, scrolls, and a seashell. Go figure….a seashell.
This is the one my friend Wil calls my tramp stamp. It’s also the one my daddy saw the summer after my momma passed. His response was something like “Oh, lordy!” He said it was a good thing I didn’t get that done while she was still living.
I was perusing a photo collection online, title “Tattoos, what were they thinking?” In looking at some of those tattoos, I can see why people think tattoos are trash. Tattoos with misspelled words, tattoos that slightly resemble family members, just plain horrible designs. There were also tattoos of faces of many famous people. I was amused to see that quite a number of them were of the actor Christopher Walken.
Needless to say, with the two I have, and the two more I want to get, I consider a good tattoo to be body art. I see it as a way to express who you are. My tattoos are hidden, unless I want the one on my back to show. 99% of the time, it doesn’t. Even when it does, unless I’m in a bathing suit, it’s not on purpose.
What are your thoughts on tattoos?