…what the fork the issue with tattoos is!!?!
Right, so lemme tell you why I’m asking.
I have four tattoos: one on each upper arm; one in the small of my back; and one across my shoulder-blades. I love my tattoos. Not only are they a part of me but I consider them a type of accessory. Like my my rings, shoes and earrings, scarves, sunglasses, hats, etc. And I show them fairly often on weekends and if I go gallivanting. I don’t show them at work a lot- I may show the ones on my upper arms occasionally with a sleeveless blouse or if I have chiffon sleeves… but I don’t show them a lot simply because there is a perception that they are… um, what’s the right word… taboo, controversial?
Well, I want to know why.
We are not living in the 18th century after all.
Seldom will a person openly look at someone- frowning in disgust- and then ask a perfect stranger how the fork they could do that to themselves when they wear socks with sandals.
Few people would grimace and then ask a perfect stranger what possessed them to get a mullet.
Even Amy Winehouse style makeup may at most garner a snigger behind someone’s back… but usually that’s about it.
Unless of course they’re a close friend- then you can rip them off a bit. Its allowed when you’re friends.
On the other hand, giving compliments on jewellery or shoes or clothing you do like can make someone’s day- stranger or no. Have you ever tried that?
Any long term voyeurs of this here mommy-blog will know that I am far from finished with regard to my tattoos… there are lots I still want, I am hampered only by the cost of new ink! It came up in conversation after a company meeting a while ago, where we were talking about tattoos and body art and everyone knows I have several. Inevitably I was asked if I’ll be getting more, so I started listing them. I have listed them before- but the ones that particularly raised eyebrows were the ones I want on the tops of my feet and the one of Damien’s name that I want in heavily ornate gothic lettering on the inside of my arm. One of my bosses looked at me and said “…how professional would that be…?”
I don’t get it. Shouldn’t any and all kind of body alteration then be considered unprofessional? What if I dislike a shaved head or a nose ring…
Why are tattoos controversial? Shocking? Eyebrow raising? Taboo? It’s not like my tattoos make me stupid. Why must I hide them at work?
Yes I know tattoos used to be the trademark of pirates and prisoners and sailors… back when ankle chains meant you were a prostitute… but have we not moved on people. You can do business with someone on the moon for crying out loud… provided there’s someone on the moon and they have the internet and a satellite connection!