I know this is probably not cool.
I do not want to alienate anyone or turn anyone off my blog, but I'm going to speak my mind about something that's bothering me.
Something I find unattractive, ugly, hideous even!
Yes, I know. Almost everyone has them. They're oh so hot right now. Getting inked is the thing to do. But it's a fad. It's the new body piercing, which was the new punk make-up, which was the new mohawk. Trends come, trends go. That's fine. The thing that bothers me most about this trend is that people will stop doing it, yeah, but the existing ones are permanent. You can't take them out, wash them off, get a new haircut! We have to be looking at them for evermore!! It's like being in a room full of smokers when you're a non-smoker. It's not something that is easy to ignore. I can't not see them, the way you can't not breathe when you're near a smoker.
Will future generations be laughing at those crazy old people and their funny tattoos?
I'm not talking about a few small tattoos. They can be beautiful. I do understand why people would get tattoos with special meaning or significance. I do not get why anyone would want to disfigure large parts of their body.
I'm talking about the ones that look like gaudy painted sleeves. Ones that cover arms, legs, backs, chests, faces, necks. Especially on women. That's my taste, my opinion. I just don't like looking at it. I know a lot of beliefs and understandings come from childhood associations. I associate heavily tattooed bodies with bikies. And I still find, to this day, the image of bikie gangs frightening. Why would people want to emulate a group of outlawed criminals? Do they want to scare small children and women with delicate constitutions? Is there another reason people are covering themselves with tattoos that I am not getting??
I suppose some people just love it and that's why they do it.
Me grizzling and grumbling about it every time I see it isn't going to make them go away. So I'm going to try something new. Next time I see a hideous tattoo I'm going to say...
"Each to his/her own." Take a deep breathe and let it go.
But I am secretly hoping that tattoo removal becomes the next fad. And that there are some people who are REALLY good at it!