Maybe I'm from a completely different era (I just turned 51), but can anyone explain to me why everyone and their mother has to get a crappy tattoo and show it off to everyone these days? I don't think of myself as a prude-- I'm a punk rock fan from way back, and I have mostly worked close to people in the arts community-- but I just don't get it. Am I missing something profound?
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Are there any regrets yet on these tattoos? I'm in my early 50s, and I know that if I'd gotten a tattoo at any time in my life I would grow someday to regret it. Especially a colorful neck tattoo that said, "Born to Amortize."
And this is another thing that is wrong with the scene, like every tattoo, has to mean something, or be associated with some lamed*ck story or nonamusing anecdote, the whole Miami ink, LA ink formula, like everything has to mean soooooo much. Lame!
"tattoos are a permanent manifestation of a temporary desire or interest."
Excellent choice of words, my own thoughts well spoken.
Thanks for answering, Dads world, but I still don't understand the motivation. For instance, why did YOU get a tattoo-- was it for something that you felt very strongly about, for artistic reasons, because you felt naked when you were naked?