When I was a kid the only folks bearing tattoos seemed to be Hells Angels and Navy folks. If you saw someone with a tattoo you pretty much knocked your estimate of his I.Q. down ten points or so. Now it seems everyone and his brother has a tattoo; it seems to be the thing to do. Never the less, I've never gotten over my dislike of them. I kind of get the idea that folks who cover their bodies in ink are somehow flaunting their creator; it's as if what the big guy upstairs gave you just wasn't good enough.
That's just my personal opinion about them. With that opinion I have a theory about why people get them and that there own personal self esteem is in direct ratio to the number and size of the tattoos they paint their body with. People that put one small discreet tattoo somewhere on their body seem mildly acceptable to me. They may be commemorating a special event or person in their life. It's the people that cover their entire arm or leg with acres of ink that causes me to suspect some fairly low self esteem, holding some fear that somehow they don't measure up with others. Perhaps a failure to articulate their own thoughts in an effective way, perhaps to make up for a bland personality or a failure to accumulate sufficient knowledge to get one through life.
Perhaps these tattoo maniacs find themselves so conforming to the cultural whims, so lacking in their own personal sense of taste, they rebel by throwing up a gaggle of tattoos over their body to show they are somehow "different" and therefore "special". Of course the obvious conclusion to that conundrum is that, with so many of the bloated masses now getting tattoos, one finds themselves not at all "special" or "different".
Again, I remind you that this is my own personal opinion. I can think of a thousand various ways to express my "special-ness" without painting my body like an African zombie. Personally, when I see someone with a whole passel of tattoos I always perceive the wearer as someone who needs a good bath. They look dirty and nasty to me.
Setting aside the personal aspects of tattoos, if I were hiring someone for a job the guy with tattoos all over his arms and neck and face is going to be the last guy I hire.
If I've offended anyone with this brief essay, well, I don't give a shit. You are free to start your own blog glorifying the tattoo culture all you wish. I just simply find them nasty and dirty and consider those who cover their bodies with them as lacking in self esteem.
Now, let's get to the subject of nose rings, eyelid rings, pierced tongues.....