Hey there Dr. Cramer --"but I feel uncomfortable to stare as one
would at a Rembrandt. "You should never feel reluctant to
examine a tattoo. I am always flattered when someone looks at mine, especially
when they tell me how beautiful it is. If you're worried about offending
someone, just ask first. Very few people will mind.I have only one
tattoo, although it's a relatively large one. I've had it for 20 years
now -- well past the sell-by dates of many fashions -- and I still love it very
much. While I sympathize with your concerns about changing fashions and ages,
and I absolutely agree that people should stop and THINK before getting inked,
tattoos absolutely *can* maintain their appeal over the years.Ha, I
think I just made up a new slogan -- only it's so obvious that someone must
have thought of it before me. "Think before you ink!". ;-)
You made me smile, that said a lot.
In Japan, where extensive tattoos are a tradition, they are also traditionally
associated with the criminal underworld of crime and prostitution. In a time
when women are advancing in business and politics, having extensive tattoos
causes one's peers to question your intelligence and reliability.And yes, I have met people who have tattoos of Chinese characters and think
they mean something other than their real meaning. I assume it has been done out
of the ignorance of the tattoo artist, most of whom do not read Chinese or
Japanese. In a rare case it might be applied sideways or upside down or in a
mirror image, and in that case what it communicates is stupidity.
coltakashi...In the movie "Larry Crowne" the girl gets a tattoo of
Chinese letters. Finds out later that it's Chinese for "Soy
Sauce". LOL.As for tattoos, to each his own, but I personally
cannot stand them.
At a family wedding recently, one of the groomsmen brought a gorgeous date. She
was wearing a frilly organza style party dress with a bare back. Her back was
covered with big black evil looking bat wings & other Halloween looking
designs. The big bat wings just didn't go with the feminine party dress.
Can't say I'm a tattoo fan as I grew up in an era when only gnarly
looking old men had tats. Also, when I was recently at a bridal store in Nevada
to help relative find a wedding gown, I was surprised that there was an entire
display counter devoted to tattoo body cover up makeup. Now that's an
interesting market niche. Also, I've worked with people who are required
to wear turtle necks or tennis bands to cover their tattoo's on the job as
tats are not accepted at work. Also I've known people who have had
tattoo's or piercings who ended up with septicemia or hepatitis. I agree
with the writer, tats are too permanent.