Our tattoos, ourselves

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Our daughter wants a tattoo. Nothing big or gaudy, she assures us. And not right away, either.

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been there

Palatine, IL

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May 16, 2009
 
My girls wanted tattoos. I told them to find at least 10 people over the age of 50 who had their tattoos for over 20 years and see if they still liked them. Not one person still liked their tattoo. Yeah, you'll still get some 'biker' types who say they still like them, but face it, you have a tat showing and your income isn't going to be as much as someone who is tat free. And my girls wanted to make money, so they chose NOT to have one.
Michael

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May 16, 2009
 
been there wrote:
My girls wanted tattoos. I told them to find at least 10 people over the age of 50 who had their tattoos for over 20 years and see if they still liked them. Not one person still liked their tattoo. Yeah, you'll still get some 'biker' types who say they still like them, but face it, you have a tat showing and your income isn't going to be as much as someone who is tat free. And my girls wanted to make money, so they chose NOT to have one.
Right! I mean the tips they get now as opposed to the strippers with tats is like 50 bucks more a night.
swchgo

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May 16, 2009
 
Ah, I can always count on the Tribune comments for rampant ignorance.

Been There, you have a great point about people not liking their tattoos anymore as they age. Picking a design and location on the skin shouldn't be done on a whim.

However, your belief that inked folks are paid lower is ridiculous. That kind of discrimination certainly still exists, but being tattooed no longer seals your fate as a peon.
ResumeWriter

Washington, DC

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May 16, 2009
 
I have three tattoos and no one knows it unless I personally show them.
Tell your daughter to go to Ancient Art in South Elgin. That's where I got my first two...20 years ago. They were wonderful and I hear they still are.
I still love mine and just got another a year ago at Mom's in Austin.
Conspiracy Man

Dixon, IL

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May 16, 2009
 
Perhaps she will come to the conclusion that by putting a marking on the surface of her body, she is doing something that somehow has some kind of meaning.
yochanan

Chicago, IL

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May 16, 2009
 
got one on sept 12, 2001

yes it was a eagle and flag and i am still happy I did it.
nbk1k70

North Aurora, IL

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#7
May 16, 2009
 
Your daughter will be making the classic mistake: confusing a trendy fad with cool.
Jack Armstrong

Urbana, IL

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May 16, 2009
 
swchgo wrote:
However, your belief that inked folks are paid lower is ridiculous. That kind of discrimination certainly still exists, but being tattooed no longer seals your fate as a peon.
No, it doesn't seal your fate as a "peon", it seals your fate as a "fool" with poor judgment.
Mary Cullina

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May 16, 2009
 
This article and many of the comments are the reason tattoos are still considered so taboo. People are not open to the idea that maybe body modification (tattoos, piercings, etc) might actually have meaning to the people who get them and might actually be worthwhile.
And its people like this who will not keep people like me, a perfect competent soon to be college graduate (with honors) with three tattoos and a mouth piercing, from being respected in a work force.
Open your mind to the possibility that the body mod generation may actually still have brains

“People are fun to watch”

Since: Aug 07

Chicago

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#10
May 16, 2009
 
Whether it's seen as unfair or not, people DO make value judgments based on one's appearance. Many businesses still do not hire those with visible tattoos. Banks, credit unions, investment houses, computer services, and even Hooters. I think of where I have seen any employees with tattoos on their necks and faces, and really only the tattoo parlor comes to mind.

I have one where no one at work will ever see, since I am not a pole dancer,

Fair or not, perception is reality. If enough people think you steal, you are a thief to them, regardless of your own outrage.

Tattoos are not legally protected, either. Can't see that this will change anytime soon.
one

Chicago, IL

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May 16, 2009
 

Judged:

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Most tattoos are lame and for losers, but mine are cool because:

1. It took me years to decide what to get
2. I designed it myself
3. It has deep personal meaning for me
4. Some other trite excuse to explain how doing exactly the same thing as everyone else somehow makes me unique

Since: Apr 09

St Charles

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May 16, 2009
 
Ann L wrote:
Tattoos are not legally protected, either. Can't see that this will change anytime soon.
Unfortunately, this is not as cut and dried as you may think. There are lawsuits pending by some really excessivly multi-face-pierced, multi tattooed freaks (we're not talking about the girl in the soda shop with the little rose on her boob and the little ring in her eyebrow). I'm talking about those with implanted devil horns and rows and rows of metal studs in their cheeks, and their faces covered with lizard scale tattoos. These people are claiming discrimination against their right to freedom of expression because they are not hired by banks, engineering companies, police departments, as waiters, retail establishments, or anyplace that depends on its public image...pretty much everywhere except maybe carnivals. I mean, really, how would you feel about someone who made the choice to look like that managing your retirement portfolio, serving you and perhaps your young children dinner, or taking out your appendix? Frankly, if the pizza delivery guy came to my house looking like that, I would be wierded out.
one

Oakland, CA

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May 16, 2009
 
A friend of mine described tattoos on a woman perfectly: "It's like drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa."

Tattoos are a LIFETIME reminder of youthful stupidity.
Reverend Dewey Cox

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May 17, 2009
 
When I have to sit an a restaurant and get served by some inked up sleaze, is when I find a different restaurant.

If bimbos want to get the tattoos, that's their right. When I don't want to see them, especially when I'm trying to eat, that is my right.

And if I am with a group of diners and don't have the option of dining elsewhere I simply leave a nickel or a dime for a tip.

And how about the fat chicks that get tattoos thinking it'll make the hot when all they are is still a fat chick with a tattoo,(or piercing.)
ewlj

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May 17, 2009
 
Mary Cullina wrote:
a perfect competent soon to be college graduate (with honors) with three tattoos and a mouth piercing, from being respected in a work force.
Open your mind to the possibility that the body mod generation may actually still have brains
Brains aren't everything you know. I graduated with honors and have a PhD even but I would not hire you even if your GPA was 4.0. What you have to understand is that grooming is also important. If you didn't bathe and smelled so bad as a result that you would make others in the office cringe, should I hire you? Then why should I hire someone with a nausea-causing mouth piercing? It's nasty to look at and always will be.

PS-It should be "perfectly competent" not "perfect competent."
ProfessorGAC

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May 17, 2009
 
ewlj wrote:
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Brains aren't everything you know. I graduated with honors and have a PhD even but I would not hire you even if your GPA was 4.0. What you have to understand is that grooming is also important. If you didn't bathe and smelled so bad as a result that you would make others in the office cringe, should I hire you? Then why should I hire someone with a nausea-causing mouth piercing? It's nasty to look at and always will be.
PS-It should be "perfectly competent" not "perfect competent."
You took the words right off my fingertips. I was going to write the exact same thing, including the "perfectly" correction.
GAC

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May 17, 2009
 
Reverend Dewey Cox wrote:
When I have to sit an a restaurant and get served by some inked up sleaze, is when I find a different restaurant.
If bimbos want to get the tattoos, that's their right. When I don't want to see them, especially when I'm trying to eat, that is my right.
And if I am with a group of diners and don't have the option of dining elsewhere I simply leave a nickel or a dime for a tip.
And how about the fat chicks that get tattoos thinking it'll make the hot when all they are is still a fat chick with a tattoo,(or piercing.)
How do you really feel? Stop holding back so much!
Mobama

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May 17, 2009
 
The world's greatest oxymoron: "Tasteful tattoo."
Anonny

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#19
May 17, 2009
 
Go to any college or university: I would venture that at least 50% of the female students have a tattoo on their lower back.

For the next 30 years or so, that means that upwards of 50% of the middle to upper-middle class women/mothers in this country will have not just any tattoo, but some generically suggestive design just above their posterior. And for the 30 years after that, upwards of 50% of the middle to upper-middle class grandmothers in this country will be similarly festooned.

I render no judgement, but the future will indeed be quite a sight, what with all the soccer moms and grandmas sporting tribal or floral ink back there.

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May 17, 2009
 
Anonny wrote:
Go to any college or university: I would venture that at least 50% of the female students have a tattoo on their lower back...
Those are called "Tramp Stamps."

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