When preparing to write a review here on Lunch you are always asked the question "Like, love or loathe? More often than not I prefer to write about topics that I love and am really enthusiastic about. In this case however I have chosen to comment on a subject that I really detest....tattoos. I have always hated tattoos and although my attitude towards them may seem completely illogical to many of you I don't think I will be changing my mind anytime soon. The sight of most tattoos just makes my skin crawl. I am sure that any discussion of this subject will evoke passionate feelings from people who love them and those who despise them. So let's let 'er rip.
I never quite understood what would motivate someone to get a tattoo. Perhaps I have led a sheltered life but the very idea of a person voluntarily choosing to have ink injected into their body is repulsive to me. It seems to me that you are taking a huge health risk by engaging in this sort of thing and could potentially end up with a serious infection, hepatitis or God forbid HIV/AIDS. Why would you want to risk it? Then what happens if you decide you really don't like your tattoo after all? In the past removing a tattoo was virtually impossible but these days laser removal is available but I am told that the cost is prohibitive. Unlike most routine transactions "buyer's remorse" is not a quick and easy fix with a tattoo. Whenever I see an individual with a tattoo, especially one that covers a large portion of the body, my first reaction is always something like "did he/she ever stop to think what they are going to look like when they are 40, 50 or 60 years of age and beyond?" Just a thought I guess but are people really that short-sighted? Finally there is the practical matter of how having a visible tattoo or tattoos might affect your employment prospects. The simple fact of the matter is that some companies clearly state in their job applications and employee handbooks that visible tattoos are forbidden. Furthermore, a study by Careerbuilders "shows the perils of tattoos for aspiring professionals, and confirms the conventional wisdom that tattoos are a sign of immaturity, bad judgement and bad taste." The findings of this study also indicate that "over 42% of managers said their opinion of someone would be lowered by that person's visible body art." I am afraid to say that rightly or wrongly I would most certainly have to count myself among that 42%. Furthermore, "three out of four respondants believe that visible tattoos are unprofessional." Remember that "perception is reality". As such, it would seem to me that there is an awful lot of food for thought in that study that one contemplating a tattoo should seriously consider.
Let me be very clear here. I am not looking to pick a fight. Rather, I am trying to initiate an intelligent discussion about the subject of tattoos. If you believe my views to be archaic then I invite you to sit down and right a similar review in defense of tattoos. I would be very interested in reading it. Finally, under no circumstances would I ever support any kind of legislation that would ban tattoos. After all, this is America and the Constitution affords each and every one of us a whole host of freedoms including I suppose the "freedem to be foolish". Definitely not recommended!
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A tattoo is a marking made by inserting dark, indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons. Tattoos on humans are a type of decorative body modification, while tattoos on animals are most commonly used for identification or branding. The term "tattoo" or from Tahiti, "Tatau" is first referenced by Joseph Banks, the naturalist aboard Cook's ship the "Endeavour" in 1769 where he mentions it in his journal. To paraphrase. he states, "I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition".
Tattooing has been practised for centuries worldwide. The Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, traditionally wore facial tattoos. Today one can find Berbers of Tamazgha (North Africa), Māori of New Zealand, Arabic people in East-Turkey and Atayal of Taiwan with facial tattoos. Tattooing was widespread among Polynesian peoples and among certain tribal groups in the Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Mentawai Islands, Africa, North America, South America, Mesoamerica, Europe, Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand and Micronesia. Despite some taboos surrounding tattooing, the art continues to be popular in many parts of the world.