Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Tattoo Trend

A current NBA player
I was recently watching some old NBA all star games I had recorded back in the late 80's and early 90's. Aside from the short shorts, one thing really jumped out at me. I could not see one tattoo on the court. These games featured the best players in the league and up until 1992 I could not see any players with visible tattoos.

Contrast that with today. It's rare to find a professional athlete or an Olympian who does not have at least one tattoo.  I can understand if you are a member of an Aboriginal tribe and it's part of your culture, but I just don't get the appeal it has to so many people to draw on their bodies.

I think it would be interesting if tattoos were hereditary. Can you imagine a guy with a dragon on his back and his wife has a butterfly on her ankle. If they had a kid, he'd be born with a dragonfly on his butt. I'll bet if you passed tattoos onto your kids, people would use a little more caution. 

If you are someone who is planning on getting a tattoo, I highly advise you to go to an experienced artist. I have seen some tattoos that look like they were done with a paperclip and a ball point pen. If it's going to be with you permanently then splurge and pay someone who knows what they are doing. Even though I'm not a fan of tattoos, I have to admit I've seen some beautiful ones over the years.

I've never been tempted to permanently ink anything onto my milky white albino flesh. Probably because I've just never seen anything that I thought was so cool that I needed to have it attached to me forever. 
I thought I'd include one of my favorite SNL clips that addresses this topic.


Kristina P. said...

I'm not opposed to one or two tattoos. But the kids I work with are dumb****s. They want all these visible gang or drug tattoos and piercings. Good luck getting a job!

Tom said...

I hear you. I don't have a problem with them either, but some people need to take it easy on the neck and face tats. I'm just amazed at how popular they have become. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't have one.

mCat said...

I have always wanted a tattoo. I have thought about it since I was a senior in high school and had I been braver in my wild days, I would RIGHT NOW have a small, simple infinity sign on my right ankle.

THen I got religious and abstain due to church policy. But believe you me, if that ever changes, the next day I will be inked,

Jeanne Estridge said...

When I was young, I had a grape tattooed on my butt.

Now it's a raisin.

(I totally made that up, but that's the problem I have with tattoos.)

Crystal Pistol said...

Ah the tat. I can't say I detest them. I have one. Just for the experience of having one, you inderstand. But now it's stuck.

My children are forever reminding me Heavenly Father doesn't like my tatoo.

I'd remove it but ...I dont wanna. (if im being honest.) at least it's on my shoulder blade and not my forehead.

tammy said...

My brother-in-law has a huge one all along his arm which he regrets now.

Arlee Bird said...

I find the tattoo trend rather disturbing. I haven't determined what it all means but I'm sure it means something that doesn't offer much good for the future.

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