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18 November 2013

TatDo or TatDon't?

Good evening angel faces, this post is one of much controversiality (oo-er) but please remember this is my little space for my little thoughts!

So for centuries, tribes and colonies have been inking their skin as a symbol of their being, who they are, what they want to become, a sign they are part of a group, or a sign they are an individual... it's a tradition that has been going on for years...

When the tattooing we know (and may love), first came to the UK the custom was generally associated with sailors and men of the sea, who had been away to foreign countries and would bare a tattoo as a statement. Later, it spread to aristocrats and the very rich... but this blog post is definitely not a history lesson.

I just want you to question when did this:

turn into this:

You see, I have no ambition to rant about tattoos generally. If I'm completely honest, I don't care where you get them, if they're on your forehead or on your lady-parts. I completely understand if someone wants a tattoo just because they like it, to me, I am not a tattoo fascist and I do believe in getting what you want, not what other people want.

It just really hurts my brain when I think about all the hundreds of people who go out and get pissed and end up with tattoos like the one above. Or people who get a tattoo that covers up their whole back 'just for fun'. For instance, a friend of mine (let's call him Jack), when Jack was younger he went through a crazy phase and got 'Phat Bastard' tattooed across his stomach. Across his stomach. In massive letters. Enormous letters. I met Jack about 10 years later and he now has a baby daughter. Jack is now panicking about the day is daughter asks him what the words on his stomach mean. And is absolutely full of regret.

I don't have any tattoo's myself, but I know I will most likely get one in the future, and I have a lot of friends who have them. But personally, a tattoo is a commitment for life and not something I am going to take lightly. So I guess the whole point of this blog is not 'don't get a tattoo', because a lot of the time they are beautiful. It's just, please think about what you are getting done before it becomes inked on your body for life. Because a camel on your toe may be hilarious when you're 18.... but when you're a 45 year old businessman, not so much.

Go forth my little friends and proceed with caution.

Ciao for Now!

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