Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tattoo You?


I heard somewhere the statistic that a third of all Americans have at least one tattoo. That's a lot of us.

In theory, I have nothing against tattoos. I wouldn't get one myself, because 1) I am a wuss about painful things and don't do them on purpose if I can help it, and 2) I can't think of an image I'd want on my own skin for ever and ever and fading ever.

In practice, I have a sort of mildly held, open-but-not-likely-to-change opinion that most tattoos, on most people, are ugly and/or look just plain stupid. Those lower back butterflies or whatever, aka "tramp stamps"? Ugly. Asian characters of meaning unknown sometimes even to the person on whom they're inked? Look stupid. Likenesses of other real humans, alive or dead are often ugly and always creepy. Tattoos of mermaids, dolphins, roses, dragonflies, the name of your child/lover/mother/favorite band/patron saint: whatever floats your boat. Just not my style.

If you Google images of "beautiful tattoos," what you'll dredge up is images of ugly tattoos. It's just what there is.

So, I was unsurprised yet strangely fascinated to come across this blog: Horrible Tattoos. Checkit.


  1. Thanks Sue! Your blogs always bring me a chuckle and help me deal in cubical city (of which I am the self-appointed mayor).

    Hope all is well with you,
    Amherst Geo-Geek Buddy from CA

  2. With you as mayor, there is hope for cubicle city yet.

  3. I have a tattoo of a rose on my hip. I got it when I was a college student. It was one of the worst decisions of my life.

    I see it and think to myself: yeah, you and two million other girls....

  4. I have one on my arm from when I was 18. I have had 4 laser treatments to get it off. I need one more, there is a faint reminder of it, still there.