More and more in recent weeks, I’ve found myself entirely too devoted to bashing tattoos. I’ve got no problems with people getting tattoos, so long as they actually have some kind of meaning to the person other than “I paid for it” or “it’s on me now so that’s what it means to me” or “it looked awesome”. More and more I see people tattooing the most random things to their body, most people covering their body with the nonsense… and more and more, I’ve found myself entirely too devoted to bashing tattoos.
Thank a friend via Twitter recently for showing me a picture of some idiot tattooing stars up and down the side of his face. This began my rant against face tattoos. If you’re in a profession or religion where it’s deemed appropriate, fine… tribal tattoos don’t necessarily cause this reaction for me. I also would never have the balls to call Mike Tyson a fool for tattooing his face. But if you’re just a run-of-the-mill Joe… you shouldn’t be tattooing your face with anything.
Think of how ridiculous you’ll look to the employers who interview you. Think of how ridiculous you’ll feel when you realize that not one of them is giving you a chance to show anything you may be able to do solely off of the fact that you look like a twat. Sure, it’s not technically legal for an employer to deny you a place in the business because you’ve got a tattoo on your face, but an employer is allowed to judge whether or not you would attract or scare off business. Chances are, those face tattoos will scare off most business.
This entire issue lay dormant in my mind for about a week and a half until yesterday when a friend and I were at the mall. We were at H&M waiting in line when a kid walked up behind us. He couldn’t have been more than 15 years old, but his height and body size indicated he was younger than that even. Why he was even in the mall at noon was beyond me… and he WAS there with his mother, who looked as much like a crackhead as anyone I’ve ever seen. Needless to say, the reason I really noticed him in the first place was the “art” on his face… teardrops beneath his eye, lettering along his cheek, other random designs.
Teardrops have some relatively known meanings… you’ve either killed someone, or lost people close to you. If it weren’t for his age, I could almost accept the tears he had under his eye… but the rest!? There’s absolutely no way I accept that this child was able to get tattooed like this… except for the fact that his crackhead mother had him out of school and in the mall shopping for clothes. Of course she’s the type of woman who could have signed for her son to tattoo his face.
Whether you’re Gucci Mane, or the kid I saw at the mall yesterday… don’t tattoo your face, ESPECIALLY with stupid shit…