I don’t understand the whole tattoo phenomena, I don’t have any and I don’t want any.  I think it exploded into popularity after Pamela Anderson got her barbed wire tattoo when she starred in the 1996 film Barb Wire.  In 2014, she finally came to her senses and had the barbed wire tattoo that wraps around her left bicep removed.  One day when I was visiting my nephew, his friend stopped by to show him a new tattoo that he just got.  This guy was loaded with tattoos and I asked him how many he had and why he had them.  He took his shirt off and his body was covered with colorful ink and he pointed to each of his tattoos.  He told me that this one was worth $600 and that one was worth $400 and altogether they were worth over $3,700.  I corrected him and said, “You mean that you paid over $3,700 to get these tattoos, but since you can’t sell them to anybody, they aren’t worth shit.”

I know that gang tattoos, prison tattoos, Russian mob tattoos and Yakuza tattoos have meanings, representing various achievements that they have accomplished, but I don’t find any of these to be attractive.  I am sure that people have their reasons for getting them, but it all seems so senseless, painful and expensive to me.  They must have meanings, but I could probably find the same reasons in clouds that are floating by and not have to be permanently scarred for seeking reason.  I am going to leave you with the Rolling Stones song ‘No Use In Crying’ from their 1981 album Tattoo You.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #144 which asks, “Do you have any tattoos? What is the meaning or significance of them? If you do have tattoos, do you have any regrets about any of them?”

30 thoughts on “Perplexed

  1. The problem (imo) with tattoos is people do not stop. They keep getting more and it’s all so random. They end up looking like a bulletin board with a bunch of sticky notes on it that don’t even go with each other. Except they don’t come off…

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  2. Tattoos are interesting, but not when someone has their whole body covered in them. That said, I do have three tattoos myself. They all mean something to me. I don’t plan on getting any more though. I don’t mind needles and to me it didn’t hurt to get them.

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    1. I am with you on this. Today Paula commented on my One-Liner and she said, “We should have nationalized healthcare like other civilized countries instead of our stupid system”, to which I replied. “That is a big can of worms that you are trying to open up, but it would make for a very good provocative question.” It is all yours, if you want to run with it.

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  3. Back when I grew up…people who had them who were not in the military were looked down upon. That isn’t right but that is just the way it was then at least in my world. I understand people who have been through wars…but no…it never appealed to me. Plus…my mom made me promise never to get one…and that is one promise I plan on keeping.

    The thought crossed my mind to get a tiny…I mean tiny Woodstock (peanuts woodstock) tattoo but I thought better of it.

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    1. I watch this great biography on Jimi Hendrix last night which was on Prime and called Hendrix (2000) and I am wondering if you caught it yet. The part I liked the best was when he told Chas Chandler the ex Animals bassist that he would go to London on the condition that he would get a chance to jam with Cream. That must have been some show with Jimi and Eric.

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      1. I want to say I saw it and have it. I do remember that story. Eric was amazed because no one would volunteer to play with Clapton.

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  4. I can understand what you’re saying. Great song choice! I do have tattoos and there are a couple I wish I hadn’t gotten. I don’t find tattoos all over someone attractive but to each their own. Loved your reply to the worth of his tattoos.

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  5. No tattoos here either, it just wasn’t done to nice girls in my generation and area where I lived. All the same I’ve seen (and designed) a few that I wouldn’t have minded getting. A long time ago. Now? I’m just too old to mess with such foolishness, even if I weren’t diabetic.

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