Tuesday, January 31, 2006

To Tattoo or not to Tattoo???

I do not have a tattoo. I do not want a tattoo. It is not my chosen form of self expression. I do not begrudge anyone else (unless you are my child then your ass belongs to me until you are 21!) getting one if that is what they must do.

This past weekend my college son brought home a few friends and one of them is a 19 year old girl. I've known her for a while so she hopped up to show me her latest. It is a symbol (and it escapes me what it meant - thats how meaningful it was) that she had 'too'd on her hip. It goes well with the two fairies that are on her lower back.

My first question was, "What happens when you are someone's mother? or better yet grandmother?"

This is why you shouldn't 'too your belly. Yeah, she might look kinda cute (not really - I hate her and her marriage bustin' fat lips) now but what happens when that belly is all flabby after the baby?

Of course, everyone thinks tattoos are all cute. Little hearts on a tiny hiney, little flower on an ankle, maybe a tasteful cross on a breast, or a circle of barbed wire on a bulging bicep, but what about this?

Yeah. One thing you will not ever see is me bending over when I am living at the nursing home, stretching my skin out so everyone can ooh and aah over my wicked 'too on my ass. No, honey, thats not a Rorshach Ink Blot - its my tattoo'd Celtic symbol for a butterfly!


  • I confess. I have had a couple of lower back henna tatoo's while in Mexico......but they wash off. That being said, here is my take on the whole 'too 'tude: I am advising my son to study laser surgery and then start a tatoo removal business. As this generation and all their tatoo's grow old and begin to sag, well, he'll be rich!!!

    By Anonymous Carol, at 1/31/2006 9:33 PM  

  • I am totally with you on this one.

    I knew a young lady about ten years ago, who at that time had just graduated college. She had a circlet of barbed wire tattooed around both ankles.

    She had a degree in education, but was having a hard time getting hired, despite excellent credentials. Some administrator finally pulled her aside and told her the 'too's were a problem...not professional.

    She still has them, as far as I know, but I remember her hating them after that.

    By Anonymous candy, at 1/31/2006 10:58 PM  

  • don't forget the classy ones around the belly button.

    By Anonymous sarcastic journalist, at 2/01/2006 2:40 AM  

  • Carol - I don't begrudge anyone a henna tattoo. I would probably do one of those myself if I still had a sexy spot left on my body.

    SJ - How could I forget the belly button 'too??

    Candy - how sexy are those ankle tattoo's now?? And, if she removed them they will leave a scar...unless she goes to Carol's son the laser removal surgeon. Ha!

    By Blogger DebbieDoesLife, at 2/01/2006 6:37 AM  

  • All these stars and all their plastic surgery...How do you think belly tatoos will fit when it's time for the tummy tuck?

    By Blogger The Gradual Gardener, at 2/01/2006 6:39 AM  

  • I confess....I think the Blueberry Man in that link is kind of cute. :)

    By Blogger Arabella, at 2/01/2006 7:32 AM  

  • With you here. Angelina's tattoo is prophetic--what nourishes me will destroy me. There goes the flawless abs and damn, that C-section scar might tear right through the writing.

    I feel the same way about young people piercing their faces. I want to say Hon, one day all your collagen will be gone and you'll have big holes and big dents all over your face! Trust me! Wrinkles are BAD enough!

    By Anonymous V-Grrrl, at 2/01/2006 7:57 AM  

  • I'm too much of a weenie to get tattoo'd, so I have never had that desire at all. My sister has several, one quite large right above her crack on her lower back. I'm still waiting for her to talk about regretting getting that...but even if she does she'll probably never admit it!

    By Blogger Crazy MomCat, at 2/01/2006 8:04 AM  

  • I wonder if Angelina's tattoo is an homage to Billy Bob, and if so, is Brad secretly hoping for a horrendous C-section scar.

    By Anonymous candy, at 2/01/2006 8:18 AM  

  • In the Flop House I lived with a piercing technician. Everyone living there also had multiple tattoos or piercings. I designed tattoos for a little extra cash but never inked myself. It's just not something I'm interested in. I feel that skin is pretty enough, and there's nothing I could get that I'd still want at 83.

    The tattoos that really disturb me are the ones on the face. I knew a guy who got some Latin phrase tattooed on the inside of his lower lip. *Shudder* WHY?

    By Blogger Tink, at 2/01/2006 9:26 AM  

  • Weird. I just wrote about this today. I have two and I love both of mine.

    By Anonymous TB, at 2/01/2006 9:49 AM  

  • I have eight.

    I would never, however, poke holes in myself. Or ink my face. Actually, you can't see any of mine if I'm wearing a t-shirt and jeans, a.k.a. normal clothes. Then I look like "normal mommy". And then I change and I look like "biker chick" which fits in just fine when I'm riding on a bike.

    I do wonder about when I'm a granny. I've seen old tatoos (usually the forearms of old navy guys) and they look AWFUL. You always always say "what is THAT supposed to be?" and it's usually and anchor or the name of a ship or something. LOL

    By Anonymous Nilla, at 2/01/2006 10:14 AM  

  • I agree with Arabella about the blueberry guy. I wonder if it was a child's first drawing... I admit I think that's kind of cute.
    I have one on the inside of my ankle. It's still meaningful to me after 13 years and it's unobtrusive, so no worries here. Sometimes I see someone's tats and think they're going to look like hell at 70, then on occasion I think the tat will be a reminder of youth and maybe even envigorating...
    But piercing cheeks/eyebrow/lips/nipples? Ouch! and Ew!

    By Blogger Mignon, at 2/01/2006 4:39 PM  

  • I am with you regarding tatoos. I think our generation will be profiled by them in the nursung home, as in: The chinese symbol for peace on earth needs her food mashed, but the belly serpent in bed two just takes hers low sodium.

    I tell my kids I will fund any form of expression that is temporary- as in clothes and hair. They are not permitted to do anything permanent EVER, even after 21. I try to make them believe that their little asses will belong to me forever.

    By Anonymous clickmom, at 2/01/2006 6:19 PM  

  • I think that too many tattoos are done without thought about a long term plan. And Angelina - how original to have "whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger" tattood in Latin. If you are gonna get that tattoo the belly is the right place, honey.

    By Blogger Ditsy Chick, at 2/02/2006 12:00 AM  

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