24 Feb 2011
TATTOO OR NOT TATTOO
more participants at Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Thursday
Letter : T
I have never payed attention to tattoos for the simple reason that it wasn't very well seen in Belgium or in Germany and a tattooed person was considered as rather vulgar.
So I was quiet surprised the first time I went to Egypt to see lots of British tourists more or less tattooed. It was the same for women and men, and they weren't the youngest once. They were all people like us, retired and stemming from the 60th/70th. When I asked why they all had these tatooes I have been told that it was very in fashion at hippie times End 60th and in the 70th in the UK and it was considered as very "in" ! I knew immediately who was English, because of the tattoos, no other tourists had them and ... they all regretted !
What probably looked nice when you are 20 doesn't have the same effect when you are in your 60th or 70th, put on some weight and lost your hair. Once a beautiful fresh little rose on an arm now looks rather faded, a snake has more wrinkles as usual and the once probably big and strong man who has "I love mom" tatoeed on his shrinked muscles looks rather ridiculous.
Some women were a little upset because their husband still had a heart with an arrow somewhere on his body, with a tattoo "Mary forever" but his wife's name was "Sue". You never know if it's forever !
Amongst my friends only one has a little rose tatooed on her shoulder, but even that, now at 67 looks rather ridiculous and she tries to hide it of course.
One thing is sure, when you are 20 you never think how you would look like at 60 ! and it is very hard to get rid of these "youth" souvenirs.
Originally tatoos hadn't been a fashion and exists since the New Stone Age beginning about 9500 BC they were used to mark the tribus or communities, to which people belonged to.
Today, people choose to be tattooed for cosmetic, sentimental/memorial, religious, and magical reasons, and to symbolize their belonging to or identification with particular groups, especially criminal gangs.
When I get into my third (or forth) puberty, maybe I will get a tattoo too, I only don't know yet what ?
Doesn't he look sexy ?
Imagine the same tattoo in 40 year with some kgs or pounds more