Very short article about Jodie Marsh standing up for her tattoos. It resulted in a twitter debate on the subject of tattoos, as well as an equally fun debate in the comments. See #TMTattooDebate.
I almost made it to the end of the week without finding a comment bad enough to be immortalized here forever. But I think I found a winner in a response to the recent ‘Tattoos have a distinguished royal history‘ article on the Telegraph.
The comment I am highlighting is actually a response to another.
Here is the original comment:
The only stir they cause in me is one of the stomach related variety. Put bluntly I find tattoos appallingly ugly. -remittance_man
And the response:
I agree. It is unquestionably a form of self-mutilation and when I see them I feel physically sick as I do with OTT piercings but maybe they are intended to have this effect.
I feel so sorry for the parents who have invested so much of their lives trying to produce a well rounded and healthy, educated, independent etc adult knowing that their beloved child will bear the steadily more ugly mutilation for the rest of their lives – all because of an inability to see into the future. -feudejoie
What you call self-mutilation, many like to call art, adornment, or body modification. How can you state something is unquestionable, when there are so many people who obviously disagree with your opinion on the matter?
But, it’s the 2nd half of his comment that made it really stand out to me. Instead of feeling sorry for the parents of people with tattoos, wouldn’t it make more sense to feel sorry for parents of people who are not well-rounded, healthy, educated or independent? These attributes are not related in any way to the presence or absence of tattoos.
Do you know who I feel sorry for? Parents who have invested so much of their lives trying to produce an open-minded, non-judgmental adult, knowing that their beloved child will spend his or her adult life criticizing the choices of others all because of an inability to see beyond their outside appearance.
By Paul on June 29, 2012