Sunday, July 1, 2007

Tattoo Mania



Gadabout has been observing tattoos, and has noticed an accelerated upward trend occurring across all segments of society. Tattoos are no longer symbols of adventure and daring exploits adorned upon the biceps and forearms of returning sailors and soldiers from exotic far reaches of the globe. Nor are they sole symbols of power worn by biker guys threatening innocent family vacationers. Nope, not at all, it is a craze sweeping the nation, and you might be surprised by who is voting yes for durable body art.

Gadabout’s mum always warned, “If you get a tattoo, honey, you’ll never be able to have it removed.” To which I would reply, “Yes, mother, I know, I understand completely." Today, many mothers are getting tattooed. Not trailer park mothers, mothers that drive SUVs, check books out from the library and bake pies. An extraordinary shift in beliefs has skyrocketed over night, right in front of our noses. This trend has longer legs than the cigar craze of the 90’s, minivans of the 80’s and flavored bottled water combined!

Yes, I know what you are thinking and the answer is NO. Gadabout does not have a tattoo, and not because of any deep rooted belief or value system, but because I don’t know what I would want tattooed on my body. It just doesn’t appeal to me. Sure, I have considered it, but the question always gnawed as to what would be cool or desirable. It is like opening a menu at a Mexican restaurant and not really being hungry—too many choices and not enough appetite. But after drinking a few beers and frosty margaritas, hunger starts knocking.

Alcohol and tattoos go together nicely, almost as good as alcohol and tobacco, or alcohol and driving. A few years ago, one of my buddies had our squadron insignia tattooed on his butt cheek after a hard charging night of drinking in Key West. I don’t think his wife favorably embraced the artwork upon his return home. Oh well, it was a hell of a night and am certain it has made for a few laughs with the ladies after the divorce. My brother has a tattoo. He had the Greek letters of his fraternity tattooed on the inside of his ankle. Cool.

Other tattoos are cool too. Another buddy of mine has a twin brother, and the two of them had the “twin” symbol tattooed on identical locations upon their chests. I thought that was cool. Some choose symbols of accomplishment like if they complete the “Iron Man” triathlon, defeat cancer or overcome overwhelming odds and succeed. All of this is understandable to Gadabout, but what is confusing is the extreme nature selected by many. You have all seen what I have seen—entire legs and arms covered with mythological creatures, thorns and swords or an entire chest covered by multiple symbols, shapes and messages.

Gadabout is confused. Gadabout is seeking answers. Gadabout is not getting a tattoo anytime soon. Gadabout will report back on this very important topic.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Personally I belive that folks get tattoos to make an outward statement of their uniqueness so as to distinguish themselves from or align themselves to others in society.

Gadabout Jack said...

Right on

Anonymous said...

I think you should get one tattoo. One is sexy. More than one ... well ... to each his own. You're newly retired, are on the GIP, and should celebrate with a tattoo. What to get can pose a dilemma, but I like my very small, feminine tattoo. For a guy, "Mom" in a heart is a safe bet.

Gadabout Jack said...

The power of suggestion is starting an itch.
GJ

Anonymous said...

God bless the "Tramp Stamp"!

Jimmy ray said...

Yes a nice warm tramp stamp just above a low cut shorts on the back side any hottie accelerates my tired old hormones to nice warm feeling I have missed now for couple years...


Jack please don't get tramp stamp....

Gadabout Jack said...

Jimmy Ray,
Gadabout can not make that promise.
VRGJ

Anonymous said...

G. J.

Don't do it! I've seen old people with them. It isn't pretty... saggy and distorted. You almost need digital restoration in order to clearly see what the original image was at one time? Or you've got to ask and risk possible injury. Time is not on your side with this,it's against you.

I've seen too many at the Commissary on retirees standing in line? Stick to the classy side, why waste good money when all you really need is a nicely warmed glass and a excellent brand of Grand Marnier???

Danno White