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Vince - meet Carmen!

AN INNOCENT REMARK made on a recent post of mine by my friend VinceSummers sparked a train of thought in my increasingly juvenile brain (advancing years seem to be bringing on a second childhood!).

Looking back over the years I used to be a quite mild-mannered gentleman - even if I say so myself - someone who would 'go with the flow', 'fall into line', 'run with the herd' and generally abide by the wishes of society and the norms of polite behaviour.

Not any more! As I get older I find myself less and less likely to accept situations I previously would have even if I was not particularly happy. More and more I find that I will speak up if I am not satisfied with something. Service in a restaurant, being taken advantage of at work, getting a bad deal with something or simply becoming more and more intolerant of minor but annoying happenings.

I also find that I no longer care what my fellow human beings think of me. Perhaps I should qualify that - I don't care what strangers think about me. The opinions of my family is something I do care about and I would not deliberately do anything which would serious upset them (which is why I had to return the Harley emoticon :smile: ).

This attitude extends to what I wear and what I look like. Although I still dress in a fairly conventional manner if I'm not happy wearing something I just don't wear it (despire urgings from Mrs Kasman). And this brings us to the subject of tattoos.

As I young man I did what all my friends did and submitted myself to the local tattoo artist and got a couple of nondescript tattoos. That was many years ago but the one in the photograph, which is on my left inner forearm, is brand new!

Yep - Carmen is just six weeks old!

So why did I get another tattoo at my age? Call it a second childhood. Call it an attempt to recapture my lost youth. Call it my newly-discovered rebellious streak (our daughter called it a 'B***dy stupid idea' emoticon :smile: ).

There is a certain image attached to someone who is tattooed. Unconventional, poorly educated, working class, even 'a criminal type'. The point is I don't care what people think! In my dotage I will do what keeps me happy and to hang with whether society likes it or not.

If you care to do some research into tattoos and their history you will find that there is a huge (and very interesting) sub-culture involved. Meanwhile, I will keep on being a silver-haired rebel.

And yes, I have plans for another tattoo in the near future emoticon :winking:

Image Credit » Kasman

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melody23 wrote on August 24, 2017, 5:48 PM

When I started getting piercings in my late teens my dad warned me that I would never get a decent job, never get into university etc etc - I don't understand why people care so much what I do with my own body. When I did it it was about expressing my individuality, perhaps identifying myself as a bit of a goth I don't know but it certainly wasn't mainstream the way it is now. When I got my lip pierced people made all sorts of comments and do you know what? I loved every minute of it, I loved showing them up as how ignorant they really were. I was an almost straight a student, had a job my own house all those things people think people like me didn't have. Sure I dressed in an unconventional way and listened to music you were unlikely to hear in the charts but I was neither a criminal nor depressed which seemed to be how everyone thought we were. people also told me I would live to regret all the piercings - I still wear all but one of them when I'm not working (infection control reasons, not some sort of 'uniform policy' I would never take them out for that) including the first one I had done 15 or so years ago, rather oddly though, I never wear regular earrings! My piercings are a part of who I am, as I am sure people with tattoos feel about their ink.

lookatdesktop wrote on August 24, 2017, 5:58 PM

A lady in a Kroger talked to my wife and I one day as we passed by the ice cream section and the subject of tattoos came up. She had loads of them all over. She said, "If only I had not got so many of these tattoos. I find it hard to get a job anywhere. I was young when I did this and if only I had not got so many of them." I replied, "Tattoos are a personal thing, and I don't see any reason you should not be able to find a job anywhere with them but I am sorry to hear this has become a problem for you." I told her that my brother had a few tattoos on him that he wanted to get rid of, but when I think about it, people shouldn't judge others for having them because just having a tattoo is nothing to judge a person by, good or bad. A tattoo is a personal form of art is all. I know there are wilder things than that, like polka dot bow ties or lime green socks or spray tans.

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Kasman wrote on August 24, 2017, 6:11 PM

In my case I'm not sure it's anything to do with individuality or expressing my 'inner self'. I simply fancied another tattoo so I went and got one!

Kasman wrote on August 24, 2017, 6:17 PM

It's probably more acceptable for men to be tattooed than for woman to be so adorned (disfigured some people would say). I have three tattoos all of which are on my arms and can easily be covered if necessary . I wouldn't have one which couldn't be hidden - don't want to shock the normals!

Last Edited: August 24, 2017, 6:21 PM

MegL wrote on August 24, 2017, 7:04 PM

You're just right. If you want it - do it. It's not hurting anyone else. I don't want one but then, I also have never had my ears pierced, which is seen as abnormal! I don't intend to have them pierced either. One aunt (now dead) was giving away her jewellery ahead of dying and expressed great surprise (rather strongly, for which she later apologised) that I didn't have pierced ears. My own mother said that having pierced ears (with dangly ear rings in them) took people's eyes away from scraggy necks as you got older! I just never fancied having earrings there that someone could grasp and pull out (OUCH). Maybe says more about me being concerned about getting into something physical! LOL

VinceSummers wrote on August 24, 2017, 8:07 PM

To quote the Great One, Jackie Gleason, "I gotta BIG MOUTH!"