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Tattoos by tucsonmike on 14 July 2006 1:08am
A strange subject for here, I guess. I am bringing it up for the following reason:

I considered getting one, put paused for thought. Besides wondering what I would get, I thought of something someone I know from Guatemala said. When he goes there, he is bothered by the police regularly. Why? In Guatemala, tattoos mean gang members and criminals.

My point, I want to be able to travel the world and not draw curiousity THAT way.

Many people in the American West have tattoos. It was culture shock for me. Growing up in New York, only sailors, bikers and criminals had them. Also, they are a no no in Jewish tradition. When I was still at home, my mother said, "if you get killed and you have a tattoo, you go off the Brooklyn bridge into the harbor instead. If I see it on you when I am alive, I will cut it off myself!" I knew not to mess around. Also, you cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery with a tattoo. (I've already figured out that will not be an issue for me).

So I am curious as to other cultural views on them.
Re: Tattoos by perfectbitch on 14 July 2006 10:40am
Traditionally, the cultural view here was much like you've described. Why do you think you may want one? I think the modern designs look good on healthy young skin but it will be a while before we see how ageing skin looks. If you wish to avoid problems travelling, you could consider having a tattoo on an intimate body part. ; ).

Re: Tattoos by Spursfan on 14 July 2006 12:06pm
Er, are you insinuating that Mike has ageing, UNhealthy skin? I wouldn't put up with that if I was you Mike!! ;-)

And which intimate body part are you going to choose, Mike?!!

Ooooh, Matron!!!!

Re: Tattoos by intrepid on 14 July 2006 5:04pm
A tattoo after 30 years doesn't add much for one's appearence, except to say "30 years ago I thought this was a good idea."
The Czechs have gone all tattooey since the late '90's and frankly, I don't think that it does squat in the "attractiveness" department. I mean, if you see a dark spot on your skin which you weren't born with (you weren't born with the spot, I mean. Hopefully you were born with skin), your first instinct is to wipe it off. Why deliberately and permenantly put a blemish on yourself? That's my opinion, dagnabit.
Re: Tattoos by Ahren on 14 July 2006 7:50pm
Personally, i think they're pretty cool, in moderation, but maybe not on an old person!!

Sorry Mike!
Re: Tattoos by perfectbitch on 14 July 2006 8:04pm
So, at what age do you think they should be removed then Ahren? : )

Re: Tattoos by canaveralgumby on 14 July 2006 8:04pm
I am fascinated by tattoos. I can't pull myself away from the Nat'l Geogr. documentaries about them!

* You are aware, bubbe, that you can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have one. That probably wasn't an issue for you, just thought I'd remind ya.

* Do your research on the shop - make sure they're medically clean.

* If you get one where they can't see it, you won't be bothered!!!
Re: Tattoos by Ahren on 14 July 2006 9:27pm
When you get old and wrinkly!!

So about 30, JOKE!!
Re: Tattoos by montyfreak0234 on 14 July 2006 10:39pm
Just remeber, when you are 80 years old...and a greandfather/great grandfather...you will still have that tatoo
Re: Tattoos by arty_farty on 14 July 2006 11:54pm
i might get two tattoos. to commemerate two of the best things that have happened to me.
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