Why I Choose to Write about Tattoos

Over the years of writing this blog I have repeatedly seen comments similar to the ones I am going to highlight below. The common claim is that as the author of this blog I must be secretly insecure about my tattoos and that I care too much about what other people think about me.

If you go on the internet writing stuff like this, you obviously care very deeply what other people think say about them.
People with no regrets have no need to defend themselves because they genuinely don’t care what small minded people have to say about their personal choices.

The fact the person made a blog about it, tells me that he is not completely secure about having tattoos.

The first thing I need to share are all of the times in my life where I was treated poorly due to my tattoos. I will detail each and every instance of discrimination in the workplace, every case where someone made a negative comment about my tattoos and each and every case where I thought I was treated different in any way because of my tattoos. I hope everyone is ready. [Read more…]

Removing stigmas, not tattoos

Even the Army has to acknowledge that society is changing its views of tattoos.

According to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, this prevalence was a driving force for the Army tattoo policy change. “Society is changing its view of tattoos … Soldiers have grown up in an era when tattoos are much more acceptable and we have to change along with that,” Odierno said.

The long fight over military tattoos just hit a new phase

“Military culture, warfighter culture, is not an emotive culture by any means,” Deitch said. “There’s no place for a dialogue for the emotions of loss or fear or [traumatic brain injury] or post traumatic stress disorder, and tattoos present a way for active-duty soldiers to have a journal, a way to express these things. There’s a real good chance that the repealing of this and the beginning of this dialogue about what tattoos say could do some real good for active-duty guys.”