Apr 4, 2014

Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Get A Tattoo (but Having a Baby is Fine)

I loved this article. A funny look at the difference between how we look at the decision to have a baby vs. getting a tattoo.

 
Feb 28, 2014

UNPOPULAR OPINION: TATTOOS ARE CORNY AND DEGRADING

I’m warning you ahead of time that this is a terrible article. It’s judgmental, poorly written and makes no clean points. That being said, the comments are worth reading.

 
Feb 24, 2014

Tattoo artists want kids to think before they ink

About three years ago, husband-and-wife team Sara Spruth and Eric Dean Spruth, both tattoo artists, started an outreach effort called Symbol of Thyself, in which they go into schools chatting up teens and pre-adolescents about the dangers of using unhygienic tools and the long-term social ramifications of marking themselves with permanent tattoos.

This sounds like a great program. Kids need to learn about tattoos early in order to make informed decisions that they won’t regret a few years down the road.

 
Feb 14, 2014

Getting a tattoo has lost its edge

I thought this was a great article. The idea that tattoos have lost their edge only seems to bother people without tattoos. I have never heard anyone use words like edgy or cool when describing their own tattoos, yet I constantly see anti-tattoo rants talking about how they aren’t edgy. Nobody is still trying to claim they are are, so move on.

Getting a tattoo doesn’t have to mean a lot these days. I think it used to mean something – it was edgy, a sign of the counter culture. Now it’s just … a tattoo. Nothing more.

Anything that’s cool will be cool for a while, and then it becomes normalised. That doesn’t make it s***, it just means it wasn’t what it was. Punk was punk, but then punk bands started to get in the charts. Rock’s the easiest example – it was alternative, but now rock bands are the main pop acts.

 
Jan 28, 2014

Inking Myanmar’s identity

Taboo no more, tattoos are making a comeback in the fast-changing southeast Asian country.

 
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