President Obama to daughters: If you get a tattoo, I’m getting one too

“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decide you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo. In the same place,’” Obama said with a smile. “And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.”

I have to declare this the winner of the biggest tattoo related non-news story to top the headlines this week. I have ignored this headline for days because I don’t really feel like it is newsworthy, but I can’t avoid it any longer.

I would honestly love to see the girls call his bluff on this and go out and get tattooed. There is no way that Barack and Michelle would follow through on their little attempt at reverse psychology. And this is the type of parenting that can cause a rebellious child to run out and get a shiny new Romney face tattoo just to prove a point.

Keeping Their Art to Themselves

Sixty-one percent of human-resource managers asked last year in an annual survey by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania said a tattoo would hurt a job applicant’s chances, up from 57 percent in 2011.

I’m very surprised to see that this number has increased. No matter how acceptable tattoos become in society, I will always maintain that they should be covered whenever possible during job interviews. This statistic shows why it is so important to do so. Some people may say that they don’t want to work for a company that would allow for discrimination against someone because of their tattoos. That’s all well and good until it’s time to pay the bills and you are still looking for a job. Interviews are about showing your best. Wearing a good suit, being on your best behavior. Once hired, you can drop your guard a little, but the interview is not the time to don the short-sleeved shirt and show off your ink unless you are absolutely sure that it will be received positively.

Woman who has beaten cancer on why she tattooed over her mastectomy scars

A woman who has battled three types of cancer since the age of 11 has shared a topless picture of herself on Facebook, bravely revealing the tattoo she had inked on her chest following a double mastectomy.
After having her breasts removed to treat her cancer, Kelly Davidson, 34, decided reconstructive surgery was not for her, opting instead to get a fairy tale-inspired tattoo on her chest.
‘It’s my badge of honor and strength,’ the Ontario, Canada resident explained to the Toronto Star. ‘It reminds me every day of the battles that I’ve overcome. I’ve won this war and hopefully I’ve beat it completely.’

This story has been all over the news lately, so it’s not exactly new news. But what struck me were the comments. The Daily Mail is my favorite site for finding ignorant and downright nasty comments about tattoos, but very few were found on this story. Instead I found comments like this:

“I have always abhorred tattoos until now. That is beautiful as are you. Inspirational x”

“I hate tattoos but I love this one :)”

“I think it is BEAUTIFUL! Well done to her. Brave and beautiful.”

It seems as though cancer is the great equalizer. It is the one reason for getting a tattoo that a majority of people, even those who admittedly hate tattoos, can agree with. Or is it that the universal hatred for cancer is just so much more powerful than the hatred for tattoos?

I can’t help but question someone who says that they “have always abhorred tattoos”, but suddenly think this particular tattoo is beautiful. That statement tells me that this person has either never looked at tattoos in an objective way or they are lying because they cannot admit hating something that was done by a person who survived cancer. Regardless of the motives, it is still refreshing to hear some positive things being said about tattoos on this site.

The tip on tatts – think before you ink

Between the cliche “think before you ink” line in the title and the opening line, “I don’t have any tattoos so I’m probably taking a bit of a risk here…” I was expecting an article full of misinformation and anti-tattoo ranting. To my surprise I found some really useful tattoo tips and have to say that I agree with almost all of them.

The one tip I cannot agree with is never getting a tattoo if you are grandparent or over the age of 45. I see no reason to put an age limit on tattoos and love hearing stories of an 85 year old grandmother getting tattooed for the first time. It might not look as great as it would on young skin, but if you made it that far in life and want to go out and get inked, who am I to tell you not to?