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.
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.
These tattoos are absolutely amazing. And I just found a new blog to add to my reading list.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
As a doctor widely involved in sports and as the ringside doctor for boxing and UFC events, my interest in meticulous tattoo artwork and the deep emotions and stories behind tattoos only grew stronger. After years of hearing fighters and friends discuss the severity of pain involved in many of their tattoo procedures, and statements that getting hit was less painful than getting a tattoo, I knew that I could resolve this dilemma.
I don’t think this is a product that I would personally use because I haven’t found tattoos to be that painful. It’s been a while, but I sort of enjoy the process and have heard the same from others with tattoos. For someone who can’t sit still through the pain, I would rather see them use a product like this than wind up with shaky lines caused by movement during the tattoo.