29 November, 2012
I think I had a revelation the other day. But I’m not sure. I need you guys to help me decide. I can’t tell, but I suspect that I may be a tattoo snob. It’s not that I judge people by their tattoos. Sure, not all the tattoos I see I like and there are some that I wonder why anyone would want to get tattooed but in saying that, I’m sure not everyone likes my tattoos. It’s not that that bothers me.
The thing that really gets me is when someone with very few tattoos (I’m talking small tattoos in not very visible places) go about dramatically proclaiming their frequent persecution for being tattooed. I just can’t help but roll my eyes. It’s not because I think I’m any better than them because I have more tattoos. It’s just that for how tattooed I have become and how visible those tattoos are, I am rarely discriminated against, looked down upon or persecuted for being tattooed.
And I’m not just talking amongst my family and friends. Of course they don’t care. But I’m talking employers, prospective landlords, religious people, old people for goodness sakes! Sure I catch people having a bit of a look, but they never look disapproving. Most of the time I figure they’re either trying to figure out what the tattoos are or are simply just admiring the art. Either way, I’m yet to encounter anyone who treats me badly or even differently at all because I am tattooed.
Perhaps because these people aren’t particularly heavily tattooed their smaller, less visible tattoos seem like a big deal. Of course any tattoo is a big deal. It means something to you and it’s exciting to get one. Maybe because it’s the first splotch on a blank canvas it stands out to them more. I don’t know, I’m trying to be forgiving here but everytime I see/hear this it just makes me roll my eyes, cringe a little and wonder if they know how ridiculous they sound.
Maybe I’m just a tattoo snob? Please, be brutal and tell me. Do I just need to be put in my place?