16 Aug

I make no bones over the fact that I’m a tattoo snob. I prefer black line work to color. I don’t like cutesy poo pieces. Tramp stamps irritate me in their prevalence and monotony. I’m picky. If I’m going to live with something on my body forever, there will be a lot of thought and meaning behind it. I have nothing large yet because of this-I’m planning a half sleeve for my right arm, but that is still in very vague design stages (anyone good at drawing up large pieces, let me know.)

I am planning an old school heart and bluebirds for the back of my neck, with my mother’s signature on it, as well as some simple black bands for my forearms once I pass my 30th birthday. These have meaning to me. One being the last physical thing I have that my mother did, her signature on my live birth certificate, and the other reminding me that I didn’t kill myself or die before I turned thirty, as I felt I would.

There are other things I vaguely want, but none with that “itch” that I have for these two pieces.

So yeah, I’m a snob about it. It’s not a fashion thing-it’s your body. Why clutter it with cartoons, or naked women? Shouldn’t it have meaning? To each his own sure, but come on. Somethings are just…well, tacky.

Like this.

Why anyone would actively want to inject UV’s into themselves is beyond me, since it’s one of those things we tend to avoid normally. I don’t want to glow in the dark, or under black light or where ever. I’m not 16. I’m not a sideshow project.

Would you do it? Do you find something like this attractive in some way? Beyond the health concerns, it just seems pointless. Let’s shade the monkey’s eyes so they glow in the club! OOH!

How not thrilling is that.

11 Responses to “Glowmonkey”

  1. Netter August 16, 2007 at 9:34 am #

    The reason I don’t have a tattoo is because I could never think of any image I’d still like when I’m 80. I can see part of the attraction for a UV tattoo, but why go through the pain and the cash if it’s going to disappear?

  2. bec August 16, 2007 at 9:56 am #

    Sorry, closest I’m ever going to get is the spare Spiderman tattoo that came out of the Weet-bix last week.

    I’m to chicken to even consider anything being needled onto the back of my neck!! Good on you for making the plans, though.

  3. bec August 16, 2007 at 9:57 am #

    Ugh. “Too”. That would be “too chicken”.

    Why am I so obsessive about fixing up typos in comboxes, answer me that?

  4. Gabriel... August 16, 2007 at 9:59 am #

    Naked women are NOT clutter. They are a very important part of my life. I’ve had a half-sleeve design for years but have never really had the cash to get it done… except when I did and spent it all on alcohol. I’ve never seen, or heard to be honest, of a black light tattoo… but it does sound kind of cool if used properly.

  5. Judy August 16, 2007 at 10:56 am #

    I think I’ve decided I’m getting a tattoo for my 30th birthday. The plan, right now, is that we’re going to Vegas, and the hubby and I will both get tattoos. (He has one already.) I’ve been thinking about the same thing for about 10 years, and it’s the one idea I keep coming back to, so I think I’m going to finally do it. And I’ve got almost a year to decide if it’s what I really want.

    I agree, though, that tattoos should not be some spur-of-the-moment thing where you just pick some random design on the wall. I think it should have some kind of meaning for the person, or at least be damn sure it’s something you’ll like when you’re old and wrinkled.

    As for the glowing? Maybe I’m a dork, but – as long as they’re safe – I think it’s kind of cool. Might not be in 20 years, but 20 years after they get it most people won’t be in the kinds of situations where it would show up, if it lasts that long.

    And as for stupid tattoo designs: I knew someone who had his three favorite strippers’ faces tattooed on his arm, and my niece’s barely 18 yo boyfriend just got a memorial to his DOG!!! No, nobody’s going to be regretting those when they’re 40. @@

  6. Gwen August 16, 2007 at 12:45 pm #

    Okay, yeah. No. I don’t really care what other people do with their bodies. I think some tattoo art is ridiculously beautiful. But you can only live the club life for so long. Then what: are ya gonna walk around with your own black light, just to make all the pain and money worth it?

  7. Gabriel... August 16, 2007 at 2:10 pm #

    Maybe a kind of black-light hat… kind of like a personal club-in-a-hat you can turn on and off depending on whether the situation calls for glowing tattoos or, you know, decorum. Maybe have some flaps with little speakers and a bass-box. Man. I would sooo get a black light tattoo if it meant getting a hat like that.

  8. thordora August 16, 2007 at 3:14 pm #

    if the word “flap” comes up when talking about a hat, I do not want the hat. Flaps don’t belong on anything but envelopes and elephant ears.

  9. Betsy August 16, 2007 at 3:32 pm #

    I can’t think of anything that’s meaningful enough to me to turn into a tattoo. But the ones you described for yourself sound really beautiful and special.

  10. CamiKaos August 16, 2007 at 4:01 pm #

    no. no uv tattoos. NO. no no.

  11. daisybones August 16, 2007 at 4:52 pm #

    I’m so with you on the ink snobbishness:) I do prefer line work in black usually, although only one of my three is black:) I’m jooonnnneeesssiiing!!!! Need new ink!

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