Thursday, June 26, 2008

Da Plane, Da Plane

Recently, I've been noticing a lot women with tattoos. Not just cute little tattoos of roses or butterflies but large, intricate and colorful murals. Murals that cover shoulders and chests and then spiral down arms. Images of dragons or roses or wizards crawling up legs.

I don't object to tattoos; to each her own. It's just that I don't understand the compulsion. I personally have no desire to have someone poke me repeatedly with ink laden pins but I would never try to prevent anyone else from going under the needle. The thing that eludes me is how someone is able to choose a design and have it imprinted on her body so that it will last forever. I can't imagine wearing the same shirt every day for the rest of my life and, similarly, I can't imagine having the same image on me day after day after day. Plus, once you've had a mystical garden in shades of purple, green and red printed down your arm, it's got to be hard to find outfits that match.

I guess it's safe to say you'll never see me permanently decorated with images on my body.

7 comments:

chelejean said...

I've got three tattoos, and I chose each one specifically because they meant something to me (and they were all done at big life event times). They're all pretty small, though, and easily hidden with clothing. One on my right ankle, one on my right calf, one on my upper left arm, near the shoulder.
After I got the first one, everyone said "you'll never have just one. Once you get one, you'll want more." They were right. I don't know if I'll get more or not.
And the pain isn't bad. If you've birthed a baby, you can get a tattoo!

susan said...

If I were to get a tattoo it would be something small. But I probably won't. :-)

susan said...

And there there is always the possibility of a typo!

Jenny said...

You'll never see me with a tattoo, small or mural.

Anonymous said...

Amen.

Karen

Kitty Girl said...

I got my first tattoo when i was 17! I was hooked after that... along with piercings... i have come to learn... i like pain! i got issues!
they are addicting!

Bill Brohaugh said...

I'm with you, Susan. I try to not inflict anything permanent on my body, as age is taking care of that while I sit back and relax. I pretend these hillocks settling in around my waist are simply very artistic landscape tattoos depicting rolling sand dunes.