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Thank you for everyones opinions... like I figured would hapen, people made douche comments without real reason and basically turned the thread into hell.
I tell ya what though, I will NEVER regret my tattoo's. Whether they look like shit, or look awesome. They tell a story and that story is my life.
Btw for everyone saying, "whats it going to look like when your 65!?!" Well, I say this... I'll look just like you... only more interesting! lol
Oh and... I PITY A FOOL!
I'm not angry? Where did you see that? lol
I challanged a persons opinion that was based off assumptions... nothing more...
If people don't like tattoo's, its on them.. it doesnt both me a bit. Now when they tell me, my tattoos make me a 2nd class citizen, or a POS, etc.. THAT is a different story.... Just like anyone else, I dont want to be insulted for my life decisions that make no impact on your (or anyone elses life) I dont talk down to you because I chose to enlist in the military, be a police officer, and eventually an EMT fire fighter.. and you chose to be a banker, accountant etc (just throwing out examples) So what is the difference between the two?
Tattoo's are about individuality, freedom to have them if you want, being different than the norm. No one will EVER have the same tattoo, and I think that's what I like about it.... I want to express myself in my own way, I am not really the artsy type, I can't draw, or paint worth a shit, so why not get things that are special to me and show me where I have been in my life, tattooed on my body? They are almost like a time line for me.... my left arm, is a japanese dragon which means strength (for the past), I also have a block O on the inside of my arm haha. My chest is a japanese sun rise with crashing waves for new beginnings and challenges faced, as well as a tribute to my grandmother that passed away. My right arm is a koi fish, which means good futune, family with waves again, with cherry blossoms, which symbolize love, life, honor those that have passed away in my life....
So, to finish this off... anyone who wants to tell me, my tattoo's are foolish and were not thought out, I'll tell you.. I dont care what you think. I got them for me, not you.`
I'm 55, been in around the military since I was 22. I don't have a tattoo, almost got one in 82, but that's another story. I have mixed emotions on them. Heard from several WWII vets I worked with that had tats and said they'd wished they never got one. That served me to think twice before jumping. I don't judge people on tats. Although I did see a family at the beach once...Mom Dad, 2 teenage girls and boy, all with Chief Wahoo on their right calves. Thought, wow, they really like the Indians...
With some folks I think "wow, really cool," with others I think "what were they thinking.."
Polynesian face tats...very interesting....hide that with a dress shirt....
Even more interesting to see peoples opinions and the "interactions" generated here about those opinions....
I guess I give blood in a state that has no regulation then. I give every 56 days and have to read the same brochure I've read a few hundred times. The general rule of thum..and I think the questions states..have you had a tat in the last 12 months. And the state I live....it is a disqua;ifying question. There are two streets where tat parlors are in Myrtle Beach..Seaboard Street..which also includes an aray of strip joints and a place in Conway in the industrial section. Seediest parts of towns and it's tourists, Ft bragg or Camp Lejune with a wekkend pass, etc. that keep these guys in b usiness.
To say I don't know what I'm talking about is just an opinion of ignorance. The Red Cross WILL take your blood..especially if it is at a blood drive where some individuals feel they should participate just so it doesn't make a potential donor feel ostracized.. The questions help the blood bank decide whether they will use your blood or not. If you have a disqualifying question..they'll still draw your blood and then mark it differently..maybe they further test it or just throw it out..I don't know that..but don't suggest I don't know about giving blood. They also have a qualifying question "have you served in the military from '78-'84...which I have. It's not necessarily disqualifying...but I dug deeper and it was part of the immunizations they gave for overseas deployment that may have an affect with mad cow disease. Again..you may not like my opinion..but don't question my knowledge of giving blood at the Red Cross.
and for the record..I said "If you are a Bible believing Christian"...I didn't pass judgement on anyone...I presented an issue.
I agree with the thought..why make a post and get mad when you ask for differening opinions? Why do other posters turn it into personal attacks. my OP...had some opinions..but no specific personal attacks until steamer chimes in with a personal attack..and then it escalates. If people wouldn't post like punks to begin with..you can have threads like this without the BS.
and just food for thought..yes, it is a personal preference...but you wanted 'opinions'...then dismissed the ones you didn't like. I work at a university with scientific researchers, professors, academia and government officials. NONE of the heavy thinkers I associate with have visible tats...and to extend that further..not any of my dr's..not my lawyer...not my banking or business associates. Draw you own conclusion.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by jwe 19 months ago
"Your opinion is based on nothing, you have no facts or knowledge to have an opinion on the matter..."
This comment has a vengeful or angry feel to it. I'm not trying to start ish on your thread. I'm just saying that you and a couple other guys got all worked up and jumped on this one guy who merely stated his opinion, when the original message in the thread was welcoming differing opinions. If I misinterpreted the tenor of your message then I apologize.
Getting back to the topic at hand, I too would definitely be annoyed if someone tried to call me a classless individual based on my appearance. Fair or not, many people with ink get looked upon in a negative light by some. This trend may change as tattoos are becoming more common, but I still feel there will always be those who think it's a foolish idea. And there are many valid thoughts as to why it can be considered foolish. Maybe to you, your tats have sacred meanings. When I see some dude with a barbed wire on his bicep, I can't help but think how stupid it's going to look when he's 60, his muscles have shrunk and become wrinkled, and that barbed wire now looks like a picket fence.
Also, someone made mention of looking to hire someone, seeing a tattoo and then thinking "You know, I'm not sure this guy thinks things through or has respect for the long term." Maybe it's an unfair judgment but it does carry some validity sometimes. Just like every other controversial counterculture (bikers, pot smokers, etc), there are always at least a few people that give the trend a bad name. When I see someone with a tear drop tattooed to the side of his eye or his entire bald head is covered in ink, I think to myself, "I sure as hell wouldn't want my daughter dating that punk." Whether that's a fair thing to think or not, I can't help my initial reaction. Something about it just looks dirty and I don't want my daughter around it.
Like it or not, you're always going to have people think it's a bad idea. As you said, you didn't do it for them so it doesn't matter what they think. What I'm ultimately getting at though is don't just get pissed and angry because someone thinks your tats were a mistake. There are many valid reasons to reach that conclusion, whether it's fair or not.
In reference to your friend, when I was in boot camp my senior drill instructor stated "if you want a tattoo, wait 10 years and if you still want it get" I am glad I waited 17 years because what I would have gotten then would not be some thing I would have now. It also gave me time to reflect over my life and create my own memory plus the quality of artist 20 years ago and the ones today can not even be mentioned in the same sentence. I just have my dog tags on the inside of my bicep that looks 3-D with the chain wrapping a key that has some representation to my wife of 20 years. When people ask to see it they will touch it to feel if the letters are raised. They couldn't do that kind of work 20 years ago. Again I have it above the sleeve because I don't want it to have a negative impact on my corporate career. I work in an industry where tattoos are all over the place (I work for Peterbilt) but I have my eyes on a directors position over 16 facilities so I need to maintain cross industry relationships and professionalism but that is just me.
I dream of a day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.
His opinion on the tattoo shops, Hep C, giving blood and etc (basically everything his said) was not true, so they were based on nothing. I was not angry, or upset in anyways. I was stating that he clearly has no knowledge on the subject, so his opinion can't be fully taken into account. I am and do welcome anyone to reply, if you look at what anyone else has said (who's opinion wasnt so close minded and untrue). I do not have an issue with the opinions that differ from mine.
The ones I have a problem with are the ones that are covered in false statements.
I do see your point with the tattoo's and the looks of them, I'm not worried about other peoples opinion on my tattoo's. I have my life in order and my life style can afford me to have sleeves. I also do not like neck, face, head, or hand tattoos. That is were I draw the line. I still want to be able to put a suit on and look professional.
While the judgement on people with tattoo's is unfair, it happens... that's all there is to it.
This post was edited by OHSethIO 19 months ago
It all depends! If your looking for work in a tattoo shop or industry, it probably helps! If your looking for work in a legal firm, not so much! And as far as keeping them hidden, It's not cause there's some "hidden voice" telling us it's wrong, it's protecting us from public perception! In time, as many stated, this will disapate!
I have a 21 yr. old daughter and 3 boys, 18, 16 and 12! This subject has surfaced a few times! I just tell them, I'm not opposed to tattoos, just make sure you think it through and get something that makes sense and you won't dispise in 10 years! A snake wrapped around a skull, fighting a tiger, really doesn't have a significant meaning in your life! Now, military, your name/initials, your school or family members pics/names, have a meaning that, no matter happens to you will never change! My biggest fear, is that they'll get one without thinking it through or consulting w/me!
Cute story! I graduated from Ohio U., and while I was there, got a bobcat paw, which was their logo in the 80's on my right hip! Well, a few years ago, I was taking a shower and walked out to dry off! My youngest son was about 5-6 at the time and had walked in to say something to me! I was drying my back, when my son stopped in mid-sentence, looked at my hip and said, "Dad, look!.......a clue"! Of course, in reference to the Blue's Clue's kid show! My wife was in the bedroom and over-heard the whole convo and knew exactly what he saw! We laughed for hours over that one!
Where in the Bible does it say don't get tattoos? I am a God fearing man and as far as I know the only time tattoos are mentioned in the Bible are is in refernce to Pagans marking their bodies with Satanic symbols. Everything in the book must be taken in context. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. By the way I have 2 tattoos, both religious themed.
Shaunba! GREAT avatar! Did you take that pic?
Orthodox Jews do not get tattoos because of that reason, but as far as I know there is nothing in the Christian Testament which prohibits tattoos;
Some Christians do not get ink because they believe it is "desecrating the Temple (body)" but that's their interpretation (just my opinon)
FWIW I consider myself to be a "God fearing" man too, and I have 7 tats.
Leviticus which was under the blood of animals and the law or pre Jesus. Post the cross everything has been cleansed and everything is based on love. Most folks don't that deep into it to see that so we through the Old Testament laws in as a precursor to judge, hate, and make ourselves as if we are better than others. It's a beautiful thing really
What gets me is Orthodox Jews don't believe in the messiah but they also do not sacrifice animals to cover their sins any longer
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