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A thousand words

on June 21, 2012

Being a pretty conservative sort of lass, I don’t have any tattoos. Although since tattoos seem to be so popular these days, it’s kinda like they’ve become the new normal – so, really, I’m a rebel for NOT having a tattoo. Yes, really. I’m not sure when tattoos made the shift to becoming more common, but now it’s getting tougher to find a cleanskin – you know, one that’s not featuring a Chinese character, inspirational word, Celtic symbol or Maori sleeve. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against tattoos. The fact that I don’t have one is more to do with an aversion to pain and no clue about what I’d want to be branded with for life. I often admire them on others, yet sometimes, you see tattoos that definitely belong in the But, why? file…

According to the Geeky Tattoos website, these feet belong to Alicia, a lady who posted the image on Flickr and said that she chose to have good and evil cupcakes tattooed on her feet to remind her to stay young at heart and to symbolize the balance of good and evil within herself, but adds “and I have a thing for cupcakes”. Yes, so did I.

And from the same website, here is Ashley’s leg. With a tattoo of a Nintendo 64 gaming controller. I am not a gamer, so I can’t really understand this one either. Maybe this controller is more than just a piece of plastic with coloured buttons that you press to make a character on a tv screen jump or run or whatever?

We all know it’s important to get plenty of vitamins from fresh fruit and vegetables. But I’m not sure about this tattoo of a bunch of asparagus – I don’t think those vitamins count. Though it’s certainly more interesting than a bunch of roses or daffodils.

Continuing on the food theme, here’s a hot breakfast. On someone’s arm. I love breakfast as much as anyone, but I’m not sure why you would want a picture of it on your arm. Unless that bacon made a smile under those eggy eyes. Then I would understand.

Anyways, if you would like to see more, the first two pics are from Geeky Tattoos and the foodie tattoos are from OC Weekly. And, of course, EverydaySparks takes no responsibility for any action you may take as a result of this inspirational post… What would you get?

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7 responses to “A thousand words

  1. Hey Sparks – not sure I’d have a tattoo of it on my person, but I do like the asparagus. Just because WHY?

    Anyhoo, you might to check out the SMH article on the growing trend (up 32% apparently) of tattoo removal…http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/tattoos-still-taboo-at-work-20120620-20mzb.html

    Love TSL x
    Also a tatt’ free zone

    • Joining the tat free zone! The thought of that asparagus on your arm at 85 ( assuming I live that long) is a bit scary 🙂 happy to be uniquely ink free!

    • Cate says:

      Thanks for the link, TSL – it’s pretty amazing to think that there are places where you can’t use a public pool if you have a tattoo! I like the asparagus too – think it’s the addition of the purple band keeping the bunch together that makes it so funny – that’s real attention to detail!

  2. Tat Who? says:

    I too am unmarked but am facinated by the fact that tatoos have gone from the sign of a quite alternative culture to being mainstream in such a short space of time. Anyway, I love these shots which are in infinitely better taste than some found here: http://www.terribletattoos.com/
    I look at this site sometimes when I doubt my value to the human race – it makes me feel much better 🙂

    • Cate says:

      Eeeek, just went to check out that site and the first giant tattoo pic is a ‘lady’ in a hotdog bun. There’s one to show potential employers (and the grandkids) for sure! 😉

  3. I’m afraid I’m not part of the tatt free zone, in fact I probably count as one of those people with rather ridiculous tattoos! I have a small triforce (from The Legend of Zelda series) behind my ear but compared to my friends (and the majority of the inhabitants of my city) I’m ‘tame’!
    I didn’t get my tattoo to be a rebel or anything like that, I simply got it to memorialize my memories in regards to the game and my brother and sister who I played the game with.
    But the main difference between my tattoo and most other people’s ‘silly’ tattoos? Mine can be hidden! I just don’t understand the urge to hugely brand yourself with ANYTHING that can’t be hidden! Like the breakfast and asparagus? That’s huge! Say goodbye to sleeveless tops in summer! Especially when you get *excuse me* old and a bit wrinkly/saggy in places? For someone tatted up I have, to quote “a surprising amount of disdain for tattoos” but hey 😛

    • Cate says:

      Ha, thanks, AA – I like the sound of your tattoo and I especially like that it reminds you of good times with your brother and sister, that doesn’t even come close to the But Why? file for me! I agree with you re the tattoos that can’t be hidden – what if you change dramatically and grow to hate your tattoo(s), but have to look at them every day (unless you go through the $ and pain of removal)? I once knew a super corporate guy who was pretty senior and he had a fairly big barcode tattooed on the back of his bald head. When he turned around it was literally the first thing you noticed. I thought it was actually pretty impressive, but when I asked him about it he said he hated it as he had it done when he was an ‘angry young man’ and now felt it was not him at all!

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