Summer in Seattle

243 words written by dylan
Posted July 30, 2005 @ 07:03 PM

Seattle is normally a long-sleeve town, so every year around now I see the sheer number of tattoos and think, "Huh, where did all this ink come from?" before remembering that when the heat comes on the clothes get small and things appear for all to see.

And maybe it's my age, but the tattoos... some of them are downright embarrassing. I saw one guy with Mickey Mouse ears and what I guess are his name and the name of the woman he was with ("Ron and Fifi" or something like that). Why Mickey Mouse ears? Why the hideous script?

About 80% of the tattoos I saw at the M's game today fall into a category I call "How drunk were you?" The artwork was awful, the object pretty non sequitur, the look faddish and the type of thing that you're going to regret in 10 years. And I really, really dislike Native symbols (e.g. Haida whales, soul catchers, "Cherokee dream catchers") on pasty white people whose sum total association with First Nations people is a lifelong devotion to the Cleveland Indians.

I have a number of readers with tats. I'm not calling any of you out. I just wish people would think before they drop the $100.

And Samantha, while you're sharpening your Pointy Stick of Shunning to use on me, do you know the word for the false belief that things were better when you were younger than they are now?

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  1. Yeah, but I also believe that people should think before getting tattoos. I'd been planning mine for a good 10 years before I got it, and have been thinking about and researching the next one for the last four.
    In the end, though, it's their body and they can do what they want with it.

    Posted by: samantha | July 30, 2005 07:24 PM

  2. Interesting that you wrote this - yesterday I saw a lady, probably early 30s, maybe late 20s, loading her 2 kids into her SUV - I live in WhiteRepublicanHomogenousVille - and noticed a tattoo on her lower leg, and thought that she just didn't look the type. OK, Samantha, don't come down on me, I know, anybody can want a tattoo. But this lady was otherwise so Southern Baptist Republican in her dress, her vehicle, her aura. And I wondered, what percentage of tattoo owners wish they had never gotten theirs. I don't mean "I don't like the way that one turned out" wish, I mean "why did I ever think I wanted a tattoo" wish.

    Posted by: Harry | August 1, 2005 03:22 PM

  3. If I ever get a tattoo, it's going to look something like this.

    Posted by: The Librarian | August 1, 2005 05:48 PM

  4. BTW, I had tried clicking on the Comments link to make a comment last night, but the link didn't work. I had to go to the permalink to make a comment...

    Posted by: The Librarian | August 2, 2005 09:36 AM

  5. BTW, I had tried clicking on the Comments link to make a comment last night, but the link didn't work. I had to go to the permalink to make a comment...

    Oops. Copied code from one page to another without checking the links. All fixed now.

    Posted by: dw | August 2, 2005 11:49 AM

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