Time was that tattoos were a bit of a rarity. You might have an uncle who had been in the navy with one or two on his arms, or know an ex-Teddy Boy with LOVE and HATE indelibly marked on his fingers, but that was about it.
Today it seems most people have a tattoo somewhere on their body, so I’m in danger of offending the majority with this post, but that is not my intention. It is just an observation.
The preponderance of tattoos is something you become more aware of on holiday, lounging by the pool, and when body art lacks its usual covering. Dolphins on women’s shoulders are quite popular for some reason.
The question is, when do tattoos stop being art and become artless? The picture above from the Telegraph shows 23 year old Hayley O’Neill from Blackburn. She was quite offended when it was suggested that her tattoos and body piercings might be a bit of a hindrance in the jobs market.
“The guy said: ‘on first impressions do you think anyone would hire you?’ He said: ‘look at it this way if you were to stand behind a wall – or put a paper bag over your face do you think you would have a better chance?’
Not very tactful, but you can see his point, especially after Hayley said: ”I said I could take the piercings out but they look a lot worse when they are out.”
I guess I’m just showing my prejudices, but even if I’d fancied getting a tattoo when I was her age, I wouldn’t have known where to get one. Now there are tattoo artists on every High Street as my photo above from Stalybridge demonstrates.
Tattoos were also responsible for our daughter’s name, or rather what she isn’t called. I’ve always liked the girl’s name Lydia and that’s what I wanted to call her. Problem was, Mrs P couldn’t disassociate it from the Groucho Marx song and if I’m truthful, neither could I.
As I said, I’m sorry if you have been offended. If you haven’t been, but would like to be, I recommend a trip over to Yorkshire Pudding who can do it much better than I can.
Meanwhile, I had to include Lydia the Tattooed Lady from At the Circus:
Thymoleptic Sight at Peripheral Perceptions
Trick Photo at Zoom Photoblog
Tragic Fall by Yoshi
Thirty-three and a Third by Ramblin’ Roger
Tardis at Weighty Matters
Triskelion at Ramsey Daily Photo