T is for Tattoos

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.

Lydia the tattooed ladyTattoos 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:

ABC Wednesday Round 7

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

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

4 comments… Add yours
  • Sylvia Kirkwood 1st December 2010

    Great post for the day! It has been interesting to see how popular over the past few years that tattoos have become. My kids were of “that” age when tattoos first started becoming the BIG thing — they were too old for me to tell them, no they couldn’t, but they were young enough to be intrigued and have friends that had them. I managed to keep my mouth shut — a major accomplishment, I might add! And while I think they toyed with the idea for a while, none of them ever got one. Now in their 40s, they give a big sigh of relief that they didn’t! Hope your week is going well!


  • Yorkshire Pudding 1st December 2010

    I am honoured that you linked back to my own post on tattoos. On reflection, I think it would be reasonable to arrest anyone bearing offensive tattoos. In other words, any tattooed person apart from New Zealand Maoris. Once herded up, the tattooed idiots would be clad in woolly sheepskins and made to crawl on all fours around farmers’ fields saying “Baaaa! Baaaa!”.

  • rog 1st December 2010

    Well, I’m much more tolerant of tattoos than I used to be, but i wouldn’t get one myself.

    incidentally, my daughter’s name is Lydia, and she doesn’t have a tattoo either. of course, she’s only six and a half.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  • Mr Parrot 1st December 2010

    Sylvia: That’s the thing with tattoos — they are forever, unless you want to spend a fortune on laser removal. My father-in-law had them from his navy days and hated them.

    Yorkie: Yours was an excellent post on tattoos and my inspiration for this one! Well you and Groucho Marx.

    Roger: Lydia is a beautiful name and part of me still regrets not giving the name to my daughter, but she seems happy enough with Bryony.


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