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Dan Keding BS: Tattoos - why? (202* d) RE: BS: Tattoos - why? 25 Jan 08


Neighbors,

There are so many reasons that someone has a tattoo that it becomes impossible to stereotype - though most people would be happy if it was this simple. Historically it is one of the older art forms and was found in many cultures as a way to decorate the body, or show tribal or religious affiliation. Among sailors it was used to identify where they had been or their own personal likes and dislikes, to pass away the time on long voyages, etc. I have two tattoos - a large Celtic knot on one shoulder and Japanese kanji on the other. Few people ever see them because I didn't have them put there for other people but for myself. Many other folks who are tattooed have had it done because they consider it art or to make a statement or to celebrate a significant event or period in their lives. I know more than one person who has tattoos in order to reclaim their bodies after horrible childhood abuse.

I have one friend who has extensive tattoos and he is a university professor with a doctorate. Even though I only have a master's degree I haven't robbed a bank in years. :) We have to be careful not to fall prey to our society's fondness for looking at a person and immediately judging them on how they look not who they are.

Take care,

Dan


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