Skin Deep 265

Skin Deep 265 21 June 2016 265

I’ve never been one of those editors who likes to tell you all about what you’re about to read in the following pages. Seriously, what’s the point? I know the world moves fast these days but not so fast that you can’t spend a few moments to flick through the pages and see for yourself.

I’m not going to start now but somewhere inside here, you’ll find a great story about twins who put their heart and soul into getting their tattoos done—you’ll know the story I’m talking about when you get there. It’s worth its weight in gold.

I’m also not one of those editors—or tattoo fans for that matter—who thinks every tattoo should mean something special, but I do think it should mean something to you. Over the last year or so, I’ve seen far too many people who have gotten tattoos and left the entire subject matter, design and style entirely up to their chosen tattooist… and because of this, the end result is akin to what happens in those home decorating shows in which they go in while you’re out, throw your stuff away, paint things green and keep their fingers crossed that you don't go nuclear when you get home.

It’s not unlike letting your mother dress you—and mothers always dress you funny because they don’t really know who you are. They like to think they do, but they don’t.

It’s also extremely lazy of you. If this person is you, you are probably one of those who fills in the voucher code for a box of sunflower seeds to be delivered to your home and then tucks into them because they were free rather than because you wanted them.

It’s not a good way to be. You can tell those tattoos from a mile off. They don’t suit you, and they will itch long after you’re all healed up.

Is it really so hard to come up with an idea for something you might want to live with for the rest of your life? Is there some kind of 'tinder tattoo' app I’m not aware of that matches people up with unwanted designs out in the world so that nothing is wasted?

There’s a lot to be learned from the article in question. A lot to be learned about pride, heritage, the past, the future and being patient enough to do something right.

There’s a great quote that comes from one of my favourite writers—Raymond Carver. You may have read his work, but I would guess you may not because nobody reads books by dead alcoholics who liked nothing better than to tell stories about the way people interact with each other in the real world anymore. It goes like this:

"That's all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.”

He was nearly correct with this. These days, we also have pictures to consider as well and they can count every bit as much. Why you would want them to belong to somebody else is beyond me.


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