|What is the world coming to?
||[Jul. 23rd, 2008|04:25 pm]
Now at my age (51) I grew up when only ex-cons, hoodlums and crusty old sailors had tatoos. Never wanted to go under the needle myself, for a myriad of reasons, but hey if people think it's their thing, and they can see themselves, old, gray, and saggy, with a blurry flaming skull on their bicep, I say go for it.|
But I rode the elevator today with a woman somewhere between 30 and 50 who had dozens of tats. Curiously she bore all the signs of having loads of money -- professional tan, suspiciously ample rack, gold jewelry, raw silk violet top-and-shorts ensemble, and elaborately casual designer sandals.
That "I can buy and sell you" look combined with the ink was incongruous enough, but here's the real mind-blower: She had a large tat of Scooby-Doo and Shaggy on one calf. Why would ANYONE old enough to get inked without their parent's permission go for Scooby and Shaggy?
The clashing of all those cultural signifiers gave me a headache.
For the record, I was a kid for the original Scooby Doo, and let me just say, I thought it was the dumbest fucking cartoon ever made. I have no idea how it became so popular with the post-boomer set except that they grew up willing to watch ANYTHING, and are nostalgic for having enough free time to rot their minds with bad cartoons on rerun. Some things are so stupid they're great (e.g. Gilligan's Island) but Scooby Doo was irredeemably dumb. You can't even be ironic about it.
you are SO going to LOVE this:
that text? it says: "SCOOBY REMEMBERS 9/11"
I imagine Scooby was standing down on Chambers Street when the first plane hit and said "RUH ROH!"
fuckin hell it's the german ryan seacrest.
EDIT: this must be dubbed because Mr Cool Ice lives in LA... it's the dubbed-into-German ryan seacrest.
Edited at 2008-07-25 03:26 pm (UTC)
My money says she was some kind of dealer or something and used to killing people before breakfast.
I also think Scooby Doo is total ass. I would make my daughter turn it off when I was home and she watched it because her expression would go totally slackjawed when it came on.
hopefully scooby is more important to her than what i think it is. maybe she just smokes up a lot and likes to do dumb things and eat.
my sister did a similar dumb thing. she got a danzig tattoo on her thigh. even the artist tried to talk her out of it. she is now a good christian woman.
that said i know plenty of professional people who have a lot of tattoos. i am alway surprised that they show them at work, but it does happen. my rule is not to show any of them. that does work in dance class but it very easy in work but as i run out of space, it makes me have to think more carefully.
One of my friends in high school got a tattoo of Winnie the Pooh on her hip when she was 18. I sometimes wonder how she feels about it now, and how it looks given how much weight she's put on. I'm too afraid to ask, though.
My brother has tonnes of tattoos, but I quite like them. They are all/mostly in the style of Sailor Jerry (http://www.sailorjerry.com/index.php
) and suit his sort of retro/country look. He's got nearly both arms covered and some on his chest and back. If necessary they easily cover up, though.
btw you had me at "suspiciously ample rack".
you like 'em big and fake?