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TATTOO PART TWO: YOUR TRUTH

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Letter from America

 

Written by Ellen Neumann
E-mail: ellen@dpnlive.com
Sullivan County, New York
February 10th, 2012.


 

Ellen NeumannRecently DPNLIVE.com published an article written by me entitled Tattoos are not taboo today. I clearly stated my personal feelings about the art of tattooing and why I did not care for it. I asked for comments from my readers and WOW! Did I get an eye-opening earful! The opinions and comments I received made me realise there is a lot more to this present day phenomenon than I had previously considered. In fairness to those many intelligent inked people who took the time to reply to my article, I will tell you what I have learned.

Make no mistake: I believe every person (American, Irish or other) has the right to do whatever they choose with their body. If you want to get a single tat or cover yourself with them, I defend your right to do so. It matters not if I like it. My opinion takes a back seat to your personal freedom always. I also have a right, as a free person and mother, to express my thoughts.

Mark S, a young man who is heavily inked and was kind enough to allow me to photograph his tats (one of which I used in my first article and one I am posting on your left and below) is a decorated US Army veteran who served America valiantly in the recent conflict in Kuwait and Iraq. He now works as a deputy sheriff. His arm bears a message in bold letters: “What does not kill you will only make you stronger”. He also carries a tattoo of an angel surrounded by the world “Only the good die young” for his beloved grandmother who passed into eternity several years ago. Mark put great thought into the reasons he got these tats and sports them with deep pride. He is a grown man and knows exactly what he is doing. I respect his right to do so.

Jennifer G, a young lady from Georgia, wrote “…. when I was younger, I did stupid things when I was upset. I couldn’t always handle the emotional pain so I would slice my wrist to deal with a pain I could handle. I put a symbol of love there so if I ever tried it again, I would be forced to stop and think of all those I would hurt in the process. It has already helped me numerous times in the two years I have had my tattoo.” Jennifer is both courageous in sharing her story with the world and proactive in her effort to overcome her problem. It never occurred to me that a tat could be helpful yet Jen showed me it can. Bravo Jen.

Carol H wrote: “...To prove commitment to my upcoming marriage, I got a tattoo! A small blue rose on my left shoulder, the same side you wear a wedding ring…” Julie W states: “I do have tattoos… They are personal to me and yes, they will age and change, but so will the rest of me…”

Sandra S says: “…Some people tell me that once you get a tat, you want more; that the sensation of the actual act of getting inked (for some) is said to be near erotic.”

John P claims: “…They are my way of being non-conventional. I was getting them long before they became the current rage. I am 62 years old….”

Kyle K tells me: “It is estimated that 16 per cent of Americans have at least one tattoo. In a population of around 310 million, that puts the number of tattooed Americans roughly at 40.6 million people.”

Jack B proclaims to be “…a very big tattoo fanatic and love all that is tattoos…”

Poignantly and passionately, Diane SO writes: “I have a daughter who has many tattoos... all over…. I am proud to walk with her. She is a beautiful soul and has lived a lifetime for her young age… I know what matters in life, and quite frankly I don’t think tattoos matter. If someone turns away from me or my daughter... it is their loss. I have learned the hard way not to be judgmental. Sometimes it reaches around and bites ya!“

The above mentioned are a sprinkling of the comments in which people explained their reasons for making a commitment to ink. They are old and young, male and female, from different walks of life and with different philosophies. All are motivated to express themselves in the same way for different reasons. They are all thinking human beings who have made a common choice.

If I am going to be honest (I have to be in all fairness) I will say this: although my opinion remains the same it has actually softened a wee bit. I am not saying it would make me happy if one of my children made the decision to ink their body. Oh no, not at all! Yet I guess if this happened (Dear Reader: Please do not tell my children I said this) and they could give me a really good reason for doing it, I just might live to a ripe old age in spite of it! There, I said it. Tattoos are not lethal. They are not evil. That’s the truth of millions upon millions of people and they are sticking to it!

I welcome your comments. I will listen to you. Go for it!

 

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+1 # 2012-02-11 00:05
I'm one who believes in "live and let live" as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else or infringe on their freedom and pursuit of happiness. So, if someone wants a tattoo or to cover parts of their bodies with tattoos, go ahead BUT I just don't get it. I do NOT find tattoos and body piercings attractive at all. But, to each his own...
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0 # nollid 2012-02-11 00:28
DENISE CONNOLLY commented:: "I believe in "live and let live" as long as your actions don't hurt someone else or impact their freedom and pursuit of happiness. With that said, if someone wants to have a tattoo or even cover their whole body with tattoos, it doesn't impact MY life so I don't care. Go ahead and do it. I just don't get tattoos or body piercings. I don't think it's "attractive". And when someone states that got a tattoo to "prove" something, I just shake my head."
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+1 # Laura 2012-02-11 01:34
In the past when a debate would come up involving anything to do with tattoo's I would almost always say "that everyone has the right to do what they like with their bodies" but inside I would often think why? Over these last couple of years my thinking has evolved and I no longer carry the thought of why. I understand that people need to express themselves and show their individuality. It is so personal to the individual that it can only be appreciated as a deeper part of them. I respect that and have grown to appreciate the art.
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0 # nollid 2012-02-11 03:10
SEAMUS LEONARD from Ballyconnell writes: "Tat's are now, they are hip, they move us in so many ways on so many levels"
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+3 # 2012-02-11 04:52
A very well written article to say the least. Understandably the first article was written based solely on opion, this article expressed the true meaning of what ink means to me. I consider myself an ink fanatic and refuse to stop. While some people look at me with mixed feelings, you would also be surprised by how many are intrigued. My ink tells my life story. Although the average person would not be able to decipher exactly what they represent, they mean more than words can say to me. Don't get me wrong, I also support the peoples opinion who choose not to permanently mark their bodies as well as I wish they would not criticize the people who choose to do so. I am very glad to see your outlook on tattoos has changed drastically. Tattoos don't make the person that wears them. Whether or not they are visible, the doctor that just saved your life, the cop that just made an arrest, or a soldier fighting in iraq..... probably have ink. Thank you again for this great article!
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+1 # 2012-02-11 07:42
Nice post. I feel if it's your thing...do what you want to do. It should be none of my business what anyone wants to do. It's different strokes for different folks!!!
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+3 # Sitraptde 2012-02-11 07:54
I want to first applaud Jennifer G. who posted about how tattoos helped her to get to a better place. You are stronger than I can begin to say. That being said, it's only the tip of the ice berg when it comes to the subject of tattoos and what they mean to people. Ellen I am glad that you were able to experience a small glimpse of what this "craze" or "phenomenon" actually means to those who partake in the experience. I don't believe this is something that will fade for a long time. My wife I are looking currently for a way to incorporate some sort of celtic design and my kids names into tattoos. That is something that we both want very much and look forward to the day that we can do it. Keep doing whatever enhances your life.
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+2 # 2012-02-11 08:00
Hi Ellen,
I have a taroo of a butterfly on my left boob, in for my Mum, she loved butterflys
i waited until mumpass away before i got it done, {out of respect}
I am not sorry i did it, but will never have any more as i am happy with this one
love your Story like i have all of them
Love & {{{hugs}}} Sister from the land down under Australia
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+2 # nuccia 2012-02-11 09:16
I also applaud Jen - what a courageous an intelligent woman to take control of her life like that! The story alone is inspirational. And Mark - what a lovely tribute to your Nan! As for me, I may not like many of the things my children do but I do support their decision to do them - usually!
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+1 # 2012-02-11 13:17
Thank you for the "part two" of your article El. I am honored to be a part of it. I respect everyone's opinion as I have already stated previously. You know where I stand my friend, even IF I stand alone! Certainly does not look like I do though! I might add that I have been wanting yet another tattoo. No rush though, must be part of my heart.
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0 # nollid 2012-02-11 13:30
Diane wrote: "Loved it El. I posted a comment, but as always, something went arye! It told me that my Name was already taken and would not take my comment. So I posted under Melinda's name which I did not want to do. But wanted it out there! AND FRIENDS....please feel free to comment on this article that has many a feather ruffled! You know what they say: "birds of a feather, flock together"!
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0 # nollid 2012-02-11 13:42
JOHN MC CORKLE writes: "Another excellent article. You and I are of the same mind regarding tattoos."
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0 # nollid 2012-02-11 14:20
DIANE O added to her comment: "and that is my beautiful daughter in the picture, that my older beautiful daughter took! Tattoos and all"
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+1 # nollid 2012-02-11 14:46
BOB "HUBBA JUBBA" MOSS from Arkansas, USA writes: "The Tattoo-2 article was very well done. What one does is ones
own decision and it's not for anyone else to ask or wonder why.
It's different strokes for different folks. Keep up the good work."
Hubba
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+1 # nollid 2012-02-11 15:02
DOMINIQUE ATHERTON Tweets : "Read your articles on tattoos, thank you for an open minded approach! It's refreshing!"
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+2 # 2012-02-11 17:17
I don't personally have a tattoo myself, but I have honestly considered having one, and think that they look really cool, especially on women. To me, it is like an exention of their already beautiful, curvaceous form. I think everyone has the right to have a tattoo, if it brings them happiness. For some people, it is like wearing a clothes assessory, to others it is very spiritual, like wearing a badge. If I was to have one myself, I think I would have some kind of saying, or sympbol to show off my personality, faith, love, passion, or belief. They can be quite addictive after the first one, I have been told by my friends. I also find them decorative, creative, artistic and pretty, like a work of art, if they are done correctly. I think much thought needs to go into choosing what you are going to have. Everyone has a right to have one on their body, but they should never be pushed and bullied into having one, just to fit in with their friends. or a gang. Much Love, Paul OXOXOXOXO
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+1 # Fev-rocks 2012-02-11 17:19
I don't personally have a tattoo myself, but I have honestly considered having one, and think that they look really cool, especially on women. To me, it is like an exention of their already beautiful, curvaceous form. I think everyone has the right to have a tattoo, if it brings them happiness. For some people, it is like wearing a clothes assessory, to others it is very spiritual, like wearing a badge. If I was to have one myself, I think I would have some kind of saying, or sympbol to show off my personality, faith, love, passion, or belief. They can be quite addictive after the first one, I have been told by my friends. I also find them decorative, creative, artistic and pretty, like a work of art, if they are done correctly. I think much thought needs to go into choosing what you are going to have. Everyone has a right to have one on their body, but they should never be pushed and bullied into having one, just to fit in with their friends. or a gang. Much Love, Paul OXOXOXOXO
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+3 # Ginny Kuhn 2012-02-11 18:05
I love my tattoo's Ellen...most of them are shamrocks, Celtic cross, hearts...Been getting them since I was in my 20's
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+2 # julesrules 2012-02-11 20:36
Nice part two Ellen!
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0 # nollid 2012-02-14 18:50
R S Vitkay writes:: " As an artist, I find them to be cheap looking, poorly rendered, cartoonish art
that disfigures a person.
A friend form high school days told me at a reunion that when he was in the
service, he didn't get a tattoo because he couldn't find a design that he
thought would meet my approval and was very thankful. As were the three other
drunk servicemen who went with him to the tattoo parlor, all with the idea of
getting a tattoo.
There are some who get tattooed with a name or picture in memory of a loved one
or as an expression of their love. Why not give a gift to the loved one or make
a donation to charity in the person's memory instead of putting the money in a
tattoo artist's pocket?
Then to me there is also the association of tattoos with the holocaust. When I
was a boy, some of the customers in my father's restaurant in Brooklyn bore
tattooed numbers on their arms that testified to their survival from Nazi
concentration camps.They were the lucky ones. Many of them had tales of losing
most or all of their families.
But if you need to have a tattoo, put it someplace where it will not be seen
when you are being interviewed for a job. Although becoming more common, there
are still employers who will, consciously or unconsciously, not hire a person
with visible tattoos, especially when there is public contact. "
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0 # nollid 2012-02-14 23:25
Sioban Byrne says:: I don't see why everyone makes such a big deal out of tats. they are personal, they are fun, they are MINE !
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