I have three tattoos. They are badass. I used to have my eyebrow pierced and both nipples pierced. The piercings were also classified as badass. With the piercings combined with the tattoos, I was doubly or maybe triply badass. But then I grew up and took out the piercings when I graduated college; I thought that's what a grown up would do.
And now, a couple years later, I don't think I'd ever get a piercing again, but I'd love a new tattoo. I've just gotta overcome three problems.
#1: I want it to be something incredibly awesome and timeless. I'm thinking about the first line to Anna Karenina in the upper center of my back: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." (only in Russian). Any other suggestions?
#2: I want to either put it in a place that will not succumb to my inevitable obesity/gravity, or to start putting money away for monthly liposuctions (tattoos on morbidly obese people look...well...not pleasant).
and #3: I need to convince my wife, or drug her with chloroform so she'll wake up and it'll be too late.
But this post isn't really about MY tattoos and piercings. It's about the ones Sammy can never have. *Sob*
My wife and I disagree on many things when it comes to raising Sammy, but nothing divides us as much as tattoos and piercings.
You see, in Russian culture, the only people who had tattoos were people who came from prison. I imagine there are exceptions, but from what I understand, this isn't hyperbole - literally NO ONE had tattoos other than ex-cons. And as for piercings, they don't understand why anyone would injure themselves purposefully and put stupid rings in their faces/bodies. So imagine the in-law's surprise when their daughter brought me home.
Growing up in this culture, you can imagine my wife's stance. No son of hers will be seen as an ex-con, or an idiot.
For me, I think that there's absolutely nothing wrong with him getting tattoos, as long as he enacts the 6 month waiting period. Think up a design, make a decision, and then wait 6 months before putting it on your body. If you still want to put that design on you in 6 months, you're more than welcome to (provided you pay for it). And as for piercings, who cares? The only downside to my piercings is that my nipples are always hard from the buildup of scar tissue in the nipples. Other than that, there's nothing wrong with getting piercings. Newsflash: They're removable.
Where do you all stand on tattooing your children?
(With their consent, I mean. Not like branding them. And obviously after they turn 18, not right now.)