Sunday, June 13, 2010

the illustrated people

when i was a kid the only tattooed person i remember seeing was on the cover of ray bradbury's book the illustrated man. now i realize that part of the reason i did not encounter many tattooed people was because i lived in the midwest. but still. i dont think that tattoos were as much the rage years ago as they are now. it seems that so many seemingly "normal" folk have them. what are these people thinking? i realize that as a jew that the torah forbids tattoos , but lets get real. who wants to voluntarily inflict pain upon one's self? i for one do not. and does any twenty-something consider how ridiculous these tattoos will look when they are eighty? tattoos arent so easily removed . what looks hip at twenty-two is extremely un-hip at eighty. then again the only thing hip at eighty is a hip replacement. but you catch my drift.

2 comments:

Avi Bitterman said...

I agree with you, but just to play the devils advocate:

"lets get real. who wants to voluntarily inflict pain upon one's self?"

The same argument could be made for ear-piercings. Most women I know all have them, Jewish or not. Would you extend that argument to this as well?

"and does any twenty-something consider how ridiculous these tattoos will look when they are eighty?"

They most likely won't care. To be fair, people don't generally invest into cosmetic alterations for the purpose of looking good at eighty. For the most part, people place a higher importance on looking aesthetically pleasing when they are young, for numerous reasons. When they are eighty, they will probably look ugly anyway.

frum single female said...

i would agree with you about the ear piercing thing if not for my own experience with it.
i had my ears pieced twice , ten years apart.the actual ear piercing did not hurt , but a short amount of time after i had my ears pierce both times my ears got infected . needless to say im not trying to get my ears pierced a third time. its clip ons for me !
furthermore, ear piercing is far less invasive than a tattoo.