Published on 12, July, 2020
I realise I am middle aged and I that grew up in a world in which only a minority of men had tattoos, and they were either sailors, builders or thugs. Then, around about 15 years ago, David Beckham, famous footballer, gets a tattoo—followed by a string of other footballers, so-called celebrities and media non-entities, all proclaiming they are expressing their 'individuality' or 'rebelling'. Soon afterwards every young man and woman has covered his or her body in them, all believing they too are expressing their individuality or rebelling. And yet, like lemmings advancing towards a cliff-edge, or sheep flocking with the herd across fields, they all look almost the same, that is apart from having different amounts of these vulgar eyesores, or slightly different colourings to them, they all still look virtually the same (at least to me). I see no individuality in these people. Or any spirit of rebellion. I can't understand this herd-mentality. What is it that makes people all try so desperately hard to copy one another in a bizarre attempt to appear different from one another. It doesn't make sense. You would think to be different or rebel, you'd do the opposite to what everyone else is doing. And what is this craving to emulate celebrities or media personalities? Do they imagine they are better than they are—smarter, nicer, more charismatic? The unfathomable sheep-like behaviour aside, I can't understand what, apart from mental illness, what would drive a person to inflict such damage on their largest and most vital organ. The very idea of deliberate mutilation horrifies me.
I think it doesn't matter what it is, or who started it, though it usually starts with someone well known When they see it more and more popular, something I call clueless copycat syndrom kicks in and…
I think this applies to nearly everything. Humans behave like sheep in almost every situation.
e.g. when something is happening to someone else in public, people just stare. No one calls the police or…
No tattoos here.
the irony of symbols the way they are used can change their meaning. Tattoos did indeed used to be a sign of rebellion. People got them to mark memories of dead friends or a dramatic life event or signal they were members of a gang or organisation. But doing so was a statement because they knew others would notice, that it would make them stand out and raise eyebrows. Now people also get them as fashion statements to show that they are edgy which is in itself not very edgy. It's like Burberry. Was intended to be a luxury brand but to show that they had cash to splash the modern 'chav' started wearing it and suddenly it became associated with poverty.
The only real solution is to stop caring what other people think about your symbols and what they mean and just hold onto the meaning you ascribe to them, that and go with what you find aesthetically pleasing.
In the grand scheme of life whether someone has a tattoo or not is pretty meaningless. See also, haircuts, clothes. It's ideas that matter.
False sense of Working Class.
it's not meaningless if it means something to you. if it makes you feel better about yourself to look a certain way surely thats a good thing.
That may have something to do with it. Seeing as it was beloved of sailors originally. There are also working class people who dress like middle class people. All of it is trivial balls in the grand scheme of life.
The American tail is wagging the British dog.
You do have to wear something. When people won't talk to people for their appearance though. That's when it gets more serious. Their are even people beaten to death for belonging to tribes. I would say it was more important to smell nice when you're out and about. In terms of social graces.
I know; from coming to work seventeen years ago without showering. D'oh!