49 comments??

On Wednesday, I asked a short question on Facebook. What I received in response was 49 comments. Considering I am not a person who collects “friends” on Facebook, instead preferring to keep that number below 200, I was a little take aback by the interest…and I was floored by the firm stance that some people took.
The question was simply this. How do you feel about tattoos? The answers were varied and adamant and I’ll condense just a few for you…

To people you are meeting for the first time, they add to your first impression

They can be used to give a testimony of your life, love and sometimes despair. Lest we forget, it’s not about our Earthsuit, it’s about the Holy Spirit within!

if you are glorifying God with your tattoos as apposed to doing it to glorify yourself or something/someone else I’m okay with them.

I’m too fickle.

same way I feel about pierced ears and other body parts, God made it don’t mess with it!

God is an artist and I think if we are reflections of him we can be artists, too.

Love them

Icky…

I have none, my husband has none, most of my friends have none…and my opinion changes when I see one.

As an employer, I would be less likely to hire someone who is inked

Times have changed and the perception on tattoos has changed. I am looking at getting more.

I wouldn’t want to work for you if you based me on my tattoo.

Love them!!!

Unfortunately our biz is a service industry in which repeat biz and referrals are important. I had to go sit in a clients home for three days while our subs worked because she didn’t like the way they looked

I love them – just got my 3rd one 🙂

I think of each one of mine as artwork of a memory (a certain place or thing) I want to remember.

I think they should enhance one’s beauty – not cover it up.

I am Christian, owner of my own company, meet with CEOs and business folk often, and have multiple visible and non-visible tattoos. I have found no issue with them in my work nor life after Godliness, and thoroughly enjoy mine. My tattoos all have significant personal meaning.

I do not have any and I can’t imagine myself ever getting them.

Whoa. I wasn’t prepared for the debate but I’m sincerely intrigued by the viewpoints and I appreciated the candor. There weren’t too many people who sat on top of the fence on this one; rather, people chose a side and defended their position. Love it.

I reserved my opinion on Facebook but will tackle this subject with honesty and decorum. It’s not meant to be confrontational. I have no desire to battle it out or oppose your theory; rather, I’m just thinking out loud. I tend to do that quite often.  🙂

Times have changed. Being ingrained with the values you were raised with thirty years ago is understandable but it’s not always the right answer. Thank God I don’t consider using the “N word” even though I had relatives that did (and still do). It was acceptable and passed down to me like an heirloom. Thank God times have changed and people fought for their rights. Judging someone based on ink isn’t that far off from judging someone based on skin color, is it? It seems a tad archaic to me to simply accept values your parents instilled decades ago. Some were good, some were bad. You have the ability and the responsibility to lose the ones that aren’t in line with your own.

When it comes to being less likely to hire someone with tattoos, I am disappointed. It would be preferable if employers were able to encourage a more considerate company culture based on performance, rather than one that perpetuates prejudice. Further, if your clients feel so uncomfortable having a tattoo’d person in their home that you need to send a non tattoo’d person to supervise, I would question your choice in selecting clients. In the war of making a buck -vs- intolerance, I’m pretty convinced of which way I would choose.
I’m not going to address whether God has an issue with tattoos…or any cosmetic alterations, for that matter. That’s entirely interpretative, in my estimation, but I am entirely at peace that God loves when we honor Him in all things. God knows my heart in selecting a tattoo and I sleep well at night~ at least, where this topic is concerned.
Compliance is an easy way to garner approval and a sense of belonging and so it’s not surprising that those immersed in a strictly conventional lifestyle will sometimes feel threatened by anything from outside their comfort zone. However, given the volume and variety of people with tattoos today, the old fashioned stereotypes that society clings to cannot possibly be accurate. Right?

Okay, stepping off the soapbox. Please leave a comment to this post~ even if you completely disagree with me (in fact, especially if you disagree). I’ll love you no matter what your stance is and you can love me no matter what symbolic art I’ve chosen to live with for the rest of my life.

Blessings,
Amy

 

9 Replies to “49 comments??”

  1. I LOVE YOUR NEW TAT, MaMa ! It was well thought out, you hired professionals to assist you in making sure it was perfect, and your heart was true picking the cross that can be seen by everyone !! Tattoos are not for everyone, but they are becoming so popular that soon the 20-something year old that does NOT have a tattoo, well, they may likely be in the minority. As times progress, so will the acceptance factor. Everyone judges. They judge you based on appearance, speech, and how you carry yourself, just to name a few. A tattoo will just be another item to be judged. If you have a nicely done religious cross clearly visible on your wrist and you carry yourself like a professional, then I don’t see the tattoo getting in the way. On the other hand, if you have 3 tear drops tatted on your cheekbone along with LOVE/HATE on your knuckles, well, you may have a problem. Just like clothes…..you chose how you want to be perceived. YOUR TAT IS AWESOME !!
    Love W

  2. Hey Amy,
    Thanks for sharing this. I don’t have any tattoos, but, for the most part, I don’t have a problem with those who do. Like you, I have left behind many of the practices my parents did (like use the “N word”), because I have determined for myself what I believe is right & wrong.

    But I don’t think its fair to compare racial prejudice to an intolerance of tattooed people. People are born unwillingly into their racial group, but they may freely choose to receive tattoos-and they even choose the content (“symbolic art”), which may or may not offend others.

    Again, for the most part, I don’t have a problem with those who have tattoos: but I wonder why some people feel compelled to tattoo a large percentage of their skin, or why they would have hateful words & images tattooed on themselves permanently. I suppose these extreme measures, like your unprecedented 49 comments, reflect some deep psychological/sociological rifts that our culture, and humanity, faces.

    In practice, if one of my sons or daughters has a friend with a few, tasteful tattoos, I have no problem with that. But bring along a man or woman with a large portion of their skin covered with hateful or disturbing tattoos, and you better believe I’ll be uncomfortable. In this case, what they’ve chosen to do to their “outer self” reflects the desire of the “inner self.”

    Keep writing, Amy-I love your blogs!

    Vince

    1. Point well taken! I couldn’t agree with you more regarding hateful words and images~ and I love your comment “What they’ve chosen to do to their outer self reflects the desire of the inner self”. I’m in absolute alignment.
      Yes, racial prejudice is different than prejudice against freely chosen tattoos. Maybe a better example would be that of religious persecution~ since religion is a choice. Oftentimes, religious beliefs are visible….hijabs on Muslim women, yamakas for Jewish men, Star of David necklaces, etc….those choices are visible and subject to prejudice, as well. I think prejudice against those groups is equally appalling. What happened to learning the content of ones character?
      Thanks for the compliment, Vince. Love that follow the blog and always, always welcome your input!

  3. o.k. First off, I have no tattoos and don’t plan on getting one. Not because I’m opposed to them, I’m just a wimp. I don’t like large areas of skin covered up by ink, but I think if it didn’t hurt, I might get a small one in an indiscreet place. However, I disagree with 2 points you made. Ha ha. The first one is about the employer not wanting to hire. You said he should hire based on performance. Well, seeing how he only knows the person from his resume and interview, that’s not highly possible. If it comes down to 2 people for the job and one has been inked and the other has not, it’s only human nature to lean toward the one who has not. Same thing would go for piercing, mohawks, etc.

    As far as the lady with the client…a couple of weeks ago, I was home alone with Kaylee and we were having new tv service installed. Two men showed up and spoke Spanish to each other the whole time. I was very uncomfortable. I had no idea what they were saying. They could have been plotting to kill me for all I know. I probably would have been just as uncomfortable if they were white and had tattoos. Well, I dunno. But, when you are home alone and there are men working in your house, you need to feel a sense of ease. If this client did not feel that, then I commend her for taking the next step. I believe it’s better to be safe than sorry. Women die at the hand of men all the time. These companies hire subcontractors that are not even related to the company you hired. Pretty scary if you ask me.

    Well, that’s my 2 cents.

    So, what kind of tat did ya get?

    1. Thanks, “Wimp”, for the rebuttals. I can always count on you (which is one of the reasons I’m crazy about you!). I will take issue that it’s “human nature” to lean toward the candidate who has no tattoo, no piercings or no mohawk. I think it may be SOME people’s inclination but I know of many people who would be inclined to go the opposite direction. Our beloved Charles (hope he doesn’t care that I’m throwing him into this conversation) sported a mohawk for years and is probably …no, definitely….one of the most intelligent, amazing, creative, loyal, generous employees I have ever worked with. Good thing someone looked past his individualism and hired him anyway!
      Okay, now this thing about the two spanish speaking contractors in your house. Hmmm…..I respect your feelings of being uncomfortable. Those are your feelings and it is what it is but really? Plotting to kill you? Did you ask them if they spoke English and if they wouldn’t mind using English in your home? This is a tough one for me….they came to your house because you requested service and they spoke in their primary language. When I go to my nail salon, I don’t expect my technician to speak to her friend in English because it’s not her native language and I’m not threatened by it in any way. This is America and we share the land with people from everywhere.
      Thank you for your two cents, as always, my friend!! … I got a cross tattoo. 🙂

      1. Ha ha. o.k. Well, I knew the two guys weren’t plotting to kill me…well, no I don’t actually. They didn’t stay long because it was raining and they couldn’t do the work anyway, so, I guess we’ll never know. Regardless, I believe that customer service is key and when you alienate your customer by speaking a language they don’t understand…while you’re servicing them…then I find that unacceptable. Even in my personal life I try to make people feel like they belong…like they’re a part of what’s happening. Speaking a foreign language negates that completely.

        Miss you!

  4. Great entry and love the employer comments! I really never thought much about, or realized the stories behind the whole tattoo thing until my husband was watching NY Ink and I sat next to him and watched it, too. Two or three hours and 5 episodes later, I am happy to say that I would’ve gotten one right then and there! My ballerina shoe is going on my foot with dangling ribbons ending in a G and E. 🙂

    1. Aww….love it. It will be beautiful and the significance of it is sweet, too. Send me a picture when you get it!

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