Mashable addresses the shatteringly serious problem of tats as cultural appropriation

From Mashable:

Over the years, I began to feel there was something wrong with a white person sporting an Indigenous symbol as a tattoo and developed a quiet, passive shame. Suddenly the question, “What do your tattoos mean?” didn’t bring about the same enthusiasm as before. Instead, I’d sullenly reply, “You know, I mostly just like how they look. Why do they need meaning?”

I just let my ignorance fester. More.

Reality check: What acres of  tats and serious piercings usually mean is that a job seeker is an unattractive hire. After all, one can alter one’s wardrobe for work far more easily than a sleeve of tats and a ton of tin recyclables.

But then the job market for millennials is bad anyway, and likely to get worse. Maybe indulgence in tat angst is a way to avoid facing that fact. Maybe pretending to be a cat will work that way too.

See also: Meow!! Born in the wrong species?

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “Maybe pretending to be a cat will work that way too.”
    “Pretending”? How species-ist can one be? /sarc

    • Justin St.Denis

      I was similarly flummoxed by that blatant microaggresion.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    ” … acres of tats and serious piercings usually mean is that a job seeker is an unattractive hire.”
    There’s the “pig ignorant and entitled as hell” things too. 😉

  • I have no idea why people abuse their bodies.

    • terrence

      It can become an addiction – about 20 years ago I knew a guy who lived in Berkeley California (he called it berserk-ley). Back then you would see males, to a lesser extent, females, where every visible INCH was covered; then they got into body piercings and embedding stuff. But it DID NOT HAVE to visible to them (they could not see what was on the back of their neck or head, but they had stuff there).

      The guy said you could tell the addicted ones by how thin they were. When ever they had any money they would get another tat or piercing – foregoing food.

      • I’ve heard it can be an addiction.

        An illness, really.

        • Clink9

          It’s like potato chips for them. You can’t stop at one.

  • Yah, no need to explain what they mean, they say enough just by their presence. When I see a Prius with its tail end covered with bumper stickers, I don’t need to read them. “Coexist, eat local, Obama Biden 2012, whirled peas… Blah, blah, blah”
    It’s all just “Look at me! I’m wonderful! Dontcha just love me?”

    • Whirled peas go with lamb, I’m told. 🙂

      • Justin St.Denis

        They’re awful!

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        I never eat lamb or mutton. It would be cultural appropriation of New Zealanders. 😉

        • That would be raaaaacist!

        • Justin St.Denis

          Very sensitive of you. I trust you are also giving up water since indulging in its consumption is appropriative of Mesopotamian culture.

          • Kell

            …nd air! we mustn’t forget the trees, right?

      • Minicapt

        Four of five lions agree.


  • Hard Little Machine

    Best Statement On Tattoos Evah

  • Kell

    I’ve been a professional level tattooist for almost 4 decades and I can assure most of you, the “acres of ink and piercings” are very rare…sleeves and half sleeves are easily hidden and I also tend to advise against tats above the collar or below the forearm and refuse facial piercings other than ears although in the 40 years I’ve been slinging ink, tats have become far more acceptable…but as a conservative, I respect the “to each their own” aspect, if you don’t want ink, simple enough, don’t get any!
    Tat folks tend to not be as judgmental as many of the comments here and though I respect your opinions they won’t change mine!
    But to judge folks for tats is pretty petty when there are far worse issues a person can have…trust me on that!

  • Allan

    We live in an age where mental illness is a cause for celebrity. We’re doomed.