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.
I have a little tattoo and it means a lot to me, it represents a meaningful time of my life and reminds me of that time, I didn't get it to be rebellious and I didn't get it for fashion reasons or to 'follow the crowd' as it were - I'm a young woman but I couldn't really be much less interested in fashion. Personally I'm glad that they're more socially acceptable now, although I totally understand why some people don't like them and see them as a tacky trend. Some tattoos do look a bit rank, but I like to think mine doesn't, and even if other people think mine's rank, I don't really care, I love my tattoo.