Have you ever attempted to purchase a t-shirt that says nothing?
Those that do, whether one agrees with the message or not, often outlast the relevance of the message.
So if I don´t purchase clothes, that one can simply change when I don´t agree with the message any more,
why would I want to advertise with a more permanent message on my body.
I was raised in California when tats were only found on low lifes, or military types.
When I joined up (USMC) it was considered cool to get a tat, but I noticed most wh did were from
fly over places such as Kansas, so being a cool coastal kd, I decided it was uncool to identify with people from
Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, etc. so overcame the temptation.
I now live outside the U.S. where a cool symbol is a sargantina, which is seldom worn where it can be seen.
The reason I know people have such tats, is because they are usually on the ankle or lower leg, however
belonging to a castellera team, where the competitions cause the uniform to ride up, I have noticed that quite
a few of both gendeers have them.
I once had a student in the 90s, who I had introduced to he letteers and poetry of Francis and Clare, Brother Sun
and Sister Moon. So to pretend to be sophisticated, she had a sun and a moon tatooed beneath her breasts. The
only reason I knew about them, is that there was senior ditch day and a bunch of the 12th graders went to the beach.
Of course there are no points for a tattoo unless someone can see it, so at some point she was topless, sa all her friends
had seen them. The problem with ditch day, is that the penalty or cutting school was a one day suspension, so it was not
hard for the administration, after recieving fake or real notes from parents regarding illness, to seperate the real from the
BTW, I have no religious thing against "decorating" my body, it is just that I prefer it in its natural state. The only jewelry I ever
wore was a gold wedding ring. In the Marine corps, we were required to wear dog tags. My problem if the metal was not pure, I get
an alergic reaction. So, until they caught me, I carried them with the chain in my short pocket. My suggestion that they provide me
with a gold chain because of my medical "handcap" was not taken seriously, so my entire time in the mili, I had the chain wrapped
in a plastic adhesive tape.