a reply to: enlightenedservant
No, of course people in my generation did some freaky things but it wasn't as main stream as it is now. Back then, the only people who had tattoos
were male and female bikers, criminals, and guys who were once in the military. Earlier generations had temporary fads like men growing their hair
long, tie-dye t-shirts, love bead necklaces, bell bottoms, white belts, platform shoes, silk flowered dress shirts, and disco music.
A generational fad usually only lasts about 10-15 years. The sagging pants fad started way back in the early 90's and I still see young guys today
trying to walk down the street without holding onto their pants! Some of the fads of today are permanent such as, tattoos and stretched ear lobes.
What you think is cool back in high school, isn't as cool once you've become a mature adult. Tattooing your face and getting a tattoo sleeve can
easily affect someone from being gainfully employed or being shunned by a particular profession. I have a friend in the medical field that has told
me his medical facility will not hire anyone with visible tattoos.
The use of the "F" word is so common today, most young people can't have a simple conversation without describing anything without using it in a
sentence! I was at a little league baseball game when a young mother was yelling at her son from the bleachers to "hurry up and pick-up the f'n ball
and throw it home!" She stopped after noticing everyone was giving her a disgusting look. Kids back in the 60's, 70's and 80's wouldn't dare say
"F-you" to a teacher. Back then they would have been jacked up against a locker, paddled and sent home. Than your parents would take over once you
got home and ground you from going anywhere for weeks! We had consequences for poor behavior. Today's teens don't have consequences, it's why
there's much more disrespect, rude and mean behavior among young people.
Girls who had class didn't swear, or they didn't swear in front of guys. If they did, other girls would consider them nasty and guys would be shocked
hearing them swear.
Back then, if girls got pregnant during their high school years, they were immediately removed from school. Today young
girls who are 7-8 months pregnant are walking the halls in high schools!
We also had much more censorship on T.V. back in the day.
So really, today is nothing like what your elders experienced when they were young. The last thing I would want is a tattoo that reminded me of the
stupid things I liked back in high school and my college years. Being a walking billboard my entire life isn't my idea of a generational fad.
I hear now they have glow in the dark hair dye! Waiting to see how that takes off. It may save lives crossing a busy street at night!