a reply to: Domo1
Thing is, we are living in a period now where many older folks, particularly men, have had tattoos at some stage, starting with those who served in
the 1940s and onward. Although this did not apply to ALL service persons, it was very common, and after that time, although it took a long while, the
prevalence of tattoo began to grow.. With military service being a route by which many of those fellows will have come by their ink, or service aboard
merchant ships of some sort in some cases, them, their spouses, their kids, their kids children, will not be as programmed as previous generations
were, to dislike them.
As a result of that initial growth via service persons and merchantile people of the sea, the trend grew beyond its insertion point into western
culture. Now, some very mindless individuals like to assert that tattoos are masculine, a badge which proves something about ones manliness. This is,
of course, utter rubbish. Its true that some compensators are certainly out there, looking to get something done which signifies manhood, perhaps in a
fashion that they feel their anatomy does not in some way. However, tattoo is a broad and varied art form, which, depending on the artist and indeed
the person who has it done, can be masculine, feminine, androgynous or anywhere on the spectrum between these various points.
Most crucially, it is an art form.
The realisation of this fact, I think, is what has led to the explosion in popularity that tattoos have undergone in recent decades.
People rarely react to my tattoos. They react to the rest of me first lol!
edit on 4-7-2017 by TrueBrit because: (no reason given)