Tattooed man

My youth was conflicted.

You might ask: Whose was not?

Fair enough. However, my youth lasted 52 years.

tattooAt 19, I came close to suicide. Happy now that circumstance worked against me. Whew!

Part of my conflicted youth was that I got tattooed. You might say: Tattoos are “cool.” Lots of folks have them. Actually, tattoos are a relatively modern fad.

Half a century back, only sailors and bad boys got them.

And me — neither sailor nor bad boy.

By the time I was 26, I had six tattoos.

What brings this topic to mind? The city government in Washington, D.C., a bunch of typical, nanny-state Democrats, wants to meddle in the tattoo trade, which is none of its business.

You might ask: And what happened at age 52?

Entheogens happened to me.

Otherwise, pushing 70, I would still be a conflicted youth, and that would be beyond silly.

Back to tattoos: After my second divorce, I went to the VA hospital in Houston, and had six of the seven removed at government expense.

Ain’t socialism sweet?

I kept one on my forearm, a green snake wrapped around a skull, because it makes me intriguing to the ladies.

Looking like a bad boy can be good.

12 thoughts on “Tattooed man”

  1. Tattoos went upscale for a time in the late 19th C. Winston Churchill’s mother had a few. I’d always wanted a tattoo, but I didn’t get my first until I was in my 50s, and it’s a move I never regretted. In fact, I’m toying with getting another to celebrate my next decade.


    1. Stuff: I had forgotten your tattoo but (sniff!) you got yours in the modish times. It took pelotas to get tattoos when I got mine.

      In any event, I recommend another for you. Go for it. Make it large and noticeable like your technicolor hair.


  2. A few tatoos I could fathom, on someone else. But why the whole body covered in them? A concept I cannot fancy, and /or comprehend.


    1. Andean: I am with you on that. My six were relatively moderate, nothing like the huge body art favored by the devout. My remaining one is quite tasteful, if I do say so myself.


  3. In the 1990s, the military was distressed at some of the political tattoos showing up on soldier body parts. To put an end to non-PC thought, tattoos were to be outlawed. I was asked to review one of the first drafts. The first sentence went something like this. “Tattoos are incompatible with military service.”

    The sentence was cribbed from the regulation concerning same-sex relations. No one seemed to recognize just how silly the thought was. The only people I knew with tattoos were in the military. But I would certainly never say that government regulations could ever escape the gravitational pull of planet Silly.


    1. Steve: Incompatible with military service?! That may be one of the most ridiculous notions to come down the pike in many a day. Incredible.

      So tattoos are now verboten in the military? Again, incredible.


  4. Decorative body mutilation is what one of my friends calls them, and I have to agree.

    As for the military banning them, before they do so, they should have a chat with their recruiters to see how much harder that task would become with a ban on tattoos. My guess is harder than staying out of foreign civil wars.

    In my view, tattoos are up there with the silly things people do to cars like raising/lowering them, putting spinner wheelcovers on, and otherwise making them look silly. Harmless, and fine with me as long as you don’t want me to participate.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where it turns out our housemate is rather EXTENSIVELY tattooed.


    1. Kim: Decorative body mutilation. I like that.

      I wonder if the military actually has banned or is considering a ban on tattoos. Now that would be, as you point out, silly.

      You have a new housemate?


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