Carol Platt Liebau: Dress to Fit In, Think to Stand Out

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Dress to Fit In, Think to Stand Out

That's the message of this thoughtful piece on tattoos by Naomi Schaefer Riley.

The tattoo craze has left me cold. Who, exactly, thinks they can improve on God's handiwork by turning one's own body into a permanent art canvas? Of course, there was something kind of amusing about the rumor purveyed at Princeton that alum George Schulz has a tiger tattooed on his bottom. And if someone does something like that, who cares? I don't have to look at it.

But I am so not interested in seeing someone's girlfriend's/boyfriend's name, or personal totem, or some other attention-seeking silliness emblazoned on their skin. It strikes me as a sign of immaturity to try to "stand out" because of something as silly and self-indulgent as body art. Think something original, do something wonderful and creative. That's the right way to stand out.

3 Comments:

Blogger wrabkin said...

I've long assumed that the greatest money-maker possible for the next couple of decades would be a painless tattoo removal process.

2:48 PM  
Blogger amber said...

I have seen some beautiful tattoos. My husband has a couple on his arms, but he made sure that they would not show if he wore a t-shirt, he thinks it is unprofessional. I look at young women (I am 30) who get tattooed in visible places and think, "I wonder what kind of wedding dress they will go for." You can not dress up a tattoo. I think a better invention might bee a tattoo sticker that looks real and will not come off unless you have it removed, you know, like fake nails. I would love to have a tattoo sometimes, but I do not like pain, and I would not want it to be permanent.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

To each his own.

9:42 AM  

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