I BELIEVE in gay marriage, I think religion can be destructive, and I don’t see anything wrong with boys playing with dolls if they feel like it.
In other words: I have very few conservative beliefs. Certainly, I’d never consider myself a conservative person.
But I’ve realised I do have a little bit of a prude lurking under the surface, and it took this incident at Jupiters Casino for me to realise it.
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As it turns out, I seem to have very traditional views when it comes to tattoos – in that I’m not a big fan.
I reckon it would be difficult to find a person aged 18-25 who doesn’t have at least one tattoo. Uber celebrities like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are simply covered in them, so maybe that’s partly to blame.
But when I see someone in that age bracket wandering around a grocery store or lining up for sushi, I can’t help but wonder why? Why?
Why so much ink and why in so many visible places?
To be clear, I don’t hate all tattoos. When people get small, discreet and/or meaningful messages inked onto their ankles and wrists, they can be quite lovely. I’ve actually got two of them!
What bothers me is seeing beautiful young women sporting cluttered drawings and poems that stretch boldly across their backs and chests, down their arms and along the back of their calves.
I probably shouldn’t be bothered – what does it matter to me?
But I am bothered, and it’s because when something goes this mainstream, people start to push the boundaries even further.
So it’s not enough to get a small bird on your wrist or a manly southern cross on your forearm anymore.
Now, teens and twenty-somethings are getting Audrey Hepburn quotes permanently splashed across their breastbones, along their ribcages, down their thighs and even on their necks and faces.
Sure, it may seem like a great form of artistic expression today. But eventually that anchor or hibiscus flower or super-cool quote you had permanently inked into your neck is going to look blurry, saggy and overall unattractive.
Then we’re all stuck looking at it.
And you can’t really wear a turtleneck in summer, can you?
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