Monday, April 17, 2017

Hailey's Novel Diary – 4/17/17

What I know about tattoos could fill a postage stamp. I don't care what anyone else does with their body, but I've always considered the idea of a tattoo crazy. It's like picking out a necklace, but you have to wear it every day for the rest of your life. The style you might like now might look ugly and terribly outdated in a few years. The only way to take it off is with painful lasers or piling on more tattoo ink.

What I really don't understand are tattoos on your back or some place that you can never see. I guess it would be good to not have that constant reminder, but then what's the point?

There's no way to talk about this without some tattoo fan getting morally outraged, so I'll repeat that I don't care what anyone else does with their body. If you like tattoos, great. Go nuts.

Right now, the big trend is getting phrases stabbed into your arm or abdomen or wherever. That seems even worse than a flower to me. A sentence that you might find inspirational, deep, funny or clever might sound stupid at a later point in your life. Or you'll see the same sentence on a million other people and it won't seem so edgy anymore. Or you'll just get tired of reading it every single day.

The tattoos I like are when people get Chinese characters without being able to read a word of Chinese. I actually saw someone with “stupid foreigner” tattooed on their arm. I don't know what they were told it meant, but I doubt they knew the truth.

A few of the characters in this book have tattoos. It makes sense that they would. It's a hip trend these days. But writing about getting a tattoo doesn't work when you know nothing about getting a tattoo. Watching Popeye cartoons doesn't help.

Looking at a million pictures of tattoos, it's clear that some of this “art” really is art. Some of these people who tear ink into other people's flesh really know what they're doing. Like anything else, I'm sure it takes a lot of practice to do well. But if it's art, why put it over your butt? How often are you going to look at that?


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