Walking into the Twenty First Century, the world is still changing very quickly. Today, with technology on the rise, we are able to be connected to the whole world, and social media is very big.
We are able to connect with family and friends on a daily basis, who we can’t be with otherwise. We are able to find friends from the past and reconnect with them. The mobile phones that we use today allow us to video chat live, so that a birthday party, or other such event, won’t be missed ever again.
A lot of great things have happened with these ways of connecting to the world, but with that comes a price. With all the good things that have happened with social media, the bad tags along.
Today, we are fighting over things such as cultural views, race, and political views. I know you’ve seen people blocking, ending friendships, and disowning family members due to their thoughts and views. Hate is dividing our nation at an all time high, and the world has become more judgmental. The over-use of social media is adding fuel to this fire.
Society has changed, allowing us to express who we are and what we think. Tattoos are just one of the ways we do this. Many people want to be accepted for such expressions, both controversial and non, regardless of the effect on others.
This is aiding a great division in our country because some of us are just not ready to accept this kind of change we are witnessing. Sadly, violence and murders occur because of who you are and what you believe in.
Some of society has decided to simply disconnect from the world because they just don’t want to be a part of this change. They go out into the world only when they have to, making as little eye-contact as possible.
This often stems from fear, or simply not wanting to bother with people. I avoid getting involved in such changes, or speaking up to protest about the things I do not believe in, as to not pass judgment on others, because I have at times been judged myself.
This brings me to why I am writing this particular post. As I have shared in a previous post, tattoos have become very popular in today’s society, but it still carries a huge question: Are they classy or are they trashy? I’d like to share some of my experiences, thoughts, and views on this topic in hopes that it’ll change one’s perspective.
Take me as I am; ink and all
I was an auto mechanic for just about 30 years and I walked away because I had enough. The money was getting harder to make, and it was taking a physical and mental toll on me. While wondering where I would find a job after spending a career of turning wrenches, I decided to give the retail world a shot. It was two years ago when the day of my interview had come, and I was excited.
Now, you’ll find when you get to know me that I’m a jeans and tee shirt guy. When I married my wife, I remember my father-in-law laughing and saying, “That’s the last time we’ll see Dave dressed up.”
Now, getting back to the interview; I decided I would not hide my ink and piercings. I interviewed with three different managers, one after the other, each one putting me in different scenarios on how I would handle different situations that could arise on the job. After completing them, I was hired and began working the next day. It was going into the holiday season and they needed the help.
I was working my tail of, and in my first month there, I received employee of the month. I remember having a conversation with one of my managers shortly after that and he told me: “We were hesitant on hiring you because you were a little intimidating looking with your tattoos and piercings, but we are glad that we did.” I had been hired for seasonal help, but they kept me and two others on for year-round.
Remembering The Guests
Where I worked, we referred to our customers as guests. I have a lot of fond memories of great conversations and interactions I had with our guests. One of my fondest memories was of a little girl that I spoke with in early October.
I have a tattoo of Harley Quinn on my left forearm, and she had walked up to me and said: “That’s Harley Quinn, and I’m going to be her for Halloween!” I looked down at this little girl and said, “You’re going to be the best one.” Her dad later came to me and told me that I really made her day.
I have really have seen the change in the ink world. I had two different women in their mid-Sixtis come up to me while shopping and show me that they had got their first tattoo done and that they loved them. So, you’re never too old to get your first one. Time had passed, and I was ready to move on from this job, but those are memories I will keep for a lifetime.
Companies are Being Asked to Change Protocol on Tattoos
Today, companies with policies on tattoos are finding it harder to hire employees because of the amount of people who have tattoos on exposed skin. In Oklahoma City, the Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police is asking for a policy change regarding tattoos, stating that it has become harder to get recruits due to turn downs of would-be officers with exposed ink.
Some Views on Ink
Some people today are being inked for various reasons, some being very touching. One man I read about was battling cancer and couldn’t stand the way chemo made his skin pale and pasty, so he had 90% of his body inked to feel better about himself. I’ve seen some who only could only grieve the loss of a loved one by having them memorialized on their skin.
Tattoo artists who suffer from certain disorders find escape through their artwork. With so many things that happen to people, a lot find refuge through tattoos to tell their story. For some, it’s a way to feel that they have made their mark in society. Whatever the case may be, most of us have a reason for our ink, and the style that we choose.
Get to Know Me Before the Ink
If you sit down with me and look passed the ink and the piercings, you will find an intelligent person who has a passion for life. You’ll see a loving husband and dad to 3 beautiful daughters. You’ll see a sports lover (hockey being my favorite).
You’ll find that I don’t drink or use drugs, as people with ink are sometimes thrown into that stereo type. Put me on the beach, and I’m lost just sitting there with the Lord. There’s a lot of serenity there.
Are Tattoos Trashy?
I do get asked this question, and I will answer very honestly. Can they be trashy? Yes, I do think they can be. As with everything, there’s an upside and a downside. Tattoos for the most part can be very classy and worn very well, but when I see ink that has been done for all the wrong reasons I’ll stop and think, what where you thinking when they did that? You do know you have to go out in public, right?
I think today as we move through our journey called life, we as a human race need to stop the judgment. So when you see some big biker-looking guy with all kinds of tattoos stop and say hi, you may just be surprised to find out that he’s just a big ol’ teddy bear. You might even become great friends. In the end, it’s up to you to decide what you think is it classy or trashy.
I hope you enjoyed reading my post and I welcome any thoughts or comments you may have.
Rock your Journey,