Tuesday, October 6, 2015

TATTOO THIS

I have seen a great deal of change in my lifetime.  I suppose anyone who has lived a lifetime of years would see a great deal of change.  One of the most amazing changes has been what is now acceptable in the venue of body art.  To say the least the Victorian taboos have fallen to the new age anything goes.

Only those men who had served in the armed forces had tattoos in my memories as a child.  For some reason those who had served in the Navy were especially prone to body art.  Perhaps there was a tattoo artist in every port?  I remember seeing them on the forearms and sometimes upper arms of men.  Certainly there could have been more, but the taboos also included walking around sans clothes.



My first up close and personal experience with body art was my son coming home with a tattoo.  At the ripe old age of 18, he was ready to exert his independence via the local tattoo parlor.   I was less than happy--in fact could have pinched a plug out of him as my mother used to say.



 It seems today we have made the full circle and now no one--including me--blinks an eye when I see a tattoo.  Occasionally I am overwhelmed with the number of tats one person has.  Its a little like going to the art gallery and trying to decide which painting to study--I become numb and only give a passing glance to them all.



Lest you think this fad has not invaded the ranks of my peers, my sweet friend has these tats-




I have this thing about needles--I have to work up the courage to have an injection.  BUT if I were to become brave enough to put myself under the artist needle--what tattoo would I select?  What is meaningful enough to permanently etch it on my body--for the remainder of my life?  The fear of distortion due to sagging body parts limits my choices.  Who wants a peace dove with a broken wing trailing behind it!  What about a heart--but then it would need to have a deep scar added to it.  What would speak to who I am?

I have previously told you the only tattoo I would consider is this one-


Unfortunately, years of running have left my feet less than lovely.  I would not want to draw attention to them -even with this beautiful tattoo.  And to cap that off, I have small feet--which would require very small lettering--which would probably be difficult to read.

As I was reading in 2 Corinthians this morning, Paul is talking about us being a letter--which is known and read by everybody---not written in ink but on our hearts. 

 Yes--this I would do!  Engrave it upon my heart who I am---and who He is.  THAT is my statement to share with all who pass me by.  Permanently etched--forever engraved--tattooed on my very heart---JESUS!

"Are we beginning to commend ourselves again?
Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?  You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known  and read by everybody.  You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tables of stone, but on tablets of human hearts"
2 Corinthians 3:1-3

6 comments:

  1. My husband has one, he got it when he was in the Marines. However, mark my words, I will never get one, never, ever. I remember, just as you, only the "boys" in the military got them, now they are everywhere, even on women...sorry, but people do know they will sag with time, right? (rolling with laughter---I have issues with women and tats, big issues....never mind. I do like that one on the foot, but no thank you, I think I will stick with my natural tats--err I mean scars...(more laughter)---thanks for the smiles, Lulu.

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    1. Yep--got those tattoo scars too, Friend! I would seriously love to get the one on my foot--but alas--ugly feet now! I did have my eyeliner tattooed on---NOW THAT IS ANOTHER POST FOR SURE--needle--right by eye---could never numb it enough!
      Blessings, Friend!

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  2. This is a brilliant post tackling a subject I would have tackled next, after my current one about nudity and the questions I ask there for readers' views. But I doubt I could write a tattoo post better than you.

    "Certainly there could have been more, but the taboos also included walking around sans clothes." How right you are. Back in the day people were more modest in their dress and their need of body art.

    I have seen a variety of tattoos lately, some on very distinguished and learned people you would not have thought would have a tattoo. For some reason, particularly popular over here is a tattoo placed right at the end of the spine where the upper bottom begins to appear. Why there, I don't know.

    I especially like "Who wants a peace dove with a broken wing trailing behind it!" You have such a wonderful sense of humour and I would guess, if it were not for your fear of needles, if it were just ink or paint with a pen or brush, you would have a wonderful tattoo or even more!

    God bless you. You cheered me up.

    I have seen

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    1. For some strange reason, we don't think the ravages of time will ever touch us when we are young. I have more things sagging these days than I ever dreamed I would have. How attractive would it be to have a line of writing that slowly begins to sag in the middle. NEVER sell yourself short, Victor. Your humor is brilliant!
      Go for it, Brother---give us your two cents!
      Blessings!

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    2. A friend of mine is a wrestler and a boxer. He has the words "Courage" and "Bravery" tattooed across his back, so that when he's knocked down his opponent would associate him with those things. On his chest he has tattoed the numbers 1 to 10 to help the referee should he fall backwards and be knocked out.

      His stage name is Moaner Lisa because he is always on the canvass.

      All his family are boxers, except his uncle. He is a Dalmatian.

      Lulu, you wrote about tattoos. How about body piercing? Rings and studs pierced on all parts of the body. Now that's art surely?

      You and I could start a series of posts on our Blogs on various modern oddities. Now that should get our readers talking!

      How about bald men tattooing adverts on their heads and getting paid for it. If I were bald I'd tattoo a cure for baldness lotion on my head.

      God bless.

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    3. You always leave me laughing, Victor. Truly a gift!

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Your comments keep my writing and often cause me to think. A written form of a hug or a pat on the back and an occasional slap into reality---I treasure them all!