Saturday, March 20, 2010
Last week at an art crit group I attend someone was talking about getting a tattoo of the word 'milkshake' on his stomach. I doodled this during that conversation.
Novelty joke tattoos are a bad idea. I don't like them. I really don't like them. It's cynicism taken to the extreme. I would never get any tattoo, ( it's cliche but I treat my body as a temple and I don't wear deodorant on principle ), but if someone held a gun to my head and made me get one I'd make it sincere, a portrait of a dead loved one or some personal creed. I still think those are distasteful personally but they come from a good place in the human psyche. Ironic jokey novelty tattoos are too negative.
I kept my mouth shut during the conversation. I only preach to people who want to be preached to. Like you, dear reader!
Anyway, not to go all over-the-top, doomsday, Glen Beckian, but novelty joke tattoos are a sign of western decadence and will be judged harshly when the Chinese invade us. I'll be tattoo free so I'll probably get a foreman's position supervising the tattooed American masses who will have to work the rice paddies by hand. C'est la vie.