Recently, I read a blog titled Tattoo’s, Ed Hardy and Bad Journalism (http://unrelentingamee.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/tattoos-and-bad-journalism/). The argument was in response to an article against tattooed people written by a Hardy t-shirt wearing Simon Doonan (http://www.slate.com/authors.simon_doonan.html). Though the author had a clear-cut argument against Doonan, she openly admitted in her first statement, “I don’t have any tattoos.” Well, Simon Doonan and Unrelenting Amee, I do! As a matter of fact, I have 13 tattoos.
The arrogant Mr. Doonan calls his article “A Theory.” As if he were philosophizing over the all-illusive confounding existence of humanities frustration over a millennia old botheration – where do we hide the people with tattoos? Doonan’s article is a great example of the kind of bias ignorance, which plagued America over the centuries, it is just wrapped in a different color paper – where do we hide the people who look different than us; the non-white, non-Christian, the non-upper-class, non-conservative, non-conformist!
In Doonan’s article, Why Do We Really Get Tattoos? Doonan refers to the “tatted” as a “sick and twisted cult”. Why? Because, after he goes to the beach and realizes he is among the untattooed he feels, in the eyes of the tatted on the beach, Doonan is “a loser and a nemesis”. For his decision to go through life untatted, he refers to himself as “the last heroic holdout.” Doonan then goes on to give his philosophic impression on the history and motivation behind tattoos – a very closed-minded perspective of tattoos and the “mayhem” and gothic imagery and nature of tattoos.
I will agree with one point Doonan makes in his argument against tattoos he says, “Cut to today: Having a tattoo has lost its original meaning. Having a tattoo now has no meaning. Having a tattoo means that you have a tattoo.” Today, people get tat’s because they are the “cool” thing to do – everybody is doing it.
Then Doonan get’s long winded about what a colossal waste of time and money getting tattoos is, and he makes a rotten argument about a sleeve tattoo costing $6,000.00 and then another $6,000.00 to have the tat removed via laser removal when you “get to middle-age” and you will be permanently scared for life by the laser, for a grand total of $12,000.00, because it will look “ghastly” and “disgusting”. I know hundreds of tattooed people, I have never known a single person who ever committed to a sleeve tattoo that costs them six-grand, and then they had it removed – EVER!
The man who calls himself a journalist (and his publisher allows Doonan to refer to himself as an “author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador” – what a joke!) continues to clobber his reader with commentary such as equating tattooed people with “hardened psychopathic death row inmates.”
To conclude Doonan creates a quasi-metaphor. He sends a commercial out to his readers by wearing an Ed Hardy t-shirt sporting a skull and a nice gothic slogan “Love Kills Slowly.” Doonan’s pun, kindergarten mentality and dry as it is, he alludes to the fact that he can take the t-shirt off and throw it in the hamper, but as his pun dictates – you cannot do that with a tattoo.
Here is what I have to say to Doonan: You are by far, plain and simple, a bias man. Your article exposes your weakness – fear. You are afraid of that which you do not understand. Tattoos are an art. People who get tattoos do so for personal reasons; reasons you do not comprehend, nor do the people getting tat’s require your approval. People with tats – despite your fears – are not judgmental of you, they could care less if you have any body art, just as long as you respect their decision to sport body art. Perhaps you felt like an outsider because you are _____… I will allow you to fill in the blanks. Accept people for who they are, not for what they look like. And I agree with Unrelenting Amee, before you go generalizing people, referring to ALL people with tat’s, do your homework!
And by the way, here are some tatted folks you probably didn’t realize decided to join the “sick and twisted cult” of tattooed “mayhem.” I’m not sure how “gothic” or “ghastly and disgusting” their tat’s were, but I am sure these folks must have led lives mirrored to “hardened psychopathic death row inmates.” There is, former Secretary of the State George P. Schultz (92 years of age), Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, King Frederick IX of Denmark (1899 – 1972), King George V (1865 -1936), George Orwell, and Thomas Edison, just to name a few http://mag.rankmytattoos.com/21-most-surprising-celebrity-tattoos.html. I suppose, according to Doonan’s “theory”, like ALL tatted people, they were just the bad seeds of their day!
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