“Forever is forever and when we make those choices for our body we have to live with them forever.” Cameron Diaz.
Cameron said this in relation to a female hair issue but I’m borrowing it today to make my point. A tad controversial, I write this knowing I risk the ire of some of my closest friends but as they are more and more in my face I need to get it out. I detest tattoos. There I said it (she says breathing a big sigh of relief).
When I was in Biarritz last summer we had this ritual of going down to the beach to catch some rays straight after breakfast before it got too hot. My first day after about five minutes of settling into my chair, opening my book – I got distracted by this gorgeous (in my opinion) European (in my opinion) Adonis (again in my opinion) who took up occupancy of a chair located near me. From the safety of my sunglasses I continued to look okay perve and it was going really well – until he took off his top to reveal an entirely inked back. Then all thoughts of eye candy totally left me and all I could do was look the other way and think ‘why.’
Fast forward a few weeks later when I was back in London, catching up with a friend for drinks. Seated at the bar we became friendly with the young girl serving us. So friendly that when she placed both her heavily tattooed arms on the counter, a very merry me had to ask ‘why?’ She gave an answer I find most inked people give ‘because I wanted to’ ‘because I love them.’ Fine, I understand that, for what is life about if not for doing what you want and love to do. BUT fads come and go and as Cameron points out forever is forever. What you feel now will not be how you feel in ten, twenty, fifty years from now. So I put it to this girl ‘what happens when you are older and have saggy skin?’ I got what is now the perfunctory answer I get when I ask this question, ‘who cares!’
I care because I see beauty in the human form. My favourite type of art are nudes – paintings, sculpture, photographs – any mode does me. Can you imagine Michaelangelo’s David inked? Who would care to see that? You could argue that clothing is the same type of self expression as tattoos and I agree to a certain extent but I also live in a civilised society that dictates we be clothed. Piercings – yes again agree and I have to admit excessive piercings do tend to evoke in me the same revolting gut reaction that tattoos do.
I believe in self expression but when the act itself is a form of self harm I’m not so sure. In the same vein I do not understand why celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Cheryl Cole & David Beckham want to ruin their natural beauty unless they don’t like what they see in the mirror. There is plenty of psycho babble around that attests to this you just have to google tattoos self harm to see the results. Its not for me to say – all I know is that we as humans are always evolving… moods change, feelings change, beliefs change. How often have you looked at a photo of yourself and cringed at a hair style or something you were wearing way back when. Hair styles can be changed, clothing can be changed, even piercings will eventually close up but a tattoo!! I can’t help thinking do in haste repent at leisure.