WATERCOOLER: Tattoos are a terrible passing fad

The July 8 cover of the Bundaberg NewsMail.
The July 8 cover of the Bundaberg NewsMail.

Letters: THE hideous picture on the front page of the Bundaberg NewsMail (8/7) serves as a timely warning to our very valuable Gen Y friends.

Today there is a cultural surge towards tattooism among both male and female.

Virtually and indelibly impregnated in prominent and sensitive places on the body, they not only spoil the appearance of a handsome man or worse, a beautiful woman, but increase the risk of poisoning the system of the human being and disfiguring them for life.

If not short term, then long term effects occur as (often) it would seem, cheap ink substitutes slowly seep into the body through the pores of the skin, penetrating the vital organs within.

Negative reasons for tattoos may range from peer pressure to attention seeking, a feeling of empowerment and opportunism and spirit of rebellion against authority, or to simply "make a statement".

More positive motives of a more discerning nature may stem from a nostalgic or sentimental desire to preserve the signature of a grandparent or family loved one or friend.

However, to those who like to see the natural beauty of one of God's creations in it's original form the tattoo will never find acceptance.

It is so amazing just how generous young people are, passively, placidly, as a little lamb, submitting themselves under the control of the pen of a tattooist, sometimes in a vain attempt to uphold their "rights" while gullbly selling their birthright of natural beauty - selling themselves short, sacrificing their freedom all for the glory of what is no more than a passing fad.

This is an Australia wide concern.



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What you're saying on Facebook:

Cindy King: "Tattoos are a passing fad? They have been around for 2 500 years! My ink tells a story about my life and my beliefs, something I will always be proud of."

Reina Wilson: "What a load of bull....tatts look fn hot on men..and females with tatts look good to...obviously no news day...your body your choice."

Emma Celty Timms: "Every person I've met, even complete strangers in the street, even elderly strangers, stop and ask to see the rest of my tattoo that's mostly covered, and they love it. I then go on to show them my other 2 and talk about the meaning and they say it's beautiful. Never have I had any negative comment about any of my tattoos."

Peter Dillon: "Tattoos have been put on human beings since we lost most of our hair and stood upright!"

Sky Gander: "Tattoos may look great on a young 20 something but imagine that arm sleeve in 50 years time when the inks faded and the skins wrinkled. Yuk!"

Kayla Bose: "Nothing wrong with tatts, your body your choice ... I do worry about long term effects of ink in the skin or under though (not really sure how it works lol)... But can it be any worse than piercings, pins in bones etc.?"

Michael Timms: "Hey, I think tattoos have a place....designer tatts look good and tattoos also have significant importance to that person...So I disagree..."

Lisa Perry: "Glad only a very small minority have this warped thinking. Tattoos mean nothing it is personal taste and nobody elses business what another chooses to do with their body. Is she meaning its ok for ugly people?"

Pudd Carman: "Tattooed people make me sick!!"

Laura McHardy: "Disagree! If tattoos are done well, they can be beautiful works of art!"

Lynda Hutton: "I personally strongly agree but it is up to the individual what they want to choose for themselves."

Rachael Lonie: "Dear R MACNISH, I highly suggest you get your chauvinistic judgmental rot out of the local newspaper. I quote "spoil the appearance of a handsome man or worse, a beautiful woman". Heaven forbid we disfigure the appearance of women for you! I thought we had agreed to leave sexism in the past where it belongs?
I understand you don't work in the health industry, considering you believe tattoos "increase the risk of poisoning the system of the human being". I laughed quite hard at this; what poisoning of which system is occurring? Is it within the human being? What poison? I suggest you research the practice of tattooing and the impact it has on the body systems - you'll find it's relatively harmless and will not impair the living functions of the human body.
You suggest that negative reasons for getting tattoos include: "a feeling of empowerment and opportunism"...Yes, us women really should forget empowerment and forget about seizing the day! Let us return to the kitchen and get black eyes to replace more permanent body decorations!"

Jodie McQuillen: "Tattoos are no different to the choice of clothing u wear, colour or style of your hair or the opinions you chose to give! Some may not appreciate your taste in all things either! As for poisoning ones system, have a good look at society, far worse things than a bit of ink!"

Jim Kent: "Interesting how it offends some people when their not the one wearing them, Tattooists now have a medical standard to work to as for "risk of poisoning the system" then I would be more concerned about chemical poisoning from foods, or getting hepatitis from a door handle. Seriously if you think the person has ruined his/her good looks with tattoos then there defiantly not going to be interested in you as it shows that you are shallow and believe that beauty is only skin deep."

Jaclyn Dunnett: "Their choice I don't like too many on someone but again it's not my body."

Sammie Byrne: "Disagree. There's nothing wrong with them, they're a form of art. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

Rina Jade: "If someone wants tattoo then that's their choice they don't need people telling its gross or whatever. Their body their skin."

Candice Faul: "It's art. Art, like beauty...is subjective. Each to their own. I don't have any, but I can appreciate them."

Dianne Young: "Nope think they Fugly."

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