More thoughts on tattoos -
I don’t want “tattoo acceptance” in the work place or anywhere else. I don’t want to be the subject of some dumb picture carrying a baby with my shirt off so you can see all my tattoos and see that I’m a regular person just like you. I fucking hate society and I hate regular people, I know it sounds like a teen angst cliche but as a 27 year old man who works all goddamn day and makes his own money, I pretty much feel the same way that I did when I was 15 and lived at home and wrote dead kennedys lyrics on my desk. Obviously I never got tattooed to be like “ooh look at me, I’m so different from you” because a) well, it wouldn’t make me any different because everyone has tattoos and b) that’s just a ridiculous way to live. But just like straight edge, I saw tattooing from an early age as a part of a culture that exists outside of normal society and should never kowtow to some lame standard for “acceptance”. Yeah I don’t drink and I don’t like to hang out in bars. Does that separate me from most normal people my age? Does that hinder my “acceptance”? Good, fuck those people and fuck their booze too, do whatever you want but I’m not going to apologize or waste my time explaining to you that “deep down inside i’m just like you” because I’m not and I don’t want to be. It’s much the same with tattoos. I wish we still lived in a culture where people would cross the street to get away from someone who’s “heavily tattooed” instead of trying to strike up a conversation with me and telling me about your plans for your upcoming “sleeve”.