Today, I'm in the NY Post because I too slept with Sandra Bullock's husband I'm a tattooed NY woman, and as the headline proclaims, "In-your-face tattoos aren't just for home wreckers -- lots of New York gals have highly visible body art."
Aside from the repeated use of the word "tats" (you know that triggers my gag reflex), the article does a good job (for The Post) of getting across the message that women make up a large part of the heavily tattooed, and no, we're not all celebs and strippers.
Ethan Morgan of East Side Ink, who has been tattooing for two decades, said in the article that half of his clients are us gals, adding "They
[women] are getting large tattoos, and they're really picky about their
work. It's cool."
And it is cool, despite the negative press from the ill-famed Michelle McGee, whom I wrote about last week; indeed, it's because of McGee that this type of discourse about the tattoo community is in the papers at all. This negative gives voice to the positive; at least it gave me a chance to do my usual tattoos-as-a-fine art shtick to an audience beyond you pretty people.
Just walking through the door of my local town hall bodega, the owner Ralf yelled out, "There's our work of art." [He also said, "Feel like a rock star, Red? Don't let it go to your head."]
Alas, not everyone gets it. If you read the comments to the article, you'll see these quotes:
"Who wants to marry that? Or have that be the mother of your children.
The tattooed trash look is for a 1 night stand or at best she will date
her look heroin dealer/junkie."
"As my son once remarked: 'tattoos make you look stained'."
"Maybe that's the new art, hang a tatooted [sic] person on your wall!"
Ok, that last one was funny.
The irony is the most tasteless comments come from anonymous trolls who
call us "trashy." Close-minded comments following these tattoo articles are too common, and in response, I often give the old tattoo cliche:
The difference between tattooed people and non-tattooed people is tattooed people don't care if you have tattoos or not.
I encourage you to offer your own thoughts in the article forum. I know it'll be done in the same vein as you live your life: artfully.