Came across two very interesting statements circulating the web recently that sparked some thoughts…
“Everybody that isn’t really aware of the newer trends in tattooing is just hung up on the stereotype that they’re shady and for bikers or gang members, just very seedy overall,” says Jerry Cross in an article about the opening of a new tattoo studio he owns with a few friends.
Another statement that catches the eye is the following headline:
The article is about an interview with his wife, Angelina Jolie, and both very well-known actors have ink. So it’s a bit interesting to hear that he specifically doesn’t want their daughters to get ink. She is quoted in the Fox News piece as saying:
“How do I say ‘No’? It’s especially hard for dads and girls,” she said. “For some reason men get a little more sensitive when the daughter gets a tattoo.”
It’s hard to fathom why the statement is aimed at just the daughters and not the sons. It is easy to see why a parent might not want their child to have the same experiences, especially in the case where someone experienced tattoo discrimination. But Pitt and Jolie have done pretty well for themselves so it’s doubtful the tattoos are all that bad.
For every step forward the artform takes, it seems like something happens that reinforces those sad, negative stereotypes that just aren’t true of everyone. There are tons of criminals and assholes who have no ink.
The tattoo isn’t the problem. There are great people who do alot for their communities who have tattoos. Tattooists are artists and for every stereotype, there are countless numbers of folks who break that mold.
The issue of discrimination runs a bit beyond just skin deep… and that type of ish is just a part of humanity and the problem will exist until we figure out a way to flush it.
But fear not!
Our tattoos here at 434 Tattoo are free from bullshit and our awesome tattoo studio in Waikiki is open 24/7, from 10a to 10p. We specialize in custom tattooing and can intricately perform a number of styles including Asian tattoos, Hawaiian tattoo designs, & traditional old school tattoos and new school tattoos. We also have many books and tattoo flash available for you to review.
Bring your tattoo ideas and yourself and show solidarity against ignorance and stereotypes and come on down to get your ink on!
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