Tag: Tattoos

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I’m not the sort of person who goes in for cultural fads. Planking? Nah. Harlem Shake? (I remember that mess…) No, thank you. If you ever hear about kids “cheesing,” let’s just say you won’t find me hunting around for a cat. This resistance to cheap thrillism and quick paths to fame are merely a few of the many measures which mark me as being a conservative – certainly in the realm of “how I conduct my own affairs.”

But these passing fads are just that – fads – and a thing that has really caught in my craw in the past couple of years is the exploding prevalence of tattoos. You can mark me down as being strongly opposed, despite the fact that I have generally libertarian attitudes about this and other questions of personal conduct.

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This topic has been bouncing around my head for a while, but I’ve never gotten around to writing it. Someone on Ricochet will mention something, Jay Nordlinger months ago on a podcast complained about tattoos or a user whose name I forget recently said he was up for a good tattoo rant. Other times I see someone and think why?

I noticed markings on Dana Loesch’s arm in a Parkland CNN screenshot or a cross on a pastor’s back at a church swim party. Tattoos seem to be everywhere and there is no demographic that is exempt. This will come across as a get-off-my-lawn rant, but here we go.

I guess I’m a Generation X person. I still remember that about the only people who had tattoos were military veterans or criminals and they might only have one or two, no sleeves or multiple ones covering a lot of the body. Others might have had them, but they were in a private location. Maybe it was just where I grew up.

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The mug shot accompanying a New York Post story, about a woman who allegedly planned to bomb a convenience store, called to mind an encounter in a McDonald’s some time ago. The two incidents, together, prompt reflection on law and society. Perhaps we, collectively, should do more than turn away from people who choose to […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Death and the Devil in Body Art


shutterstock_196886444It was a gorgeous summer day in Colorado. We were looking for something to do before Chauvinist the Younger goes off to camp, so we took the kids to The Renaissance Festival in Larkspur. This “festival” is actually a summer season theme park for people who really like to dress up in “historical” garb. I mean, really, really like dressing up. Enough to invest. Heavily.

Most of the shops (and that’s mostly what’s there besides food vendors and a few stages for the various theatrical, comedy, magic, and acrobatic acts) sell costumes, footwear, jewelry, hats, and weaponry(!) somewhat loosely related to the Renaissance (whichever one that may be — let’s just say historical accuracy isn’t the imperative). Pirates are a favorite theme, as are knights. The women select costumes ranging from witches to royal ladies. Now, of course, cross-dressing shows up as well — as if gender bending was commonly seen on the streets and celebrated in 14th century Italy. Whatever.

All the dress-up playacting seems like a terrific excuse to show-off one’s tatts, too (heh). Surprisingly, I’ve had enough exposure to the body art culture (mostly at Walmart) that I’m not even terribly disturbed by it anymore, with one exception. Why do so many tattoos portray Satan or seem to celebrate death, with skulls, for example?