I’d at least change his last name so people wouldn’t know we were related.
Man, I hate tattoos. How in the hell did they ever become so popular?
Today, we look back on the 1970s and laugh at the wildly colored clothes and shaggy hair. What are people going to think decades from now when they look back on this generation of ink-stained freaks?
How about, Disgusting! Unbelievable! Stupid!
Tattoos are the greatest example of peer pressure run amok that mankind has ever seen. I used to think cigarette smoking topped the list. But with cigarettes, at least you get a nicotine boost and calmed nerves – or so I’m told.
What do you get from a tattoo? Nothing but attention from others. Apparently, that’s enough of a payoff for millions of people. I don’t get it.
OK, back to my son. Connor is 11 now. He’s never mentioned tattoos, as far as I know. But he’s an alert kid, so he’s surely noticed how prevalent they are today. Will he someday think they’re cool or a sign of rebellion or evidence that he’s macho?
God, I hope not. But it just takes a few minutes of stupidity to get a tattoo – then you’re stuck with it forever.
Employers don’t like tattoos
I got the chills reading an article recently about how employers view tattoos. You can probably guess.
“Some corporations maintain a strict policy against visible tattoos, especially companies that must make a good impression to the general public,” according to the article on the Burleson Consulting website. “If you look at middle management and above in any of the Fortune 50 companies, you will be hard-pressed to find any managers that have tattoos – hidden or otherwise.”
Without question, tattoos severely limit a young person’s career possibilities.
“In sum, tattoos send a message to corporate America that you are ignorant, low-income, that you have bad taste and, worst of all, that you may have a criminal record,” the article continues.
Well, I guess if Connor wants to play in a rock band or work at a bar, a tattoo wouldn’t hinder him. But if he chooses most other occupations, a tattoo would hurt his prospects.
I’ll admit, I’m worrying about something that probably will never happen. Connor is basically a sensible kid who does well in school. But still I can’t get inside his head and understand his thought process all the time.
“Even when parents say no, as many as 1 in 6 teens get tattoos anyway from friends or at house parties, past research shows,” writes Sue Shellenbarger on a Wall Street Journal blog. “The permanence of a tattoo is exactly what attracts many teens.”
And it’s exactly what makes me crazy.
If Connor does come home with a tattoo someday (before he turns 18), how would I react? I don’t know. Would I make him get it removed immediately? Would I let him suffer the consequences of having a tattoo in hopes he’d learn a lesson?
All I can say for sure is this: I would hope the tattoo is small and not very visible.
Parents have enough to worry about with the big issues, such as keeping our kids healthy and educating them. It’s doesn’t seem fair that we have to worry about dumb issues like tattoos too. Yet we do. Unfortunately, we don’t get to pick the battles that we’ll face.