Yes, there is a method to my madness for having this corny picture of my hand up on here. I was at work the other day trying to explain something to somebody when they noticed the scar on my hand. Normally, I'm one that doesn't like addressing my imperfections but I didn't have a problem with this one. It's hard to tell from this photo (primarily because it's changed since I first got it a couple of years ago) but when the scab first cleared and the scar was fresh, it looked a lot like Prince's symbol. I thought that was pretty interesting.
Something even stranger was how it happened or lack thereof. We were in the process of moving from the house we were renting to the house that we bought and currently live in. Somewhere and somehow during that process, I cut my hand. I didn't even notice it until I felt something wet on my hand. I thought I had spilled some liquid somewhere and looked up and my hand was bleeding. And we're talking a DEEP cut too...white meat showing and all. Of course after I noticed that the wetness I was feeling was blood, THAT's when it started to hurt. That and the fact that I'm getting too old for the wear and tear on my body is why I told D that if we ever move again, we are paying somebody to do it for us.
Anyway, so I'm talking to this cat and he notices the scar. For some reason, the first thing he asked me was was that where I had a tat removed. I had never even thought that it could get mistaken for that. I told him the non-story of what happened and that it nothing to do with a tat at all. That misconception gave me fodder for this very entry.
I don't have one tat on my body and never will get one. As long as I'm alive (or as long as I still have any say in it anyway) none of my children will ever get any either. The Bible says that our body is a temple and we are not to mar it. Well that would include getting a tat. I don't love anything else more than God and you will never catch me scarring my body to put His name on it. That's why I can't understand how folks these days could use the justification that they love their children, significant other or whatnot so that's why they get a tat of them.
Tats have been around for quite a while but I think it's pretty fair to say that when well-known celebrities starting sporting them, the fad took a life of it's own. It started with one word here to people covering their entire bodies with them. As much as I like A.I (Allen Iverson) I think even he went too far when he started running out of space so went to putting tats on his neck and on his hands.
The thing that always killed me is those people that get the photo tats of their children. Like Starbury who has a picture on his arm of him kissln' his daughter or Riddick Bowe who got tats of the faces of ALL four of his children on his shoulder. It may seem like a good idea at the moment, but the children will eventually grow up and not look like that anymore. In fact, they may even eventually get to be the age where their parents are senior citizens and it will become a joke when these "living portraits" are all warped because the wearer is getting old and the tat has started sagging.
Then there's those people that feel it necessary to get the name of their significant other permanently inked on them. And I'm not talking those rare instances when they're married. I'm talking about the girlfriend/boyfriend situation. They split up and guess what's a permanent part of them? They have to carry it around with them for the rest of their life...like herpes. There's always the option of the good ol' reliable skin graft like KC did to get rid of Mary J. Blige's name that was tatted to his neck after they broke up. Here's an original idea...how about you just get some nice jewelry with the person's name on it instead of the whole body ink idea? Things don't work out, you can always the hock the jewelry and move on. It'd be a lot less painful and a lot less permanent.
Now as stupid as I think the ideas of tats are, I have to admit that I have seen some that are actually pretty decent looking. I still would NEVER do it; however, the right tat on the right person can look borderline cool. The key is that it's not overdone where they have too many or it's too big. For example, my LB has a tat of the the frat on his arm. Because he's so dark-skinned-ed, you pretty much have to be right up on it to see it, but it it does look nice when you get a good look at it in the right light.
I keep hoping that it's a fad that will eventually go away, kinda' like the whole throwback jersey craze. The problem with that is since tats are permanent, the fad will probably be around forever too. More shorties coming up will see them on their idols and think they have to get one too and it will never stop. I guess that's the generation of today though...they're not thinking about the future, just about the me and now...