I don’t re-post my old articles that often but I thought this might serve as a refresher course for those folks out there who have loved ones and/or family that hate their tattoos. Why do some moms get so bent out of shape about our ink? Maybe they are buying into to some of these old myths…time to set them straight once again!
Once you get bitten by the tattoo bug it can be hard to stop. I have an arm to finish up next month and I am already thinking about my first leg piece. When will I stop? When will I have “enough” ink? I don’t know, really. What I DO know is that there are a lot, A LOT of misconceptions about tattooed women. I’ll break down some of my favorites for you here:
10 Myths About Tattooed Women
1. WE ARE EASY
Easy how? Easy on the eyes? Easy to get along with? Oh, you mean e-a-s-y as in “sexually available”. Well that is not even remotely true – just ask my husband.
2. WE ARE FOUL MOUTHED
Well, fuck you and the horse you rode in on. If I am going to swear – and believe me I will- it is because “shit” or “bitch” or “fuck” just happens to be the perfect adjective I need at that moment in time to properly express myself (or I’m drunk) and has Fuck All to do with my tattoos.
3. WE ARE TRASHY
Whoops, wrong Oscar (but in many ways SO right. Bet he had a tattoo to boot.)
The point is trashy is how you conduct yourself – NOT how you decorate yourself.
4. WE ARE NOT FEMININE
Yeah I see what you mean there – these women are really the Dog’s Dinner.
5.WE ARE LOW CLASS, UNEDUCATED AND POOR
Marisa Kakoulas – Holds graduate degrees in journalism and law, successful writer and creator of www.needlesandsins.com
Natasha Kai – Record breaking soccer player and Olympic athlete.
Margaret Cho – Successful actress, comedienne, fashion designer, author, singer-songwriter AND political advocate
6. WE ARE NOT THE MARRYING TYPE
Well don’t tell www.offbeatbride.com because they made a career out of non-traditional brides and their weddings.
and don’t tell the thousands upon thousands of tattooed brides either…
7. WE DO NOT MAKE GOOD MOTHERS
Oh this one is just foolish – tattoos have NOTHING to do with being a good mother. Just ask these kids or the thousands of other kids who love their tattooed mommy.
8. FOR THE KOSHER SISTERS – WE CAN NOT BE BURIED IN A JEWISH CEMETARY
Actually this is not true. Although the Torah forbids the intentional defacement of the body Jewish law does not prohibit the burial of a tattooed person. This is a complex social issue for many Jews due to forcible tattooing during the Holocaust however many Jews are secular (yep – that’s me) and therefore are comfortable not adhering to Orthodox Judaic law. Also, refusing to bury a tattooed loved one violates the Jewish principle of kavod ha-meit – “giving honor to the dead” Don’t believe me? Check out www.chabad.org
9. WE WILL ONE DAY REGRET OUR TATTOOS
I might regret that home perm from seventh grade, I should regret that bag of potato chips I had for dinner last night and I definitely regret that guy I dated in college, but regret my tattoos? Nope. Not at all. Here is another lady with no regrets.
This is Elizabeth Weinzirl – a Doctor’s wife, mother, housewife and one of the very first tattoo collectors who began covering her body beginning at the ripe age of 47. A favorite among other tattoo collectors and tattoo artists she proudly displayed her tattoos well into her 80’s
10. ? Wait – where is 10? Well, my fellow tattooed ladies this one is for you.
What myth or stereotype have you had to endure/overcome as a tattooed woman? Comment and let me know!
P.S. This article was originally posted on my blog in March 2014. It caused a bit of a ruckus when it was plagiarized and posted under someone elses’ byline on Tattoodo but it’s all good now.