Joseph Cramer, M.D.: Tattoos, the outdated fashion that never goes away

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  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    April 3, 2013 11:20 p.m.

    At a family wedding recently, one of the groomsmen brought a gorgeous date. She was wearing a frilly organza style party dress with a bare back. Her back was covered with big black evil looking bat wings & other Halloween looking designs. The big bat wings just didn't go with the feminine party dress. Can't say I'm a tattoo fan as I grew up in an era when only gnarly looking old men had tats. Also, when I was recently at a bridal store in Nevada to help relative find a wedding gown, I was surprised that there was an entire display counter devoted to tattoo body cover up makeup. Now that's an interesting market niche. Also, I've worked with people who are required to wear turtle necks or tennis bands to cover their tattoo's on the job as tats are not accepted at work. Also I've known people who have had tattoo's or piercings who ended up with septicemia or hepatitis. I agree with the writer, tats are too permanent.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    April 3, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    coltakashi...In the movie "Larry Crowne" the girl gets a tattoo of Chinese letters.
    Finds out later that it's Chinese for "Soy Sauce". LOL.

    As for tattoos, to each his own, but I personally cannot stand them.

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    April 2, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    In Japan, where extensive tattoos are a tradition, they are also traditionally associated with the criminal underworld of crime and prostitution. In a time when women are advancing in business and politics, having extensive tattoos causes one's peers to question your intelligence and reliability.

    And yes, I have met people who have tattoos of Chinese characters and think they mean something other than their real meaning. I assume it has been done out of the ignorance of the tattoo artist, most of whom do not read Chinese or Japanese. In a rare case it might be applied sideways or upside down or in a mirror image, and in that case what it communicates is stupidity.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 2, 2013 6:36 a.m.

    You made me smile, that said a lot.

  • amazondoc USA, TN
    April 1, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    Hey there Dr. Cramer --

    "but I feel uncomfortable to stare as one would at a Rembrandt. "

    You should never feel reluctant to examine a tattoo. I am always flattered when someone looks at mine, especially when they tell me how beautiful it is. If you're worried about offending someone, just ask first. Very few people will mind.

    I have only one tattoo, although it's a relatively large one. I've had it for 20 years now -- well past the sell-by dates of many fashions -- and I still love it very much. While I sympathize with your concerns about changing fashions and ages, and I absolutely agree that people should stop and THINK before getting inked, tattoos absolutely *can* maintain their appeal over the years.

    Ha, I think I just made up a new slogan -- only it's so obvious that someone must have thought of it before me. "Think before you ink!". ;-)