Is it me or does everyone have a tramp stamp these days?
For those not in the know, a tramp stamp is a tattoo that, well, tramps have done in the small of their back.
But don’t act like tramp is a bad thing.
The tattoo looks great when you first get it.
For that matter, all tattoos look good when you first get them.
With the exception of a tattoo that a really good friend of mine got in his early twenties.
It was one he got right off of the poster on the wall of the tattoo shop.
Don’t ever do that.
It was the saddest white trash tattoo I have ever seen.
A skull with a joint clutched in its teeth.
And if your are reading this, buddy, I’m sorry.
But it is what it is.
A friend of mine showed me her tramp stamp, and even referred to it as a tramp stamp.
Good for you, now you are a tramp.
Which seems silly if you think about it.
I have another friend, recently divorced, who said she is “Careful who she is intimate with.”
That is a polite way of saying she tries not to sleep around.
Because she doesn’t want to be called a slut.
Slut is a word that catty high school girls call girls that are not stuck up and terrified of guys during what should be their sexually awakening years.
But, once you make it out of your twenties, that behavior means you are empowered and know what you want.
Either way, you are more fun and less drama now.
Back to tattoos.
They are a dicey thing.
If you get one, you had better have a decent story, otherwise the tattoo comes across as silly, unless it is a true work of art.
In that case, it cost a fortune and you have a story to go with the price tag anyway.
Unlike my tattoos.
I have two that I regret.
One was done by a guy who supposedly had just left a really high end tattoo parlor.
Between jobs and ready to cut a deal.
I am always up for that.
It wasn’t until he was half done that he fessed up that he had never done anything as complex as my tattoo, and that he had just been an assistant, not an artist at that high end shop.
Shit is still shit, even at a discount.
My second tattoo was after a long evening of drinking.
They say that no reputable shop would tattoo you if you are drunk, and that is complete bullshit.
As long as you can pull the cash from your pocket and pay the man, its on like Donkey Kong.
The tattoo is the logo of a beach clothing company.
I have ten friends with the same tattoo.
I don’t regret the tattoo as much as I do the lack of complexity of the tattoo itself.
But then, I think all tattoos are that way.
Given enough thought, you really wish you had done something different.
Come to think of it, a lot of life is like that.