A Norman Rockwell portrait of America surely cannot equate with people today. I have reached a quagmire trying to reason it all out. Why do people do the things they do?
The subject I refer to is body art, more commonly known as tattoos.
Today's generation certainly makes a visible statement. Shock and awe! Yes, a major invasion of our time.
In the 1960s we used to cringe at long-haired youth. Fads do change. Summer has started, and people are wearing less clothing now. Short-sleeved shirts, shorts and flip-flops are now the norm. Everywhere you might go, body art is present. Restaurant workers truly display it and customers as well. It may be found at the mall or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The list goes on relentlessly.
Why flaunt it? Well, age is not really a factor. Young people, just out of high school, may display one or more and I truly emphasize more. I have always expected to see it on military personnel, rock stars, outlaw bikers, or institutional criminals as they and tattoos seem to go hand-in-hand.
Astonishingly, a fashion statement seems to have exploded. From the top of the head to the ankles, it may be seen. Jimmy Durante's famous song, "Inka Dinka Doo," is back in vogue.
Tattoo or taboo - a last-minute decision or a whim of popular passion could stretch into a lifetime of regret. Thinking about it, average life expectancy being about 78 years, as the person grows older and changes, so do their preferences and reasoning.
Inking that has been on for a long time is certainly not enchanting. Job opportunities might be limited if dealing with the public is involved - placing a tattooed individual in a bracket of category. The military now says, "No tattoo may show while in uniform." Infraction may result in being discharged from the service.
A new fad has emerged in tattooing - solid inking of a body part. Japanese Mafia members have carried them from the neck to the ankles. In some cases, their livers failed because of it.
What should we look forward to in the future?
General Douglas McArthur once said, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
Paul R. Lawson