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Bipolar Rant of The Day: The Stereotypes Associated With People With Tattoos

I was shopping at Wal-mart recently looking for a costume to wear at my first ever annual Halloween party, and I stumbled upon a costume that really kind of bothered me.  It was a men’s convict/prisoner costume that came with tattooed sleeves for your arms to and I quote:

This convict-inspired creation includes a shirt and a pair of tattoo sleeves for a fun and realistic ensemble.

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So by Wal-mart’s own description in their listing, all people in prison have tattoos (which a lot of them do), but this also insinuates that people with tattoos will all end up in prison. Put it this way, it would be the same if they had the same costume but instead of tattoos the costume came with a black man’s face mask. Think that wouldn’t bother a few people?

Maybe I’m overreacting about this, but I know that a lot of people are pretty close-minded and look down on those of us with tattoos. I’ve never been to prison, I’m not a menace to society, I have a family with a wife and kids and do what I’m supposed to do as a father/husband and citizen, however people assume just by the fact that I have tattoos on my arms that I’m a deviant. I’ve found myself going out of my way to be extra nice and polite around people when I first meet them in some form of an effort to make a better first impression. I get all of that because I chose to have tattoos on my body, and things like this costume doesn’t make things any easier.

It’s a shame that in today’s world people are still being judged by their self expression, skin color, religion, or sexual orientation instead of them being judged by what’s really in their hearts.

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Mande Kay Sumner
Mande Kay Sumner

Here here! My husband has tattoos, I have tattoos and both of us have worked in professional environments. We also, go to church, homeschool our daughter with a Christian curriculum, donate to no less than a dozen charities (consistently), volunteer at the humane society, the homeless shelter and the domestic violence shelter. We are HUGE advocates of HUMAN Rights. So, when someone tries to trash me for my tats or my husbands, I am more than happy to spout off that "resume." I also like to let them know that I've never even received a ticket, much less been to jail, so they would be wise to rethink their stance on tattoos.

Brandon Devine
Brandon Devine

I would love to meet someone face to face that has a problem with tattoos. Its usually a hypocritical jackass. Its a sign of times changing. Back when i was young, not many women had short hair. Now, alot of women have short hair. Not many men would be caught dead in skinny jeans, now its a normal thing. Men didnt pierce there ears, now they do. Times change and so do styles. Same goes for tattoos. If you have a problem with tattoos, then dont cut your hair short, wear skinny jeans, or pierce your ears.

Beth Linkous Rodney
Beth Linkous Rodney

Unfortunately it happens. I know people who were passed on jobs because of visible tattoos. When I went to get my first tattoo it was a husband and wife shop in North Carolina. They were the nicest people in the world (the husband looked like he would kick your butt he was a big man) while I was waiting my turn his wife was telling me her trouble she was having conceiving so they looked into adoption. Even though they were successful business owners, owned their own home and were married they were being turned down and were told it was because of how they looked and the fact that her arms were completely covered. She was trying to talk my friends and I into discreetly placing tattoos she would said if she had known it would have prevented her from adopting she never would have had them done (they were beautifully done too). My heart broke for her you could see that she really wanted a child too.

Tammy Bailey
Tammy Bailey

Peopl can't see what is in your heart when they first meet you. They will judge you based on their own past experiences with people who have similarities to you. It's not right but it is human. Also the difference between tattoo sleeves and black mask.....one is a choice. I don't think that judging people on appearance is right but every one knows it happens just as you knew the judgements that would be coming your way when you got then. Until society changes you just have to live with the consequences of your decisions. Fyi...I have tattoos also.

Megan Halone
Megan Halone

Oh my god. I love this. I fight this every day. I didn't get my first tattoo until I was 29, it just didn't hit me until then of what to get. Now at 43 I have 7 and I love them. I'm a mom and work in a corporate environment and fight this stigma. Mostly where I live there are a lot of people that have them but in the suburb that I live in, I do come across people being rude about them and saying really rude (and frankly hurtful) things. I don't comment on the fact that they DON'T have them, why can they comment on that I do have them. And no.......I won't ever regret them when I'm old and wrinkly because guess what? I'll be old and wrinkly anyway just with more color. ;)

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