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.
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.