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I fear the same can't be said for tatooed sleeves and ear labia.
im of the mind that people can do whatever they want to their bodies, and thats the end of it. the end.
a girl who had 1"+ plugs in her ears for YEARS and now just has some teeny tiny cat butt lobes that nobody notices.
I'm of roughly similar age. I look at these cute young guys sometimes with their crazy tattoos and massive piercings, and I just sigh sadly, certain that 10 or 20 years from now they'll deeply regret that tattoo/piercing/lung cancer. Ear labia are a particularly egregious example.
Like you, I know it's their choice and all, and I know it isn't any of my business and I can't and shouldn't do anything about it. It just makes me... sad. *sigh*
One thing I learned while visiting piercing communities online is that many people have significant trouble with yeast infections in their stretched lobes.
Being the owner of womanly bits, I know yeast infections do happen, but I can't even imagine dealing with that in your earlobes.
What the hell are you wearing?
Get off my damn lawn.
Etc, etc, blah blah blah.
There is NO WAY you can think that a lot of the tattoos out there won't be lasered off eventually if money and pain were no object. Why can't I profit when it happens?
I wouldn't get all of them again, but I like most of them, and mostly forget I have them until someone compliments me on them.
I got a lot of tattoos and one piercing.
Know what most of my high school classmates got?
Children and Time-ravaged.
You could not be more white bread boring. Did you really hijack the Stranger's blog-- keep in mind, the premier alt weekly in the PNW-- to bitch about a trend young people are following? A trend that many people like? You can be old and gay without becoming irrelevant and tiresome.
Here's this: why don't you stop bitching about what them goldurn young'uns are doing, stop bashing young trans people who don't like your work, and go back to telling straight people how to have butt sex. It's really what you're best at.
What they need to know is that cigarettes make you look both old and ugly. This has the advantage of both being true and something that happens fast enough that they might pay attention to it. It also concerns something they are more likely to care about that getting sick when they are old.
'Still tattooed,' I hope you love your tattoos for the rest of your life, but there is no way the vanity and fear of aging that hits all Americans isn't going to included tattoo removal when face lifts, hair plugs and every other 'remove the signs of your years' treatments hit our generation. I'll leave your financial advice be.
Ideas of what's acceptable shift. I'm okay with that.
But yeah. Your 'beef and broccoli' line is pretty good, too.
PS: I have no idea what you think a 'Chinese character' is, but I'd be very surprised if you knew a 'bad' one when you saw it.
I went out to dinner at a new place with my family last week, and had my first experience with that. I still don't know if it was a joke/real: The bartender was a youngish Asian woman, wearing a nicely revealing black dress, who came to our table with our drinks. I kind of go out of my way to not look at women's chests while with my family, but then I spied lettering across her entire upper chest. She had "Riesling" written in OE style script! Riesling happened to be the weekly special, so I still don't know if the text was a proper tattoo or not. (And since the food sucked at that price level, I'll likely never know)
The upside, I could (figuratively) point to her and say to my kids, "Don't do that".
They seem to be an anti-aesthetic - intended to shock with the repulsiveness of their effect rather attract positive attention.
My sister in law had a cartouche of her husband's name tattooed on her breastbone. When it was done, it was about an inch wide, 2 kids later it's more of a trapezoid. It looks awful, but it's still meaningfull to her, and she doesn't regret it.
The ear plugs are (like the lip plate, and thank you Jebus that hasn't caught on) are a cultural thing. In the late 80s I worked with a woman from India; she was offended by the rising popularity of nose piercing, saying that it had meaning to her culture that these young girls did not honor (she told me that the piercing was done when a girl was engaged to be married, ad she was given a diamond as part of her dowry. Traditionally the piercing would not be removed as long as her husband was living). So I wonder what those who are of the cultures to which this holds meaning think when they see these people with the stretched out earlobes.
And earlabia is brilliant. As soon as I read that, I pictured the stretched out ear hole sans plug, and flashed on Borat's "vagine hang like sleeve of wizard". It's so perfectly accurate. So 52/56, is it OK for you to use pussy in your screen name because you have one, but not OK for Dan to make an obvious comparison because he doesn't, and isn't overly fond of them?
No idea where that mental image comes from (possibly from getting my earrings almost ripped out by a bully in elementary school) but oh, how it haunts me.
Tattoos and piercings should not be equated with smoking and drugs. Smoking and drugs do real harm to your body and will actually ruin it. Whereas tattoos/piercings won't, and even if you don't find them sexual attractive, many do (Seattle has some of its best art work displayed on the people walking around the city).
And to all the people ranting about how tattoos will ruin your chances for job/etc, go fuck yourself. Any job worth having won't really care, (and the shitty ones that do usually will require a uniform that will cover it up anyways).
And remember, there are people out there who think openly gay people should have jobs, but we recognize those people has bigots.
"And remember, there are people out there who think openly gay people shouldn't have jobs, but we recognize those people has bigots."
Ok I quit, go back to your tattoo bashing.
Quite so, catballou. I agree entirely. Some people should stop seeing misogyny everewhere; often enough it's in the eye of the beholder. (I note 52/56 preferred to compare stretched earlobes to saggy balls -- obvious misandry, right? Clear evidence that 52/56 is sexist, riiight?... :-)
1. Have as many tattoos, scars, brandings, whatever type of implants (what Dan, don't you run with a hip enough crowd to see those around?) float your boat, piercings, insertions and what-have-yous as you want but please, please, please do not tell me what they mean to you as a conversation starter. In recompense, I will not tell you about mine and we will be at a far lower risk of boring each other to death.
2. As a good friend at Copenhagen Body Extremes printed on T-shirts, "Yes it hurts. Yes my mother still loves me. Yes I will like it when I am 65, so fuck off!"
3. It takes a pretty self-centered douchebag to walk around thinking that mod-ed people give two yanks on a dead dog's dick what you think of our choices (see pt.2, above).
4. Diversity may appear actually look, er, different. Get over the fact that the hot boy or girl serving your coffee (or testing your software for that matter) will likely never fuck you...not because you do not have piercings and tattoos, but because you are old and judgemental. The same reason that you used to think that suposedly adult, opinionated blowhards were assholes.
Would have posted this with my existing acct but the password reset service is slooooooow..
I'm with you, Dan.
cool. (just what kind of high paying jobs do illiterate people get?)
AND, you're right, I do hate men, but I also don't have a blog, a radio podcast, or uh, you know a huge fan base to talk shit about balls and penises to.
However, I was wrong to say that saggy ear lobes look like saggy balls. They don't--I meant to suggest that they look more like saggy old unisex assholes.
Still--how is it okay to compare something Dan is saying is DISGUSTING, UNATTRACTIVE, AND BAD, to a vagina? Please, justify. How is that NOT misogyny.
"God, those saggy, loose, holes are just like female genitalia. Gross, right?" lol
I do, however, agree that the stretched earlobes are ugly and stupid-looking, and that's because I'm old.
And I really don't see why I should find obnoxious people in suits attractive in order to get the "right" kind of job. What are you suggesting?
@84 anyone who simply hates a group of people based on their gender is not worth listening to in my book. And by the way, some people find the word pussy completely offensive. You should change your name to something more PC.
And here you go: http://www.amazon.com/INKED-Inc-Tattooed…
I wonder if they use their blackberries when they're getting inked? I bet they do.
The ear plugs are just another style of body mod. If it's not to your taste, well, don't get it done and don't fuck anybody that has 'em. Otherwise, it is truly not anyone else's business and people who get all concern-troll about how it'll affect your future employment or look aesthetically displeasing as you age should MTOFB. (And they're wrong about both in most cases anyway.)
Y'all sound like my parents, and they're 82 and 90.
Last I checked, man, you're a sex columnist. With the economy going how it is, I'd like to think you'd welcome the introduction of another hole on the human body just for the job security. Ear-fucking has to extend your material at least 2 or 3 weeks.
Just sayin' man. When life hands you labia-resemblant lemons....
And, I'm sorry, dangly, lip-like, vertical... and a hole in the middle. That's labia-like to me. If they were stretching their earlobes out without holes, I would called 'em scrotes.
"Hell, he may have put 'em in expressly to repel the attentions of dudes like me."
He is part of a particular subculture and is trying to attract others of that subculture. I knew Skin Bird girls that had that wierd shaved-head-with-fringe haircut and I knew guys who went crazy for it. They were actively trying to repel dudes in polos.
Subculture kids disdain mainstream people (like Dan, lol) and do not make their fashion choices to attract them. Quite the opposite. They are trying to make themselves different, scary, and unattractive to people like like #83 who are hostile to anyone who's not an office drone. Others in their subculture find it attractive and that's all they care about.
I find all the comments about "just so you know you aren't going to be employable or attractive anymore" kinda hilarious.
Oh you mean I'm not going to be able to work in a cubicle farm and date someone dull and narrow-minded like you?? Say it ain't so!
I do work in a cubicle farm and nothing annoys me more than people who pride themselves on being a part of it. I mean, yeah, that's awesome, spending all day in a heavily air-conditioned, printer-polluted space, drinking tons of bad coffee, wearing uncomfortable, constraining clothes and staying late because someone higher up the ladder wants something from you. And dear god, you don't really need a stretched earlobe to scare these people off. They abhor anything that deviates from the norm even slightly.
I want to leave my kids a society where they don't have to be looking over their shoulder to see if someone is going to damn them for not being afraid of the company they keep, if they are staying within the bounds of reasonable (legal) behavior. (OTOH, as a parent I want to save them from fad and foolishness.). I find it enraging that Jesus is being used as an oppressive figure, in the face of examples to otherwise (with the adulteress, I think maybe he wrote Solomon or Bathsheba in the dirt). I want to be able to celebrate our differences within the whole. That is what my parents left me, and I love that gift.
Woof, sorry for the diatribe. I'm feeling rather volatile today. (Male menopause?)
@99 I'm not sure what you mean by a visible tattoo. A standard business suit covers most of the skin, so most of the tattoos would be rendered invisible in any case except the ones on the face, neck or hands. That is unless I'm unaware of some Fortune 500 company that requires its employees to wear bathing suits to work. And I hope you do realize that these poor 500 CEOs are not the only successful people in the world AND that most of us here won't join their number, tattoos or not.
Plus their health is probably shot to shit anyways from all the stress.
Second @101 is right, I bet more CEOs have tattoos then you think (i.e. if they where in the arm forces there is a good chance they have one)
most of the tattoos in Seattle are visible because people want them to be visible.
Also being bigoted means you don't accept any values or beliefs other then your own. So yes not hiring someone for a job just because they have a tattoo, not because of how hard of a worker or how qualified they are is bigoted