I was just reading some news and encountered this big, elaborate piece there:
…and it is not the first time. Every few weeks they seem to have an article or two which are vaguely critical of body art. I say “vaguely” because they sort of shame-wag their literary finger at it without ever explaining why. But there does seem to be an agenda behind this is obvious to me. It is always about bills or busts which will “protect” people from the temptation of “permanently disfiguring themselves” out a desire to be perceived as cool despite their deep personal insecurities. Or tales of regret. According to the BBC, nobody ever actually likes their own body art, or that of others.
So what is the deal? Is it a UK thing? A BBC thing? Having lived in the NY/NE area of the US for most of my years I cannot at all relate to it. The only people I ever hear complain about tattoos tend to be stuffy 60-90 year-olds. I have one old relative who complained about tattoos on “professional” people, but that turned out to be some poorly thought-out ethnocentric argument which deflated instantly.
What have your experiences in the UK or elsewhere been? Do you have or have you encountered any thoughtful criticisms of the practice of body art and mods such as tattoos? Do people benefit from complaining about other people’s skin besides the opportunity to be snobby about something which doesn’t concern them?