A friend of mine recently told me about a conversation ze* had with an acquaintance wherein said acquaintance flat-out said, “all tattooed people are ugly.”
All tattooed people are ugly.
That’s a pretty extreme statement. Does this person realize just how many people have tattoos? 80-90% of my friends, family, and acquaintances have at least one small tattoo.
The statement is ridiculous, of course, for so many reasons. First and foremost, beauty is subjective therefore so is ugliness. Secondly, there are definitely (societally defined) ugly people with tattoos, just as there are ugly people without tattoos. The same goes for (societally defined) beautiful people. Thirdly, beauty is about so much more than what’s on the surface. Lastly, someone who would make a statement like, “all tattooed people are ugly” is obviously not a very beautiful person underneath the surface.
You know what really makes a person ugly? A bad attitude, willful ignorance, and prejudice.
I had forgotten about this little exchange my friend told me about until I stumbled upon this gem of a Facebook page: “Tattoo Free (and happy).”
I won’t link it, it’s easy to find.
But here is the description:
Simple fact is: Tattoos are horrible, tattooed people are criminals and tattooists are disease-spreading degenerates. All inky-stinkys should be jailed.
That guy who threatens you, the girl who offers herself for $5, the monster who catcalls you and the genocidal maniac who murders millions – all have tattoos, therefore it is reasonable to conclude that all tattooed people are criminals or future criminals and need to be locked away until they remove the offending articles.
I am campaigning to have all visible tattoos banned from professional sporting events worldwide. I will lobby the sponsors to exert financial pressure on the degenerate promoters and soon we can enjoy the World Cup of baseball and the International Games without being disgusted with subhuman filth who draw ink on their bodies.
Reading that infuriates me! I feel like it has to be a joke.
Everybody should have the right to dislike tattoos, just like everybody should have the right to love tattoos. But nobody has the right to dictate what another person does with his or her body.
In honour of this amazing Facebook page and the nameless person who thinks all tattooed people are ugly, I would like to present to you…
Ugly Subhuman Filth Who Need To Be Locked Away:
These images (of some of my friends, family, and acquaintances) were used with permission from the subjects. In the case of Kyla and Chelsea’s photos, permission was also obtained by the photographer, Shannon Lepere. You can visit here website here! In the case of Lily’s photo, permission was not obtained by the photographer (oops), Marcus Griep, but you can visit his site here.
I realize it might seems silly, trite, and shallow to post a bunch of pretty pictures of my tattooed friends. But it’s not sillier than claiming all tattooed people are ugly.
*As there has been some confusion, ‘ze’ is a gender-neutral pro-nown.