The Tattoo Taboo (and more)

It’s taken me a while to come up with a topic worth talking about tonight, but I think I’m going to go with TATTOOS.

I find this to be an interesting subject, as the reactions and opinions are vast and varied among age groups, cultures, religions, and so on. Actually, opinions of body alterations in general are interesting. As a functioning member of society with a tattoo (or two, [it’s split in two] if you want to look at it that way) and a nose piercing, I am all for tattoos, piercings, and body mods. It is important to note that my stance on this did not sway due to my choices – I’ve always been all for it. Always.

Tattoos and piercings have been around for ages. Yet for some reason, if you’re piercing something other than your earlobes, it’s suddenly controversial. You have a tattoo? Welcome to the taboo club. People are very opinionated when it comes to these subjects, and the best part is the people who have the most to say are the ones who are mostly against it all.

 

For example, my dad. I’m not entirely sure how his thoughts work toward tattoos on people outside his family, but I do know that he would probably have a heart attack if he saw a tattoo on my body. He didn’t talk to me for 24 hours after he noticed my nose, and he still throws out a “why don’t you take it out?”  about once a month. I know he regards people with visible tattoos as strange or messed up in the head, which is among the most utterly ridiculous bullshit that comes out of his mouth. There is literally nothing wrong with people’s brains for getting a tattoo or piercing their tongue. However, people like my dad exist, and they do not like it that you would dare display something permanently on your body!

And that’s my favorite part. That these people are so stuck up and full of themselves, that they act as if THEY’RE the ones that sat through the pain of needles piercing their flesh. Excuse you. Excuse you right now. If you don’t like my decision to alter my body, I have news for you: it has literally 0% to do with you, so mind your own business, and shut up cause I didn’t ask for your opinion in the first place. 

And neither does my nose piercing. I truly resent the fact that I’m not allowed to wear a nose hoop at work for the reason that “it could aid in losing sales” and my favorite “you could have a crazy customer who would try to rip it out of your nose”. That would probably never happen, as nose hoops are very closely buddied up to your nostril and you need quite an amazing grip to rip it out. But the fact that someone might not want to buy something from me because I have a gold wire circling my nostril is honestly beyond me. Why is that offensive? What morals, what beliefs am I offending? What sins am I committing? The truth is none, because all of those reasons are manmade. While I was lamenting my decision to get my tattoo, I ran into several “signs” and told me to forget about it and move on, that it’s really okay. My favorite was a song lyric from a Romanian folk song that read “sins are of the earth”, as in they’re manmade. Ironically, I thought it was so brilliant, I decided to add it to my list of tattoos to get in the future.

However, I think the general consciousness of our society as a whole is beginning to get better about this. While people like my dad still exist, they’re beginning to dwindle and become more of the minority, as more people of my generation are growing up and getting tattoos and piercing parts of their bodies you didn’t even know you could get pierced, as well as changing the “rules” and norms of what is and isn’t okay, especially in the workplace. As an artist striving to become CEO of my own fashion company, I vowed long ago that no matter what level of employment my employees will be at, they will 100% be allowed to show their tattoos and piercings without judgement and repercussions. Because it’s really not that big a deal. And one of the best feelings in the world comes from people asking you “what does it mean?”

Poetic Justice.

So Alyza gifted me with Macklemore’s album, The Heist, a few weeks ago and I finally listened to it tonight while I was doing my laundry. It’s actually a pretty good album. I wasn’t expecting as many “political” songs, but rather more raunchy shit. I was surprised, but in the best possible way.

And it reminded me of just how much I love “political” music. I think I might be getting Billy Talent’s Devil In A Midnight Mass lyrics “Put my trust in God that day; Not the man that taught his way” tattooed soon. Actually I’m listening to that right now and yeah, I will be getting that on my body sometime in the future for sure.

There are two poetic philsophies that define my views on life. That is one of them. The other is from Mihai Eminescu’s epic poem, Luceafarul, and translated, it reads “For all are born to die, and die to be reborn.” Another planned tattoo. Except it will be in Romanian.

Dead Silence & Another 30 Day Challenge

I think it’s time for another 30 day challenge. Yes, I know, this will technically put me over my 365 days. But listen, while I was in the bathroom I realized that I’m closing in on that prematurely anyway because before I started the pre-NaNoWriMo warm-up challenge last October, I had a few posts in the bucket already. So you know what, I think I’m just gonna keep going and see where it goes from here.

In the coming 30 days, I will be doing a “Top 10” 30 day challenge.

Day 1: List 10 facts about you.

1. I dye my hair red/ginger because I’ve always wanted to be a natural ginger.
2. I often play Billy Talent albums on repeat. Like the BRAND FUCKING NEW DEAD SILENCE ALBUM THAT ARRIVED IN THE SNAIL MAIL TODAY.

3. I love musicals.
4. I’ve read the Harry Potter series 5 times each. That’s the equivalent of 35 books. Plus 3 for The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
5. I’m highly prone to cavities. I’ve had 6 new fillings in the past 7 days and will be getting another set of I’m not sure how many next week.
6. I’m not allowed to have touchable pets.
7. I yawn a lot when I exercise.
8. When I sleep on my back, I usually don’t move at all during the night and I wake up in the same position I fell asleep in.
9. I fucking LOVE foreign movies.
10. I think tequila tastes like ass.

To Billy Talent, Lyrical Geniuses of My Generation

Dear beloved Billy Talent,

You guys were not even on my list for this 30 day challenge, which is actually kind of crazy and ironic. However, upon getting into my car this evening and discovering your new song Viking Death March was the reigning champ on 89x’s People’s Choice tonight pretty much made my night as well as instantly made me decide that this month cannot possibly go on without an open letter to the amazingness that is you guys.

You’ve been my favorite band for more than a decade. I can truly say I’ve been a fan from your very beginnings – from your Pezz days, in which you guys were not yet called Billy Talent. I have stuck around to hear your musical style progress over time, and have loved every minute of pure lyrical genius. No one has ever tickled my musical pickle the way you guys have.

If I ever finally get any tattoos, your lyrics “Put my trust in God that day, Not the man that taught his way” will most definitely be going on my body. I cannot even begin to express how much I have always and will forever be in love with your lyrics. I consider you guys the Almighty Gods of lyrical progidy and am continuously enamored with the ingenuity behind the words. You guys have put out music that is both pleasing to my ears and satisfying to my soul. I can pop in any one of your CDs and instantly feel better about my life and whatever situation I’m in. Not only that, but I can totally break a sweat on DDR to any of your albums.

You guys have helped me in so many ways, I feel there is no possible way I could ever thank you enough – except continue to buy your albums for THE REST OF GODDAMN ETERNITY until you stop making music, which I hope will be never. I am the same kind of excited about your new upcoming album that I was whenever a new Harry Potter book or movie came out, and if that’s any indication to anyone, that is exceedingly, no, VIOLENTLY excited.

I also become exceptionally excited whenever anyone mentions the name Billy Talent. “Oh, you like them too? LET’S SMUSH OUR PRIVATES TOGETHER!” (Not really, but that’s what it feels like.) I feel like I’ve been with you guys on this journey from the beginning so much so that I cradle your existence to my bosom the way a mother cradles her newly born child. I refuse to hear anything negative in the same sentence as ‘Billy Talent‘ for I harbor this intense devotion to you guys and everything you stand for.

So cheers to many more years and many more albums to come.

A most dedicated fan

P.S. I really hope this new album is called Billy Talent IV. I will be slightly crushed if you guys break the cycle of I, II, and III. This enumeration should continue, for ever.

P.P.S. Hey there Ben Kowalewicz, I see you lookin’ all sexy. Call meh. Okay but seriously, you are phenomenally and unendurably hot. I love the way you bounce around the stage when you perform and get all sweaty and dedicated and stomp your feet. And I love your beautiful voice and your beautiful face and all your beautiful tattoos and the way you spit those words out like venom. I would to marry the shit out of you.