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Old 01-14-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default I'm all for self-mutilation, but...

So I am in Target getting a few things for the Mrs., like baby formula and cereal, etc. I go to the check out line and the guy and girl in front of me looked to be in their 20’s, mid to late. Definitely not high school kids. They had piercing all over their faces and she was wearing dark, Goth-like makeup and he had spiked hair. I’m talking bars in the lips, nose, eyebrow, etc. And that’s just what I could see.

I didn’t say anything but I was definitely curious. What is it that would lead someone to want to self mutilate so much? I mean, is there a reason for it? Is it to be different? To feel better about yourself? Did you lack an identity as a kid growing up? Were your parents that way? It's not as if it's a cultural statement like some African tribes.

I am not being critical, I just don’t understand that. I mean, I am a manager and if someone came in looking for a job looking like that, my immediate reaction would probably be negative…which is probably unfair to the person. But, you have to wonder why they would knowingly choose to draw so much attention to themselves?

Now, I can understand a tattoo here and there, but I would put people who have whole body tattoos in that category, as well...

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Old 01-14-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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So I am in Target getting a few things for the Mrs., like baby formula and cereal, etc. I go to the check out line and the guy and girl in front of me looked to be in their 20’s, mid to late. Definitely not high school kids. They had piercing all over their faces and she was wearing dark, Goth-like makeup and he had spiked hair. I’m talking bars in the lips, nose, eyebrow, etc. And that’s just what I could see.

I didn’t say anything but I was definitely curious. What is it that would lead someone to want to self mutilate so much? I mean, is there a reason for it? Is it to be different? To feel better about yourself? Did you lack an identity as a kid growing up? Were your parents that way? It's not as if it's a cultural statement like some African tribes.

I am not being critical, I just don’t understand that. I mean, I am a manager and if someone came in looking for a job looking like that, my immediate reaction would probably be negative…which is probably unfair to the person. But, you have to wonder why they would knowingly choose to draw so much attention to themselves?

Now, I can understand a tattoo here and there, but I would put people who have whole body tattoos in that category, as well...

as a tattoo artist and a tattoo covered gentleman, i get that alot. "why would you want to do that to yourself!?" i always say, "i was born with this body and i will die with this body. i only have ONE, why can't i do what i want to do with it?"

some people take it to extremes and some people do it for attention, but some people do it...and they don't have a reason. i am one of those people.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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as a tattoo artist and a tattoo covered gentleman, i get that alot. "why would you want to do that to yourself!?" i always say, "i was born with this body and i will die with this body. i only have ONE, why can't i do what i want to do with it?"

some people take it to extremes and some people do it for attention, but some people do it...and they don't have a reason. i am one of those people.
Fair enough...like I said, not passing judgement. More curiosity. For what it's worth, my grandfather regrets getting his tattoos when he was young. Said if he could go back in time that he most likely wouldn't have done it.

I was going to get a celtic band or something back in my early 20's but when I look back, I am glad I didn't. A friend from HS who is also a tattoo artist keeps trying to get me in the chair.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:53 PM   #4
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I don't understand it, either-I wonder if they consider the fact that one day, chances are that they will get old, their mindset will change & they will forever be stuck with holes in their faces & tattoos fading & turning blue. I couldn't comprehend wearing anything for the rest of my life. I prefer art that I can take down from the wall when I am sick of looking at it.
When I was a teenager I wanted to get a tattoo on my shoulder & one of my older friends encouraged me to think about it, actually asking me to envision the future when one day I might have to wear a formal gown for a special occasion & that was all it took for me. Not that I've been to any strapless gown balls since that day but I'm still grateful for his advice-it worked.
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Default Re: I'm all for self-mutilation, but...

Some do it for identity.

Some do it for expression (which really, is identity)

Some do it as a sign of rebellion

Some do it out of boredom (My third earring was put in mainly because I was at camp and didn't want to lose the earing).

Some do it just because they like how it looks. That was why I put in my first two earings... and also why I got my tattoo (taz, right calf).

Funny thing. While I don't wear earings anymore, I don't regret getting them nor do I regret my tattoo. I think it is because I thought seriously about an earring before I got one (I was 16) and also because I took 4 years to think about my tattoo before I got it.
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Default Re: I'm all for self-mutilation, but...

There are so many reasons people modify their bodies. I know for myself, I can't have enough tattoos. I love getting them, having them, everything about it. When I got my first one, my mom told me "that lasts forever you know", so later on I got a tattoo that just says "forever" just for her as a joke.
One suggestion for tattoos - get something cool, that will still mean something to you in 50 years - not just something trendy. There's a difference. Which is why most people should really think on this decision.
As for body modification, it's a fad for most and a way of life for some, just like tattoos.
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As Preacher said above - I also believe it is their form of self-expression whatever that may be.

Several years back, one of my roomies in the hospital was a 22 year old girl who was tatooed from her neck down, front and back. When the nurse came in to put an IV in, she freaked out and was wailing like a moose. Took the poor nurse over 1/2 hour to get the damned needle into her arm because she was writhing all over the bed and having a total meltdown. I don't have any tatooes and I won't ever have any for personal reasons, but I know how tatoos are done and couldn't understand how this chick could suffer through hundreds of tatoo needles all over her body but act like such a big puss over ONE IV needle.
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i've always wanted to get a tattoo of roy orbison on my ass.... Just have never had the courage
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I am planning on getting a Steelers tattoo on my right arm.
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I like tattoos but piercings aint for me.
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