Secondly, while to those of you who tattoos are in the cool catagory, to the rest of the world it places you squarely in the Not To Be Trusted catagory.
And people with tattoos are shallow? Lemme say that again, so it gets though: you claim people with tattoos are shallow, but the rest of the world is not?
Cut the sh*t, man, you're smarter than this.
That may not matter to you. Fine. Whatever. But don't come crying to me when you don't get that job, get passed over for that promotion you desire, or the loan officer turns down your application for money, because whether you like it or not, placing ink on your body means something to the rest of the world who is not inclined to engage in aboriginal behavior.
This is nutso. I'm glad you're not your boss. Believe it or not, you can be successful in life and still have a tattoo. If you'd like, I'll write you a list of people who've done just that.
And that is what this amounts to: Tribalism. The piercing, marking, and disfigurement are all hallmarks of, "Me in this tribe, you not one of us, unk!" While that may not be what comes to mind when you see a tat, the rest of us (read bankers, bosses, etc here) see rebel, person who does not like team play, nonconformist, does not play well with others.
And that is what this amounts to: hippocracy. The piercing, marking, and disfiguremet are hallmarks of tribalism, the original system of conformity. The Totems of the world, however, will point them out as non-conformist. Face it, bud, a book's cover may not indicate what's inside that book. In fact, in this case, the person judging this particular volume of literature can't even seem to state exactly what he finds wrong with it without contradicting himself in pretty much every paragraph.
Yes, tattooing has become more popular in the last twenty years. So has the science of robotics. Big @#%^ing deal.
What's next, Totem? Men with long hair are trendy, part of the crowd?
On all that sh*t concerning wedding bands: ever thought of wedding tattoos? People do it every day. Your symbol to your wife is contrite, imperfect and fleeting in comparison. You talk about commitment and strength, and you can't appriciate an art that celebrates a lifetime commitment. What a bogus set of ideals. Sure, anyone will agree that some of that art is bad, but some of it is beautiful and personal. If you disagree, you haven't seen the correct tattoo artists' work.
I'll ask you again: what happened with you and tattoos? Are you just railing for the sake of railing, or do you have something more personal that you'd like to share?
Tell you what, I promise to give you a fair, upfront, honest look when you apply for a job 20 years from now... and all your bosses have tattoos.