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Re: Ink

June 22, 2007

After my previous post about getting a tattoo of Esmé’s name, I had the following correspondence with an old friend, who I consider much more level headed than I am.


—– Original Message —–
From: Old Friend
To: Digital Boy
Subject: Re: Ink

Do not do it.


—– Original Message —–
From: Digital Boy
To: Old Friend
Subject: Re: Ink


No one has given me a compeling reason not to


—– Original Message —–
From: Old Friend
To: Digital Boy
Subject: Re: Ink

1) You don’t have a compelling reason to do so.
2) You are too old to get a first tattoo.
3) You can’t get a tatoo for one child.  You’ll have to get one for all those to come.
4) You can’t handle the pain.
5) People will think you are strange for getting a tattoo on your wrist.
6) You are just doing it to get attention, not out of love.


—– Original Message —–
From: Old Friend
To: Digital Boy
Subject: Re: Ink

Also … 1992 or even 1994 Digital Boy could and should have gotten a tattoo.  But those times are gone forever.  With the birth of his child, Digital Boy became Digital Man, or at least Digital Father, not Digital Hipster.


It pains me that my old friend thinks I would get a tattoo “to get attention, not out of love”. If I wanted to get a tattoo for attention, I would have done it years ago. And what’s this business that I “can’t handle the pain”? See, I’m starting to think he’s questioning my machismo. As for #3, well, I already thought of that and I’m okay with it. [Emily says that my tattoos could double as a roster for our children]. And I wasn’t going to get a tattoo on the wrist. My father wanted his there. I would’ve gotten it on my bicep, like the picture below. [My biceps look very similar, by the way].




Nevertheless, my old friend makes a good point, especially that last part, although I see plenty of dads [and moms] with tattoos. Not to mention that my father got his first tattoo in his mid 40s, although you could probably contribute that to some sort of middle age crisis type thing.

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  1. rjs
    June 22, 2007 at 8:26 am

    I guess my only bit to add would be that your kid/s may be a bit embarrasses between the ages of 12 and 25 that their old man has their name tattoo’d upon his rippling bicep. Otherwise I can understand the compulsion to somehow outwardly express your pride, joy and love.

    And, believe me, your office mates would rather see your new tattoo than go thru the forced slide show of the proud new parent.

  2. Ned Beatty
    June 22, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Actually, your office mates would love to see this alleged bicep of yours. I, for one, always thought that your upper arms were concave. But apparently you’re ripped! Who knew?

  3. Lisa
    August 7, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    To add my comment on tattoos. I’m 43.Single mom. Kids’s are grown now. I wasted a lot of time in my life. Now for me, one of the first things i intend to do is get at least one tattoo. There are a few designs I’m considering. For me it is another step, towards future, not trying to be younger or anything like that, but just different, that i’m willing to go for now. Thank. LP

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