22 July 2007

I can't help myself

I saw this guy today that looked like a pit bull.

He was large and muscular and had these flat, scary blue eyes.

"Oh, let's not be judgmental," I thought, in my Sunday Suebobian pollyannish way.

I saw he had a tattoo on his neck.

I hate to seem like a fussbudget, but neck tattoos are downright shudderlicious. They are so publicly in-your-face aggressively tattoey AND seem so painful. AND point to a felonious background, more often than not, right?

I got close enough to read the tattoo.

"Carpe diem," it said. Seize the day.

Well, okay then. That's a nice sentiment and he gets bonus points for the Latin. I am a sucker for dead languages.

He turned and I saw the tat on the other side of his neck.

"Thank God I'm White" it said in a flowy script.

Judgmentland, here I come.

18 comments:

Holly Capote said...

Oh, yeah, that guy lives in Creepyville.

Amy said...

Gasp. Terrible. See? Sometimes it's okay to judge.

(I have a tattoo but it's not an in-your-face one.)

Jane said...

The radio morning show I listen to refers to the neck tattoo as the "everlasting job-stopper," which cracks me up every time I hear it.

Chase said...

Maybe he meant white like a dove...ya know, pure as snow. Holy. Washed clean by the blood. Or. Um....yeah.

Anything's possible, right? :)

Holly Capote said...

Jane cited "everlasting job-stopper." I think those heavily tatted folks are the telemarketers, since they can't be hired anywhere else and they likely dream of owning their own tattoo palor, where they'll turn other folks into telemarketers.

jessica said...

I so like this post. I laughed when I read "carpe diem" and then was totally bummed out about the reverse side - I really wanted him to be an English professor, and not a scary cracker.

I have many tatts, though none on my neck. But the plan for future ink includes one on the BACK of my neck, at the hairline, which can be hidden by all my crazy hair - unless I put it in a bun, like a good librarian - ha!

shannon said...

not all of us are creeps. :) (us= the tattooed)

And mine, not so small...it's rather hard to NOT miss it.

Oh, and my job? I work customer service at a nice shoe store. No hiding me in the back room making calls...

meno said...

"Thank God I'm White"????? he might as well just have "I am a moron" tattooed on his forehead. Yuck.

Major Bedhead said...

Good grief. People really ARE that stupid.


Hey, I got the book. Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to perusing it.

Anonymous said...

Yech. I'm looking forward to the day when he's caught buying Dermablend to cover that crap up. Of course the stink will still be there...

I once saw a guy with a shaved head and when he turned around...eyes tattooed on the back of his head....!!!

QT said...

Urgh, yes, please don't lump all us tatooed people into one bunch. Some of us are normal - and minorities, even!

mothergoosemouse said...

It's human nature to categorize everything, identifying commonalities as predictors.

Somehow I think there was something else about him that led you to your conclusion even before seeing what his other tattoo said.

viciousrumours said...

People talk a lot about how bad stereotypes are and then you meet someone like that...and you know where the stereotypes come from.

When I was young we used to walk behind those guys and sing "Hair don't grow where the brain is dead, skin head, skin head..." under our breath....it provoked more than one colorful incident.

mamatulip said...

Oh. My. Gosh.

I'm all for tattoos -- I have several -- but yeah, that would have bothered me too, and caused me to err on judgement's side.

MsLittlePea said...

Ew! I kind of like a tattoo (or two) but not that kind!

SUEB0B said...

Shannon, QT - No, I don't lump all tattooed people into the same category. Some of my best friends blah blah blah.

Personally, I would never get tattoos and the thought of them makes me shiver, but that's just my personal feeling, not a reflection on those of you who have chosen to mutilate yourselves (JOKING!!!).

Mom101 said...

AAAARGH!

ack ack ack.

Where is a dart gun when you need one?

moosh in indy. said...

We're all visiting that magical land with you.

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