Art For Art’s Sake

Gimme your body
Gimme your mind
Open your heart
Pull down the blind
Gimme your love gimme it all
Gimme in the kitchen gimme in the hall
Art for arts sake
Money for Gods sake
Art for Arts sake
Money for Gods sake
                 – Stewart, Gouldman – (10cc) – Art For Art’s Sake

It seems that ‘arts for art’s sake’ is giving way to ‘money for God’s sake’. As in the body art is being expunged by people who think making a living is more important than a personal, tattooed statement.

When the Dow is low, the “tramp stamp” has to go.

Dermatologists across the city are reporting a boom in tattoo laser removals, as body-art fanatics fretting over their professional image rush to erase their inky mistakes.

“People can’t afford to handicap themselves be cause of a tattoo in a tight job market,” said Dr. Jeffrey Rand, founder of the Tattoo Removal Center in Midtown. “We’re seeing a huge surge right now in people getting rid of their tattoos.”

Mobeen Yasin, a graduate student at Mercy College, said the script tattoo of his first name creeping around his neck is a liability.

“I can cover it with a collared shirt, but if I turn my head it sticks out,” said Yasin, a 22-year-old planning a career in finance or law enforcement. “I used to idolize rappers with tattoos. Now I don’t want it to hold me back from getting a job.”

Personally, I have no tattoos on my body. I’ve never quite understood the whole concept. Nor has my wife who once pointed out to me that women might want to consider how that ‘tat will look when they are 80 years old in a nursing home.  

In my younger days, having long hair was a personal statement  – but the long hair could be cut in a few minutes when the interview loomed.

Removing the tattoo takes a lot of time and is not painless.

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2 Responses to Art For Art’s Sake

  1. chuck says:

    “‘tat will look when they are 80 years old in a nursing home.”

    The iceman had tats, so maybe the timespan should be adjusted upwards to about 5300 years. At which point the tats become pretty interesting.

    Tatoos, scarring, and mutilations of various sorts seem to be one of those cultural universals. Forget speech, these practices are what separates us from the rest of the animals ;)

  2. Nellie says:

    I tried to tell my son 15 years ago that he should become a plastic surgeon. I knew someone would be making a nice living just removing tatoos. Listen to your mothers!

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