The Meaning of a Tattoo: A Genealogy

It used to be that a tattoo meant “I’m real tough,” or “I’m in love.”

Time passed.

Then, a tattoo meant “I’ve got problems.”

You know of whom I speak. The poor dears: they looked mighty tough for a moment, but then one realized, “Wait—they haven’t toughness. They have problems!”

It is 2012.

Now, tattoos mean “Look up from what you’re doing to glance upon this a moment,” and “I have a tattoo.”

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2 thoughts on “The Meaning of a Tattoo: A Genealogy

  1. Ah, tattoos that say, “I have hurt people in the past, and may, if you don’t play your cards right, hurt you, too.” Very good. I will not gainsay that toughness.

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