arteater1 Excuse me, did I insult you for asking a question? My apologies, this wise-ass know it all would just like to have some questions answered.
What WOULD you see as something representing "love and kindness"?
Did you even read my comment? I listed several friends who have several tattoos gotten out of love for their families, and you compare them to people in prison??
A tattoo is more than the actual image, it's the meaning behind it that counts.
Tattoos themselves are works of art. Whether you like the design or not, you should appreciate the time and skill that the artist put into the piece. For the record, "the tattoos that...bring brutality and negative junk" are usually horribly tacky. Just because something is beautifully executed doesn't mean you have to love it, or it's message.
And do me a favor? Don't you ever presume to tell me what I do and don't like. No one speaks for me, but me.
Would be more impressive if someone would actually credit the images used. This snarling wolf photo has been copied and referenced so many times. I had hoped a "professional" tattoo artist would have at least done a quick search and offered some credit.
One day maybe I'll get to live in a world where love and kindness are symbolized more, rather than blood and guts and skulls and brains and bullets or spiders and every sort of macabre thing the mind can think up.
Please tell me why this is so pervasive with tattoo people, while most of us would never go for this style of art. Are tattooed people just angry and mad at the world is that why, do you think???
I see what you're saying - skulls and other symbols of death are, and have always been, very popular, especially amongst heavily-tattooed people.
But... just look at this artist's other work. Top right of this page, "More from Jay Freestyle", we have: a wing, a cute fox, poppies, a rose, an owl, a jellyfish...
This kind of painty style is becoming more and more popular, and it's not devoted to the macabre. And look at tribal/blackwork, Japanese, portraiture, pop culture icons, etc - so many other types of tattoo that aren't just representative of death and decay.
I know there's some that don't have the death and destruction symbolism in them, but what I was saying I think you understood very well in that so many....such a high percentage are that style. It's my guess that life is just so rough these days and so much hurt in our lives and the world that people are just angry inside is what I really think.
This style allows them to say that to others without really saying it in words face to face.
You see I'm mad at a bunch of things that happened to me that is just so unfair too, like operations....alcoholic, drugged up parents and a bother that tried to kill my step-father and so many other things, but I've gotten past that and really am so grateful for everyday I have in this world.
I'm a decorated soldier and cop and yet I would never ever get a tattoo of some satanic junk or death emblem but would get some beautiful ballet dancer...rainbow or angel or beautiful animal or so many other things that would serve to INSPIRE me is what I get, and never anything to keep dragging me down or reminding me that we all die or get tortured somehow in life.
I think the key word here is "inspire" or something "positive" in life if I'm going to carry it all my days.
I know you get exactly what I mean because I see you're a thinker by your last comment, and to be honest most tattoo people call you filthy names and scream and threaten rather than just talk so you and the other two people that wrote me are really good kind people it seems, and that not like most of them are it seems.
Everyone that gets' arrested or in trouble seems to have an ample supply of tattoos today. It's almost like we never run across anyone without them in fact. Just look in any jail population and you'd see my point. thank goodness for people you like and your friends.
I'm not the person who posted the photo, but I saw your comment and it kinda stumped me, to be honest.... What kind of stuff could you even get to symbolize "love and kindness" as a tattoo?
There's the neutral ones: logos, (book, movie, tv show, cartoon, anime, comic) characters, (usually inspirational) words, some animals, stuff/things/inanimate objects.
And then there's the aggressive, gore-y/macabre, primal, "wild," "powerful" ones: like above, some other animals, guns/weapons in general, skulls/bones, blood and guts, creepy crawlies, ghosts/monsters, characters, words, stuff/things/inanimate objects.
But what could work for "love and kindness"? A picture of a loved one/pets? Words? Happy characters? Flowers? Kittens/puppies/etc.? Hearts? It's a nice thought, but there's really nothing striking about love and kindness unless someone's hit with real inspiration. (Like tattoos to remember a departed loved one, some of those are fantastic.)
Some of my friends have tattoos, three of them have a bunch of separate tattoos that all have meaning behind them; each different tattoo was made for someone or something that happened in their lives. (For her grandmother that passed away, for each of their kids, for a video game he and his wife play together, for his dad who was in the army, for himself.) The others, got them because they like the look. They like the bold colors, they like the strong designs, tribals, elements that really pop. And a lot of time it just happens to be blood and gore.
In the end, what people do with their bodies is out of your hands. Just sit back and enjoy the beautiful tattoo for what it is: a beautiful tattoo.
Oh thanks for the lesson...sorry...I thought I could ask an opinion without a wise-ass know it all telling me what to do. do me a favor and don't answer this and go get the tattoos that you love and bring brutality and negative junk like you think everyone is supposed to like because YOU like it.
All anyone has to do is go to the jails and look at the reputation that tattoos have and those that have them are nothing to be admired but totally ashamed of that a class of people can't even live in our society they think so wrongly and yet all almost every one of them get the tatts I'm talking about and it's more people we all have to take care of.
Please mind your own business in that I wasn't talking to you the know -it-all busy body you are and was talking to the other people that had respect.
Because people don't want to have lies painted on their body. The world isn't just nice and lovely. also most tattoos tell a story about that persons life. they're most of the time very personal. That's what I think atleast
I see your point but don't agree very much I'm sorry to say. Of course we all have rotten things happen to us like me being in war or operations or the like but I'd NEVER EVER EVER want to represent my whole life with such negative things. I'm a firm believer in thinking some positive things and that goes a long way to setting up a good or bad life. Of course we ALL have bad things happen but some much more than others and it's unfair of course but life is just unfair to most all of us.
I want something that "INSPIRES" me to good and encourages me to keep going, and not to remind me of the misery in life. Everything does that to all of us everyday these days through the frigging news and articles and internet and friends and everything is geared to scare us to sell their junk and watch the idiot television so others can get filthy rich.
No...as for me.....I need NOTHING to remind me of how bad thing are. What we need is to remind us to never give up and that they're are still good things and good people int his crummy world I think.
But isn't it the bad things that made you push yourdelf to the limit? If not all the things had happend in my life as they did now I would've probably never drawn or wrote. wich would be terrible and I wouldn't even know it. the bad things that happen make atleast me push myself to the limit. it also makes me enjoy the better things more. I need them yo remind me of what I'm doing
I see the merit in what you say, and also agree to a certain extent.
Frankly I don't believe people can ever love in great measure without first suffering great hurt in the process. It's that hurt that makes us so keenly appreciative when the suffering is gone or that brief reprieve we all get for a time in life and have things good for a while.
It's the amount of pain I guess that I challenge. A small amount or even a medium amount of pain and suffering can really serve to make us better human beings, but when it goes on and on and hardly ever lets up, then it becomes a burden so heavy that most people fall to the ground and many can never pick themselves up again. I think you seem to want to say that suffering comes in fixed amounts and is good for all of us, but when you read my thoughts to help remind you, you'll see it's totally "unfairly" distributed among us. Some get a little and some more than a little, and some seem to have it never let up and serves to crush them rather than refine to produce something beautiful.
I do know the suffering has helped me be a kinder, better person but every once in a while....it would be nice to get a break and vacation from the refinement to catch my breath and rest easy for a time.
It can last so long that our lives are wrecked because even during the small good times we're granted, we wait and live anxiously and on edge, waiting for the bad to come along and never enjoy any of the good times. We actually learn to wait for the proverbial ax to fall at any second. You look back in the introspective moments in life and see you wasted even the good times as well looking out for the bad.
I hope all is good with you and kindness follows you all your days.
Love and kindness are not 'lies.' They are just as real as pain and strife.
The world can be absolutely beautiful if you look at it. And no, you don't need rose-hued lenses to see that. You just have to actually look away from all of the issues for a moment... or look deep into them and ask why you want them gone. We overcome issues to see the light at the end of the struggle. If there was no good at the end, people would just never fix anything. The world isn't all blood and gore and anger. There are still flowers in the desert and cures within venom.
Pain is just easier to see when it is staring you in the face, and happiness gets taken for granted.