Nayantara, Aamir Khan (in the forthcomingÂ movieÂ Ghajini), Amrita Arora,Â Saif Ali Khan, Lara Dutta, Sanjay Dutt, John Abraham, Esha Deol ….the tattoo-ed list of the Indian glitterati goes on and on ad nauseum, ad infinitum.
Even a sober Jewish friend of ours in the U.S. has gotten herself a tattoo.
What’s the world coming to?
Maybe we are anachronistic straight arrows that we just don’t get it – you know this obscene craze for tattoosÂ that adorn or desecrate (in our opinion) all parts of the human body.
Arms, upper back, lower back, neck, legs, thighs, boobs, inner thighs, schlong, lips (upper and lower)…virtually no part of the human body, it seems, is immune to the incursions from these hideous black, green, orange, blueÂ and red drawings.
If you thought tattoos are only beauty or sex-appeal enhancing aids, you are so wrong. For several years, violent gangs in the U.S. like Mara Salvatrucha a.k.a. MS-13 and the white supremacistÂ group Aryan Brotherhood have had their own distinctive tattoos.
Besides their ugly look, tattoos also come with seriousÂ health risks.
Tattoos can cause a variety of infections and transmit communicable diseases through the use of unsterilized needles and other tattooing equipment.Â
HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), Herpes, TB, Tetanus and Hepatitis are only some of the horrible diseases that can come from this tattoo nonsense.
Mind you, many of these diseases are communicable, which means once you get these nasty diseases your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, son, daughter, dog, catÂ et al are next in line.
In the U.S., we’ve now started seeing tattoo kiosks in malls even in the smaller cities attesting to their mainstream acceptance.
To our horror, tattoo chain stores are springing up in the States. You know like those Starbucks, Best BuyÂ or Dunkin Donut chains.
A piece on tatooo parlors in today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required) cites a study by the Pew Research Center that 36% of 18- to 25-year-olds wear tattoos compared with just 10% of their parents’ generation.
Obviously, the parents (at least Indian parents) were much smarter and stuck to the temporary and aesthetically more beautiful henna or mardhaniÂ designs, mostlyÂ on hands and legs. Often, henna was reserved for special occasions like marriage.
Tattoos are Art? That’s BS
To argue, as some do,Â that tattoos also represent art forms is the acme of nonsense – it’s like saying that Ajith and Abhishek Bachchan are actors.Â Neither tattoos nor Ajith/Abhishek pass the laugh test.