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Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Mon, 2nd Jan '06 1:06 PM


In a world where both your mother and son wear Doc Martens, where 'underground' films do a half a billion dollars at the box office and 'indie' rock is on MTV, where accountants go skiing in handmade llama-wool sweaters from the Andes and your grandmother has a tattoo, the old definition of cool, which used to refer to an alternative minority, no longer holds water, because nowadays practically everyone conforms to the old anti-conformism. Meaning everyone is cool. Meaning no one is cool.
Meaning the only viable cool is nerdiness, meaning we should all take Suzer's most excellent "Nerds and Geeks" quiz and bone up on how to be a nerd so we can return to being authentically cool, which will of course mean we're conformists, which is totally uncool... ugh!

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 2nd Jan '06 1:20 PM

Hysterical Jedley! And thanks for the plug

When I turned 40 I got my belly-button pierced...I don't tell (or show) many people...but as a high school teacher it totally upped my cool factor with my students! (I teach dance and a student saw it when I was leading a stretch in jeans and a t-shirt instead of my dance clothes! The rumors spread quickly after that!)

However, I had to take it out for some recent surgery and I couldn't put it back in after 2 weeks of recuperating

I am devastated...I feel so...ORDINARY!

Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Mon, 2nd Jan '06 1:26 PM

Don't worry Suze, within 5 years the vast majority of people age 12 to 60 in all advanced economies will have bellybutton rings and you'll be totally cool for NOT having one!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 2nd Jan '06 3:36 PM

~~~~~~~And tattoos in unusual places

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 2nd Jan '06 6:40 PM

I was thinking that a tattoo would be my reward if I can lose 40 pounds

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Mon, 2nd Jan '06 7:10 PM

Yeah but just think. If you get the tattoo now, then lose the 40 pounds, with some fancy inking, it can be like one of those fold the pages pictures we used to get as kids in our MAD magazine. hahahahahahahaha I'm 41 and my oldest daughter is 22. She keeps bugging me for the two of us to go get tattoos. I am reluctant for many reasons so a few years ago in Mexico, I bought a henna tattoo from a beach vendor. The poor kid spoke almost no English. I got the Superman emblem put on my back. Not too big but big enough to show. Shortly before the tattoo was finished, my two bestest roadtrip friends started giggling. They wouldn't tell me why. Seems my little beach tattooist put the "S" in the emblem backwards. They tried to explain it to him but he didn't understand. Thankfully it washed off in a week or so but it gave me pause when considering a permanent one.


Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 2nd Jan '06 8:05 PM

I get a henna tattoo every year at the Renaissance Faire - trying out various styles and locations to prepare for the real thing!

Tmj302  (Level: 53.5 - Posts: 129)
Mon, 2nd Jan '06 8:30 PM

If you're concerned about the tattoo stretching out of shape, or looking distorted after weight loss/gain or age factors - the best place is your ankle, shoulder blade, or the popular lower back tattoo. The lower back was my second, and even after giving birth and gaining a few more pounds, it still looks the same.
And the #1 tip for getting one at all - check out the artist as much as possible, watch him/her work, see the portfolio of their work, and ask around.

Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Tue, 3rd Jan '06 8:12 AM

Everytime the notion to get a tattoo flees through my mind (and it is a very fleeting moment) I remember caring for patients that were in their 80th and 90th decades of life. Seeing what those tattoos that looked so pretty at age 20 and 30 look like after a few years and the gravitational pull on skin is enough to remind me why I'm never getting one LOL.

Citrusy  (Level: 26.2 - Posts: 118)
Tue, 3rd Jan '06 8:49 AM

I have thought about this one. I have a tattoo on my backside. It is the cave drawing of Simba from the Lion King. Friends call it 'Simba on a stick'.
When I am 80, I will either have dementia and not remember that I have a tattoo or I will be so whithered from arthritis that I won't be able to turn to see it anyway...
Either way, my grandkids won't see it..unless I moon them!
Just put it in a non conspicuous (sp) place and you'll be fine!!

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 3rd Jan '06 1:15 PM

I am much more likely to be 100 pounds heavier by the time I'm 80...I need to find a spot and an image that will look good all puffed out

I was thinking about something on my calf...where I could hide it or show it off depending on the occasion. My problem is I cannot decide on what image I will still like and want on my body when I am 50 and 60 and 70 and 80!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 3rd Jan '06 3:39 PM

I have a tattoo of a dragon coiling on top of my left foot...hopefully, no weight-gain would show up on my feet, and affect the design.........??? It needs re-inking though.

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