My husband is not a fan of tattoos, but the woman he married is, and so he has developed an appreciation for them. Because he finds me sexy, he also finds every inch of my skin sexy…including the parts with colorful ink underneath the surface.
Nobody looking at me would think rebel or biker babe. I look like a be-freckled girl next door, and (perhaps) more innocent than I am. If I had a dime for how many times I told a slightly off-color joke and had someone gape at the incongruity of those words coming from someone they perceived as more of a Maryann than a Ginger.
I know that there are a lot of wholesome women and upstanding men with tattoos, though. The people who take issue with the concept like to portray them as only for convicts, sailors, and loose women, but true aficionados know the truth: they are what you make them. They can be a tacky adornment, a silly impulse (soon regretted), a personal statement, or a work of art.
Because I was a fan long before I was touched by a needle, I discovered a secret: there are a lot of fine upstanding citizens with ink. How did I find this out? By complimenting others with visible tattoos. Know what happens? Bankers and doctors and stay-at-home moms start rolling up sleeves and pant legs. There are a whole lot of people with tats who are nothing like the stereotype.
People use the word “addictive,” too easily, but tattoos can be addictive. The endorphin rush which is the natural response to pain, the sense of making a personal statement, and the feelings of transformation combine to make it an experience that many choose to repeat. Although I only have 2, I can honestly say that both times were positive experiences for me. (My husband looked a little queasy watching….)
With this in mind, I’d like to recommend a movie called Tattoo, a Love Story. Haven’t heard of it? It’s an indy film which I happened to stumble upon at the local video store, and I’m glad I did. It’s the story of a grade school teacher who is appalled when one of her students brings to school a tattoo artist for show and tell. Do I even have to mention they fall in love?
The movie both acknowledges that many people don’t understand the desire to be tattooed, while also explaining why so many people do enjoy the experience. The leads are about as opposite as can be, but somehow they have terrific chemistry that makes you believe in them as a couple.
The female lead, Megan Edwards as Sarah, did a wonderful job portraying a woman at a crossroads in her life and learning to open up her mind to new possibilities. Isn’t that what we all must do when we come to a dead end? (Turn around and find a new way to go.)
Virgil Mignanelli plays Virgil. (What a stretch.) He’s a big teddy bear of a guy who you end up wanting to hug. He’s the sort of guy, who while not an Adonis, should get the girl!
I’m not saying that this movie deserved to sweep the Oscars, but it was an enjoyable film for even the people who think ink is only for pens and printers!