Why put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari? Because it’s your car.

In the University at  Buffalo college newspaper,  The Spectrum, Lisa Khoury asks — regarding tattoos — “Why put a Bumper Sticker on a Ferrari?”

Her point is that tattoos are classless, and as young ladies representing the future, we should be filled with “elegance.” 

Trying to convince Khoury that ink is actually beautiful is like trying to convince a picky 6 year old that broccoli is cool. It’s pointless.

However, it’s Khoury’s alternatives to ink that really get my blood boiling. She provides us a list of what “classy” women do to their precious flesh:

“she goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done.”

I’m sorry, but what? What century are we living in? All of these ideas point to a modification in such superficial ways. Let’s break a few of these down.

She goes to the gym. Why? Do I need to lose weight? Do I need to have a perfect body? The tattoo culture is, and always has been, accepting of all different body types. Big or small, you can get a piece of art inked on your body, no one is judging you, tattoos are for everyone.

She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. Maybe a lot of girls agree that going to the mall to buy clothes is self-assuring in someway. But I’m sure you’re not going to look back on that piece of fabric from Abercrombie and Fitch and say “Damn, that v-neck really meant something to me.”

Then we have She accentuates her legs with high heels. Isn’t this just another way to over-sexualize ourselves? Do you have to look good for other people? Everybody knows that heels are worn to make our butts look good. Well guess what? Tattoos are there to make yourself feel good.

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