major bummer

tattoo limits

Funny how a list of professions I could switch to is shrinking! 😛 As it turns out, with the amount of tattoos I have on me (these forearms, man, these forearms!) I will never be able to join James Bond on MI5 team! Disappointed much? 😉

Let’s not forget that there are also other restrictions; a few of them are listed in the article linked to above. Instead of whining about it, let’s try to change the perception of tattoos, one stereotype at a time! 😉

Holocaust survivor and her tattoo!

Newsweek has just run a Holocaust survivor’s touching account about her concentration camp tattoo. These tattoos were meant to strip people of their humanity and dignity – they were becoming numbers, no names, no faces, no stories, just numbers. Ms Kor didn’t have a choice about the tattoo but she decided to own it: “I was always proud of my tattoo […]  It is kind of like my badge of courage. I actually like looking at it, even though it’s not very clear. That’s okay – I know why it’s not clear.”

survivor tattoos

Hopefully the Nazi era is gone forever but the memories and lessons learned should live forever; the lives that had been lost should be remembered and celebrated. Some young Jews want to make sure that this tragedy will never be forgotten and celebrate their grandfathers by getting their concentration camp tattoos done as a reminder and warning and so much more. Not everyone looks at it favorably but tattoos always polarize the public opinion!