I’ve finally come to terms with showing my tattoos on the internet. I even volunteered for a Tattoo Tuesday post on Danielle’s blog! Click over to see the interview and photos. Read on if you want to know why I was hesitant.
I used to crop my tattoos out, cover them with the izznit tag, or use Lily as a shield in photos because:
1. I don’t want them copied. Why someone would want the same tattoo as a stranger is beyond me but it happens, I’ve seen it, and it sucks. Mine don’t have a special meaning but they were drawn for me by my tattoo artist.
2. I don’t want my pictures showing up on those image websites (weheartit, tumblr, pinterest). Apparently, tattoos make a person way cooler and attract the picture stealers of the world. They just get reblogged over and over and over sans credit until some twat takes the photo and puts “GPOY” underneath. I’ve seen my pictures altered and used in strangers’ eBay listings, blog banners, websites, whatever. I was even shown a fake izznit blog where this chick was pretending to be me. THAT’S WEIRD, GUYS. It’s the deception part that bothers me most, not necessarily the credit thing (which shouldn’t even be a “thing”).
3. I don’t want my appearance to affect the way one of my creations is seen. Like I said above in point two, people seem to think tattoos make a person (and therefore everything they do or make) cooler . I’ve been told I make knitting/sewing/crochet/whatever cool. Really! I don’t. If you like what I make, awesome. I just hope it’s for reasons other than my appearance like technique, yarn choice, mods…the list goes on.
But the thing is, I have a lot of them. With summer coming I can’t be cropping my arms and legs out of photos. It’s also not fair to my tattoo artist (Eric Jones of Palehorse Tattoo). He’s awesome and the world needs to know that.
This post started off as a one liner but one thought lead to another and I ended up with this.
Happy Tuesday, friends.