I saw a young woman with massive snake tattoos on her arms and shoulders. Oh honey, I don't think that was a smart thing to do. Don't I remember that it hurts to have tattoos removed?
Life changes us. Our interests change as we age. While it might be interesting to have a tattoo history of things we used to find important, it's more likely that we don't want to be so frequently reminded.
Thinking of my own life in ten year intervals, here's my imaginary tattoo history:
1955, 10 years old - New tattoo is a picture of Howdy Doody.
1965, 20 years old - New tattoo has hearts and says "Harold Forever".
- Harold was my first husband. We married in 1965.
- Howdy Doody was removed in 1958, as soon as I could earn enough baby sitting money to pay to for the procedure.
1975, 30 years old - New tattoo has flowers and says "Bob Forever".
- Bob is my second husband. We married in 1975.
- You can bet that "Harold Forever" has been removed.
1985, 40 years old - New tattoo is a picture of running shoes.
- I imagine myself finding the meaning of life during a runner's high.
- "Bob Forever" still works, except I'm about twenty-five pounds heavier. The tattoo is looking a little distorted.
1995, 50 years old - New tattoo is a Christian cross.
- I'm a new Christian and it really is the meaning of life.
- The running shoes have to go. I have arthritis and a bad back. I'm lucky I can walk.
- "Bob Forever" still works, except I'm now about fifty pounds heavier. The tattoo is looking very distorted.
2005, 60 years old - There is no new tattoo.
- Can't decide between a dog, a violet, knitting needles, my laptop, or the names of my granddaughters.
- "Bob Forever" still works. I lost forty pounds so now it's only distorted by the wrinkles.
Note: This post was originally posted on Seasons of Violet, September 22, 2003. Minor changes have been made.