HERE IS A BRIEF HISTORY – Tattoos have been discovered on mummies dating back to 4750 B.C. Tattooing has had a worldwide appeal in certain society circles. Today it’s popularity continues. The practice of tattooing has been used in Taiwan, Siberia, Europe, Greece, Rome, Persia, Great Britain, Indonesia, Samoa, Central America, South America, most of the Middle Eastern Countries, and North America. In 2012 tattooed women outnumbered men for the first time in history. Tattooing has been used in some cultures for religious purposes, caste-based systems, and in magical rituals for protection.
Today they are mostly used in America as a form of artistic expression.
I work in a private Jewish school that provides childcare services for an upscale community. We employ approximately seventy eight staff members and are proud of the diversity they represent. Our youngest staff member is nineteen years old, and our eldest is in her eighties. The ladies, and the gentlemen, come from a variety of ethnic, social-economic, cultural, religious, and political, backgrounds. We are Jewish, Christian, Catholic, Muslim, and Atheist. We are different colors, different sizes, different ages, different gender identities and represent a spectrum of educational accomplishments. Most of our staff have at least an A.A. degree, with a third having earned, or presently working on their bachelor degrees. We have several master degrees and one doctorate in process. We have only three male staff members, and all the rest are female. A high percentage of our staff are tattooed and proudly so. It is our school’s policy that visible tattoos and body piercings be concealed, which means our employees do not get to show-off their tats and piercings.
I wanted to give these awesome and dedicated individuals an opportunity to showcase their tattoos in a format in which they felt safe and that would not jeopardize their jobs or the professional esteem they enjoy from our preschool parents. It would have been a much more interesting read if I could include individual portraits that included faces and bodies displaying the tattoos, but for privacy reasons I didn’t. Instead I chose to showcase just the tattoos and let the audience guess which tattoo belongs to which staff member. I hope everyone has fun picking their favorites.
A few of my favorites:
I myself have no tattoos. I just couldn’t commit to having something printed on my skin that is going to be with me for the rest of my life. Looking back at my youth through my late teens, twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, and now sixties, I shutter to think of what I might have had permanently inked on my body. Knowing my liberal anti-establishment, and extremely non-conformist mindset, It would have been bizarre! I have scars though. I read somewhere that scars are tattoos with better stories. Enjoy and may all the comments be positive!