Have you ever seen a Maserati with stupid stickers on it? Never. Something classy remains classy through changing times. It’s a brand of quality.
I feel the same way about modern tattoos and body decorations. Tattoos go back to the beginning of the world, when people lived in dark caves and had nothing else but their expressions. Painting their bodies was for propitiatory or celebratory rituals and drawings found on the walls of their caves tell us about their daily stories. Nothing has changed since then, it seems people’s need to decorate their bodies is as strong as ever.
What surprises me is to know that even in my homeland Italy tattoos are gaining popularity, something only prisoners would dared to do to mark themselves as though and crude. Tattoos in Italy have always been frowned upon and have never been a sign of civility. Today, it seems no longer a sign of criminality, it is well accepted even in the upper crust of society. In fact regular art schools opened up in Italy to become a tattoo designer. These people learn to be exceptional artists and instead of painting canvas, which would be difficult to sell, prefer to apply their commercial and sellable art to body decorations, making the tattoo industry a very profitable one.
(Photo: Marco Manzo – Tattoo designer)
The surprise for me is to see more women using ink to decorate their backs and show it off with evening gowns and bikini. Marco Manzo is one of the most sought after tattoo designer in the Italian fashion industry. He produces exquisite lace designs on women’s body, they are unfortunately permanent !!! Asia Argento, daughter of producer Dario Argento of “Deep Throat” film, exhibits her new necklace tattoo on her chest.
The country’s national statistics office ISTAT adjusts the basket of goods used to measure consumer prices every year to better reflect what people are buying, dropping items and services that are no longer popular – says LifeInItaly.com – Tattoos have entered the basket of goods Italian people buy often.
However, I think that even if tattoos are gaining popularity in Italy, this is one of the customs, which mocks other cultures. I think the fad is picking up because of the desire to blend in and to wear or to have the same things as everybody else. It’s called globalization. I can’t help but thinking what are these people going to do when they get older and the skin start to sag, or when the tattoo no longer has the meaning?
Have you ever seen a Maserati with stupid stickers on it? Stay yourself, stay original in a sea of mocking people, it’s the only way to be above the mass. Ciao,
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