piercings and tattoos

The hottest debate in my house at the moment is about piercing and tattoos; the markings of belonging or not to something, someone.

There are those who would say its forbidden to Muslims to have tattoos- but I have seen enough Muslims with tattoos to make me beg the question, “why?”

Piercing is another one of those things that you do or don’t according to culture, heritage, and like tattoos a personal preference- though I doubt very much religion has much to say about it. If that is not the case, please point it out so I can weigh it in here.

The fact remains its a heated debate in my house- and its more about piercings than the tattoos.

We have always said to wait for any of these major decisions until they’re 18, but for some reason this topic gets regurgitated more frequently than I care to recount. It is like constantly putting up a shield to ward off an attack- frontal, stealth, whatever!

My son, prior to going into the Armed Forces, got piercings on both his ears and regretted them two weeks later. Yet got his Samoan tat at age 25 which I am told is a rite-of-passage for Samoan men. That decision seems to have taken a lot of soul searching on his part before committing to the hours of tattooing it takes and its significance. Not to mention he went the traditional Samoan way of tattooing. The importance of it, its significant to him as a person, as a man coming of age -is all his own.

But at the moment back home we’re at an impasse with our daughters- since when did rearing get so sticky and ikky!?!?!

Or maybe its because we see tattoos as body art as opposed to piercings that we, as a couple and parents, view as body mutilation? I continue to say wait- but man, by the time they have reached that goal; they will have worn me down for sure!


1 Response to “piercings and tattoos”

  1. February 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    tattoos – yes, piercing – never

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