Your Opinion: Tattoos no longer taboo

Dear Editor,

I have been reading with interest the controversy surrounding The Living Windows event held downtown. It seems most are upset that there was an exhibit in a local tattoo parlor of a woman getting a tattoo on her hip.

Now granted, I did not see this. I was unable to attend the event. But, if I understand the situation correctly, the proprietor put up a five-foot drape of some sort so people less than five-foot tall could not see directly in. That was very considerate of him. He also chose to ink a woman’s hip. And with proper draping, that would not show any questionable body parts. Draping is a routine process to keep your work area clean but mostly to provide dignity to the client.

This man is a tattooist. He is an artist. His canvas is the human body. If on High Street we had a conventional artist who sat in a window painting a portrait, would we be upset?

Jefferson City has several questionable businesses. Not on High Street, but yet, let’s wonder if they were. What would We B Smokin’ and We B Drinkin’ have as a window display? What would Cirilla’s have?

In this year of 2011, who, young or old, has not seen a tattoo? Tattoos are no longer taboo. They are everywhere. Some people wear makeup, some jewelry, some have pierced ears, and some people like tattoos. Women can go across town and legally have their makeup tattooed on their face!

Whoa! Let’s hope we don’t get a medical spa on High Street! They do all sorts of things to women’s bodies. And in places no one would show in public!

One last point and then I’ll quit rambling. Who allowed these businesses here? The city, the county? And who sold or rented the business that space? Obviously, at some point someone wanted the revenue.

Maybe I’d suggest next year the artist tattoo Christ on a cross, or an angel. Oops! Is Christ allowed in the public display of Living Windows, or are we only to have winter scenes or Santa?

Personally, I’ve always wanted an angel on my shoulder, figuratively and artistically.

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