Do you find yourself having a knee-jerk reaction to someone with tattoos? Does your mind immediately self-correct as your memory automatically recalls what elders used to say and advise about tattoos?
If so, it could very well be that seeing someone with several tattoos unconsciously triggers confusion. The experience can trigger a valid judgment about the person's character evidenced by their priorities in life. The judgement is not healthy.
Premise: A conscious compassionate person would not spend non-essential money on adornments knowing full well that there are homeless and hungry people everywhere. Hungry people world-wide have a hard time understanding/excusing the inconsiderate flaunting of wealth—especially, food-eating contests.
A tattoo is an in-your-face communication. When first meeting someone with tattoos it can force one to invent a compliment or to stuff a judgment. The stuffing of a thought creates an immediate barrier to the experience of communication—because the relationship begins with a withhold. What takes place thereafter is but an imitation of communication.
A tattoo runs the owner; the person becomes their adornment. Like a Rastafarian's or Hasidic's dreadlocks, a Muslim woman's hijab, or a woman with disproportionately large silicone breasts, it creates an us and them; it's a different type of uniform. It's a covert way of controlling others.* It eventually becomes a topic of conversation, often covert proselytization; it causes another to ask—which gives the believer a chance to justify and talk about their belief. As with the question, "Do you believe in God?" most such conversations generate us/them. It also reinforces the wearer's self-righteousness (I'm different, "Chosen," smarter, better). Seldom can a wearer talk about this subject except that they are driven to explain, justify, make-wrong, and argue—all communicated with micro-bursts of condescension.
Tattoos, silicone breasts, and expensive jewelry? Absolutely, once everyone in your immediate community is fed and sheltered.
* It's a self-righteous covert way of being different/better than, or making others wrong (for being judgmental, for being/believing as they do).
Last edited 11/12/17