Fifty plus years ago I enlisted in the Marines at the age of seventeen. You couldn’t legally get a tattoo until you were eighteen. On my eighteenth birthday I got a tattoo of a bulldog wearing a campaign hat with a Marine Corps emblem an the letters USMC under it on my upper arm. It wasn’t about the tattoo, it was about me. It meant something important to me and what had become a part of my identity

Nowadays when I look at the tattoos people sport I often wonder, what does that tattoo mean to him/her? Is it just a decoration? More often it is those tattoos ranging right on up to looking like a Japanese gangster where nothing meaningful has a chance to jump out and tell a story.

Perhaps you are one of your readers can answer that. Is it just a fad?

Retired and living my golden years in a world full of angry people.

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