Bravo for Annie of Miami. She knew what she wanted and she went for it.
Crazy, that at age 80 Annie's wanted to get a tattoo? No. Her reasons were most practical, sensible and came as a total surprise to the tattoo artist, who must have heard it all.
A petite, active, intelligent, witty, wise and forward-thinking senior, Annie said she wanted a "tasteful" 'A'" with pizzazz on her upper arm, because she lives alone and Miami is hurricane prone.
You never know what will happen she said, and if she were to get swept away by a hurricane, she wanted a very identifiable signature permanently affixed on her body.
The tattoo artist, who seemed to be flummoxed by her request to be tattooed, must have been living a cave, or not keeping up with the news from Iraq. Having their names tattooed on their bodies is commonly practiced by Iraqi men who are in fear of being murdered, dismembered or blown up, and they want a way of being easily id'ed by their families.
Obviously, Annie may have been keeping up with the news, and heard that particular bit of info from Iraq, because it could very possibly have been where she got the idea. On the other hand, she was bright enough and astute enough to have come up with it on her own.
Or, maybe she got the inspiration from clicking around on the ol' television, and was watching one of the tattoo shows like the one I saw Annie on. It doesn't matter. She had the moxie to ignore all the naysayers, including her own family, and marched into the tattooist artist's parlor and got what she wanted.
I am both fascinated and repelled by tattoos, and if it weren't for a miserably, hot, muggy Sunday afternoon and wanting to nothing more than lie in bed and click around the TV channels, I never would have known about Annie and her black and scarlet tattooed letter "A."
I think the reason I landed on this particular show and stuck with it, was because of the drop dead gorgeous women who were getting tattooed.
I'm not talking about a small, tasteful, inconspicuous tat on the ass like a tiny rose or butterfly. I'm talking about nearly full-body tats.
Even a barbed wire tattoo like the one an actress who's always in the news used to have encircling her upper arm was kind of intriguing. I say used to, because in a recent commercial I saw her in, the tat was gone. Either she had it removed; it was covered with tons of makeup; or it was never real in the first place. Where'd it go? I'd sure like to know.
Some tattoos are interesting and even fun; some are tasteful and discreet; some are so bold and so garish it makes one wonder if it isn't true that some people have taste where they sit, or the person I'm thinking of should have a tat where she sat. I'm not saying people shouldn't paint their bodies any way they please, but I wonder if it ever occurred to them that some tats can be quite distracting.
Wouldn't they rather whomever they're speaking with look into their eyes rather than into the side of their neck or their arms?
Of course, there's always the women who have a rose or some such thing tattooed on or between their breasts. Who knows, maybe that's exactly where they want eyes to focus.
I also have to wonder what is going on in the heads of these gorgeous women who cover their bodies with art and pierce themselves in some really rather odd places. A small belly button ring, well that's kind of sexy, but studs in cheeks, tongues, foreheads, temples and lips...I don't get it.
If I were a man, I wouldn't want to kiss a woman with a ring in her nose or a tongue stud. I just thought, perhaps there are other talents that a tongue-studded lady can do to pleasure a man without him having to kiss her on the mouth.