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Get laughed out of your last biker ralley for not having any ink? Worried what the guys in the band will say when you show up in short sleeves? Fear not, my needle-fearing friend, salvation may be at hand. Then again, maybe not.
posted by Ogre Lawless (30 comments total)

 
only if I were planning a caper would I be caught wearing something like that.

Definitley NOT at a biker rally.
posted by jsavimbi at 12:11 PM on May 25, 2006


Yes, wear one of these shirts to a biker rally...I DARE YOU! At least the next day you'd have your own post of Mefi: "Man beaten to death with his own, untatooed arms"
posted by Shfishp at 12:13 PM on May 25, 2006


I've always found it amusing that a large portion of the lawless crowd subscribes to what amounts to barcoding themselves for easy identification.
posted by shoepal at 12:15 PM on May 25, 2006


Awesome, I love how their arms are always crossed the hide the pantyhose shirt. Real manly.
posted by mathowie at 12:16 PM on May 25, 2006


Now I'll have a few links to show people when they ask why I sometimes regret my tattoos.
posted by OmieWise at 12:21 PM on May 25, 2006


Do people think "tribal" designs are still remotely in?
posted by sourwookie at 12:23 PM on May 25, 2006


My Bartman tattoo is still cool after all these years, cause my left butt-cheek is classy.
posted by bardic at 12:40 PM on May 25, 2006


Do people think "tribal" designs are still remotely in?

There was some guy getting a "tribal" design straight out of the flash book in the shop when i was having my sleeve worked on last week.
posted by jbelshaw at 12:45 PM on May 25, 2006


ok...my god, I think I would have to beat or at least openly laugh at anyone I saw wearing one of those.

Actually they might appeal to those wild and crazy fundie christian kids going to their jesuspalooza festivals.
posted by Funmonkey1 at 1:09 PM on May 25, 2006


The problem is that you have to wear the same shirt every day for the rest of your life, or they'll be on to you.
posted by Mr. Six at 1:21 PM on May 25, 2006


As jsavimbi noted, these'd be great for pulling a bank heist...
posted by stenseng at 1:26 PM on May 25, 2006



These ridiculous arm warmers have been available to non-discerning cyclists for years.
posted by fixedgear at 1:28 PM on May 25, 2006


I don't know. These could be fun in an uncool-ironic-hipster way. I might even get one if I could find it a contrasting skin-tone, something non-monitor tan caucasian.
posted by lekvar at 1:40 PM on May 25, 2006


I've always found it amusing that a large portion of the lawless crowd subscribes to what amounts to barcoding themselves for easy identification.

Not exactly Stainless Steel Rats.
posted by FormlessOne at 1:49 PM on May 25, 2006


Do they come in, say, baby jumpers?
posted by FormlessOne at 1:49 PM on May 25, 2006


I don't understand why people get tattoos, from the perspective of someone, myself, who has never had the slightest urge to get one.

Maybe it's just like a club or something.

Anyone have any good "why get a tattoo" literature?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 2:29 PM on May 25, 2006


The only ones I like are the ghetto cursive names. Those look great, especially on someone's neck. I think P-Diddy has one.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 2:30 PM on May 25, 2006


I like tatoos, but I prefer to have no distinguishing features.

Hmmm...do they have any condoms?
posted by Smedleyman at 2:46 PM on May 25, 2006


Holy god, those catalogue pictures -- particularly the facial expressions! -- are just sublime. As is this:

"Man beaten to death with his own, untatooed arms."
("Girlfriend: 'I told him so'.")

Thank you kindly, Ogre Lawless!
posted by melissa may at 3:22 PM on May 25, 2006


I luvs me my doffable tats.
posted by Mental Wimp at 3:26 PM on May 25, 2006


I don't understand why people get tattoos, from the perspective of someone, myself, who has never had the slightest urge to get one.

Maybe it's just like a club or something.

Anyone have any good "why get a tattoo" literature?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 2:29 PM PST on May 25 [+fave] [!]



Well, although I know of no literature in praise of tattoos, for myself it was a way of showcasing my favorite artwork on my skin for eternity. I did not choose anything that I would consider "silly" (although I do have two Snoopy tattoos, and someone else might consider those silly). One of my Snoopys is in honor of my grandmother, the other is for my love of life. I have a wolf and tiger simply because I think they are beautiful animals. I have a pegasus that is also my own design because it is beautiful. And soon I will have another design in honor of my two sons. My husband is equally tattooed. It's another form of self expression, of letting the world know a little bit more about you. Can it be intimidating? Sure. It can also be sexy, thought provoking, poignant, funny, and sad. My mother was in horrors over my first tattoo. Then ten years later I designed one for her, as a symbol of her new life after her divorce. So never say never, because you never know.
posted by annieb at 3:37 PM on May 25, 2006


Wow! those would go great with my ponytail cap!
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:45 PM on May 25, 2006


Mean Mr. Bucket - Modern Primitives by ReSearch publications is (mostly) good - has a lot of background of tattooing in different cultures, reasons and meanings behind the tattoos, and why people have chosen to get them. Finding it in a library might be tricky though as some of the pictures in it are graphic.

Two quotes: "In New Guinea the Roro people, who tattoo themselves extensively, describe the un-tattooed person as 'raw', comparing him to uncooked meat... The Roro see the tattooed man as 'cooked meat', transformed by a human process and thus given a social identity. Therein lies the distinction between a social being and a biological entity."
-- Victoria Ebin, The Body Decorated

"Not one great country can be named, from the polar regions in the north to New Zealand in the south, in which the aborigines do not tattoo themselves"
-- Charles Darwin

There's quite a bit in the book about piercing and other forms of modification, but it's the tattooing I'm focusing on... The interviews with Don Ed Hardy, Lyle Tuttle, Dan Thome, and Hanky Panky (I'd link to his site, but it's bad flash and music) are quite good for the history of tattooing in different geographical areas, as well as some interesting personal stories.

For mor reading, here's a link to "Tattooing in the Marshall Islands", which might not be quite what you're looking for, but is an interesting read.
posted by Zack_Replica at 3:55 PM on May 25, 2006


I would totally wear these out one night just to see the response I'd get from them, because I'm sure they look fake as hell up close. Although I always unconsciously push up long sleeves whenever I wear them.. Actually, wearing them and then rolling them up would be kinda fun too!
posted by kindle at 3:56 PM on May 25, 2006


Oh, I should mention that in that last link of mine, there are a few pictures that contain nudity, and may not be safe for work.
posted by Zack_Replica at 4:02 PM on May 25, 2006


This will make a great Father's Day present...
posted by Lillitatiana at 5:30 PM on May 25, 2006


I actually have a shirt like this. It's a Boston Harley Davidson shirt. I wore it under my (short-sleeved) work t-shirt one day, and my manager about had a heart attack. I'm also so pale that the ends of the sleeves are about invisible on my wrists.

Everyone thought it was cool, and I escaped with both my arms intact. So there.
posted by ArsncHeart at 6:11 PM on May 25, 2006


You should get Drink Coca Cola on your forehead. Then at least you'd get paid for it.
posted by nlindstrom at 6:30 PM on May 25, 2006


You should get Drink Coca Cola on your forehead. Then at least you'd get paid for it.

posted by squalor at 9:10 PM on May 25, 2006


Do they come in, say, baby jumpers? - FormlessOne

That would be cool. Like the Che shirt I wanted for my 3 year old. How funny is that?
posted by raedyn at 8:52 AM on May 26, 2006


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