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Anonymous asked: Hi! So I noticed you recently said something about being willing to answer 101 type questions otherwise I wouldn't be asking this... re your recent post, what do you think is appropriative/wrong about white folks getting tattoos (that aren't, y'know, culturally specific ones). I have never come across anyone having a problem with it in the past so I'd be really keen to hear what you/others have to say about it.
Lol. Yes, I’ll answer 101 questions. Every time I mention tattoos, this comes up some I’m used to it.
I actually mean all tattoos, not just appropriative designs.
Here is a short history:
Believe it or not, some scientists say that certain marks on the skin of the Iceman, a mummified human body dating from about 3300 B.C., are tattoos. If that’s true, these markings represent the earliest known evidence of the practice. Tattoos found on Egyptian and Nubian mummies date from about 2000 B.C., and classical authors mention the use of tattoos in connection with Greeks, ancient Germans, Gauls, Thracians and ancient Britons.
Tattooing was rediscovered by Europeans when exploration brought them into contact with Polynesians and American Indians. The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word tattau, which means “to mark,” and was first mentioned in explorer James Cook’s records from his 1769 expedition to the South Pacific. Because tattoos were considered so exotic in European and U.S. societies, tattooed Indians and Polynesians drew crowds at circuses and fairs during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Tattooing as is practiced by white people today finds its origins in white colonialism and appropriation. People always like to tell me that some white ethnicities practiced tattooing at some point. Fine. But this isn’t how many/most white people are doing their tattoos today. Revive your own traditions.
While nowadays tattooing may have become so utterly appropriated by white people that it is almost pointless to tell them to stop, it doesn’t change history or where it comes from.
Note, this is just a personal opinion of mine. I’m not quite saying that white people need to stop getting tattoos. Just like I wouldn’t say that white people should stop using printed books.
What I am saying is that I would really, really like more white people to better recognize and understand the history of these things. To understand the context in which their actions occur.
To see how and why them getting a tattoo is edgy and cool, but if I want to get one in my own tradition, especially if I were to go back to the Philippines, people would probably think I was dangerous or a criminal. Also how many of our cultures *stopped* doing tattoos because we were called uncivilized, ugly, or told it was sinful?
How many non-white peoples with histories of tattooing have to struggle to gain acceptance and credibility when practicing their culture (and, as patient as I am, I will not tolerate any comparisons to white people having some social impacts for getting tattoos — it isn’t the same. At all).
What also needs to be mentioned is the deep racism and white supremacy prevelant in white body mod communities. How poc (especially Black people from what I understand from witchsistah and others) have restricted access to body mods because of this. Even though it is our own damn practices.
Last, tattooing stands as and should be understood as a cautionary tale for all meaningful, non-white cultural practices. Because it is the perfect example of how meaningful stuff gets appropriated and turned into a damn industry that rarely, if ever, credits and benefits the people who originated the practice (see also yoga).
I hope this helps.
the first step towards confidence is not being afraid to be ugly
once you get over the fear of being unattractive and stop equating beauty with other good things in life (friends, love, happiness) it’s a lot easier to love yourself unconditionally
your job is not to sit around and be pretty and easy on everyone else’s eyes
your job is to do whatever the fuck you want and look however the fuck you want while doing it
I don’t have an obligation to be healthy, actually, and I don’t have an obligation to rush to assure you that I’m a ‘good fatty’ with great cholesterol and good scores on other health indicators allegedly related to weight. I don’t have an obligation to tell you that fat isn’t correlated with health because I shouldn’t have to justify the existence of fat people by informing you that you don’t understand how fat bodies work, and you’re not familiar with the latest studies on fatness, morbidity and mortality, health indicators, and social trends.
Because fat people have a right to exist, healthy or unhealthy, and this whole argument about health is a red herring. It suggests that if only fat people could prove that fat and health aren’t coupled, they’d be okay. Society is just concerned for us—worried that we’ll be felled too soon, taking our glorious minds into the ground with us to rot, all because we were fat and we refused to take personal responsibility for our fatness.
Here’s the thing, though: fat people have a right to exist, no matter what their health status is, and their health status is both not your business and not evidence to be used when determining whether they should be found wanting. Fatness is just a characteristic, one with which many people have a complex relationship because it’s socially loaded. Your judgement about fat has not been requested, nor is it required.
— Relevant. Read more here. (from “DO YOU CARE ABOUT MY HEALTH, OR JUST THINK I’M GROSS? BE HONEST" by S. E. Smith)