This, unfortunately, is an article in dire need of writing, and I [surprisingly] haven’t seen one yet!
The Do’s & Don’t of Interacting with Tattooed People [aka Common Courtesy]
Some of these things aren’t so much of a problem in larger cities, but well, not everyone lives in places that are more culturally diverse and accepting… so to the rest of you, and anyone else who may decide to brush up on their social etiquette, a few do’s and don’ts for interacting with tattooed people.
1. Don’t gawk at us.
Didn’t your mother ever teach you it’s impolite to stare? Looking is fine, I’m good with that.. But there is a big difference between looking and gawking, and the latter makes me uncomfortable.
As with any other situation, the socially acceptable thing to do is at least acknowledge when we make eye contact. If you want a closer look, just ask. Don’t stare me down like I’m some bane to society.
I don’t look like this for your amusement. If that was your impression, move along..
2. Ask before you touch.
Hands off, dude! If I don’t know you, I don’t want you touching me. If you’re reading this, odds are you don’t see with your hands.. and if you absolutely must touch, ask first.
You wouldn’t believe how many people feel they need to come up and grab my arm, or touch my hair or clothes without permission.. ugh. And once, I saw some weirdo grab Gary‘s face! Seriously, what the fuck. It’s impolite. Respect others’ personal space.
3. Keep the snide remarks to yourself.
Really? How old are you? Another lesson your mother should have taught you- if you don’t have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself. We don’t like snide remarks, nor people not-so-covertly talking shit about us to their friends. You wouldn’t want me doing it to you, what justifies the reverse?
4. Don’t ask if it hurt.
Please, please, please don’t ask me if it hurt. I get this question all the time, to the point where it’s just plain obnoxious.. OF COURSE IT HURT.
I try to be understanding that sometimes people are just trying to be nice and make conversation, but some days I’m just not in the mood. Please keep that in mind.
So there you have it- a few do’s and don’ts of interacting with tattooed people, which is just [un]common courtesy.. We’re ‘normal’ people just like you, and I guess some just need a little reminder every once in a while.