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Monday, November 11, 2019

Signs of Tribalism in America

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Are Excessive Body Piercings & Tattoos Signs of Tribalism?

   This past Friday’s segment of Ancient Aliens [I’m a fan] featured a short history of body art among various nations and tribes ranging from elongated skulls and necks to highly stylized body art and piercings dating back to prehistory.

Where I grew up excessive tattoos were associated with circus performers, gangs and prison inmates.  Tattoos are excessively used among Hispanic gang members, Russian mobsters and the Japanese underworld.  Of course, excessive body art has gone mainstream even among women who went from dainty, unobtrusive tattoos to full sleeve markings.

My deadbeat brother-in-law [who has never worked in his adult life] is an example. His body is covered in piercings, tattoos and body jewelry.  At a Thanksgiving dinner one year my son, who was eight at the time, whispered into my ear “Dad, what’s wrong with B___?”  I wasn’t sure how to respond.

Another show I enjoy [except for the overuse of the word ‘awesome,’] is American Pickers.  One of the people featured in each episode is the office manager, Danielle.  I used to find her somewhat attractive but over the years she’s added so much body art, even to her knuckles, and her chest area has been glossed over with some kind of yellowness that she appears to have jaundice.  I find it repulsive and often wonder why people need to go overboard to the point of distraction.

With my background in cultural anthropology I’ve long associated excessive tattooing with tribalism and now think today’s generation is doing the same.

I have an unconfirmed, un-scientific theory that as a rule, the more excessive the tattoos a person has, the more likely they identify with being a progressive/socialist.  The more conservative or religious one is, the less likely you are to find a lot of body art.  Of course, life is like the English language in that there is an exception to every rule…I have some ex-military friends who sport large amounts of tattoos…however, when I served, our CO warned us NOT to get them.  As he put it, “what’s the first thing every cop asks for when compiling a file on a suspect or fugitive-Any known identifying body marks?”

Finally, one of our single friends who uses online dating sites has remarked how he automatically deletes any candidate with obvious, excessive tats or piercings…

For an interesting article exploring this further:

Yours in Freedom,

Bruce ‘the PoorMan’



Conservative victories

This past week, millions of voters went to the polls to vote on state and local races and a slew of ballot measures. There were some important conservative victories worth noting.

→ Colorado taxpayers rejoice: Liberal big spenders pushed a measure that would have allowed the state government to keep excess tax funds it collected – in violation of the state’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Thankfully, voters 
rejected it and told the government to send the money back where it belongs – with taxpayers.

→ Common sense on immigration: A resounding majority of Tucson voters – 71% of them – 
rejected a measure that would make Tucson a sanctuary city. In blue New Jersey, Sussex County residents voted to support federal immigration officials in the state.

→ No taxes in Texas: Texans 
supported a constitutional amendment this week to make it even more difficult for lawmakers to impose a statewide income tax in the future.


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Bob said...

It seems a lot of people like to go overboard w/ fads; see it everywhere. Personally, I find it distasteful & would not date anyone who went crazy w/ body art [arrested too many Mexican gang members covered with tats]

Rona said...

An interesting perspective and no doubt, holds a lot of truth. Americans always seem like lemmings to me in how they adopt fads; for example, have you noticed how many men have facial hair on TV ads & shows? It's well over 90% because it is a fad. I'm waiting for art directors to put tatts & beards on children too:)