When an old skooler sees a person with tattoos, the immediate thought would be "rebel, drug addict, misfit, drop out, alcoholic, jobless, gangster, ah long" or generally, a bad person. If it's a female, it would be "rebel, skank, tramp, whore, drug addict, alcoholic, prostitute" or generally, a lady who never puts her legs together.
See, I always wanted to get inked since the Spice Girls got famous. And my inspiration was of course Sporty Spice, Mel C. And I'd like to get that arm band like hers when I finish school.
But I realised today that arm band tattoos are incredibly tacky and should remain a 90's thing/mistake.
Then the tatts on your butt crack was really the in thing 10 years later. And I really wanted it so bad.
But I decided to wait till I'm 21 to get a tattoo. That way I'd have a lot of time to think about of what design I'd like to get that I could live with for the rest of my life.
I'm glad I waited as tattoos on your crack is now called a tramp stamp.
Now, what do you think of teachers with tattoos?
Tattoos are generally associated with bad behaviour. If you have a tattoo, means you're bad. Society would never believe that you inked your God given beautiful body because you believe in the arts, survived cancer or you just want to be different. You're just immoral.
So here's the million dollar question: is it okay for teachers, the educator of generations, the ultimate moral compass to have tattoos?
Try putting yourself in the shoes of a parent, and found out that specky, mousy maths teacher teaching your child is heavily tattooed on her back- with dragons, koi fish, lotus flowers and of course, a huge butterfly tribal-ish tramp stamp.
Would you doubt her ability to educate your kid?
But if she could turn any dumb kid into a maths whiz, why should you doubt her, right? So she's not squeaky clean and has a thing for sharp objects and she does not FIT into the role of a morally perfect saint of a teacher that society highly expected out of her, but she does her job and she does it damn well, why do we need to be a moral judge?
If you're wondering if I'm that heavily tattooed teacher, I am not. In fact after turning 21, I still haven't got inked.
I'm still 'clean', like what society expects, like my profession expects of me.
But that doesn't mean I give a rat's ass of what society thinks. I just respect it. I won't get tattoos on conspicuous areas, but rather places where you can only see it when I'm wearing the skankiest clothes or butt naked.
I am still searching for the right tatt that I could live with forever without regretting a single day even when my skin sags and looks far from what it used to be, and especially not being branded skanky name 10 years from now. Plus it has to be meaningful. Like surviving cancer.
I know a couple of teachers who are inked, and I respect them for their I-give-no-shit and carpe diem behaviour.
Will we be able to see the day when teachers can have their whole arm tattooed and they are still entitled to be Guru Cemerlang someday?
Probably, when the non-Muslims are allowed to marry a Muslim without converting.
And that is, NEVER.
People, would you want a Kat Von D-ish teacher teach your kid?
Yeaah...I'm sure you would.