Tattoos and Social Media.
Ha-Ha! Two things I enjoy immensely, body art and viral communication. “Tattoos and social media do NOT go together Nick, you idiot” is what I am guessing some of you are yelling at your computer, laptop or smartphone right now. I’ll prove it. I’ll prove that social media and tattoos go together, then whoever doubted me owes me a virtual apology in the form of a haiku.
“On my way to get tattoo of a Tasmanian Devil holding a Canadian Flag” read ones status. Just checked-in at “Colorful Bottoms Tattoo Parlor” read your last foursquare update. Social media allows friends and family to view the final product that is forever inked on your body. That’s pretty cool. I wish I could be at a family reunion when someones Uncle Hugo screams “Hey ‘so-n-so,’ show Gramma the tattoo of Justin Beiber you got on your ankle!” Now don’t go and get all mad at Uncle Hugo, you were the one that posted it on Facebook for him and all the other social stalkers to check out.
Flikr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, A MySpace(?) and LinkedIn are just some of the social avenues connecting you to everyone, everywhere. Google will soon be getting in the social media mix.
If you want to get “off the grid,” you can delete all your social sites and move to Guam, but your tattoo is forever. Wait, I’m rambling here…gotta get back on target; oh yeah, social media and tattoos.
When you get a tattoo you post it, “twit pic” it or blog about it. You share it with the world. Social media is about sharing with others and you get a tattoo to share with others. Sure, you got the tattoo because it meant something to you, but you also got it to share; whether it be with friends and family or just that “special” someone (i.e. that significant other who gets to see the tattoo of “Toucan Sam” on your private parts…unless you are a stripper, then we are back to sharing with everyone; maybe even friends and family…ewwww, gnarly).
If you are like me, and have an ample amount of tattoos, you share them with strangers everyday ( I could dress like a Amish farmer and cover them up but that’s not going to happen). Social media is sharing and tattoos are attained to share. Period.
Now, for the final speculation. What if you loved social media so much, you got it tattooed on your person. I love social media, but I can’t imagine the “Facebook” logo tattooed on my ass. Look at the girl below. Dude, she loves social media. Can’t you tell? This picture is used in an ad for “Yahoo!.” Who are they trying to sell their services too? It’s a free site. Is “Yahoo!” trying to show their advertisers that they are hip with the trendy social sites and can customize their services to their users as well? See the connection? Tattoos and social media are customizable and “Yahoo!” wants you to know that they are too! I guess they also believe that a young “hipsterish” female with photoshopped social media tattoos represents their brand wisely. The graphic designer did a great job on these tattoos. I can’t tell if they are real or fake; I need to ask an Amish Farmer his opinion.