artist. los angeles.
Geeky, heavily-tattooed, feminist, cult film and muppet enthusiast with celiac disease. Womp womp.
I’m sorry, but just look at this fucking hellspawn perched on my shoulder.
Okay, this is a rant and a half because I’m getting REAL SICK OF YOUR SHIT, random strangers, and where else better to vent my frustrations than the tumblrverse?
I work in a retail job where I am fortunate enough to not be required to cover my tattoos, which is great because, you know, it gets warm sometimes. Anyway, I spend a lot of time with these arms looking pretty visibly colorful, which makes me super happy. I’ve always planned and wanted to look like this.
So it’s totally shitty that people feel super comfortable touching me without my permission, insulting me, or making really icky sexual comments because I’m covered in tattoos. I don’t enjoy being objectified, manhandled, or called disgusting. It’s not ok for you to inquire about any “private” locations that you think I might be tattooed. It’s not okay for you to approach me at the damn library and tell me to my face that I “look so fucking stupid.” It’s not okay for you to tell me how much prettier you believe I would be without my tattoos. It is never, ever okay for you to just grab me so that you can get a better look at the images on my body. I don’t care how sincerely you believe that I “must need attention”, I did not do this to my body for your benefit. Regardless of the tattoos on it, this is still my fucking body.
I love my body and the pictures on it. I did this on purpose, and why I did it is no business of a random hostile/pervy/presumptuous stranger. My tattoos do not give you cart blanche to treat my body as if it were public property, or worse, your property.
Phew. Thanks. Hopefully I don’t sound too whiny.
my life is a weird mash up of geekery and carpentry. i dig.
in related news, this conversation was had between my boss and i:
“i hate orange. all shades of it, even a little. i know what you’re thinking and YES i hate your hair.”
“…this is my natural hair color.”
“don’t be ridiculous, no god is that cruel.”
the whole “no winter in southern california” myth is total bullshit. i’m wearing a fucking parka inside my apartment.