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31 January 2006



h yes, the ancient struggle between parent and child... Tattoos... Actually, when these works of art began over 2,000 years ago in Polynesia they were originally marks of tribesmanship. They identified which local tribe you belonged.

In Samoa, the tradition of applying tattoo, or tatau, by hand has been unbroken for over two thousand years.

no! you cannot get a naked girl on your back!

These works of art were also used as a means of identification during WWII. For example if you were blown up, you possibly could be identified by your tattoo. Interestingly enough, if you had a naked girl tattoo you were not allowed into the U.S. Navy. Many potential enlistees went and had clothes put on their naked girls. Nurses uniforms were most popular. However, once you were sworn in... that's a different story.

Nowadays everyone is getting one. It seems however, that more females are getting them. Flowers, zodiac signs, with butterflies toping the list... so far I haven't seen any naked men on a girls back.

This one girl I knew back in Philly. She is/was a hooker (no, I never availed myself, but we were platonic friends... honest!) and she had a raging battleship tattooed across her chest. It was amazing. That thing looked like it could really do some damage. I happened to see her when I was in Philly last and now, 30 years later, it turned into a tugboat. One good thing that remained were the smokestacks!

And they looked good! And they looked good!

Observations and Questions
Fess up... do you have one? Where is it? and what is it? and are you still happy you have it? GIRLS ONLY! Please send a picture of your tattoo to me in confidence. Tattoo Inspector Hey... maybe we'll have an art show right here!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1921, Mario Lanza, Philadelphia PA, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans). And in our death vault we find in 1788 [Bonnie Prince] Charles E Stuart, English pretender to the throne, dies at 67.
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