It’s my first day of vacation and I spent it happily working on an article for BIRD TALK and rather unhappily, but vigorously washing the floor. I came up with this cool idea for writing an article about Bird People who get tattoos of their birds. As I do not have any tattoos, let alone any of my birds, I had to poke around to see if any of the people I know at Facebook had any. Naturally, I just posted an inquiry on my wall. And in about 10 minutes, WHAM! A downpour of ink.
Birds. Parrots. Swallows. Hummingbirds. Owls. Birds of prey. I honestly had absolutely no idea so many people had so many illustrations. It was amazing. As I sat pounding away and doing research on tattoos in general, the incessant “Ding! Ding! Ding!” on my laptop sounded like a doorbell on Halloween night. Jeez!
I had no idea how passionate people were not only about their birds, but about making a permanent record of their existence. I was stunned. At that point I knew I was on to something. This was a unique breed of “Parrot Person” I had found.
While I think tattoos are really cool, they are not for me. I’m just not the “Permanent Marker” kind of girl and I kind of like myself the way I am, wrinkles, boney keester and all. But I did manage to find some very cool quotes about tattoos in my research that need to be read:
The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos. ~Author Unknown
Women, don’t get a tattoo. That butterfly looks great on your breast when you’re twenty or thirty, but when you get to seventy, it stretches into a condor. ~Billy Elmer
I always look for a woman who has a tattoo. I see a woman with a tattoo, and I’m thinking, okay, here’s a gal who’s capable of making a decision she’ll regret in the future. ~Richard Jeni
These were the funnier quotes, but many of them honor the tattoo as a symbol of one’s soul and one’s life on here on earth. It seems to be a very spiritual thing to most people.
So as you can see, I’ve done my homework. And these are just a fraction of the photographs people have sent me. Good God, you wouldn’t believe the art people have on various parts of their bodies. It’s incredible.
Photo Courtesy of Angela Parrish