In years past, a tattoo was a sign that someone had been convicted or sailed.
Ink is now even available for the world’s most stylish bodies.
Conaway Saux (or Connie), of Gretna reminisces about the times before tattoos were considered acceptable body ornamentation:
“Back when I was just a teenager, and tattoos weren’t fashionable in the 1950s, some of my best friends had their names tattooed on to their arms.
“I knew that I would be beaten if my dad got me one.
“One night, I waited for my father to return from work. We had dinner together, then I settled down in my comfortable chair and drank a cup of tea.
He said, “I’d like to have a tattoo. Is it OK with you?”
“He was patient and said it wouldn’t be a problem if I had the one I wanted.
I was delighted and he asked me what type of tattoo he wanted.
“He suggested that I get the message “I’m stupid” written on my forehead.
“It’s not necessary to mention that I have never gotten a tattoo.
That reminds you
This story was so interesting to me that I added it to my second book “Smiley!” It’s a Laughing Matter
A friend suggested that I get “Smiley” tattooed ink on my upper arms during summer break between high school graduation and college.
The T-shirt sleeves covered it so that I could leave the shower at home. My dad saw me emerge from the shower one day.
“Boy, that’s what on your arm!” He growled.
He was unable to believe it, so I told the truth.
“Were there any alcohol in your system when you did it?” He asked.
“No sir,” I replied.
He exclaimed, “Damn!” “Damn! I’d prefer you to be drunk than stupid!”
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