The We Don’t Give a Fuck Tattoo Collectors; When Not Caring, is The Goal.

The We Don’t Give a Fuck Tattoo Collectors; When Not Caring, is The Goal.
June 10
16:30 2017

Some people don’t want to be helped and don’t care about information and aftercare:

When I meet other tattoo collectors, I can be naturally quite nosy and Curious. As I have made it my duty to be an expert on tattoos. Both when it comes to the medical, historical, and sociological aspects of tattoos.
I sometimes can’t help myself; I see someone, not caring properly for there tattoo. So I offer them my friendly advice and guidance. But I have come to realize by now, that not everyone actually wants any help, or care to care about their ink like that.

Indeed, in most cases, whether it be old or newly started tattoo collectors, they thank me for my advice. Because they might just have been badly informed, not know about it or they might simply have forgotten. But in some cases, people know perfectly well what the risks are and what they should do to avoid them. In some slightly more rare cases, which I sadly see more often that I would personally like. People know all about aftercare and the risks, but they still don’t want to care for their tattoo like that. Which of course, if they are aware of the risks yet still choose to not be careful, then that is there decision of course… Even I will ultimately respect that.

Why are there collectors who do not care, about aftercare etc.?

Well I have a few theories, which I have formed over the years as a sociologist. The easiest one to understand, is that for some people, especially the older collectors. It is a matter of aftercare, not having been a thing when they started out. So their mentally is geared towards; “I never needed it before so why would I begin to do it now”, because they haven’t had any problems personally.

Another theory, is because people, for good and bad, form their own versions of what a tattoo experience should be like. They even form their own ideals, of what tattoo culture should be like. Thus if they see aftercare, or even just certain aspects of it, as going against their ideals. Then they will not care to do it with their own tattoos, nor recommend that other people do it.

A last theory, which I admit is on a bit shakier ground. Is the ‘yolo theory’, or one could at least call it that.
Simply stated, not caring (in general, not just in regards to tattoos and piercings etc.), is part of the goal. Both when it comes to why they get them, what they get done and also with how they care for them. It is all a part of showing of this punk rock like attitude, towards society and it all.

So why even talk about this?

Well I am certainly not trying to tell tattoo collectors how they should care for their ink. That is ultimate the individual’s own decision and they can do what they want. I just want people to be well informed, and I found it personally interesting to talk about. Seeing as I bet a lot of tattoo collectors out there, have their own view and take on aftercare and all that.

Secondly, I find that it is enlightening to talk about. Both for tattoo collectors and fans, as well as the non tattooed and curious. As it casts some light, on the nuances within the tattoo community. As well as the many different ways, people go about tattoos.

All in all, as always, I hope you enjoyed this article and that you might comment on it, perhaps even tell me what you might want me to talk about in the future.

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Sorry for the this graphic image, but I thought it was a fun end note to the article.

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Mads W. K. Masters of science in Sociology (Cand. Scient. Soc.), from the University of Copenhagen, who specializes in embodiment sociology, but especially in tattoos and tattoo culture etc.

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