Sitting Opposite a Frowny Face

Sitting Opposite a Frowny Face
April 08
09:36 2017

Hey everyone who reads my blog, let me start this post, with a little bit about myself:
I am a 26(soon to be 27) year old tattoo lover, who lives in Copenhagen Denmark and I often
Take the train, when I have to go to meetings and such.

Now what I am going to talk about today, has happened to me fairly often, it’s people of all ages but mostly,
it is older people and mainly on the train (that I notice it).
But it happens as you are sitting down on the train, whether you or they were sitting there first,
is not important.

No matter what, from time to time you still encounter ‘the frowny face’.

Now of course I am aware that not every frowny face, snarl or rolling of the eyes etc. isn’t caused by me.
People could have had a bad bad day, because of something or other, that has nothing to do with me.
But I know without a shadow of a doubt, whenever I catch them glance or even stare at my tattoos,
often accompanied by head shaking, displeased grunts or eye-rolling etc., that I caused it.
That me and my tattoos, offended them, merely by being present in the train for them to see.

I would wager, that most of my fellow tattooed people, with easily visible tattoos, have experienced
something similar at one time or other.
But here is the point that I hope they also recognize, a point some people might find strange and which
might surprise people.

I actually don’t feel angry, offended or even sad anymore when they stigmatize me and act all offended,
just from them seeing my tattoos. I actually feel quite sorry for them, that they are so narrow minded.
I feel sorry for them, that all it took for their day or moment whatever… to be ruined.
Was for me to look different from their ideals, for me to not meet their norms and values.

I ultimately feel sorry for them, because they lack even that much of an open mind, that they can’t
just accept that I like to look the way I do, that I look different from them because I like it.
That in the end, we just have different ideals of what is beautiful and what aesthetics
are better than others.

Sometimes when I see the ‘frowny face’ on the train, I imagine how they would react;
If I attacked them verbally on their looks, their wigs, their designer clothes, their glasses whatever.
No matter what age the owner of the frowny face is, I doubt they would enjoy that.
But instead I just sit there, laughing to myself and feeling superior, because I know I am more
accepting and open minded than they are.

I hope this article/post brought a smile to my fellow tattooed people’s lips and perhaps enlightened,
anyone without tattoos that might have read it.

Feel free to comment with your thoughts, ideas for future posts and articles and with your own experiences,
if you feel like it.

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About Author



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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