November 2013: Editor's Note
Author: Maggie Washo
I Must be Getting Old
Either that or I’m just losing my nerve. In this month’s issue, we did a story about tattoos and the reasons people get them. It all started when I got the September issue of GQ in the mail. On the cover was San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, in all of his tattooed splendor. As I thumbed through it I mused to my co-workers that people who get tattoos must be really good at relationships.
To which Catherine laughed hysterically and asked why in the world I would think that. To me it was obvious—it is a HUGE commitment to put ink on your body. Sure, tattoos can be removed, but there is usually an unattractive scar that goes along with that removal.
That of course led to an office conversation about how many of us have tattoos, and why we got them. I was operating under the assumption that the majority of people who had tattoos would, at some point in their lives, regret them. After reading Rebecca Edward’s article, it appears I was just downright wrong. Most of the people she interviewed had very personal reasons why they decorated their bodies: milestones, lost friends, big accomplishments. So much for the “ I got drunk and got a tattoo” stereotype.
Which leads me to the reason I must be getting old. When it came time to pick a cover, I was hesitant to put the man with a giant ship tattooed on his chest on the cover. I found myself more drawn to the charming little Island turkey that Gary Palmer created for us. My art director, Kelly Stroud strongly (yet respectfully) disagreed with my choice. So now I want to know…
What do you think?
Which cover would you have chosen?
Drop me a line at email@example.com and tell me you love the turkey or I’m turning into an old fuddy-duddy.
Happy Thanksgiving to all—tattooed or not!
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