Every tattoo artist I know is pissed.
Hopefully it'll get shut down before it even gets started.
Well, to turn such a serious profession into a reality show (which, I imagine, will end up running along the same vein as Miami Ink, LA Ink, and now, NY Ink, which all teach people that absurd drama frequently takes place in tattoo shops, and that only assholes tattoo, which is so far away from the truth I can't even shake a stick at it) is to teach those who know very little about the profession that tattoo artists around the world are unprofessional and dramatic. While this can be true in some cases, as with anything, the reputable tattoo shops that I've been to have ALWAYS been incredibly professional, and I have never personally witnessed any drama, nor have I heard of any.
If that show airs, my couple of friends who are tattoo artists are sure to get flack about it every day. "HEY did you go to school for tattooing lol". They both apprenticed for at least a year, and it was hard work. It was far more than 80 hours of TATTOOING ON PEOPLE. It's degrading to allow people to think that that's all it takes to tattoo.
"Next on TLC's line of new shows- TWO WEEK PLASTIC SURGEON! TWO WEEK DENTIST!" < That's not true or anything, just making an example of other serious careers.
Thanks for posting that particular petition!
Here are two others that can be signed.
I looked at their eh....'portfolio'.
Most of everything there is flash art. I saw two of the exact same tattoo, just done in different colors. Being a tattoo artist is about so much more than just the flash art. It makes me want to cry when people don't realize how much effort goes into being a tattoo artist.
So, today, on Facebook, a pretty good friend of mine, who happens to be a tattoo artist, joined a group about boycotting a new show on TLC, called Tattoo School.
A woman teaches 'students' how to tattoo. In two weeks.
I'm sorry, but that's f-ing degrading. I know too many artists who have, first of all, spent twenty+ years developing their drawing skills, and have spent FAR more than two weeks APPRENTICING for other artists.
My friend apprenticed for nearly two years, spending a vast majority of her free time practicing on oranges and tangerines and synthetic skin and the like. She did not tattoo a person until she had it down, and it was not accomplished in a mere two weeks. They are letting these fresh 'students' tattoo on living human beings (who, I'm willing to bet, will come to regret some of the poorer tattoos that they receive- this is not like cutting hair). From the looks of things (and looking at the tattoo school's website), they aren't quite properly equipped (no bags over the machines, etc).
I find it disgusting. Completely and utterly disgusting and degrading that they are going to air something like that. People spend years and years and years trying to perfect their trade, and they're going to 'teach' people how to do that in two weeks.
I get it, everyone wants to be a tattoo artist. It's hard work to get there. It should never be easy, because, dammit, nothing in life is easy. I just...ugh. I have no more words.
And if you think this whole 'tattoo school' thing is a good idea, I will kindly ask you to keep your opinion to yourself, because IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA. EVER.
I don't think they're stupid, per-se, I just think that a majority of the time they look silly/not good. Of course, I know a guy who has his ears stretched to 3 inches, and he looks...pretty damn silly.
Agh, be careful with clay plugs, though. A lot of the time they end up kinda bad for your ears, not always though.
It is too early for me to respond coherently, but I'm going to wave the white flag and refuse to argue anymore, because I wasn't trying to be patronizing, and I wasn't trying to be a bitch, and I certainly wasn't trying to place anybody in a clique, though I do have to agree with the one statement you made, something about the truly, deeply superficial people who will go to extremes on the outside and pressure others to fit into that same suit, if you will. Again, I am so tired I doubt I can actually be appropriately coherent, so if something I say comes off as moronic, then I'm sorry.
I say again; I don't like what I don't like (unfortunately that happens to include a vast majority of the general populace, and a lot of things that a LOT of other people like).
If it helps, those who sit down to make the fake plugs have a hell of a lot more craftsmanship with clay than I do, I can barely roll a round ball of clay, let alone do odd twisty things with it. I still maintain that I don't like them, though.
Edit: Agh. I wasn't at any point trying to lecture anybody, I was just bringing up points, not actually trying to be overly informative or anything.
-sigh- That's...honestly not what I'm trying to do here. I'm not trying to argue, I'm not trying to say "ahh you're a fake you're stupid you should never ever wear those", I'm saying that people who go "Oh, look how big I've stretched my ears!" when they haven't, annoy me to no end.
However, a lot of people have piercings and tattoos and even stretch their ears (and make much heavier modifications) for extremely personal reasons. So a lot of people get pissy about others with fake piercings, or to people who simply don't think about it and just...throw a needle through their skin to be cool. My biggest problem is the 'trendy' thing, honestly. Not that I'm upset that piercings and tattoos are much more commonly accepted in work places now, though.
And no! Push up bras have been around for a lot longer than breast augmentation (I'm talking going back to the beginning of corsets), so it's not the same. And makeup, too, is entirely different. Semi-permanent hair dye? I've used it. I don't call people out on it, because I understand that it's not allowable in a LOT of places (a lot of schools, homes, work places...). And I have no earthly idea what spanx are, but they sound like the "trimming tubes" or whatever it is that people wear to look thinner. And in that case, I wouldn't know because I probably wouldn't be able to see it, and if I did know, I doubt I would care, and if anyone did care, they should probably be punched in the teeth.
I'm not trying to be bitchy, or silly, or have an argument. I was just expressing the fact that I don't really understand a lot of the time why a person would choose to wear fake plugs. A LOT of the time, not all the time, I understand in a few situations. However a lot of the time, they do look incredibly silly and far too big/wonky to be actual earrings, however a lot of people like that too. I
I'm just trying to make a point and express why I don't understand the fake plugs, not have a debate over whether or not it's "right" for others to wear them. I don't like what I don't like, and some people like the things that I don't, and I'm sure that there are plenty of things that you don't like that others like as well.
Ah. Just got to read the next bit of your post. When I refer to something as fake, I mean the LITERAL DEFINITION of FAKE. It's NOT ACTUALLY what it looks like. "Stone" made out of plaster? Fake. I'm not talking about the people. I'm talking about the people who lie and PRETEND like they went through pain, here, and when I say lie, I mean, when/if they are asked, they say "oh yeah it took me this long to get to this size". I didn't assert that in my original post, but I made that pretty much clear in my second post.
I have awful wording! Autonomous, what you said was precisely what I was aiming for. Like I said, I understand people wearing fake plugs when they want to see how it looks, or simply because they like the look but their parents won't let them or their job won't.
But it's the people who try to pass them off as real ones who irritate me.
And I actually enjoy things like hair falls, fake dreads, wigs, and stuff like that...and again I understand not dying your hair because of parents or a job, but if you sit there and go "oh don't you love how I dyed my hair!?" then uhm. No.
I stretched my ears when I was thirteen to a 0, over the course of about four months. It was incredibly painful, and I ripped one earlobe. I'm very into the modification community, so when people have fake 'piercings' and they try to pass them off as real, it makes me incredibly angry, because I can tell (especially with the stupid suction balls for tongues and whatnot). Again, not putting down anybody who has them, I just think it's ridiculous to say "oh, look, I stretched my ears!" when they didn't. Because it's painful. And I've only just recently gotten my left ear to a six. It takes forever.
And yeah, lobes without the plugs in look a little silly/gross, but most everyone I know tends to keep them in (unless they're sleeping, in which case they take them out to prevent horrible horrible accidents).
I actually use Photoshop to see how I'll like a piercing on my face. =) And I usually edit my hair color to see about that, too.
But seriously. I don't. I know that they make a lot of cool earrings for people with STRETCHED (not gauged, a gauge is a size) ears, but I just feel like if you REALLY want to wear those earrings, you aught to stretch your ears.
I do understand the people who simply can't stretch their ears due to work conditions or having lobes that are far too small to do so (though I've seen plenty of people with small earlobes stretch their ears to ridiculous diameters), or those who are just wondering how it would look.
But I feel like it's faking it. Like having fake tattoos rubbed on, or wearing extensions (unless your job won't allow you to have dyed hair, obviously, but I don't like extensions regardless unless they're being used for hair falls). I just don't like it!
I'm not trying to hate on anyone's crafts here, but I just...think it's silly to wear those around, when there are plenty of AWESOME and GORGEOUS earrings for people without stretched ears too.
This also goes for the fake plugs that Hot Topic sold a few years ago. They didn't even look remotely real, especially when it covered the bottom of the earlobe. THOSE looked stupid (simply because they were TRYING to be fake plugs, I thought they woulda been cute as legit earrings).
Also, they are not called gauges. I'm sick of reading it and hearing it, and I want more people to be informed. They're called plugs, eyelets, talons, claws, hanging, ornate, spirals, even just earrings.
tl;dr: Want to wear sick 00g earrings? Stretch your ears.