It may seem quaint in this day and age, but I have a firm rule regarding neck and face tattoos. It goes like this.
Tattoos on your face? No way. Not ever.
I was reminded of this life rule when I went online this morning and saw boy band member Zayn Malik had a face tattoo. No that’s not a printing mistake. The former One Direction member has a tattoo on the side of his face that says M.O.M, a reference no doubt to his solo album Mind of Mine.
And all I could think was why?!
Because no matter what you say, and no matter whether it a stereotype or an old fashioned prejudice, face tattoos suck.
Recently when I left work I spotted a guy chatting on his phone outside our building. It’s a pretty chi-chi area; a mix of people who look like they work for Facebook, some hipsters, lots of pushbikes and plenty of cool spectacles.
The guy on the phone was sporting ordinary casual clothes, a decent haircut and…a NECK and FACE TATTOO. My first thought? Criminal.
I know that’s probably not a polite, even if I didn’t say it out loud. It may not even be accurate. I know that not everyone with a neck or face tattoo is a criminal. Or a bikie. Or an ogre. And there are certainly words other than criminal that could be used to describe people with neck and face tattoos.
Brave? Experimental? Stupid. Out. Of. Work.