Previously we published some of the best and worst Chevy tattoos we found on the internet. This lead us to wonder about the phenomenon of showing your hobby in body art.
British sailors brought the art back with them after seeing the body art on Samoan tribesmen. By the late 1800s, 90% of those serving in the British royal navy were tattooed. It was a matter of being practical for the times and the chosen profession. Sailor’s tattoos often indicated feats like crossing the equator but more often than not, tattoos were often of a specific ship or symbol that would help identify drowned sailors.
Tattoos used to be associated to those in a lower social class – criminals, sailors, prostitutes, perverts and the like. Times have changed however, and there has been an explosion of inking.
These walking art galleries may say more about the creator than the person that actually displays the ink. Furthermore, the meaning of a tattoo may only be created after the person bearing the tattoo keeps getting asked, “What does that mean?”
With Chevy tattoos, one never needs to ask what that means. Chevy colors run deep and are often sported in public. They generally symbolize the bearer’s love of a particular model or make. Or… they just might say that you wanted a really cool tattoo.
Writer Aviva Yael is author of “NO REGRETS: The Best, Worst, Most Ridiculous Tattoos Ever.” Yael’s take on tattoos is simple, “Outside of having kids, getting tattooed is one of the worst mistakes a person can make, yet somehow (much like having kids) millions of people do it every year.”
Before getting caught up in the romanticism of sporting some ink and going to the local ink shop, remember that Miley Cyrus has over 14 tattoos. Do you really want to have that in common?