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Latest Trump Appointee Thinks Tattoos Lead to Drug Addiction

Latest Trump Appointee Thinks Tattoos Lead to Drug Addiction

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In a 2006 book John Fleming dismisses tattoos as either a stupid mistake or a sure sign of future drug abuse.

As a publication focused on the tattoo community and art it is not often that we dip our toe into politics, especially the minutiae involved in an appointment within the Department of Health and Human Services. But what can we say, these are crazy times we are living in, and the appointee has some pretty fucked up thoughts about tattoos.

John Fleming's book. #politics #trump

As a nation we are in the grips of a serious opioid addiction crisis, the last thing that we need is a government official (and medical doctor!) spouting off half-cocked theories about how tattoos lead to drug abuse. But that is exactly what Fleming did in his 2006 book Preventing Addiction: What Parents Must Know to Immunize Their Kids Against Drug and Alcohol Addiction:

This tattoo most definitely did not lead to drug use, Mr. Fleming. Amazing script by Chris Stuart (Via IG - chrisxempire) #straightedge #politics #script

It’s easy to dismiss people when they have beliefs like this, as any reasonable person knows that it’s ignorant to believe that tattooed folks are all idiots and drug users. But we can't simply look the other way when we are talking about a man responsible for making governmental health policy. This level of ignorance is not OK.


Charlie Connell
Written byCharlie Connell

Likes: writing, baseball, dumplings, American Traditional tattoos, punk rock. Dislikes: kale, things that look like kale and words that rhyme with kale. Managing Editor @tattoodo

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