It seems that there may be an opinion out there that Hollywood stars, and the like, are desperately trying to be "cool" by covering themselves in (what appears to be) the most basic ass flash ever. Recently Adam Gabbat of the Guardian published an article asking, "are tattoos finally becoming uncool?" Now, it's not that we like to talk shit about anyone...seriously. We have better uses of our time...but this cultural phenomenon of people getting tattoos to be "cooler" while at the same time contributing to the dilution of an art form we hold near and dear...it's just something we had to delve into for a hot minute. I mean, we knew something was up when V Magazine came out with that ridiculous 2017 editorial where models were modeling while being tattooed...but clearly this needs some discussion.
Adam Levine's Super Bowl performance was definitely cringe worthy...I mostly liken it to that cliche of watching a car crash. I was gawking at the screen unable to look away. And, obviously, it was a whole lotta things that made it awful. There's the backlash happening in support of Janet Jackson who has been blacklisted ever since her accidental nip slip. There's the whole...ya know...using African Americans as supporting performers while the Colin Kaepernick protest continued. And then there's the shirtless Adam Levine himself...which, for me, was mostly just an obvious and momentous tribute to Levine's own ego.
Of course, when you speak of how tattoos are becoming "trendy" or "uncool"...it usually means you have to address the evolution of Justin Bieber. I can't spend too much time on this subject because I always worry the more I think about it, or talk about it, the bigger the chance my brain will permanently atrophy. You can, however, take this lovely quiz which asks the questions, "Out of all of Justin Bieber's bad tattoos, which one is the worst?"
Of course, I must mention the New York Times article that proclaimed, "Face Tattoos Go Mainstream". And really...they're not wrong. Obviously the famous faces that are getting all inked up don't really have to worry about impressing their new boss on Wall Street ever. In fact, it probably works in their favor to look as subversive as possible...angsty tweens all over the world will love it.
Here is the thing: tattoos will always be cool. That is...if they are authentic and honest to your personal experience and expression. Because, in essence, that is what tattoos are for. People use tattoos to express a million different things...and you can tell when it comes from the heart, or when it was literally just as simple as seeing someone with a tattoo, and then going somewhere to get the same exact thing.