This Thanksgiving I noticed something. Or, maybe I should say my Mom and my aunts noticed something: several of my cousins and I now have tattoos. This was a source of amusement as we were were interrogated about our various design and placement choices.
My Grandma was totally enthralled with my cousin’s “Tribute to D-Day” tattoo that covers a large swath of his left arm. He’s a captain in the Army, and a huge military history buff. My grandma then went on a soliloquy about how girls must really like his tattoo. I am still very unprepared for when the little sweet grandma of my childhood goes from zero-to-Betty White.
I expected my Mom to freak out about mine. She didn’t. After explaining what a “Panarchy Loop” was, she looked at me and said, “You would get a science tattoo, wouldn’t you?”
My Mom is pretty cool. (However, I told her that I still want my “Nirvana Unplugged” CD she permanently borrowed from me in the 8th grade.)
Because I am a huge nerd, this made me think of a recent volume edited by Aaron Deter-Wolf and Carol Diaz-Granados on prehistoric and ethnographic tattooing. (http://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Great-Needles-Ancient-Traditions/dp/0292749120/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385745153&sr=1-1)
Over the past few years, Aaron and I have talked about some of the different archaeology tattoos we’ve seen. Personally, I’ve seen Clovis points, Marshalltown trowels, Mayan glyphs, and decorated pottery sherds. Southwestern archaeologists really, really like pottery sherd tattoos.
How about you? Do you have a nerd tattoo? Something Southeastern Archaeology themed? Have you seen a tattoo on someone else that really struck you as fun/interesting?
Edit: If you want to share your tattoo, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a pic and I’ll post it.