Fats and Tats

I’ve noticed how many chubby men and women have tattoos. And I don’t just mean a rose or scull here and there either. I’m talking, arms and legs, covered, like a comic strip in bulky flight.

This came to my attention in Brooklyn, where tats are as common as shoes and socks. Everyone has a tattoo, EVERYONE…but again, the larger the individual, the more extensive appears the artwork.

It fascinates me actually, me who can’t commit to a change in hairdo, let alone something irreversible, like a Basset Hound grinning from my forearm, and we know how much I love Bassets. Thank God I wasn’t drunk tooling through the East Village one day, because Carmela could be permanently stenciled on my collarbone. images

I always compare a tattoo to wearing clogs since there was a time I wore nothing but. Now, I hate them, feel they’re clumsy and unattractive. Could you imagine in a moment of rebellious pique having them forever fastened to my feet?

We’d be in a straight jacket, speaking in tongues.

I asked a couple of people their thoughts.

A therapist I know, very straight but open-minded said, “It distinguishes someone, like their signature, also, this obese population you seem fixed on Susannah, may just want to divert from their obesity,”


I then asked a guy on the train whose arms were covered, and he said, ”What the fuck is it to you?”

I approached another hefty man with a big white pit, who had them. He was a Latino in his 60s, missing a tooth here and there, yet had Sally, in festive colors emblazoned on both triceps.

Before asking him any questions that might inspire him to slug me, I asked the name of his dog, who was the cutest, leaning cozily against his thigh like a contented sweetheart, and he said without pause…

“Her name is Sally.”    





About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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27 Responses to Fats and Tats

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, my Pookie and I don’t have any tats, but three of my four kids do. Luckily they have discreet ones. There was a day when only sailors and carnies sported them, ha ha. My youngest son has his name (in Russian, his birth country) going vertically down his side. He’s extremely athletic (went to college on a soccer grant) and his tat is enhanced by his six-pack. I told him that when he’s older with a big gut and the letters are stretched out it’s going to say something entirely different. He was not amused.

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    • Love the line…only sailors and carnies. Popeye was the only guy I knew with an anchor along his arm if I’m correct. I just can’t imagine anything so permanent. Sometimes I regret having my ears pierced so long ago. And yes, age and tats don’t do well together. I saw a Hell’s Angel without his shirt with a canary the size of Michigan that, well, lets just say wasn’t too attractive. sigh

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  2. Ross de Marco says:

    One or two of my uncles had them , you know old school Italian guys an anchor or mom on their arms but now The tattoo thing is everywhere, I work with a few guys that are covered in them . I used to tell my daughters that if you get tatted i’ll break your legs (of course I wouldn’t ) and thankfully all parties concerned never did . However a few of their girlfriends did and when I see them it’s heartbreaking , one girl , blessed with such wholesome beauty really destroyed herself with them. The most stupid random images a little basketball on her side an elephant on her tummy , an entire sleeve of vines I don’t get it at all . One guy I know has a sickle on the side of his head the blade following the curve of his ear . WT … ????? The comic strip line is exactly how I describe it . Well , Sally’s owner I can empathize with his devotion to the pup but eventually … Sally will be no more and you’ve still the two tattoos 😐

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  3. I’m not a fan but I’m not judgmental either. Whatever works for you. I have nieces and nephews whose arms are completely covered like a turtleneck. I worked with a woman with a huge rose tattooed on her chest when she was young. She went on to have two babies and gain 50 pounds. Hard to tell what it is (the chest area really stretches out) and it peeks out of just about everything she wears. Like you, it’s too permanent for me although I once sported one of the temporary tattoos they make for kids. It was fun for a day and I’m with the guy whose dog’s name was on his body. Unfortunately the cats would fight over whose name gets used here.

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  4. Rubenstein, Hal says:

    I like this post!


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  5. You may have saved yourself a deal of trouble by asking the name of the hefty man’s dog.

    Do you no longer wear earrings? I had my ears pierced about 50 years ago and am still enjoying wearing earrings.

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  6. I have several friends who sport 1-numerous tats as well as several who dislike people who have them. They tell me that “those” people aren’t satisfied with themselves or are trying to cover up “something.” The ones with simply tell me that they like them and some even enjoy the process of getting them. Me? I see nothing wrong with them as long as I don’t have to lie awake next to a partner who has a tat of a demon or some such on her bare back.

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  7. robprice59 says:

    I never saw a patch of skin, old or young, fat or thin, black, brown or white, male or female that I thought looked better for the addition of a tattoo. Even the posh ones look tacky to me. Add to that the impracticality of anything so permanent. I wonder how many Sallys your new friend has had?

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  8. Eilene Lyon says:

    I know I’ll never get the fascination for permanent decoration. Take these wrinkles for instance……

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  9. My son came home with his first one on my birthday. It was in memory of his BFF’s father who died so I couldn’t be too upset, but then they kept coming. I tried to talk him out of the recent sleave and was informed: “It’s my arm and if I regret it in 20 years it will be my regret, not yours.” I informed him that “technically” I created that arm and had a say. I’m just glad his have meaning to him outside of SpongeBob.

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