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Jenkins out of line to stereotype all people who have tattoos

I read Rob Jenkins' column ("Top 11 reasons not to get a tatoo," Community, July 27) with a great deal of interest and with even more appall and hurt. It surprises me that the Gwinnett Daily Post would allow such a column to appear in its newspaper.

I am a well-educated, conservative career woman who happens to have a few tattoos. I got my first one when I was 37, and as they say, "A tattoo is like potato chips. You can't have just one." I got my most recent, my fifth tattoo, at age 55.

The first tattoo looks just as good as the last. I guarantee they will look just as good when I am 80, God willing.

I am not an alcoholic, nor do I have Hepatitis C. My body IS my temple and I have birthed a wonderful daughter, who, by the way, has three tattoos. I am not a drug addict, depressed nor a tramp. To know this is how (Jenkins) view(s) people who make the choice to mark their bodies is hurtful and extremely judgemental. If you were standing in front of my husband and made these comments, you would not be standing for long.

I have acquired my tattoos at reputable parlors here in Georgia and Michigan. I would reccommend these places to anyone interested in permanent body art. I am proud of every single piece I have on my body. Each one holds a personal meaning for me.

I suspect, given (Jenkins is a) professor at the local college, (he has) a few students who sport a tattoo or two or three. I would love to be the fly on the wall to hear what kind of feedback (he) will get from them.