Tattoos are a somewhat taboo subject, iffy at best. Some people love them and consider them an art form. Others “tolerate” them. Then some others abhor and flat-out detest them. Me personally? I fit mostly into the first category. I think it depends on the execution and design of the tattoo. Again, this is very subjective and a matter of opinion. What I consider “offensive” might be perfectly acceptable to the next person. Pot leaves are a prime example of this. Marijuana is a taboo topic, yet plenty of people have drug paraphernalia or references tattooed on them. Gang signs and symbols are another example. To some, it shows pride, association to a certain group, and loyalty. To others, it means you belong in jail.

I personally have multiple tattoos but NONE of them are even remotely questionable in nature. Sure, some people may ask why I got a certain design, but NOT ONE PERSON has ever taken offense with them. Also, all of my tattoos have always been well thought out. I have never gotten a tattoo “just to get a tattoo” or “just for the Hell of it”. All of my tattoos have personal meaning and significance to me.

So the next tattoo I am getting is going to be the Genie from the Disney movie, Aladdin. (The original 1992 animated film with Robin Williams, not the remake with Will Smith). I thought about the design and its personal meaning to me. To me, the Genie signifies a few different things. Firstly, my Dad and I used to watch Aladdin all the time when I was a kid. Some of my earliest and fondest memories as a little kid are of my Dad and I watching Aladdin. Nowadays, I am in a relationship with a woman who also loves Aladdin, and Disney films in general. Keeping that in mind, the tattoo has an entirely different meaning. As a matter of fact, the song Allie and I chose as “our” song is A Whole New World from Aladdin. So there was that to consider. Lastly, I am paying homage to, in my opinion, one of the funniest and most versatile actor/comedians to ever live: the late, great Robin Williams.

I am not getting any text, lettering or wording on the tattoo. The design is the Genie’s head in smoke coming out of the lamp. Simple, but effective. What are your opinions on this design? Or on tattoos as a whole? Thanks for reading!


Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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