This past weekend a picture was loaded onto loltatz.com showing a 13 year-old Russian boy with a full tattoo sleeve, given to him by his father, a tattoo artist.
This pisses me off because I had to wait until I was almost 24 years old myself to have a full tattoo sleeve. Not that anything was holding me back before, it just took me that long to develop that much coverage.
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The kid looks pretty hard with his Fred Perry polo and shaved head, which means he's probably a little fresh-cut skinhead, or just super-hip and really into ska and reggae because his real dad is Pete Doherty.
I'm not one to judge, but I do know that that the things I liked at 13 aren't necessarily the things that would make good lifetime tattoos. In 1996 I loved chicks in bikinis, softcore porn, Jenny McCarthy, the Smashing Pumpkins, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Beavis & Butthead.
If I had done this at 13, I'm scared to think of what I'd have in my sleeve work. Probably my football uniform number and the name of my 8th grade girlfriend I dated for a week.
Krystal and Craig Forever.