YOU (South Africa) - - YOU SAY -

P Bald­win, your at­ti­tude to­wards tat­toos is ar­chaic (YOU Say, 29 Oc­to­ber). I had my first tat­too done on a hol­i­day to Bali when I was 38. I now sport nine more and I’m 55.

Each tat­too has a sym­bolic mean­ing for an event that’s oc­curred in my life. One, for ex­am­ple, was for when I con­quered my de­pres­sion, an­other I got in hon­our of my two chil­dren who are 22 and 20 and, yes, they also have tat­toos. My son has a sleeve ded­i­cated to me en­tirely with beau­ti­ful red roses.

Tat­toos are an art form and can be an ex­pres­sion of who and what you are. Have I re­gret­ted any of them? No!

So your con­nec­tion with tat­toos be­ing sported by bik­ers, sailors and pris­on­ers is out of touch. Just take a look at the sports­men in our coun­try. They wear their art­work with pride.

Time to wake up and smell the cof­fee. MAR­CELLE CARSE, PORT EL­IZ­A­BETH Tat­toos were seen as rough and it was thought only “bad peo­ple” had them, but to­day it’s a form of art. For me, my tat­toos rep­re­sent free­dom, sur­ren­der, hard­ship and joy. I see any form of art as beau­ti­ful! HEIDI, EMAIL I don’t like tat­toos on my body, but if my chil­dren wanted to get a tat­too say­ing “To hell with can­cer”, I’d be happy! WINZA, SMS

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