“On my right arm, the skin is being peeled apart; with veins and blood visible, a Star of David medallion lays buried in my flesh. True Jewish blood runs through this body.”
This is the description of the “genius” tattoo that my boyfriend proposed to have permanently sketched onto his forearm about a year ago. He was so consumed by the idea that he gushed about it to every one of our friends for about a week. He thought this was completely appropriate for a person aspiring to work in finance – I can only imagine the laughter that would have ensued from his colleagues after seeing him in a short-sleeved polo shirt on the golf course. Let’s hear you talk your way out of that one, Arseni.
He spent the first five years of his life in what used to be the USSR. His family struggled to flee the country sending their elderly grandmother first. She established residency in Brookline, MA and the family followed on sponsorship. While his family’s roots are Jewish they are non-practicing due to years of religious suppression created by communism in Russia. Temple and the Torah are not part of their lives, but the culture is unrelenting. I can only imagine what his grandmother (now diseased) would have thought of this monstrosity of a tattoo covering his lower arm. It would not have been an approval… that is obvious. Perhaps her persuasive speech against the ink would have reminded him of their ancestors who were branded with tattoos in holocaust concentration camps. Sure his intentions are good and seek to constantly remind the world that you can suppress the actions of one’s religion but the Star of David runs through his blood forever.
The culture of tattoos can be quite opposite from Arseni’s desires. While some wish to remind themselves of their past history by tattooing their body, others hope to improve the quality of their life by riding their body of the ink implanted in their skin. For some young children from disadvantaged metropolitan backgrounds, gangs become a way of life. Before they are ever educated enough to form their own opinion and see the destructive path ahead, they are brainwashed into belonging. Gang tattoos a symbol of membership are often placed on hands, arms, and even the face. Visible gang tattoos can often limit job prospects and carry social stigmas that might hold children back from succeeding. Thanks to laser technology children and adults who wish to free themselves from the branding have an option that truly works! The intense laser light shatters the pigment that the tattoo artist’s needle leaves beneath the skin, breaking it up into very fine pieces, allowing it to be absorbed by the body. Full results take several sessions but leave the individual with no visible scarring or evidence that the tattoo ever existed. Several government funded programs and charitable efforts of dermatologists across the country have offered minors with gang tattoos free removal. It is inspiring to see medical discoveries put to good use.
Thankfully Arseni agrees that his Star of David image would be far more powerful painted in oil, on canvas. Now on to a successful career sans tattoo!
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