Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Now for a commercial message...

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I would tell you what it is, but the originators do it quite well:

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As this is something I feel strongly about, I will be making commentary and submissions regularly. On this same topic, take a look at Dove:Campaign for Real Beauty.

Second; I have been cast out from my gym for possible "anti-social" activity. This means...ack! I have a tattoo and some old man became frightened! Damn those shaky old people!

(note: for those readers here from the West...Many Japanese establishments are not tattoo friendly!! They are associated with gangs/yakuza. Public pools and many water parks will not allow you on the premises with a tattoo. Most onsen and sento (public bathes) won't allow you to use their facilities. I'm not saying that all the people in the train faint at the glimpse of the ankle tattoo, but I have had people move away. Or give me a stern look. Not always. More people under the age of 35 are getting, as a foreigner, I get some "forgiveness"...cause ya know, I'm not Japanese, so I don't know any better!)

So...I sort of told a fib. I told them "Oh! It is just temporary. I'm so very sorry! It will have faded in a week."

I had to do a walk of shame and turn in my membership card. I go back in a couple days to ask forgiveness again and show them that my temporary tattoo is gone. (This means, I use some thick concealer and hide the very permanent tattoo. And henceforth wear knee high socks and long frickin' workout pants!)


  1. Apryl, I am sorry to hear about this hassle. I have seen many gyms and pools allow you to wear a large bandage. Even though it's obvious what's underneath, this pretend concealment seems to be enough in many cases. Hope this helps. I agree that the policy is ridiculous!

  2. Jared; thanks for the input! I will indeed cover with large bandage - after they see my clever cosmetic foolery...they told me they will NEED to see the location to verify tattoo faded!

    Usually I did have it covered, but I just forgot about it one day...then I noticed some old guy circling...soon after he walked off an employee ran up to me and escorted me off the floor! I was insanely embarrassed!

  3. Next time you see that old guy, give him a "I'm going to fuck yr shit up" look... since he thinks yr yakuza anyway :)

  4. yeah or slap a temp tat on him when he's not looking!