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Tata tattoo

Once thought of only as the passion of yobs, the tattoo now appears a status symbol for the wealthy and fickle in which not just getting it on to you but even the removing of it makes news.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2008 18:40 IST

When in love, what is the first thing that you do? From the examples we see around us, you prove yourself by undergoing a painful, even dangerous process, of getting the name of your beloved or your progeny tattooed onto your self. The latest to join this bandwagon is the Chhote Nawab, Saif Ali Khan, who has had his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor’s name tattooed on to his personage in Devanagiri. Why in Devanagiri, you may ask, but foreign languages seem to the preference for the rich and famous.

The only problem with this penchant for tattoos is that when these relationships fall apart, you no longer want the name of the party of the other part adorning your arm, leg or another part. Now we come to that most in-your-face tattooed individual, Angelina Jolie, whose multifarious etchings are now the stuff of legend. But on moving on from one spouse to the other, the poor lady has had to undergo various painful laser surgeries to remove the names of the dumped men. With her desire to adopt what she calls a rainbow family in which she already has several children, we look forward to several other tattoos on her enviably beautiful self. And when it comes to the issue of tattoos, superstar footballer David Beckham is no slouch. He has not only the names of his wife, yes, in Devanagiri again, and his children, but several other images on himself. He is on record saying that he hopes to have several more as his brood grows.

Once thought of only as the passion of yobs, the tattoo now appears a status symbol for the wealthy and fickle in which not just getting it on to you but even the removing of it makes news. And we thought that only newspapers were here today and gone tomorrow.