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    Default Why would A 21-y.o. Tattoo A Swastika On His Leg?

    I was at my local tavern tonight, standing on the outdoor patio, when a young man came over to me and asked for a light. As he stood smoking, standing at a table in front of me, I noticed he had a swastika tattoo that reached from his calf to his ankle. My first thought was that he was a member of the Aryan Nation. But this thought was dispelled when, later, I saw him playing pool with an African American man about his age.

    I brought it to the attention of some of the waiters, who are just a bit older than Tattoo boy. Their response was, "Don't worry, he's not going to hurt you."

    I was not worried, just shocked and sickened.

    What would make someone get a large swastika tattoo? Is ths generation so far removed from Hitler's genocide that they think a swastika tattoo is cool? Did he show it off proudly to his parents?
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    I read a book of symbols and their meanings when I was younger and one of the things it talked about was the use of the swastika by certain ancient cultures (also touched on in the first few scenes of The DaVinci Code). The symbol wasn't invented by the Nazis, so perhaps it had a different meaning to this young man.

    And perhaps, as suggested before, he had done a stretch of time or something and came out a reformed man ala Ed Norton.
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    Maybe he thinks he's a boat. He's got the 'SS', now he's just saving up to afford 'Douche' on the other calf.
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    Answer: He's 21.
    And yeah, the swastika's meaning was perverted by the Nazi's from it's
    peaceful, Eastern origins. But that's prolly beside the point...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistere View Post
    Answer: He's 21.
    And yeah, the swastika's meaning was perverted by the Nazi's from it's
    peaceful, Eastern origins. But that's prolly beside the point...
    Indeed. Just thought I'd provide a possibility since it was pointed out that his friend was most definitely not white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    Indeed. Just thought I'd provide a possibility since it was pointed out that his friend was most definitely not white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    I read a book of symbols and their meanings when I was younger and one of the things it talked about was the use of the swastika by certain ancient cultures (also touched on in the first few scenes of The DaVinci Code). The symbol wasn't invented by the Nazis, so perhaps it had a different meaning to this young man.

    And perhaps, as suggested before, he had done a stretch of time or something and came out a reformed man ala Ed Norton.
    That is a great movie.

    I understand the point that the symbol could have a different meaning but as it stands now, in this day and age, it is a very painful reminder of torture and death to millions of people. The symbol will forever be tied to the Third Reich and the killing of Jews. We can not go back and erase what happened and make the symbol represent "well being" only.

    I know there is freedom of expression but I could not imagine going through life with something permanently tattooed on my body that would cause someone pain even if in my mind I tried to rationalize it with a different meaning. I doubt I would get the chance to explain to the 80+ yr old little old lady that was the only survivor of her family that it's also an ancient Hindu symbol as well as the symbol for Hitler's rein of terror. If on the other hand, the guy is "reformed" perhaps wearing pants would serve him well.
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    Any person that would put a swastika on his body in this day and age needs to get a fucking clue. Thats a good way to get killed in today's society.

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    His reasons for the tat may well be to do with the early origins, the sad part is it's now about perception...which is now reality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabo_brent View Post
    His reasons for the tat may well be to do with the early origins, the sad part is it's now about perception...which is now reality.
    Very true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddman5150 View Post
    Any person that would put a swastika on his body in this day and age needs to get a fucking clue. Thats a good way to get killed in today's society.
    Or he's a freakin weirdo!
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    Maybe he's one of those guys who's always looking for a fight.

    I have know guys who would wear racially offensive t-shirts and then walk around in an area where they would easily provoke someone into a fight.

    Obviously these guys had serious issues.
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    Maybe he is just from northern Idaho. Hell that is the dress code up there.
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    right, it depends on the angle of the symbol, if the corners are vertical then its the nazi symbol and this kid needs to get a life but if the corners are horizontal then it a budist/eastern symbol for peace unfortunaly most people dont look beyond the design and just see a nazi.
    the area i live in is very highly populated with a lot of asian and indian people and i'm also a tattooist, i am often asked to tattoo this design on people for cultural reasons, if though someone came in and asked for the nazi variant of this symbol i would escort them to the nearest mental health practitioner.
    sometimes its not just the guys who have the tattoo we should frown upon but the idiots that put it there they give my proffession a bad name and dont do anyone any favours at all
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