The great tat challenge

I recently read a story in the paper about a fella who was undergoing the painful process of having a tattoo removed from his face.  I have never had the urge to get a tattoo, let alone a tattoo on my face.  Still, I have to say these days I am in the minority; everyone seems to have a tattoo.   The most popular subjects for tattoos that utilize words are allegedly names, bible verses (somewhat surprising), song lyrics (“Karma police, arrest this girl, her Hitler hairdo is making me feel ill”), poetry verses (“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran, through caverns measureless to man, down to a sunless sea.”), famous quotes (“Ask not what your Country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”), personal quotes, inspirational/motivational quotes, excerpts from books, movie quotes (“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here.  This is the war room!”), and single words (peace, love and understanding).

I spoke with a CEO of an American firm recently, and he said that true measure of the popularity of a brand is whether someone likes it enough to have it tattooed on his/her body.  If that is the standard by which American made products are judged, Harley Davidson motorcycles must be the most popular products made in this country.  Tons of people I see walking around Seattle in the summer have Harley tattoos.  Second place in this product tattoo competition probably goes to Corvette.  After that, your guess is as good as mine.  But I have to believe that people have the names of other American made products, aside from Harley and Corvette, tattooed on their bodies.  Given the popularity of his bags, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone had Tom Bihn‘s name tattooed on their arm, leg or back.

So, I would invite you to leave a comment to this post if you have an American made product’s name tattooed on your body.  Foreign owned brands (Honda, BMW etc) qualify for the great tat challenge if the firm actually produces products in this Country.  There is no need to send pictures of your tattoo of an American made product, I trust you.  If you feel compelled to send a photo of your tattoo of an American made product, please do so only if the photo depicts a tattoo that is located on a portion of your body that you wouldn’t be ashamed to display in church or show to your grandmother.  Have at it!

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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1 Response to The great tat challenge

  1. On the tattoo challenge, I must heartily disagree with the CEO that said tattoos are the ultimate compliment. Tattoos still are a class thing, mostly, there are exceptions. That is why there are so many tattoos of Harley Davidson, or Hell’s Angels – which is a “gang”. I actually am a physician, the medical director, of a program that takes off tattoos with a laser. In San Jose, CA, we take tattoos off youths and young adults in a program named “Clean Slate”. Obviously, we treat a lot of gang tattoos, but we also treat a lot of names of people that are no longer their boyfriend or girlfriend. So, putting a name on your body with a ink gun doesn’t always carry a lot of weight. I haven’t yet seen a tattoo that says “Maserati”. -Dr. Jack Ackerman

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