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One of Wellington’s first female tattoo artists, Jolene Tempest, said any form of discrimination needs to be called out.

An Australian commentator’s labelling of people with tattoos as “morons” and “tramps” has raised the ire of ink-lovers on this side of the ditch.

Members of Wellington’s creative community have labelled Jeff Corbett’s opinion piece in The Newcastle Herald “narrow minded” after he wrote that “we have reached peak tattoo”.

Corbett said in February that people with tattoos were “usually frumpy teenage girls or young skulkers in saggy pants trying to buy manhood”.

“The idiocy of the tribal sleeve on other than Pacific islanders must be painfully obvious now to those who were so idiotic,” he wrote.

“The tramp stamp that dives into and out of skin folds must appear now in the mirror as gruesome to the tramp as it always did to the rest of us, and the posh will giggle that they were so silly.”

Sarah Hallum of Plimmerton, north of Porirua,  said she was saddened by Corbett’s intolerance.

“He was so discriminatory against the whole industry. I’ve got a tattoo, does that make me an idiot or a moron?,” she said.

One of the capital’s first female tattoo artists, Jolene Tempest, said Corbett’s remarks were reminiscent of a bygone era.[…]

Yes, and the snowflake over-the-top reaction to one man’s opinion is reminiscent of the millennial era of the easily offended.

 […] When asked why “we’ve reached peak tattoo”, Corbett responded, “because I think all the idiots have been tattooed”.

“Of course graffitied people are going to see me as bigoted and discriminatory. They wouldn’t be able to see much beyond that because, remember, they were thick enough to get the tatts.

“Yes, I am a member of the oldest generation, and your painted readers should bear in mind that it was my generation who brought about change for the good in society.

“Unfortunately we slipped up on the gits parading their childish skin scribblings.

“Many will have enough front to claim their tattoo is meaningful, and sadly the tattoo is probably the most meaningful thing in their life right now.”


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