Adam Levine, Sexiest Man Alive 2013

AdamAdam Levine has been named sexiest man alive 2013 by People Magazine.  Of course, the sexiest man alive has to be a celebrity.  We revere celebrities in America.  Adam Levine is a handsome, lanky man with the requisite “six pack.”  But, this Grandma can only see his tattoos when I look at him.

Yes, the Today Show commented on his tattoos.  It seems Adam Levine’s tattoos and still being named sexiest man alive is the issue of the moment.  The sexiest man alive 2013 is full of tattoos.  Does this mean we have to worry that all of our grandchildren are going to run out and get tattoos?

This Grandma thinks yes.  We know what long years teaches us.  The beautiful small tattoo stretches in the years and increases in size as we age.  The beautiful small tattoo changes shape as one’s body changes shape as we age.  There is a big business in tattoo removal among those who have matured and reflected upon their youthful mistake in getting a tattoo.  We ordinary people are not celebrities who want to attract attention in our celebrity and have the desire and means to maintain the requisite “six pack” beyond youth.

If Adam Levine were to age normally like the rest of us, he might not be so happy thirty years from now with his tattoos.

There is a Harris pool about tattoos, published February 23, 2012, titled, “One in Five U.S. Adults Now Has a Tattoo, Yet over two in five without a tattoo say adults with tattoos are less attractive,” at Harris Interactive.

Here are some of the results Poll of 2,016 adults surveyed online between January 16 and 23, 2012 by Harris Interactive:

Currently one in five U.S. adults has at least one tattoo (21%) which is up from the 16% and 14% who reported having a tattoo when this question was asked in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Tattoos seem to be most prevalent in the West-26% of adults in that region report having at least one-compared to fewer in the East (21%), Midwest (21%) and South (18%). Adults aged 30-39 are most likely to have a tattoo (38%) compared to both those younger (30% of those 25-29 and 22% of those 18-24) and older (27% of those 40-49, 11% of those 50-64 and just 5% of those 65 and older). Women are slightly more likely than men, for the first time since this question was first asked, to have a tattoo (now 23% versus 19%).

Among those with a tattoo, most have never regretted getting a tattoo (86%) and three in ten say it makes them feel more sexy (30%). One-quarter say having a tattoo makes them feel rebellious (25%), 21% say both it makes them feel attractive or strong, 16% say it makes them feel spiritual and fewer say it makes them feel more healthy (9%), intelligent (8%) or athletic (5%).

Aha!  Sexiness is associated with tattoos in America in 2013.  Girls more than boys get tattoos.  This Grandma is glad she has more grandsons.  What is interesting is what people who do not have tattoos have to say about tattoos in the Poll:

At least two in five say that people with tattoos are less attractive (45%) or sexy (39%); One-quarter say that people with tattoos are less intelligent (27%), healthy (25%) or spiritual (25%). However, having a tattoo seems to make little difference in non-tattooed people’s perceptions regarding strength and athleticism (82% say it makes no difference); yet, Half of those without a tattoo say people with tattoos are more rebellious (50%).

The most important issue for this Grandma is the last issue raised in the Poll: Although tattoos may be gaining popularity (or at least frequency) among U.S. adults, the majority think that one should be an adult before being able to get a tattoo-84% of U.S. adults say that young people should be between 18 and 21 years of age before they are able to get a tattoo without parental permission. 8% think those 16 or 17 should be allowed to get tattoos and 6% say that the age limit should be 22 years or older.

Yes!  One must be an adult before considering getting a tattoo.  In the meantime, we Grandmas need to search the internet for pictures of old people with tattoos to show our grandchildren.  We, too, can try to sway their minds against tattoos.  Despite how good they may look on celebrity Adam Levine, they do not look so good on grandmas. And, it seems, a one inch tattoo takes twelve treatments to remove and costs $1000.  This can buy a computer!  Now that is how to convince grandchildren that it is okay for Adam Levine to have tattoos as he can afford as much removal as he wants—as well as many computers as he wants. No tattoos for grandchildren brings





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