Think about how dumb your senior yearbook quote is. Then imagine it following you around for the rest of your life, advertising how your mind hasn't improved since you were a teenager.Unlike your eighth grade transcript or your juvenile arrest records, your body decorations stay on your permanent record permanently.
The increased popularity of tattoos and other forms of body decoration are visual reminders of the gradual decline of civilization in the West. Like music and art, personal decor is indicative of the long term societal trend. It's more than a fad, it is a sign of the descent into savagery.
THAT SLIDE INTO BARBARISM.
Vox Popoli riffs off a New Yorker cartoon that, shall we say, transgresses the usual Liberal Pieties.