Thursday, 22 August 2019

Born to do Math 133 - An Aside on Tattoos

Born to do Math 133 - An Aside on Tattoos
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
August 22, 2019

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Why does everyone have a tattoo now?

Rick Rosner: People could only see mine when I posed for art classes. In the 30 years since I have gotten my tattoo, which is faded and blurry like an old sailor's tattoo, people have nice, elaborate tattoos or not-so nice elaborate tattoos.

I have OCD about fitness. I am kind of a prick about it. I am a little bit judgy, even though I shouldn't be I used to say, before I trained myself not to think shit like this so much, "If you are going to decorate your body, do some work to make your body worth decorating."

It is a shitty thing to say. I trained myself to never say it, except now, and think this much less. We live in an era when people are chunky because food is cheap and delicious. Not because people are weak. Everyone is weak.

I am weak in a huge number of areas. People only have a limited amount of resistance to deliciousness. I probably shouldn't eat Popeye's fried chicken, but I found out that I like it. I think it is better than others, especially the tenders or the boneless wings.

Because they aren't really that greasy. The chicken legs and thighs are greasy. But the wings and the tenders, I take three cholesterol blockers too. I have little resistance to Popeye's chicken. Anyways, we should talk about why people get tattoos.

Jacobsen: Why did they get tattoos? Who do they get tattoos?

Rosner: You are making a correct point that people get tattoos for a different set of reasons now. Tattoos used to be - 40 years ago - a sign of badassedness, and not playing by the rules of society, and setting apart and not being able to take certain jobs because they wouldn't allow a tattooed person get hired.

If you went to get hired at a bank and had a tattoo on your wrist, they would say, "No, you can't be a teller or anything else here creepy tattoo weirdo." Even in the military, you can't have a tattoo past a certain line in your body.

If you are in a uniform that has short sleeves, I am not sure if you can have a tattoo past a certain line on your body. If you have a uniform with short sleeves, I am not sure you're allowed to have tattoos poking out from under there.

If you join the military after getting tattooed up, I am not sure if they will turn you down. I think there is a social media or a sharing aspect to them. The same way people announce themselves on social media, what they like, who they are.

You can share what you're into via your body. Also, there's a chance that people want to mark or have a reminder of what they like. Maybe, they want to use their body to mark the passage of time by getting something that's irreversible or only reversible with great effort and expense.

If you're getting tattoos to mark the passage of time, don't do it, because your will do it for  you - for free. After having tattoos for 30 or 40 years, it will just make you sadder. Or you won't care that they now look like shit.
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American Television Writer

(Updated July 25, 2019)

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According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America's, North America's, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main "Genius" listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the "World’s Smartest Man." The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named "Best Bouncer" in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing

(Updated September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott:


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