Confronting the PPD shop...(sarcasm warning)


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Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 22, 2002 at 20:50:22:

hey folks

Today while on a desperate search for shoes to go with the *stunning*
salwar kameez I am wearing for my sister's wedding (they all have
@*)&#%^ stupid high heels!) I found a tattoo shop, one of those
sketchy-looking ones, with a big sign on the door saying "Black Henna"
(sic)
So I go in there, all sweaty cause it's 95 degrees, looking like my
usual default post-punk-bikemessenger-don't-mess-with-me, and the girl
with the piercing in her upper lip that looks like a beauty mark and
the WAY overtweezed eyebrows (which always, oddly, remind me of
insects) looks down her nose at me.
"Can I help you?" she says as if helping the likes of me is the last
thing on earth she and her loooong nails want to do.
"Yes, I see you do henna," I reply, all innocent-like. Remember I
have not had a decent stain in months so I have no henna on me, just
my one tattoo visible...no piercings other than the ears...
"The girl's not in. Come back Wednesday."
"Well, I see you do black henna. Do you know anything about it?"
"No, you have to ask her."
"OK, thanks."
I didn't have Kenzi's PPD card on me, but I am definitely thinking of
going back there (wed. is a bad day for me) and bringing it.
Any ideas for confronting this stuff in a shop? Approach the owner?
This is, by the way, a chain tattoo parlor, and the last time I went
in their other store the guy was even more rude (I don't have enough
piercings) with the usual bodmod attitude. Ideas, thoughts on how I
can get these people to sit up and take notice? Two things, the
defensiveness of PPD vendors plus the attitude of the extremely body
modified going on here...I've not dealt with the two together before...

Thanks,

Anne

 


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