Somehow, every damn time, people turn a competition that’s meant to celebrate the tattooed woman and just shit all over it.
I can’t help but want to protect and defend these women because they have the guts to proudly express themselves through body art and modification. They find happiness and a sense of achievement in competing and don’t deserve the treatment directed towards them online.
The rage just boils inside me when I see men and women tearing the Girls of Ink contestants apart. The comments from said people are completely ruthless and uninformed, and just plain wrong most of the time. Firstly, let’s get some facts straight.
Who can enter Girls of Ink?
“Entries are open to anyone with tattoos, modelling experience not required. Everyone deserves a chance to step out of their comfort zone.”
What does the Girls of Ink Competition entail?
The competitions involves three themed rounds and takes place on the catwalk of the main stage. The contestants dress up as their favourite cosplay/anime/superhero costume for round one, and then don a bikini for round two, to show off their collection of ink. Round three, where the winner and runners-up are announced, the women wear a formal gown.
Who judges the contest?
I don’t know their names, but the judging panel consists of three tattooed women.
Sadly, the majority of the people commenting don’t bother to actually comprehend what the competition is about; their priority is being nasty.
T-Rex, hobbit, trashy are just some of the comments posted below the video. The worst feature of Facebook Live video is that it documents the time stamp and pinpoints precisely who these people are talking so cruelly about.
You’re free to have your opinions, but do you ever think about who you might hurt with your comments? Why should these women have to read these vile comments, just because you couldn’t keep your negative thoughts to yourself? There’s a filter between your brain and your mouth – use it.
What other complaints were made?
I want to see them close up: The video was filmed on a phone, live at the time of the competition – the footage is not a carefully edited video with various camera angles. The contestants are on a stage in front of a crowd of people, so the footage is as close the organisers can get without hindering the audience, the judges and the contestants themselves. If you want to be that pervy, put your money where your mouth is and actually attend the expo, rather than talking shit online.
The girls don’t have enough tattoos: as stated above “entries are open to anyone with tattoos” – there is not a minimum amount of tattoos to determine an entrants eligibility. Getting tattooed is a process and doesn’t just happen overnight. Tattoos aren’t cheap (life isn’t cheap), so it can take time to save for some new ink. Many tattoo artists have wait-lists, so if these women want to be tattooed by a specific person, they can’t just do so whenever they like. Plus, not everyone wants a full tattoo body suit – commenting that you have more tattoos or that the contestants aren’t tattooed enough is a pointless argument.
The judges are barely looking at the tattoos: there is tattoo judging for individual pieces in style categories, but that’s entirely separate to the Girls of Ink competition.
Seems like a dating show: this came across as such a weird comment, however it got several likes. As the girls walked the catwalk, the announcer gave details about each contestants, pertaining to their hobbies, job and interest in tattoos. I wasn’t there and am unsure whether the girls are interviewed on stage, so I can only assume that these details are read out so that the audience and judges learn about the contestants.
Glad my food has settled: maybe this person’s jealous, but they’re definitely an asshole. Could you imagine going up and saying this to a random stranger on the street?
Even the Fuel Girls weren’t safe from these keyboard warriors. They too were referred to as “tacky” in a number of comments below a video of their Saturday performance. That’s not something I would say to uber-talented badass babes who perform with fire and swords.
In the future, I think whoever runs the Australian Tattoo Expo social media accounts should be deleting comments and blocking these people. There’s enough negativity in the world without people being targeted for celebrating the things that they love.