James Howard Kunstler's "Eyesore of the Month"

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Author and social critic James Howard Kunstler has a section on his website called "Eyesore of the Month." It includes photos of things in and around his town (Saratoga Springs, NY) he doesn't like, along with comments explaining why they irk him so. In August, he trained his crosshairs on a tattoo parlor.

The building itself, shown here, is a sturdy but unspectacular business building on the main street (Broadway) of Saratoga Springs, NY. ... The activity taking place here, however, is a symptom of the growing barbarism in American life. Tattooing has traditionally been a marginal activity among civilized people, the calling card of cannibals, sailors, and whores. The appropriate place for it is on the margins, in the back alleys, the skid rows. The mainstreaming of tattoos (on main street) is a harbinger of social dysfunction.

James Howard Kunstler's "Eyesore of the Month"