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Re: "Tribal" markings in Switzerland

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...yeah well, you hardly hear about Swiss kids getting in trouble for hiking in Iraq/Iran or North Korea. Also, I've been around the world and the only places you meet Swiss people are Thailand, DomRep, Mallorca or Egypt.
That's the thing - the Swiss are there but they never get into trouble.

I met loads of Brits, Swiss, Dutch and Danes when I was younger but I cannot recall meeting a single American outside of Europe.
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Old 25.10.2011, 17:18
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Re: "Tribal" markings in Switzerland

A buddy of mine just got a tattoo at the ripe old age of 47. When I asked the point of this exercise, his excuses were all pretty lame. Some folk just enjoy skin cell rape I guess.

Never had the urge to mark my body with any rites of Indian tribes or garbage. That's not saying that I wouldn't side with the Iroquois if white man comes to steal my land. I'd have them get their wagons in a circle before stealing their horses and womenfolk (the ones under coyote level that is).
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Old 25.10.2011, 17:24
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Re: "Tribal" markings in Switzerland

I've spoken to a few souls who wear the huge hollow discs in their ears. It's all about peace, transcending, being on another plane and following the latest "hippie" fashion.

Peace, brother. May the force from the holes in your earlobes be with you.
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Old 25.10.2011, 17:29
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Re: "Tribal" markings in Switzerland

When I was a teenager I had the idea of getting branded, instead of tattooed.

At some point I changed my mind.
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Old 25.10.2011, 17:45
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When I was a teenager I had the idea of getting branded, instead of tattooed.

At some point I changed my mind.
There can be pleasure in pain bud, but that would have to be a special broad to get branded for. Best to get some serious second opinions about the spelling as well. I would imagine the shock of branding a human could kill, I think it so cruel what they do to animals. However, I'd make an exception for my nosey neighbor. Jerk.
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Old 25.10.2011, 18:19
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..I find American or Canadian youths much more adventurous. The Swiss kids usually just end up on Mallorca.
True that. These two Swiss tourists however couldn't pronounce Partyland properly however and ended up somewhere quite different:

http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/panora....13117403.html
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Old 25.10.2011, 18:35
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Re: "Tribal" markings in Switzerland

What bothers me are those young members of the Mursi tribe, who take their gap year in Neasden, and when they go home insist on wearing hideous Adidas tracksuits with (fake) Burbery scarves and Nike trainers.
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That's the thing - the Swiss are there but they never get into trouble.

I met loads of Brits, Swiss, Dutch and Danes when I was younger but I cannot recall meeting a single American outside of Europe.
I hardly meet Swiss people when I travel...and I visit notable events on a yearly basis. Now, it's my word against yours, what do we do...duke it out?
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...yeah well, you hardly hear about Swiss kids getting in trouble for hiking in Iraq/Iran or North Korea. Also, I've been around the world and the only places you meet Swiss people are Thailand, DomRep, Mallorca or Egypt.
I'm met Swiss kids in South America. So there goes your theory.


As for the tribal markings & those ear things, they are very common here the city but not outside. I doubt they have anything to do with "tribal" anything. They are just fashionable in a very urban way. And to add to that, I think you don't see them so much in CH because it's not very urban. That's my theory & I'm sticking with it!
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A buddy of mine just got a tattoo at the ripe old age of 47. When I asked the point of this exercise, his excuses were all pretty lame. Some folk just enjoy skin cell rape I guess.

Never had the urge to mark my body with any rites of Indian tribes or garbage. That's not saying that I wouldn't side with the Iroquois if white man comes to steal my land. I'd have them get their wagons in a circle before stealing their horses and womenfolk (the ones under coyote level that is).
Should have seen my grand grand grand mother!

I used to want to have a nipple piecing but I changed my mind and had a belly button piercing instead. And Thank goodness I am too chicken for a tattoo, I would have regret it.
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...yeah well, you hardly hear about Swiss kids getting in trouble for hiking in Iraq/Iran or North Korea. Also, I've been around the world and the only places you meet Swiss people are Thailand, DomRep, Mallorca or Egypt.
Our former housemate toured round Iran two years ago. Millions of photos and stories but no earring, no tattoo, no international incident, no being banged up in some hell-hole prison with high profile case.

I guess he and his mate did it sensibly and didn't insensitively piss off the locals or the government...

The Swiss I know are all well travelled but they don't bang on about it.
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Old 25.10.2011, 20:27
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I'm met Swiss kids in South America. So there goes your theory.
Yeah, that's it...you've met Swiss kids in South America and it disproves my theory. Well, I haven't met any in South America and therefore, I disqualify your claim...really, a moronic argument of yours. IMO
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Re: "Tribal" markings in Switzerland

Tattoos (and large piercings) as a souvenir, or from a culture which of which you barely understand the most superficial traditions : no.

Tattoos of something you feel extremely close to and have a very personal connection (and which you, within your culture and heritage, truly understand) : yes.

I have several tattoos, one of them large (but no piercings), but I can't understand how a European native would - for instance - get a Maori tattoo.
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Re: "Tribal" markings in Switzerland

they are gauges and there is nothing tribal about them. they have been very popular in the States over the last 3-4 years, particularly among teenagers and skaters. it's a fad and it will blow over, it has already started to blow over in the States.

gauges, btw, are nothing at all like tattoos. a tattoo for some is an important mark of a specific event or a specific period of time in their life. a gauge just leaves you with a massive hole in your ear and a horribly droopy ear lobe. my 2 cents, anway
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Re: "Tribal" markings in Switzerland

Switzerland, together with Austria, are travelling world champs. (read it in some crappy mag a few years ago...) Especially young Swiss travel extremely frequently, it's hard to find a college-educated Swiss who hasn't travelled imo, and a lot of them do years abroad (mostly to the usual destinations though)

I met a lot of Swiss everywhere I travelled (mostly Asia, South America's next). English, Scandinavians, Swiss, Germans and Austrians I met the most I think.

In my two months in India I didn't meet a single American, a couple of Canadian girls I did meet though, but lots of continental European travellers.

Could be different in South America?
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Yeah, that's it...you've met Swiss kids in South America and it disproves my theory. Well, I haven't met any in South America and therefore, I disqualify your claim...really, a moronic argument of yours. IMO
I'm just using your argument so what does that say?
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I'm just using your argument so what does that say?
..that you're a copycat.
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Tattoos (and large piercings) as a souvenir, or from a culture which of which you barely understand the most superficial traditions : no.

Tattoos of something you feel extremely close to and have a very personal connection (and which you, within your culture and heritage, truly understand) : yes.

I have several tattoos, one of them large (but no piercings), but I can't understand how a European native would - for instance - get a Maori tattoo.

There we go.....8 posts and a great answer - thanks
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Was walking through town today and saw a guy with those big disc earrings - not the ones which dangle, but the ones which are placed in the hole and made bigger and bigger over the years.....sort of Amazonian style.

The young Swiss are such enthusiastic and adventurous travellers and a number tend to return from these trips to Patagonia, Nepal or Laos sporting permanent reminders of the trips - tattoos, piercings and the like.

Are such markings respectful reminders of life changing experiences with indigenous people, or a childish symbol of not growing up and joining the norms of the society that they were born into?
Young people in their early 20's wear those a lot here, I think it's just a style and not actually tied to any kind of tribes. They are called gauges and they wear them in their ears in various sizes. I think they look gross but they like it.
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..I find American or Canadian youths much more adventurous. The Swiss kids usually just end up on Mallorca.
An opinion clearly backed-up by the fact that 82% of US citizens don't even have a passport. Or perhaps not.

Oh and a near neighbour of mine is currently motorbiking overland to Thailand with 2 friends.
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