DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’m an old guy who has recently started getting a lot of tattoos. I belong to an earlier generation that generally frowned upon tattoos, but I’ve been intrigued by them for as long as I can remember. I love my new tattoos and I plan to get a lot more.
It’s easy to deal with compliments -- and I’ve gotten quite a few. But what can I say to people who make insulting comments? Do I stare them down? Cut them dead?
I’ve tried variations of “I got them for me, not for you,” which works, but somehow lacks the little kick I’m looking for. I don’t want to make a federal case of this, but sometimes I just don’t want to let something offensive get by.
GENTLE READER: Try, “Yes, I know they scare some people. But really, I’m quite harmless.”