LA Ink: An Existential Boob Dilemma

For the most part I’m enjoying LA Ink, though there are a few issues that stick in my craw a little bit. Last night, for example, the episode was described thusly by my cable provider: Kat and Pixie go shopping for bathing suits, and Kat discovers that her weight loss has taken a few inches off her bust, too. So Pixie recommends implants.

I’ll bet you can guess what my problem is. It’s not like I’ve talked about totally cosmetic plastic surgery before or anything. ;)

Problem 1: Isn’t this show about tattooing?

Problem 2: I’m a cynic. If Kat lost the weight for herself, I’m happy for her. If she lost it because she got a new TV show, that troubles me. This, however, isn’t something I can really speculate on since I don’t know any of the facts. All I know is she looks great now…but she looked great before, too.

Problem 3: Got an issue with your body? Hey, don’t bother loving yourself the way you are – it’s LA, where you can get anything you want and can fix yourself!

I found myself agog during the whole bathing suit scene, primarily because Pixie’s POV is so vastly different than mind I can’t really fathom it. She believes every woman should have breast implants. She loves them and thinks they look fantastic. To give you an idea how I vary from that, I believe Pixie is an adorable woman with fake breasts that are far too big for her frame.

Kat, though, is swayed enough to go for a consultation with a plastic surgeon, to learn more about the procedure if she opts for it. She equates breast augmentations to tattoos, a comparison I have to say I do not think is applicable. The doctor pronounces her a good candidate and she thinks about it, going so far as to put gel inserts into her bra to test drive bigger breasts. She wears them into the shop, where, thank goodness, everyone but Pixie tells her that while the fake breasts are nice, she’s beautiful the way she is and shouldn’t change.

By the end of the episode, we see a magazine editor reveal a cover shot of Kat on his magazine and she looks great. Meaning, her breasts look big enough to her in the shot, and, shocker of all shockers, Pixie switches camps and tells Kat she shouldn’t get implants because she’s great as she is. Duh.

I was glad that in the end Kat decided to keep her body modifications in the form of tattoos, but I remained annoyed that the “boob storyline” even took place.

Comments

  1. Jennifer Kesler says

    You know, I wonder if that was a quasi-scripted drama attempting to send the message that no one really “needs” implants?

    I think that’s fair to say. Even a woman who’s had a double-mastectomy does not “need” implants

    “Want” is different. “Want” is up to you. And “want” should come from you, not from society, not from individuals in your life. You’re the one who has to live with the implants.

    I can see the distinction you’re making with tattoos and implants. Anytime you’re put under general anesthesia, there is a slight risk of death. I don’t think tattoos are that risky, assuming in both cases you have qualified pros using clean and appropriate tools.

    Also, there’s a huge variety of tattoo designs and where you can put them. Boob implants are just… boobs of varying sizes. It’s not like anyone’s gotten super-creative and made square or diamond-shaped boob implants that would really make you stand out in a crowd. Go ahead and laugh, but if implants were (in the minds of those designing them) really about self-expression and not “how a woman should look”, they’d develop stuff like that.

  2. sbg says

    “Want” is different. “Want” is up to you. And “want” should come from you, not from society, not from individuals in your life. You’re the one who has to live with the implants.

    Indeed. And, honestly, some wants are more understandable to me than others – the mastectomy example you gave spoke to that. The implants wouldn’t be necessary, per se, but I could understand the drive for getting them in that case more than I could someone who simply thinks a DD cup is what everyone else is doing, so why shouldn’t she?

    Also, there’s a huge variety of tattoo designs and where you can put them. Boob implants are just… boobs of varying sizes. It’s not like anyone’s gotten super-creative and made square or diamond-shaped boob implants that would really make you stand out in a crowd. Go ahead and laugh, but if implants were (in the minds of those designing them) really about self-expression and not “how a woman should look”, they’d develop stuff like that.

    Yes, that’s just it. There can be elements of “everyone else does it” regarding tattoos, but ultimately they are a form of personal expression and not meant to “fix” something that you feel is wrong with you. I didn’t get my tattoos because I thought they’d make me feel better about myself. I got them because they reflect something about me.

    And please note that there is nothing wrong with wanting to feel better about yourself. I just have to wonder how cosmetically changing your outside really helps that much with whatever’s causing the dissatisfaction on the inside. For some it probably does, but for it doesn’t work like that.

  3. sbg says

    Also, I find it somewhat funny that part of what is motivating me to shed a few (not a lot) pounds is the hopes that perhaps my breasts will become smaller.

    There Kat was upset she’d lost inches while I’d love that.

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