Have you broken a law today? You can thank your members of Congress for that. Although they�re in charge of making the laws for Americans to follow, a recent article by the Huffington Post says that they are actually just like us. Yeah, right.
Even the suit-wearing, jargon-speaking and money-making members of our Congress aren�t immune to the tattoo fad. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has two half-sleeves nearly finished, which include portraits of his family and his childhood hero Bruce Lee. How sentimental.
�I believe in body art,� says Jackson. He tries to get a new tattoo added to his collection every year, with this year�s ink being a collage celebrating his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi.
We guess the underlying message here is that Congress does indeed reflect the people of the country it represents. However, an informal poll of lawmakers shows that few are willing to admit they belong to the Inked Up Party.
Rep. Mary Bono Mack is the only known female member of the Party, having went to a tattoo shop shortly after 9/11 to get a cross on her ankle. She says it�s a reflection of her strong faith.
Rep. Dan Boren has a tat of Kappa Sigma, his fraternity. We�re noticing a trend here among former frat boys. Apparently brotherhood really is forever. �I�m still proud to have it but won�t be encouraging my kids to get one,� says Boren.
Tattoos are not a new thing in politics. President Theodore Roosevelt had his family crest tattooed on his chest while Winston Churchill had an anchor on his right forearm.
Tattoos may be man�s oldest art form and still popular in today�s culture, but Congress members are reluctant to admit they have been suckered into the trend. The thought of discussing their work flusters even the most quote-ready politicians.
Rep. Allen West was shy when asked about his recent work, saying, �Oh come on, man, who told you that?� Even the politicians have their rumor mill. Their reluctance to admit being inked isn�t surprising considering these people view themselves as a step above their peers, in a way. Matt Knopp, owner of Adam Morgan�s Tattoo Paradise, quipped, �They�re the kid in eighth grade who was already trying to figure out what college they were getting into.�