July 17, 2020 – World Emoji Day | National Tattoo Day

Transcript for July 17th

Welcome to July 17th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  I’m John McClain sitting in for Marlo Anderson. Today we celebrate the pictures that are worth more than a thousand words and then ones that last a lifetime.  More after the break from Anna Devere.

If you have resisted the trend to punctuate your communications with cute little emojis then it may surprise you to learn that a certain generation finds the absence of emojis cold and unfriendly. Since the advent of texting, programers have looked for ways to dispel any confusion in the subtext behind this sparse communication. Emoticons were the answer and as the name implies, this emotion combined with an icon made for a vast improvement.  But no one saw the tidal wave of creativity that would hit in the 1990’s with the very first emoji, which is Japanese for picture word. With over 1800 listed on emojipedia.org, there’s a picture word for practically everything.  On World Emoji Day, jump on the bandwagon with the characters who have taken on a life of their own.  

The ancient Maori people of New Zealand considered tattoos to be an important part of a person’s identity. The intricate designs were unique to that person and served as a display of ancestry, social status, and abilities. But getting these tattoos wasn’t easy. Designs were cut into the skin and soot was rubbed into the open wounds. When the cuts healed over, the designs became a permanent part of your body. Sounds scary, right? But to the Maori, it was simply a rite of passage. Going to the local tattoo parlor doesn’t seem like such a big deal now, does it? On National Tattoo Day, get some fresh ink or if you’re not up for the commitment, go for the temporary kind.

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