Sometimes, Ya Just Gotta Ask: “Why?”
My friends over at Theme Thursday have had some upheaval in the past week, and the Theme Thursday fun hasn’t been, well, fun. I’m happy to see there is new management. We’re back on track!.
And that leads me to today’s theme for this faboo Thursday: Fish
As usual, I started with a Google search to see what’s what, and I stumbled across the latest fad in China and Singapore: Tattooed fish
Yes indeed. Tattooed fish.
From my knowledge of Chinese culture, I do know that fish are seen as a symbol of good luck and also symbolize wealth, so to capitalize on this belief, someone has figured out how to laser dyed characters and symbols onto the side of parrot fish.
These tattooed fish are called “Fortune Fish” and are said to bring good fortune and happiness to their owners.
Here’s an example:
Image from People’s Daily Online
Evidently, a normal, unmodified parrot fish costs about 10 Yuan (about $1.50 USD) but a tattooed fish costs about 25 Yuan (roughly $4 USD), so this is a bit of a money maker. If you want your fish with a customized personal tattoo, it’ll run ya more like 100 Yuan ($15 USD).
The tattoo is applied using a “low intensity” laser to apply dye which, it’s claimed, doesn’t cause the fish any pain. *ahem* Sure. Ask the fish, I’ll bet he’s got a different story.
Capitalizing on superstition is nothing new, but this one seems pretty gosh darn wrong to me.
What’s next! Tattooed pigs!?!?!
Oh wait. Nevermind. (<- also found in China, I might add).