Sarah is curious as to why anyone would want to remove a tattoo. She is planning to get one to assert her independence from her mother.
The backstory–Sarah has been conducting an adolescent feud with her mother, who obviously knows nothing about being a teenager. In defiance of her mother’s wishes, she seeks out a tattoo parlour and has decided on a butterfly tattoo. While there, she encounters a woman old enough to be her grandmother. Surprised at finding someone of an older generation at such a place, Sarah pours her heart out to this stranger, only to find out that the woman is there to have an old tattoo removed. Who would do such a thing? Why would anyone remove such a coveted prize?
Does what she discovers make her change her mind about her own life and her relationship with her mother?
From the Play
C’mon. Tell me the truth. Will it hurt or not?
Hey, you’ll live, okay? Make up your mind.
Okay. I’m gonna do it. Promise me ya’ won’t laugh if I cry.
I promise. I’ll draw this up for ya’. (exits)
(She admires the tattoo art on the walls, then stares at SARAH)
Hi. I’m Melanie. You’re not gettin’ a tattoo, are ya’?
Vy do you say dat? Because I’m old?
No. Did he draw your picture already? He’s doin’ mine now.
So I heard.
Oh. Sorry. I’m going to this party tonight. She’s going to have a DJ and everything. Everybody who is anybody will be there.
I von’t be dere.
When I’m excited about something, I just can’t wait.
Yes, I noticed. Vaiting is a terrible ting. So is bad manners. Ven two people are talking, you vait until dey finish. Then it’s your turn. Fashtay?
What? Oh, yeah. I guess. (beat) Does it hurt to get a tattoo? Not that you would know, but maybe one of your grandchildren has one.
My grandchildren do not have tattoos and dey vill never have tattoos. And da hurt? Most forget about da hurt. Some never forget. (beat) So, I heard about dis butterfly you’re getting. Very pretty.