In Your Face

BoingBoing takes us to Tattooed teacher teaches tolerance:

Bruce Potts is a teacher of Public Speaking at the University of New Mexico and has a full tribal face tattoo. He has a straight forward attitude and imparts a cool vibe of acceptance. We’ll bet his students get an extra edge on using demeanor and attitude in public speaking. And a life long lesson on not judging books by their covers. Either that or they study really hard because they’re afraid he’ll eat them.

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You know, I bet he doesn’t have to deal with problems like this.

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7 Responses to In Your Face

  1. Emily says:

    There was a philosophy grad student once who was having himself surgically altered and tatooed to look like a lizard. I read about him in the Chronicle of Higher Education. These two guys could start a club.

  2. wcw says:

    Seems like a nice kid. I’d invite him to my parties.

    As for ‘teaching’ public speaking, it’s my experience that kids teach themselves. That may be a conceit from an ertswhile expert at the art (a decade-and-a-half gone now, but once tops in this most-populous state), but aside from Tommie Lindsey, I have yet to meet a debate coach I really admire.

  3. Shannon says:

    Emily is of course speaking of the Lizardman.

  4. BWT says:

    Good for the Professor. I am sure that students come away from his class with a greater tolerance toward those who are different.

  5. anon says:

    I’ve grown less tolerant just from looking at him.
    Any professor who does this to himself (as opposed to being by birth one of “those who are different”) is not likely to be taken seriously, and doesn’t deserve to be.
    I have a feeling people are going to react to my comment with intolerance, despite my being different (having a dissenting opinion). Tolerance is a one-way street with most people.

  6. When I first saw the picture, I thought he was Māori (except it’s tattoing instead of kirutuhi (sp?))

    It’s certainly a spectacular tattoo. And since it’s on his head, it might not suffer quite so much of the horrible stretching and blurring that is the traditional curse of a tattoo. And I’d bet that after the first month of the academic year that nobody even notices it anymore.

  7. degrees says:

    All kidding aside, I respect the guy.

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