Many people out there seem to have a stigma towards tatttoos. Most folks who see people with alot of tattoos on their body automatically assume that that person or persons is dirty or unattractive. Other times people feel that that person or persons is uneducated because they have alot of tattoos. In my opinion it is like assuming that everyone from the middle east is a terriorist. Or that everyone from the south is a redneck. When will these stereotypical thoughts leave our societies minds and begin to focus on the individual rather than the bodywork displayed?
I began watching the show LA ink this past summer. I watched it because I enjoyed listening to the stories behind the tattoos and the artwork. To me tattoos are not a bad thing. They are an expression of your thoughts, ideas, or experiences. As long as there is a reason behind the artwork, then to me it is ok. I like the show for it's education on showing the country that tattoos are meaningfull pieces of artwork and not necessarily meant to be something nasty or disguisting.
I am sure many of you differ in opinion on this subject.
So here is the question? What are your personal thoughts on tattoos?
I love them as long as there is a real reason for getting them other than I felt like it
I'm an island girl; and in many island cultures tattoos are an integral part. It marks growth, maturity, rite of passage etc.
Where I'm from (Trinidad) most of the original natives/ indigenous have died out (Tainos, Kalinagos), so tattoos on this basis has faded some what very few, keep hold f it.
I have one I got it for my 21st but more importantly my adulthood. It was a decision I made for me, if that makes sense without influence or input from my parents, although I did call to let them know I was having one and I want to get more not many
just 4 in total.
My first major problem with tattoos is that they can look terrific with rich vibrant colors on display with a great line drawing, etc but overtime the color can fade and the tat and the person then can look kinda old, worn and even ridiculous.
My second major problem has to do with hidden meanings in symbols. I would hate to get a tat that I think looks terrific on me but has some hidden meaning I am not aware of and this meaning will then dog my steps.
That's about it really. I think it is up to the individual whether they should get a tat or not.
I dont think I assume a person with tattoos is bad, I just personally would never want one myself. I guess I dont feel it would look right on my skin and I'd probably hate it by the time I'm like 40.
Tattoos are fine, so long as one whom makes a decision to get one is an adult, at least 21 years old i think..
But then again, older people get them and realize they are big mistakes. My mum got a tattoo about 3 years ago, she was 40 at the time..she got a love heart on her lower back that says WARREN in it..That was her boyfriend at the time, they are not together anymore and she regrets it big time!
I had a friend too, whom got a tattoo of a cat on her stomach when she was 16..So stupid, she got it as a joke, to say 'wanna see my pussy?' The tat cost her 50 bucks, the last time i saw her, she was saving up to have it removed, which is going to cost her $1200!!
tattoo removal is still not really worth it. its said to be infinitely more painful than the initial tattoo, takes most people at least 10 sessions before it fades enough to even be "worth it" and its ungodly expensive. might as well get the skin removed and replaced.
but man, that is a perfect story to illustrate how important it is to make a well thought out and SERIOUS decision when it comes to getting permanent art on your body.
Women with tatoos have been poked too many times for my liking!
i love tattoos as long as they are chosen with care and it is quality art work. i do see (my best friend) people getting their entire skin covered in tattoos they didn't even pick out...a lot of them she seemed to get because her tattoo artist friends wanted some canvas and would work for free.
i have three tattoos...i love them. they all mean something to me. i did let my friend tattoo an "unexpected" tattoo for my chest piece, it was originally supposed to be a heart with a banner that read, "broken" and instead it turned into a beautiful, elaborate piece with birds, clouds roses and still, a banner over a flaming heart that reads, "broken" (not for the reason you may think.)
i do wonder what my chest piece will look like in 40 years...but i take good care of myself and hey, what old-wrinkly-rack really looks great anyway? ;P
I used to be anti tattoos as i thought u were more of an individual without them. Then I got one 2 years ago! I Love it so much I want another. I dont think u always need a great story behind getting a tattoo, but an original design. I drew mine myself and like the idea that its my art on my body not someone elses.
I have three and am looking to get more. my 1st was when i was 30 and i thought long and hard about it so not whim by any stretch of the imagination.
I think tattoo's are an individual choice sometimes well made and other times not. I find it interesting to this topic though that the Oxford Dictionary saw the necessity to add "TrampStamp" to its pages this year...
I really dislike this terminology though I do understand where it came from. Incredibly naive little girls getting a butterfly right above their butt bone just because.
To me the tattoo has meaning. Like some before me said it can be a right of passage or whatever but it needs to be well thought out.
Just because someone has artwork on them does not mean they have been poked one to many times Sneak. Your comment is incredibly insensitive and in my best charmingly Southern voice, I say, "That's Nice"!
Tattoos, as well as all other forms of body art is taboo to me... Never had any, never wanted any, hope never will even think about it. Why damage your skin?
I personally do not really care for them, I mean for myself, I think theya re fine for other people. Therea re just VERY few decisions I have made in my life that I would not have altered in some way 10 years later. I think it says something that tattoo removal is such a big business now....
I have one it is of a female lion and a midnight lilly, I am a very indulgent parent and my artist son wanted to learn to tattoo. I think mine was the third or fouth one he ever did.
I would never put another persons name on myself though I have been married for 30 years but putting his name on me like that would feel like I was a piece of property or something.
I think everyone should feel free to get any tattoo they want on their body. Having said that however, I personally find them a big turn off.
The raw, natural body looks far better to me than covering it up with designs that never seem to look very good. But that's just my personal take on it.
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