Tattoos


Nik05
on Feb 04, 2008 @ 02:53 pm

Just wondering, what is everyone's take on Tattoos.

- What is your first impression when seeing someone with a tattoo?
- Do you have/want any?
- What do you think of them on the opposite sex?
- In general, what's your opinion on them?

Personally I'm a fan of them. I don't have any currently, but would love to get one. Though before I do, a lot of thought needs to go in to it. It has to be something that I love and will not regret! I'm really wanting something that has meaning to me, and not just get something, just to say I have a tattoo.
When it comes to the opposite sex, it really doesn't matter to me if they have them or not. My boyfriend has two, one of which looks amazing and I love. He's getting another that I'm actually excited about, because it too, is an awesome design and fits his personality perfectly.
When I was younger, people with a ton of tattoos intimidated me, because I associated them with the type of person that would be dangerous/scary, not someone you'd want to get involved with. Though now older, I know a lot of people who have them, who are great people. Instead of now seeing tattoos as something rebellious or intimidating, I see them as an art-form, a way to express yourself.
 


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Dairinn
more accepted now on Feb 04, 2008 @ 07:07 pm

I know lots of peple with tats and used to hang out with those that would've probably intimidated you, LOL! Personally don't have any, too chicken to do it but love to see it on people. I also know a few girls at work that have them in inconspicuous areas and they look like your average person. They know they're there, not visible to the entire world only when wearing certain clothing (i.e bikinis) and they're meaningful. I also think it's a lot more accepted now than it was at some time, especially with shows like Miami Ink et al. I love watching these shows. Miami ink is still the fave although I like LA ink too but have yet to see British Ink. (not even sure it's being broadcast here?) Go for it, choose something meaningful, think about it for awhile and if after that you still want it, then do it. And go to a reputable tatoo shop!
Oh and what do I think of them on the opposite sex? Although my hubby doesn't have any I've had ex-boyfriends that had them. They can be sexy, alluring in that way that draws good girls to bad boys if you kwim. You know, how women get drawn to "dangerous" guys 'cause there's something hot about that?
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Ali de Bold
old lady on Feb 04, 2008 @ 08:22 pm

If you think that will still look good on you 20 years from now, go for it. I have 2 friends who have gotten tattoos. One got a cute butterfly on her lower back that only shows when she is in a bikini - cute! The other had one that she ended up getting sick of and paid a lot of money to get it removed and it still looks horrible because they were not able to remove it completely. She'll have that for her lifetime now. If it's small and inconspicuous I think it can be fun, but keep in mind tattoos don't age well. Granny with a withered tattoo is kind of freaky ;)
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reeshie19
hehehee on Feb 05, 2008 @ 03:35 pm

that's my view on it too.i don't think i'd have one done because it's a fact that im gonna be all wrinkley one day (oh no) and like miss chickie says...a withered tat on a gran is quite odd.so you either live with the tattoo until it's prime time is over, or you remove it.either way,the complete end result isn't as pretty as when it is first done.

don't get me wrong,i really admire tattoo's,it's a beautiful form of art!im just the kinda girl who thinks in the long run (extra extra long run- like granny-long run hehe) and that's the only reason i think i havn't ever gotten one
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Feisty Redhead
eh... on Feb 05, 2008 @ 04:50 pm

I've thought about getting a tattoo for a couple years now and was all set to get one. I chose a discreet place, easy to cover but just as easy to show off too when it's appropriate. I chose my design and everything. Found a reliable artist in my area to do it. I put it off though, because I wanted to REALLY be sure I wanted it - and I'm still rather undecided on it. I've since lost track of the design I had wanted and can't find it again anyway, and have not seen anything else I like since then. My mind always comes down to, as misschickie pointed out, when I'm older. Even though it'd be easily covered up, I'm not sure I want to be a tattooed granny lol.

That said, if you like tattoos and you're sure it's what you want to do then go for it. I kind of wonder when people have tons of tats all over but it's their body and their choice not mine so I'm not going to judge. It just looks a little ridiculous to me when I see a guy (or girl) with "sleeve tats"... I always think that yeah it might look kind of cool now but when they're 80 it's not going to look very pretty anymore. But again, what someone else chooses to do to their body is not my business, and I'm not going to judge or think any less of someone just because they have tattoos. I do think that a lot of younger people are getting them these days just because of shows like Ink'd and to "fit in"; they're not fully realizing how very permanent it is and they may end up regretting it a few years down the road, though. I think if you're going to get one (or more) you should really put a lot of thought an consideration into it and not just do it on a whim.

I prefer to just use temporary tattoos. I can put them anywhere I want, no pain at all and when I'm sick of it, it comes right off and I can put another one on whenever I want. :)
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spotty
meh on Feb 05, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

Tattoos have never done much for me. I've never been attracted to a guy that has one (or many for that matter). I do not have any, though I have a handful of friends that have one (or some). Its their choice and their body. Sometimes I may question their choice, but I try not to pass judgment.

I like to think of myself as being liberal in general. But when it comes to my own body, I'm a total square!! No tattoos, just pierced ears, natural hair color, no drugs, no smoking, a little alcohol here and there. It may be plain and boring now, but I like to think it'll pay generous rewards down the road.
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artist
It's all a matter of personal choice! on Feb 06, 2008 @ 08:20 pm

I personally don't see anything wrong with tattoos. I don't think they're for me.... but I know plenty of people who have them (and not necessarily tiny girly ones on parts of the body where women commonly get them).

It's all a matter of personal choice. Your skin is your canvas and yours to decorate. And when you're an old lady, you may regret it/you may not. Who really knows? I do think that people who get more than 2 of them are those who live more for the moment...

I think they're really cool to look at too, especially if they have important significance for the person. Tattoos say a lot about a person, and if you're observant you can learn something new about them too! Nik05 I totally agree.... tattoos are a form of artistic self-expression!
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lil sushi
Agreed!! on Feb 13, 2008 @ 03:31 pm

Well said Artist!

I have one large side piece, and it took years of thought and a seperation for me to finally go ahead with it. Before I got it, I kept mulling over what ppl would think of me after i got it done, how it would look in a few years, etc etc...

But I knew what I wanted, how I wanted it to look, and that if it started to sag when I was 80, well I wouldn't be in a bikini at that age anyways...I just accepted the fact that this decision I was to make was in this moment and that there may be a chance that i look back at it and not like the choice I made so much, but that as you live through life, you go through different stages, and tastes, and as long as you keep in mind when you got it and why and it meant something to you at that time. that's all that matters.

I'm incredibly happy with my side piece, and absolutely proud of it. i sat through 11 hours of it and noone at my day job knows about it. It's completely hidden from the normal eye, but if I were to wear a short top you could catch the middle of it...and I always receive compliments on how different it is...it looks like a water colour painting which flows on my body. I love my artist and I was happy I waiting 8 months for him. =)
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DeaCerte
Tattoos on Feb 15, 2008 @ 09:05 am

I have a small one on the back of my neck that you can only see if I have my hair up and a shirt that is cut a bit lower on the back neckline.

No one knows I have it unless I want them to see it.

Tattoos are a personal choice and not everyone likes them. One consideration for me was work and the possibility of wanting to look for work in a new field. I didn't think a large tattoo that I couldn't cover would go well with a corporate environment or customer facing, and could make the difference between getting hired or not. This is personal opinion, but I think more artistic fields of work are more flexible in that. (same as my tongue stud, most people still do not know I have it... it only comes up when we talk piercings and I show them)

Some tattoos look nice to me and some make me wonder what the person was thinking. Having a tattoo isn't an indicator of who you are, although, I do wonder about some peoples choices for the tattoos they get. A man with a huge naked lady tattoo'd on his arm makes me wonder what his views on women are. I tend to hope he was just young and full of steam at the time :) And I might have an issue dating a guy with 'I love Nancy' plastered across his forearm for everyone to see...when my name isn't Nancy.

Just my .02 Canadian cents.

-Dea




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DeaCerte
Tattoos on Feb 15, 2008 @ 09:05 am

I have a small one on the back of my neck that you can only see if I have my hair up and a shirt that is cut a bit lower on the back neckline.

No one knows I have it unless I want them to see it.

Tattoos are a personal choice and not everyone likes them. One consideration for me was work and the possibility of wanting to look for work in a new field. I didn't think a large tattoo that I couldn't cover would go well with a corporate environment or customer facing, and could make the difference between getting hired or not. This is personal opinion, but I think more artistic fields of work are more flexible in that. (same as my tongue stud, most people still do not know I have it... it only comes up when we talk piercings and I show them)

Some tattoos look nice to me and some make me wonder what the person was thinking. Having a tattoo isn't an indicator of who you are, although, I do wonder about some peoples choices for the tattoos they get. A man with a huge naked lady tattoo'd on his arm makes me wonder what his views on women are. I tend to hope he was just young and full of steam at the time :) And I might have an issue dating a guy with 'I love Nancy' plastered across his forearm for everyone to see...when my name isn't Nancy.

Just my .02 Canadian cents.

-Dea




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