Tattooing

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Do you have any tattoos?

I have three or more
3
5%
I have one or two
13
20%
I have none but I have considered getting one
11
17%
I would never consider getting any
37
58%
 
Total votes: 64

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Tattooing

Postby the masked man » 03 Nov 2011, 04:41

I recently caused a minor storm on the 'Your Latest Crush' thread by posting an image of American metal singer Maria Brink. Ms Brink possesses an extensive tattoo collection, and this caused considerable discussion, some of which was really quite nasty. Of course, part of this was probably bluster, but it made me think that this form of bodily decoration still provokes strong emotion both ways. It seemed to be suggested that tattoos are particularly unsuitable for women, which is perhaps brave talk considering I can name at least six current female BCBers with ink.

So what do you think? Do you have any, and where? For the record, I fall in the second category - I had a single lizard placed on my upper left arm sometime in the mid-90s. However, I recently have considered getting more work done...

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Re: Tattooing

Postby The Modernist » 03 Nov 2011, 04:58

A small tattoo on the shoulder doesn't bother me, but I do find many tattoos on the body a turn off on women. It's up to them of course, but equally I don't have to like it.

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Re: Tattooing

Postby Billybob Dylan » 03 Nov 2011, 05:39

I don't like 'em.
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Re: Tattooing

Postby Magilla » 03 Nov 2011, 05:46

They do not appeal to me, in general. I'm ok with one or two, but they tend to look gaudy if they're here, there and everywhere.
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Re: Tattooing

Postby Witchypoo » 03 Nov 2011, 06:22

I have 6. All but one easily hidden if I want to. I love them and so does M. What other people think of them I really dont care. Altho I have had many comps on my back piece from some surprising people.
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Re: Tattooing

Postby kath » 03 Nov 2011, 06:29

i don't have any. i've considered getting some, but since reap once asked me not to (early on), i won't. the man hasn't asked me for much, honestly. the only other thing he has ever asked me to do is quit smoking. i keep fucquin that up. :(

anyway, tatts on other people? only one answer: it just depends, as with anything involving personal style and expression, whether it's appealing or not. some people screw it up big time. they wear tatts like some folk wear too much makeup, or clothes that don't fit right, or the cheezy hairstyle of the month that everyone knows will vanish in a heartbeat... everyone cept the tattee, of course.

but other than the idjuts, it really does depend. there are some people who would look wrong with a single tatt corrupting their skin, others who wouldn't look right without an entire body covered in ink. most people are in between. moral of the story: the people with any style know what tatts, if any, suit. those are the people who are gonna look gooooood, no matter the choice.

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Re: Tattooing

Postby Molony » 03 Nov 2011, 06:36

I'm not a fan.

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Re: Tattooing

Postby no one » 03 Nov 2011, 07:33

i have none, but recently i've considered changing that... i've posted about this on Facebook... the more i see some truly creative designs, the more i feel inspired... but i've always been sort of anti-trend... anti-mainstream... if everybody's doing it, it makes me disinterested, for that reason, alone... up til now i've prided myself on being an ink virgin, part of what seems like a minority.... some of the people i work with who have a lot of them just look scribbled on to me... random images randomly placed... eventually, when the ink gets old enough, they look like muddy green/grey blobs....

what i admire are things like simple line drawings, or unusual designs such as notebook paper with child's handwriting on it.... things like that... a cartoon panel, like the Calvin & Hobbes scene i saw on some guy's arm... it contained the entire scene :lol:

i used to think about an ivy vine starting from the nape of my neck and extending across one shoulder, down and around my arm, and ending in one single leaf on the back of my hand.... i can't see myself actually doing it, though, so it's best saved for removeable body art, if i really need to have it done someday... i could totally go against everything i'm saying at some point, though, so i'm not 100% firm on this, as i have been until recently... i never thought i'd feel the way i've been...

for now, though, i remain unmarked and for the most part, not a very strong tattoo fan...

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Re: Tattooing

Postby Phil T » 03 Nov 2011, 08:04

I do like tattoos, I have two myself (left upper arm) and am considering getting another special one done sometime in the near future.
That said, I don't like tattoos done to excess, mainly because I've seen so many of our patients, with way too many on their bodies. I personally think the secret is knowing when enough is enough and when to stop.

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Re: Tattooing

Postby Penk! » 03 Nov 2011, 08:26

I don't have any and would probably never get any. I don't have any problem with other people having them, though, depending on the person, picture and placing. Overdoing it is never usually a good idea, but on very odd occasions I think it can look good.
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Re: Tattooing

Postby The Prof » 03 Nov 2011, 08:30

You got to fell sorry for these blokes that get a massive tattooed head of a footballer on their backs along with the team name and the next day the player gets transferred to their rivals.

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Re: Tattooing

Postby Thesiger » 03 Nov 2011, 08:39

I'm against them.

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Re: Tattooing

Postby Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman » 03 Nov 2011, 08:42

The Prof wrote:You got to fell sorry for these blokes that get a massive tattooed head of a footballer on their backs along with the team name and the next day the player gets transferred to their rivals.


And even worse: with your own aging, the tattoo ages too: the player's face sags, with terrible cheeks and chin, the nose will sink in a nasty way, and the lips will distance them from that nose in an ever more unflattering (comical?) way. And when you succeed in picking up a date at age 55, the lady will shriek and run away in horror after you undressed.

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Re: Tattooing

Postby The Driver » 03 Nov 2011, 08:47

A small tattoo somewhere can be nice, but personally I don't go for extensive tattooing, regardless of the gender of the person sporting them. Plus, some of the inks contain mercury, don't they? that can't be a good thing...
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Re: Tattooing

Postby Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman » 03 Nov 2011, 08:48

Image

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Re: Tattooing

Postby Medb » 03 Nov 2011, 09:09

I have a small, black, 1.5 inch square, celtic design on my upper arm and I love it.

I hope the anti comments about women having tattoos was just bluster, because I'm sure modern men are aware that it's none of their business what a woman does with her body. Why would it be any different for a woman than a man?

I'm not just being bolshie and feminist, I'm genuinely interested in the reasoning :)
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Re: Tattooing

Postby The Prof » 03 Nov 2011, 09:12

Who's telling anyone what they can and can't do?

People are perfectly at liberty not to like something.

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Re: Tattooing

Postby Medb » 03 Nov 2011, 09:18

The Prof wrote:Who's telling anyone what they can and can't do?

People are perfectly at liberty not to like something.


I'm just interested why people might view tattooing in connection with women differently than with men in mind. I think it's a valid question.
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Re: Tattooing

Postby The Modernist » 03 Nov 2011, 09:20

Exactly Prof.

I thought I went out of my way in my post to say I wasn't telling women what they can or can't do with their bodies. But the OP asked what we felt about them and all people have been doing is giving an honest reply to that.

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Re: Tattooing

Postby Medb » 03 Nov 2011, 09:24

TopCat G wrote:Exactly Prof.

I thought I went out of my way in my post to say I wasn't telling women what they can or can't do with their bodies. But the OP asked what we felt about them and all people have been doing is giving an honest reply to that.


Jeeeez, I wasn't suggesting YOU were anti, you did address that some posters differentiated between men and women tattooing though. I was just questioning why that might be the case, because it does hint at a bit of sexism.

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