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Old 09-15-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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Okay, this is a sincere question from an old person (senior woman), and not meant to offend anyone--just looking for answers.

In my generation, tattoos were regarded with a very negative stereotype. They represented ghetto, thugs, criminals, or a macho military type, or a low rider. It usually meant they were tough and not very educated.

I realize times have changed, but what is the deal with young girls getting all these tattoos? Is there now a POSITIVE stereotype with them? Does it reflect creativity, rebellion, sexuality? I see these attractive young girls and women with many visible tattoos, and some of them are educated, so has the negative stereotype vanished?

And while you are at it, could you explain the attraction to body piercings also!
Thanks
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:48 PM
 
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There's room for a variety of views and choices left to the individual that shouldn't hinder their advancement in the world because someone else doesn't find it appealing. Hey, I'm not all that fond of pageants, but lookie here.


New Miss Kansas' Theresa Vail & her sexy tattoo on her right side must watch!! - YouTube
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Old 09-15-2013, 03:46 PM
 
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You're going to get a million different answers, as each and every person has a different take and a different reason for getting tattoos.

I received my first tattoo when I was 18, nearly 12 years ago, and I still absolutely love it. I've since received many more (well, not many...but I'm at the point where I go by hours tattooed and not individual tattoos) and each one of them has a different motivation behind it. I absolutely understand that strangers will automatically peg me as uneducated (I have a degree in Aerospace Engineering and I'm currently taking steps to get into a masters program at MIT) or as lazy or any number of negative descriptions but I've also realized that those people aren't living my life and if they want to judge, let them judge.

So, I suppose I'm saying that there are a lot of different reasons that people (especially women) would want to receive tattoos and the stigma is slowly going away.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:01 PM
 
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Okay, this is a sincere question from an old person (senior woman), and not meant to offend anyone--just looking for answers.

In my generation, tattoos were regarded with a very negative stereotype.

And when all the old people who think that way die, the stigma will be mostly gone.

BTW - I am old too but I am quite apathetic towards tattoos. I don't see the point of doing that to my body, but I don't care what others do to theirs.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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In my generation, tattoos were regarded with a very negative stereotype.
Easy answer. Their generation does not carry the stereotypes of your generation. Problem solved.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:44 PM
 
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You're going to get a million different answers, as each and every person has a different take and a different reason for getting tattoos.

I received my first tattoo when I was 18, nearly 12 years ago, and I still absolutely love it. I've since received many more (well, not many...but I'm at the point where I go by hours tattooed and not individual tattoos) and each one of them has a different motivation behind it. I absolutely understand that strangers will automatically peg me as uneducated (I have a degree in Aerospace Engineering and I'm currently taking steps to get into a masters program at MIT) or as lazy or any number of negative descriptions but I've also realized that those people aren't living my life and if they want to judge, let them judge.

So, I suppose I'm saying that there are a lot of different reasons that people (especially women) would want to receive tattoos and the stigma is slowly going away.
Thanks Jet Jockey. What was the appeal for you? Was it for creative expression?
I grew up in the 50s and 60s, and we certainly shook stereotypes up---and I could care less what people do to their bodies as long as it doesn't hurt them. Since you see it everywhere now, I am just curious about what the appeal is since it is so permanent compared to say dreadlocks which can be cut off if someone gets bored with them.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:01 PM
 
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Easy answer. Their generation does not carry the stereotypes of your generation. Problem solved.
And your generation too Ohiogirl81, aren't you about 55?

A couple of tattoos ok....but some have gone overboard and may regret it when they get old..oops I mean older.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:32 PM
 
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Tattoos are hillbilly-ish and are to be avoided if anyone wants to come across as educated and polished in civic life.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I'm within 10 years of retirement age yet don't see any "stigma" with tatoos or piercing any more. I have hired and worked with great people that are into these personal expressions for many years, and there is really no difference between them and anyone else in personality, ability to do a good job or raise a normal, happy family. Currently as a manager in a very public office setting many employees have a tattoo or piercing or two. Nothing that is "in your face", mostly fairly subtle, but I think it's becoming more and more acceptable every day. The last holdouts, such as law offices and financial planners
will take longer.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:56 PM
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Why are so many people stuck up and narrow minded?

Some of the smartest people on the planet have tattoos. A lot of the people who would jump in the way of danger to save your stuck up ass have tattoos.

There should be NO stigma on tattoos at all. It's superficial. If that's all you can see, well you're superficial. That means shallow. Do you really want to be a shallow person?

For the record I have 0 tattoos.
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