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Old 05-11-2019, 09:34 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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And really old tattoos. Fade and bleed out into the skin looking like some form of spreading skin cancer. Why blemish your skin like that?

 
Old 05-11-2019, 09:51 AM
 
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Wow. A lot of judgment here about something that will never affect you.
 
Old 05-11-2019, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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One would think that at 52, she would have outgrown such a thing, but my dear wife announced to me that her 21yo daughter invited her to go get tattoos together today. Same tattoo in the same location. I just don't get it. I have yet to see an attractive tattoo, on anyone, even the three that wifey already has from before we met. I'm 56 and never had any desire for a tattoo and never will. My 26 & 23 yo daughters don't have any tattoos (to the best of my knowledge anyway) and their mother would freak out if they got one. Wifey also has a "no visible tattoos" dress code policy at her employer. With the location she told me, with her dress she wore today to work, it would be highly visible, but she is doing it anyway. She actually had a district manager admonish her because her chest incision from her open heart surgery was partially visible one day. Yes, she survived a heart attack, had heart surgery and just this past week her cardiologist informed her that she has a heart defect. Yet she is getting inked today and risking an infection.



I don't understand tattooing. Somebody enlighten me.

I'm like you, I don't get tattoos at all. Maybe a very small one on your ankle or somewhere hidden, but God, some of these people should be in a sideshow.
 
Old 05-11-2019, 10:33 AM
 
Location: In the middle of nowhere
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I see tattoos as an art form. A teacher here has a large tattoo on his forearm, he regularly covers it. I have one of my tattoos near my shoulder, since I am required to wear a shirt with sleeves, it is always covered. If a tattoo is visible, I like to look at it. I am 54 years old and have had my tattoos for 25-30 years.
 
Old 05-11-2019, 11:17 AM
 
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People want to be unique like everybody else.

I have none.

Waste of money and time if you ask me.
 
Old 05-11-2019, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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They're a great litmus test for character.

Or lack thereof. See: this thread.

The preoccupation some people have with what others do with their bodies is almost reason enough to get a tattoo.
 
Old 05-11-2019, 11:35 AM
 
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People want to be unique like everybody else.

I have none.

Waste of money and time if you ask me.
I am sure there are hundreds of things you do and buy that people would say "are a waste of time and money".

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They're a great litmus test for character.

Or lack thereof. See: this thread.

The preoccupation some people have with what others do with their bodies is almost reason enough to get a tattoo.
Yea, sometimes I think i should get a tattoo just to make sure these types on this thread never associate with me.
 
Old 05-11-2019, 12:11 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I think the rebellious aspect is pretty much gone, these days. If everyone is rebellious, no one is rebellious.

And it's pretty sad if people think there is nothing unique about them and/or they have no sense of identity, if they don't have a tattoo.

Art? The artistic element is questionable. Getting a tattoo of your choice is about as artistic these days as having a doormat "personalized" with your family name.

I really think that these days, most people get tattoos because tattoos are fashionable. Call it "peer pressure" or what you will, the majority of people tend to follow the fads.
Yep, about 20 years ago I was thinking about getting a small tattoo. This was before they were so commonplace. Then everybody seemed to have a tattoo and I changed my mind. I didn't want to follow the crowd. I made that mistake when double or triple ear lobe piercings started to become popular. Against my better judgement I got second holes put in because my sister was in the jewelry business and talked me into it. Despite taking good care of the second holes they got infected and it taught me a valuable lesson about going along with the trends.

I think worse than full sleeves are facial tattoos and ear gauging. That is just plain disgusting and you have to wonder why people choose to mutilate themselves like that and cut down on any chance of being gainfully employed.
 
Old 05-11-2019, 12:37 PM
 
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Your wife should be aware of one thing. As we age, the skin changes, thins out, sometimes getting that ‘crepe’ look. A tattoo on older skin can be problematic.
 
Old 05-11-2019, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I am sure there are hundreds of things you do and buy that people would say "are a waste of time and money".



Yea, sometimes I think i should get a tattoo just to make sure these types on this thread never associate with me.
I feel the same way... It would be a way to weed out the overly judgmental from associating with me. I kinda like that idea.

I don’t have a tattoo, nor does my spouse or kids. However, I do view tattoos (the good ones that is) as works of art. I wouldn’t rule it out if I felt the urge - and I’m almost OP’s wife age.

In fact, if my daughter presented the same scenario about getting shared tattoos, I’d definitely consider it, though I’d make sure I found the best artist around - even if I had to fly somewhere.
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