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Old 12-27-2007, 08:20 AM
 
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Tattoos are for people who are trying to "prove" something. Otherwise what is the point of getting a tattoo. Because it looks "Cool" there you go.
I disagree. Lots of people I know who get tattoos do it as representative of their spiritual beliefs or to commemorate something important in their life, such as death of a loved one. Most spend a long time selecting the art work and it has significant meaning to them. I see it as a form of creative expression, just like clothing.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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Well, if my 21 yr old son came home w/a tattoo on his neck I would be shocked! How do I have a 21 yr old son?!!!! I'm only 28!

I think neck tattoos are ok on the back of the neck where they can be covered by a collar or hair. I knew a kid that had flames on the front of his neck, like they were bursting out the top of his shirt. If you are going to get something like that, you need to really think about it because it will affect your job prospects and how people perceive you.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:31 AM
 
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If tattoos are so great, why does someone need to hide them? I do not understand. If they are so mainstream they should be on ones face and neck and showed off with pride!
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:47 AM
 
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I said that my tattoo was not noticeable, not that it was completely hidden. Anyone who looks could and would see it. But it isn't right in their face, and my work and personality are what people notice first. By they time they notice it - if they ever do, most folks just don't look at the back of each others necks - they usually already like me, or at least, respect me for the job I do.


Also, my field is much more conservative than IBM. Seriously. The field I work in is not just conservative - I'd call it downright old-fashioned. But to tell the truth, I take more flak for being a woman than I do for having tattoos, including the one on my neck.
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:24 AM
 
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If tattoos are so great, why does someone need to hide them? I do not understand. If they are so mainstream they should be on ones face and neck and showed off with pride!
The same could be said for genitals, they are great, but not for public view at all times, only in certain circumstances.
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:23 AM
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If tattoos are so great, why does someone need to hide them? I do not understand. If they are so mainstream they should be on ones face and neck and showed off with pride!

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The same could be said for genitals, they are great, but not for public view at all times, only in certain circumstances.
If we substitute your premise directly into Questioner2's original quote it would read:

"If genitals are so great, why does someone need to hide them? I do not understand. If genitals are so mainstream they should be on ones face and neck and showed off with pride!"

I think this illustrates how ludicrous the debate is over tattoos. The choice and placement of a tattoo is a personal decision just like wearing lipstick or piercing one's ears for an ear-ring. When you make that decision you should do it because you want to, and expect to weather the societal disapproval that goes with it. Unfortunately this may include people that say they are your friends and family that feel your body is their business.

My personal decision includes two tattoos. I have a dragon on my forearm which was done by an accomplished artist. At work I wear french-cuff dress-shirts, not to hide it, but because it will distract others from my tasks. When I am off work, and weather permits wearing short-sleeved shirts, I intentionally use the tattoo to let others know I do not wish to be approached unless I invite them. My personality, my decision.

My second tattoo is high on my right bicep where no on can see it without my shirt off. It is a Golden retriever puppy. Four of my greatest companions in life have been Golden retrievers. This tattoo is only seen by people that I trust with the knowledge that I have a soft side. Life is better for me if strangers don't know this.

PS If you do decide to wear your genitals on your neck, do not have them tattooed. It will make your job interviews more interesting, but will sabotage your career at McDonalds. You can do fries, but they won't let you work the window!
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:32 AM
 
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If you do decide to wear your genitals on your neck, do not have them tattooed. It will make your job interviews more interesting, but will sabotage your career at McDonalds. You can do fries, but they won't let you work the window!

LOL Hilarious!!!! I can see it now!!! ROFL !!!!
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:26 AM
 
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If you want to commemorate something, give money towards the cause. If you want to commemorate someone, give money to an organization that's trying to find cures or help people that have died from what they've died from (Diabetes, cancer, drunk drivers, etc) or do volunteer work at the organization. The money spent on a tattoo would be better off used to assist the cause. If you're into your heritage, visit the place that your ancestors came from and learn about it. Visit the town that your ancestors were from- that's doing more than wearing a symbol on one's body. If you like roses, grow some real roses. Get involved in a community garden or park project There are so many more beneficial ways in which to show your appreciation for someone or something, other than getting a tattoo. That's my opinion.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:48 AM
 
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If you want to commemorate something, give money towards the cause. If you want to commemorate someone, give money to an organization that's trying to find cures or help people that have died from what they've died from (Diabetes, cancer, drunk drivers, etc) or do volunteer work at the organization. The money spent on a tattoo would be better off used to assist the cause. If you're into your heritage, visit the place that your ancestors came from and learn about it. Visit the town that your ancestors were from- that's doing more than wearing a symbol on one's body. If you like roses, grow some real roses. Get involved in a community garden or park project There are so many more beneficial ways in which to show your appreciation for someone or something, other than getting a tattoo. That's my opinion.
Good suggestions! I'm willing to bet though, that many folks who have tattoos also do these very things you spoke of. They just happen to have the tattoos, as well, which is simply another way to commerate the cause, the person, the heritage, etc. It's no different, in my opinion, that those of us who have no tattoos, who spend our money on books, music, movies, collectibles, trips, hobbies...the list is endless, (I won't even begin to guess how much I have spent over the years, on these very things). Could we use our money, (and our time), more wisely, and give more to good causes? Undoubtedly, but it doesn't change the fact that most of us do give.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:48 AM
 
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Honestly, it isn't anybody's business how I spend my discretionary money. Telling me it is better spent if I do what you say is just silly. It is my money - I spend it my way.

A rose garden is only good part of the year - the roses on my shoulders, with my parents names worked into them bloom all year long. That means more to me.

If you feel that what you listed are better options, then you do them. But don't think that anyone is listening when you tell them how to live their lives and spend their money.
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