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Old 08-14-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Northeast TN
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I've been to plenty, usually 2 or so a year and I've won plenty of awards for my artist(s), what would you like to know?
I want to see your tattoos!!
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Louisiana and Pennsylvania
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I think they probably are.
When did it happen?

I was at the swimming pool last week and saw a woman, 40 something, mother of two girls, who had just gotten her second tattoo.
Then I was at a play Saturday night and saw a grey-haired woman who had to be my age or older (I'm 54) with a rose tattoo on her upper arm.

Now that body ink is commonplace, are all the self-conscious hipsters now going to eschew tattoos?

Will those who have them regret them even more, or still feel good about them?
I never had them and being in the military, I had quite a few chances and almost came close. I don't judge those who do and it's a personal decision. IMO, I noticed the surge came around the early 90s at the time of the grunge movement was popular and more and more females also began to get them as the 90s wore on. I also heard a recent talk show alluding to the fact that the Grunge, Metal and Hip Hop artists of that era really helped to generate the wearing of tattoos and the culture to what it is today.
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I want to see your tattoos!!
I sent you a pm
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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I think they probably are.
When did it happen?

I was at the swimming pool last week and saw a woman, 40 something, mother of two girls, who had just gotten her second tattoo.
Then I was at a play Saturday night and saw a grey-haired woman who had to be my age or older (I'm 54) with a rose tattoo on her upper arm.

Now that body ink is commonplace, are all the self-conscious hipsters now going to eschew tattoos?

Will those who have them regret them even more, or still feel good about them?

I came to this conclusion a long time ago. I am relieved that I never got one.
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Old 08-14-2009, 05:14 PM
 
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Back in the early to mid 90's it was the alternative/ metal heads/ punkers that got tattoos. Then the jocks/preppies and and the people that would just assume beat up the alternative/punk/metalhead crowd started listening to that kind of music and getting tattoos. When that sorta mainstream, sheepish crowd starts eating up a trend, the trend instantly is no longer cool.
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Old 08-14-2009, 05:17 PM
 
Location: southern california
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mark of the beast.
how is carving your mistakes on your body helping your career?
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Old 08-14-2009, 05:58 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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I like how people who don't have or want a tattoo have to make themselves feel better about themselves but putting people with tats down...."they are part of a fad" "they'll all regret it in old age"
"they did it just to fit in" "they don't have a mind of their own" "they're lemmings""they're rebelling"

You can't lump everyone into one category..that's just stupid.

If you don't like tats...don't get one....if they turn you off...don't get involved with someone who has them.

Life is way too short to put labels on people...the labels never fit anyway.
What'd wrong with saying that some of us just don't find tattoos attractive on anyone? It's not different than the threads criticizing people in low rider jeans with their muffin tops or wearing sandals and flip-flops when they have dirty gnarly feet.

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I'm in my 60s and feel left out because everybody seems to have a tat. (No, I don't want one!) I bought one for my wife's 44th birthday 10 years ago -- a small rose on her ankle. My daughter and her husband, both upper management professionals in their mid-30s, both have large tats. My son has one. My step-daughter and her husband both have them. My wife's older sister got one a few years ago.

Are they mainstream? No more than water.

Do I like them? Not even a little bit. Little ones, like my wife's, are easy to ignore, but I've never seen one that I thought improved one's appearance.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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What'd wrong with saying that some of us just don't find tattoos attractive on anyone? It's not different than the threads criticizing people in low rider jeans with their muffin tops or wearing sandals and flip-flops when they have dirty gnarly feet.
I think it depends... there's a difference between simply not finding them attractive and wanting to vomit everytime you see one (I think it was in the other thread where someone said that...) or telling them in person you think they're disgusting, or assuming they have HIV or HepC because of them, or assuming they're all bikers/rebels/bad people and treating them as such.

I've had a guy tell me he wouldn't date me because I had HIV... which I don't. It was based on my tattoos and he assumed everyone with them are dirty people.

I've also had people come up to my face and berate me for making bad decisions. They've also told me I'll NEVER be able to find a job (I've never had that problem) because of them.

I've had guys assume I was a prostitute... even though I wasn't wearing anything revealing.

I believe everyone deserves some common courtesy. You don't have to like me, but don't assume I'm a bad, dirty, promiscuous person because of my artwork.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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Tattoo threads are always amusing. Always end up in the same direction and I'm never sure what the point is. Those without tattoos generally hate them and don't understand why someone would get one.

Those with tattoos generally could care less what those people think.....

The only person I who's opinion I cared about when planning my full back piece was my husband's. I know some of you probably find it hard to believe tattooed people really don't care and that it must bother us on some level when mean comments are made.

In all honesty, the only place I've heard mean comments made is on the internet in these sort of forums. I've never had someone come up to me and make a negative comment - quite the opposite. I get positive comments all the time - and usually from people older than me (I'm 41 for the record and got my tattoo at 38).

This can go back and forth all day long, but no one will change someone's mind.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Spent 8 years in the Navy. Never saw a tattoo I felt like buying and keeping for the rest of my life. Neither did my father-in-law (WW2 and Korea navy veteran) nor my wife. Some tats are fine. I think the jocks got started with the "tribal" tats. Some people are simply stupid regarding their tat decisions. You don't ink a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife's name on your body. You're children's names and your parents' names are acceptable. You don't tat the name of you current favorite singer. If teenage girls did that in the 70s their grandchildren would be asking grandma who is Sean Cassidy or Leif Garrett or Donnie Osmond. Teen idols change at the drop of a hat. Heck, there was a time in some parts of the world when Gary Glitter was very popular. Imagine the shame of having a Gary Glitter tat now that it's known he's a pedophile. Don't buy symbols or language characters without first verifying their actual meaning. While in Cairo I bought a cartoush pendant with my name in hiroglyphs. I verified the spelling before buying. Pick the body part you want to tattoo carefully. For example, look at your mom and dad's body. Who do you take after the most? Look at the places they bulge and stretch the most. Don't tat those areas. Treat a tattoo like a major purchase. Decide what you want and then go home. Wait about a week or a month and if you still want it then go back and get it. You could probably pay the artist to draw on the surface of your arm so you can test drive the tat and decide if you want to keep it.

And yes, there are probably more people with tats who did it for the fad than those who did it because they wanted one.
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