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Are You Into Tattoos?

Tattoos hurt and they're permanent, and these are two very good reasons that I don't have any - but that's not to say that I don't appreciate them! I totally respect the fact that they often represent an idea, a person, a memory, a place, a special date, or are just an artistic design a person has a connection with or loves.

The fact still remains that I am a huge wimp when it comes to pain and needles -- I can't even deal with one shot of Novocaine -- so I'm sure I would go absolutely ballistic if I got a tattoo. I'll stick to showing off my individuality in other ways.

What about you - are you into tattoos? Do you have any? Are you attracted to people who have tattoos, or are they a huge turn off for you? Does it depend on what or where the tattoo is? Have you ever dated anyone with a memorable tattoo? I want to hear it all.

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LindyHopper88 LindyHopper88 9 years
I got a tattoo just before I went to college. I kept my parents in the loop when I was deciding what to get, where, and who was going to do it. I got a 1940s swallow(Sailor Jerry) with a gemini on a chain that is in its mouth on my left shoulderblade. I got it becuase swing dancing has been a big part of my life and the gemini sign is because, not only am I a gemini, I am an identical twin. I was having a hard time accepting the fact that my twin would be on the other side of the country so we both went out and got a tattoo. Now whenever I am really missing her, I just look in the mirror or touch the tattoo and I feel a little better.
lms lms 9 years
I don't like tattoos.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i guess i have a tramp stamp. i won't bother defending it because, clearly, most people judge people based on positioning of tattoos, nevermind that i am the biggest geek and never wear bathing suits or anything where any single one of my 3 tattoos would show - but whatever. i have a spiral of life on my lower back, a venus star on my right abdomen and my first one was the one on my upper left arm and is for "be" a straight line vertically and an infinity loop through the top bit. they are all meaningful for me and very personal, thats why they aren't in visible places.
asims asims 9 years
I don't have any tattoos but I LOVE THEM. They are very sexy. I plan to get of these days. :)
sashak sashak 9 years
I have 6 tattoos & my boyfriend has 18. He got most of his for the hell of it. My fav is his giant pirate ship with an Irish flag! One of his best friends (who is a nationaly recognized artist) just opened a shop here & they are doing mad business! :woohoo: for Jason! And yeah, "tramp stamp" or "ho tag" refers to the middle of the lower back, not the back hip/ love handle area
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
I am getting my first coming up. I have piercings (5 holes - two the traditional earlobe) but I've always been attracted to the commitment of the tattoo. I'm pretty attracted to them on others, also - but in moderation. If you have 14 tattoos, do they really all signify something entirely impactful on your life? And flash drives me nuts - girls with butterfly "tramp stamps" or guys with an eagle/bull/tiger on the upper arm = blegh.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
tats and piercings can be sexy at times (well.. most of the times they are :D) but my boyfriend n mom says.. even though they are, (still) i better not to have em.. hahahah
Shoe-Diva Shoe-Diva 9 years
Don't have any, don't want any, don't care for them.
rhondak rhondak 9 years
I have one and my hubby has one. I designed my own and has a lot of meaning to me. I would love to get another one! Also, I designed the tattoo that my older sister got. That meant alot to me that she would put something that I drew on her body permanently. I think that tattoos are long as they have some sort of meaning or symbolism to the person they are on. That's all that really matters.
tamberly tamberly 9 years
i like tattoos that are nicely done and sort of mean something for the person that has one. I think its kind of silly to just put anything on you for the sake of having a tattoo. I would really like to get one but i first want to make sure that it something I really want and want forever. I do find them somewhat attractive on guys.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I've always wanted one or two but I've just never gotten around to doing it. After years of thinking about it I have finally decided on the first design, so I doubt I'll end up regretting it. I love seeing other peoples tattoos and hearing the stories behind them. I hate it when people just decide one day "i'm going to get a tattoo" then walk into a shop and pick the first one they see on the wall :( I do like tattoos on guys and most of the time on girls but I'm not liking the "Amy Winehouse" look - too much! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Alice-Green Alice-Green 9 years
I keep thinking about getting one. I never do things half-hearted. If I'm getting one then its a big one, from butt to shoulder. Just haven't found a motive that I like yet.
Cleopatra2U Cleopatra2U 9 years
I thought I was done typing, but I just read all of the earlier comments, and I'd like to respond to #50. danielle said: "People who get flash off of the walls at a tattoo shop because they're drunk and bored drive me NUTS." This is good advice. The one tattoo of my nine that I wouldn't mind having removed -- it's the third one I ever got, and it's a heart with a knife through it and a rose behind it, on my left breast (go ahead and gag, I have! ;)) -- is something I picked off of a wall one day when I was 17, not drunk in the least, but bored out of my mind and just DYING to feel that needle in my skin! (I'm tellin' ya, that feeling is addictive!) The big genie on my right leg (it goes from my hip bone about halfway down my thigh) is Spider Webb flash ("Spider Webb" is an artist who has drawn A LOT of what you see hanging on tattoo shop walls; "flash" is what all that art is called) and even though I had the artist change the colors up, I really didn't like it until I had the dragons put on later because that made it more original. I have two birds on my left thigh that are also flash, but they were ones I looked at and thought about for a while before I went back to get them, and they are probably the best looking ones I have. danielle also said: "this fall a company is releasing a tattoo ink that can be removed in one laser removal treatment, so no more "old and wrinkly/regret" excuses!!" I read about this elsewhere a while back and I just don't get it. I mean... Why would you go to a tattoo shop to get something that is generally considered "permanent" but not get it in permanent ink...? It just doesn't make sense to me...? There are other questions, too: is this new ink safe? Will tattoo parlors even carry it? But who knows, maybe it will catch on. When I started getting tattoos over a decade and a half ago, I was doing something shocking; but now it seems like just as many people have them as do not.
Cleopatra2U Cleopatra2U 9 years
I have nine tattoos. I got them all when I was between the ages of 17 and 23. I'm 33 now, and while I don't regret getting any (I wouldn't mind having one removed, but I don't regret getting it because I learned from the experience), I wish I had put some more thought into the whole thing, because right now it looks like a bunch of mismatched, random pieces, which it is. I also wish I had gone to better tattoo artists instead of having a (now ex) boyfriend do this one, and a friend do that one, a friend of a friend do another one... I like tattoos, and I like how it feels to get tattooed (*not* painful!), thus why I have so many. I would like to get some of mine fixed up before getting any new ones, but tattoos are pretty low on my priority list now, after rent and car payment and car insurance and groceries and *sigh*... Someday... When I say "fixed up", I mean that some are fading and need to be retouched. Also, I have a lot of bright-colored biker-type stuff, and that's not really what I'm into any more... Now I prefer relatively delicate thin tribal and greywork. One of my pieces I consider "finished" is a large, modified Spider Webb drawing of a genie in a blue dress coming out of a lamp, surrounded by red and orange flames... With delicate hand-drawn dragons in grey that look like they are made of smoke. The dragons were added a few years after the rest. This particular piece is like two snapshots of my life in one: what I was into when I was a teenager plus what I am into now. It is me. The best advice I have for anyone who is thinking about getting a tattoo, whether it's their first one or their tenth one, is to put a drawing of it in a place where you will see it every day -- like taped to your bathroom mirror. If, after a year, you're not so sick of the drawing that you've ripped it down, then it is probably safe to put it on your body. Wow, I've just typed a book. If you read all this -- thanks! :)
nikh nikh 9 years
i have four. and i love them... i doesn't reaaaally hurt.. just a little
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I've only heard "tramp stamp" for the center of the lower back. Every tattoo artist I know uses it for that spot. Once it's off to one side of the lower back, I've never heard it called that. Or higher up in the center of the back.
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
i have 4, luv em aslong as they're not done to be "trendy" too many ppl I know have dragons, butterflies and chinese stuff.ew- so over! get smtg original/meaningful and less likely to be seen on somebody else.
scourtneyex scourtneyex 9 years
i have over 20 tattoos, big ones, small ones, visible ones, private ones. i think tattoos are sexy; they are about self-expression. of all of my tattoos, the only ones with "meaning" are the two i got for my daughters. the rest are fun! and as for when we get older, tattoos aren't done the way they were 50 years ago. the large green masses i see on my grandpa's arms are not what mine are going to be. you don't have the blow-out (bleeding of designs) associated with the old "sailor" tats. take care of your tattoos the same way you take care of your skin and they'll look great for years. lotion, sunblock, etc. and go somewhere reputable to start with. you get what you pay for!!
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 9 years
I have two - one has meaning, one does not (sort of regret that one, but I was 18 and thought it was "cool"). I would love to go to an artist who could bring the two together into one large, and meaningful tattoo.
laura1867 laura1867 9 years
No tattoos for me, not yet anyway.
gbrsgirl gbrsgirl 9 years
I love tattoos but neither my husband or I have one.
HitThat9787 HitThat9787 9 years
I love them!I have 2 & I want more!
Mozzy Mozzy 9 years
Love the 2 i've got!
renaimarie renaimarie 9 years
I have a half sleeve on my right arm of a city skyline and trees. The artist who did it is absolutely amazing, and it looks like it was done in watercolor. I've actually had several people come up to me and tell me that my arm has changed their mind about tattoos. I also have several smaller ones that I love, and a few that I'm not wild about. However, each one of them reminds me of a certain time/event in my life, and I'm very happy to have them. I love well thought out and meaningful tattoos. However, I also love them just for the sake of art- as long as they actually are art, and aren't just tacky flash that someone picked off the wall. They're expensive and they hurt- but they are meant to be with you for life, thus making the pain and cost worth it, in my opinion. I love having the option to make my body beautiful and unique on my own terms.
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 9 years
I love tattoos and I date guys who have them ;) my bf has a BEAUTIFUL one across his back which I think is oh-so-sexy XD XD and I want one really badly...but I'm just not ready yet~ I want to make sure i know exactly what I want..not going to just jump in and get some stupid design...
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