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Tattoos Without Meaning?
Posted 3/20/14
If someone were to get a tattoo, does there need to be a deep meaning behind it or is it alright to simply get a tattoo because you like the art and it looks cool?

I am in favor of the latter. I have tattoos and they do have meaning, but lately I want to simply get tattoos that I think are great images and would look great as tattoos. I've been thinking about getting a Serial Experiments Lain tattoo of the Blu-Ray cover art of Lain because it is dark and creepy, I've seen the show (it's one of my favorites) and looks A.MA.ZING (http://amzn.to/1gMQlpw). Any deep meaning? No, besides me being a morbid son of a gun and liking dark imagery. 90% of people will think it is the dumbest thing they have ever seen as a tattoo, but to me (as long as the artist is good) it will be amazing, even without a deep meaning.

Others will think that getting a tattoo that doesn't have meaning is idiotic and that if it doesn't have meaning there is no point.

Again, my opinion is that, If someone goes over someone's house and there is a painting on the wall, most people don't think about what the meaning of that painting is, that person would just assume the owner put that painting on the wall because they liked the art.

Anyone have any opinions on this? Try to be civil, sketchy topics like tattoos always seem to lead to heated debates and lashing out (although this is the internet so this request will probably go unheard.)

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Posted 3/20/14
I personally wouldn't get a tattoo if it didn't mean anything.
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Posted 3/20/14
Can't it both?
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Tattoos are becoming more common and less of a real issue. Get whatever tattoos you like, it's all personal preference. As long as your employer is ok with it. Even if tattoos are not allows in a workplace, you can cover up with sleeves. The place I work allows tattoos, but no facial piercings. Personally I think tattoos are a bigger thing that piercings, kinda annoys me that coworkers can have tattoos all over their arms but I can't have 1-2 rings/studs on my lip
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I have quite a few tattoos and my very first one was the Quake II logo. I liked the simplicity of the logo and it seemed really iconic to me. I made a deal with myself that if liked it in 3 years time, I'd get it done...so I did. I've actually gotten quite a few positive comments on it as well
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Posted 3/20/14
I personally would never consider a tattoo if it didn't have meaning, but tattoos have become so common and not really thought of as strange anymore, so there's nothing to stop you from doing so. At my school there's a girl who has about 7 tattoos at this point, and some of them have meaning, and some of them don't, and I personally don't like any of them because I don't think the artist did a very good job. Just today, though, I saw a girl with this sort of bird tattoo that probably didn't have much of a meaning, and I liked it.

My problem comes from tattoos that look like they were googled about 5 minutes before they were done (like putting a turtle on your wrist/ankle or something) or came from when a person was drunk (stupid placement, tramp stamps, etc.). When you put little to no thought into what you're doing to your body, or pay for a really cheap artist to put something really crappy and permanent on your body, I have a problem.

Otherwise, I think that it all sort of depends. Anywhere from one or two to a sleeve don't bother me as long as it seems some thought was put into it and you got a good artist to do it. Anyways, who am I to judge? Although people will have opinions about it, everyone's free to do whatever they want to their body.
Posted 3/20/14 , edited 3/20/14

Phersu wrote:

Can't it both?


As in a tattoo that looks great AND has meaning? You obviously can, but the question is that if that same tattoo looked great, but it did not have meaning, would you still get it or is meaning the main factor?


IcedPeachTea wrote:

I personally would never consider a tattoo if it didn't have meaning, but tattoos have become so common and not really thought of as strange anymore, so there's nothing to stop you from doing so. At my school there's a girl who has about 7 tattoos at this point, and some of them have meaning, and some of them don't, and I personally don't like any of them because I don't think the artist did a very good job. Just today, though, I saw a girl with this sort of bird tattoo that probably didn't have much of a meaning, and I liked it.

My problem comes from tattoos that look like they were googled about 5 minutes before they were done (like putting a turtle on your wrist/ankle or something) or came from when a person was drunk (stupid placement, tramp stamps, etc.). When you put little to no thought into what you're doing to your body, or pay for a really cheap artist to put something really crappy and permanent on your body, I have a problem.

Otherwise, I think that it all sort of depends. Anywhere from one or two to a sleeve don't bother me as long as it seems some thought was put into it and you got a good artist to do it. Anyways, who am I to judge? Although people will have opinions about it, everyone's free to do whatever they want to their body. :P


This. I think this is one of the biggest problems with the tattoo community and what is giving it such a bad rep. So many people see it as the new "cool" thing to do and when someone says "I want a tattoo!" their friends rolls their eyes and expects them to get a really generic thing that everyone has where no thought went into it.

Also, I'm glad you are sensible enough to understand that about people's bodies
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Kind of moot. I won't get a tattoo. Such a thing could identify me. People in my line of work need to be as anonymous as possible....
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Kind of moot. I won't get a tattoo. Such a thing could identify me. People in my line of work need to be as anonymous as possible....


I saw nothing
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I love my tattoos, I treat them like they are my time capsules. I can look at them and know where I was or what I was going through at the time. IMO tattoos that are usually regretful, are when people go in and not know what they want yet. They just look through the book or wall at the tattoo shop minutes before the procedure. Not all the time though, tattooing is art. A cool tattoo can be just that, a cool looking tattoo.

I believe you'll be happy with it. Let tattoos become a reflection of you and your personality. Get something that you can stand by and own it proudly. Don't allow other people's opinions get in the way of expressing yourself.
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Posted 3/20/14
tramp stamps, guns on hips, stars on neck or gtfo
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Picking out a design from a wall pic of flipping through the art book in the store is a MASSIVE no no.
Posted 3/20/14
no. if i were to get one, i would get it because i think it looks good or sexy.
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It's your body, do whatever you want with it (as long as you can live with your choices 10, 20, 30 years down the road).
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Posted 3/20/14
As long as you aren't getting any tears tattooed on your face then you should be fine to get whatever you want.
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