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Post Reply What's your opinion on Tattoos? O.o
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I'm personally not a fan. I think you can tell a lot about a person by his/her choice of tats. Way too many people get trendy tats, just things they think are cool, or other thoughtless stuff. Like tribal tats. The hell? What tribe do you belong to? And tramp stamps. And butterfly wings. And countless other cliche things. People should realize that their tastes change and should at least attempt to compensate for that.

Anyway, I'm not against them completely. I think they can be chosen and done tastefully but this requires much forethought and careful, logical consideration. A tattoo is like an accessory you can't ever remove. Imagine wearing a ring or bracelet or hat that you can't ever take off. It's sort of like that, so you better damn well be sure that you want it on your skin forever. Yeah, you can remove it but the process is painful and costs money and is needlessly risky.

I also understand the whole self-expression argument but people who want tattoos probably should not get them across their faces or snaking up their necks and all the way down their arms. The cost of getting the ink pales in comparison to the costs you'll incur when you have difficulty finding a professional job that you want.

OP's tattoo colors seem really vibrant. And employers can't see it unless he wears shorts to work. I guess that sort of tattoo location is okay in my book as long as there are no regrets later on.
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Got a few. Doing my right arm right now, and it's almost done. Have one more session to finish it up, then maybe a touch up, and it'll be complete. A few rules, which I abide by, is never get a face tattoo or hand tattoos. Depending on what you want to do later on in life, make sure you can hide them with a sleeve or collar. While social acceptance of tattoos is a lot further along than it used to be, it's still not widely accepted in certain professional fields, like teaching or medicine. Not that it's taboo for doctors/nurses or teachers to have them, they just have to be hide-able.

But yeah. Tattoos are pretty fun if you know what you want.
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My muscles are my tattoos. /flex
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i like tattoos but if i were to get one i don't know what i would get.
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I think a half sleeve would be really cool to get, eventually.

Tattoos in general are really cool, but you really have to make sure you want something permanent on your body!
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I will be in the minority then: I don't think they're a good idea. They seem "cool" among one's immediate peer group, but you are calling attention to yourself for the rest of your life (if it's in a visible location). This affects how people will view you, and obviously a lot of people won't like your particular tattoo. In the job world, one will be at a disadvantage for hiring at nearly any public industry if you have a visible tattoo, and you are affecting your promotion opportunities. People are judgmental.

Physically, they will fade over time requiring constant upkeep if you care for its appearance. Your skin will age as well. There is the very real possibility that you will outgrow your tattoo. Taking out a piercing is nothing compared to taking out a tattoo.

I also don't find them attractive.
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i honestly think there awesome. Btw awesome tattoo dude. They help you express yourself. I feel like its the worth pain even though i dont have a tattoo i caaan relate to the pain. What i like doing is saying in my head screw the pain screw the pain screw the pain
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Nice ink man. I have a few tattoos, working on finishing my left arm. I would say that you should do whatever the hell you want, be that tattoos, piercings or whatever, as long as you're not hurting anybody, why should they care. But I would say that if someone is thinking about getting ink, be sure that you are a strong willed person and that you won't be upset by other peoples negative comments. Also, that classic age old argument that when you're old , you'll look terrible and regret it, is ridiculous. When I'm a 70 or 80 year old man, I'll probably have more important things to worry about than tattoos, and at least I'll look like a badass pensioner.
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Just make sure it looks good with wrinkles.


Lot of societies are totally against them, so I guess it's a good thing we aren't, because a lot of people would be screwed.
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Apart from being souvenirs of those drunk nights you could have avoided , tats visibly express three of the things wrong with the 18-24 demographic that wants them:
1) The idea that bare skin is somehow "wasted space", like a blank billboard that doesn't have an ad on it yet--Not to sound pervy, but when you get to a slightly older age, you realize there's just something sexy about clean, uninterrupted skin in its own natural biological color (a model in a bikini, 'nuff said), probably because cloth and plastic are never quite like it, and you're thinking about how it feels, once you've had some experience. To "mess it up" with some tastelessly designed stain over the good parts that looks like an old muddy-colored three-color comic strip from the 30's is distracting, but at that age it's, "It's too boring to have something that doesn't express myself!"
2) For that same reason, there's sort of a self-loathing about the rush for tats and piercings, that's typical of the pessimistic mood-swings and society judgment at those ages: It's for people who feel they can't get ahead because they're "misjudged", and want to throw everything back in society's face, as long as it creates some idea of "individuality" that they can hold on to. ("You think I'm 'wrong', well, I can make myself 'wronger'!")

And that big ol' hilarious one: :lol
3) The idea that you will ALWAYS BE THE SAME PERSON twenty years from now that you were at 18-21. Oh, you probably think that makes sense now, because nothing's ever in the long term, and taking something "permanent" with you is some kind of bold statement about yourself--But you wouldn't even be listening to the same music five years from now, what makes you think you'll be the same person in twenty or thirty, and that the "statement" you made back then is something you can't take back without minor bodily surgery? (Oh, or maybe you're hoping you won't live that long, is that it?)
Only hormones believe in "permanent"--Life changes. Smart people know how to change with it, and always leave themselves an opening.


Morbidhanson wrote:The cost of getting the ink pales in comparison to the costs you'll incur when you have difficulty finding a professional job that you want.


Particularly in the case of actors who thought it was "expressive" to get them on their own self-indulgent free time, but then found that the casting director found there would be a problem putting them in the historical or sci-fi epic with that Harley-Davidson tattoo they got in Vegas without the added cost of CGI airbrushing, or making special costume rearrangements for playing the clean-cut character on the soap opera, assuming it didn't lose them the part to begin with.

Most people's jobs don't directly put them in the position where tats are the bodily equivalent of shooting off their big fat mouths, but for those who are, it's the most direct illustration of the idea.
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I don't have any .My kids have many.I've no problem with quality work.
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i don't have any but i'd get aFrozen tattoo lol jk
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Tattoos are art. That being said, I love them if they're done tastefully or good quality. I am getting my second one here in 2 weeks. Revy's tribal tatoo.
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I've got 6 at the moment, and I don't feel like any of them were a mistake, much less a drunken mistake that I've grown to regret.

1- I've never thought that my bare skin was wasted space, but it was my skin to do with as I pleased.

2- I was never in a rush to get tattoos, even the one that I got for my 18th birthday [thanks Mom]. I always gave myself a minimum of a year to mull things over; same thing with the piercings I had. I've had my eyebrow, lip, and tongue pierced. The only reason I took them out was because I got tired of having to take them out at the airport.

3- Only an irrational person would believe they'd still be the same person in 10 years, hell even 5 years. For some people, tattoos are memories, and regardless of our opinion on the quality or style, I don't think that gives us any right to comment on how they're going to feel years down the road. If they grow to regret the tattoo[s] they have, that's their problem, not mine.

For my job, I've never had an issue with my tattoos peeking out here and there, but I do understand the need to keep them covered; I work with children. It's not my job to influence what they do with their bodies, but I'm not going to shit all over their desire to do what they want, so long as they are of legal age.

I feel that if you're getting a tattoo, you already understand the implications that come with it. Maybe I'm part of a 1% group that understands this, whilst others do not.

I don't get tattoos for other people. I get them for me. So at the end of the day, someone's disapproval at my inked flesh doesn't bother me.

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SaucyJacky wrote:

I've got 6 at the moment, and I don't feel like any of them were a mistake, much less a drunken mistake that I've grown to regret.

1- I've never thought that my bare skin was wasted space, but it was my skin to do with as I pleased.

2- I was never in a rush to get tattoos, even the one that I got for my 18th birthday [thanks Mom]. I always gave myself a minimum of a year to mull things over; same thing with the piercings I had. I've had my eyebrow, lip, and tongue pierced. The only reason I took them out was because I got tired of having to take them out at the airport.


So, I guess, in our society, you can't really "do whatever you want to yourself, because it's nobody else's business", then, can you, since we encounter very, very few situations where it actually isn't anyone else's business?
We're allowed a small space of ourselves, but everything else we have to sacrifice that for the need to be trusted and seen responsible by other people--our kids, our co-workers, security restrictions in airports and public buildings--in that we're willing to put ourselves aside for them.
Some people figured that out by the end of their twenties, and some...................did not.
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