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Tattoos: Body art or tramp stamps?

What do you think about tattoos? Do you have a tattoo? If so, describe it. Are you happy with your tattoo or do you want it gone? If you dont have one, would you get one? If so, do you have any ideas about what it will be?
15 years ago, May 23rd 2008 No: 1 Msg: #36198  
I have a long stemmed rose bud just below my waistline on the right hand side.
I like it. Getting it was not an impulse thing. I gave it a lot of thought so it looks good. Well, I think it looks good anyway. :D

I certainly think they are body art but if they are badly done they can look sleezy or simply not very good.
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15 years ago, May 28th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #36639  
I'd like to get a tattoo at the end of my stay here, something symbolic or representative of the country, but I'm not sure what. Has anyone done something similar? Reply to this

15 years ago, May 28th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #36643  
I met a German girl in Thailand who had something tattooed on her ankle in Thai while she was in Thailand. She would not tell me what it said because it is personal.

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15 years ago, May 28th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #36648  
Ive got a little butterfly on my foot,got it when i was drunk on my 18th birthday!not a good idea but i do still love the tattoo,chaz got a tattoo when he was traveling in new zealand and hes planning on getting it finished when we go next year.We have both been thinking about getting one in thailand which will be are last stop on are RTW trip but i am a little worried about hygene and how they do it as i think they do it with a stick sort of thing and it looks so painful!!.I do like tattoos a lot some can look tacky but it personal taste. Reply to this

15 years ago, May 28th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #36650  
The age old question of tattoos - good or bad?

When I was 16 or so, a guy getting an ear pierced was a shock to a lot of people. Tattoos are common in lots of cultures and taboo in just as many others. I have 3 tattoos - one a yin & yang symbol formed by 2 oriental dragons (one red one black). To me it is a reminder to keep a balance in life and dragons in oriental myths are protective of humans and good luck (unlike western myths that portray them as fire breathing monsters).

Another is the symbol of a martial arts club I belong to and it reminds me of the long years I spent training to attain a certain level in that pursuit (it is actually a very peaceful logo that tells me that strength comes from within and that we can only attain the important things in life through persistent effort).

The third is a small, black dragon that was put on my arm by a Buddhist monk because he did not want me to forget a lesson he taught about life and he figured it was a good way to remind me.

I guess everyone views them differently, if you get them for a reason and they mean something to you then go for it. The pain is worth it if you can live with the design for the rest of your life. Hey, nobody at my place of work even knows I have them because they are on my upper arms. So, pick a good design that means something to you, pick the placement that suits your lifestyle and go for it I say! Reply to this

15 years ago, May 28th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #36653  
When I got mine I purposely got it in a place that would not show when I wore work clothes.
So many people walked past my desk at work and said ''nice tattoo''. It peeps out just below my shirt if I lean slightly forward. :D Reply to this

15 years ago, May 29th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #36725  
I think it's better to regret something you've done than something you haven't.

Even if in 20 years you don't like the tattoo, it's still a memory of a time when you felt that was something you wanted/needed in your life.

I agree with Rob/Lorenza though, get something meaningful with a placement that suits your lifestyle...

and go for it! Reply to this

15 years ago, May 31st 2008 No: 8 Msg: #36940  
I have a tatoo on my left arm. Got it for my 18th birthday. Spent all of 3 minutes flicking through I book before picking it out - 'I want that one!'....'you sure?'......'I...Want...That....One!!!'

So I got it. Regretted it the next day. Today, I don't really care about it, and I haven't really thought about it much since. Reply to this

15 years ago, June 2nd 2008 No: 9 Msg: #37052  
Tramp stamps are tramp stamps, no doubt about that! Reply to this

15 years ago, June 3rd 2008 No: 10 Msg: #37223  
I have two, small, Chinese characters on the inside of my right ankle that I got while in Beijing last year. They say "maoxian" and means "adventure." I am very very happy with the result. I wouldn't have gotten Chinese characters anywhere BUT China.

Also, in my circle, the term "tramp stamp" is only used for tattoos that are on the lower back, in the middle, and peek out when women lean over or wear short shirts. Is the term different where you're from? Reply to this

15 years ago, June 3rd 2008 No: 11 Msg: #37224  
Most people where I am from just call them tattoos. 😊
I only once heard somebody call them tramp stamps and that was on an internet forum during a conversation about tattoos. We were all discribing our tattoos and liking tattoos when along came a lady like, prudish type of woman and called them tramp stamps. She got some not very friendly responses to that. :D

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15 years ago, June 3rd 2008 No: 12 Msg: #37240  
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I have a tribal sun on the left side of my lower back. People see it when I want them to and I can cover it up when I want. It doesn't have any particular "meaning" but I did think it through and searched quite a while for the design. I think, at least for the people I know, they become a bit addicting. Once you get one, you want another :-) I want to equal it out on the other side of my back, but again something that I have thought out and suspect I won't regret in the years to come. I do, though, know a number of people who do not like them and ask me why I've gotten them. To each their own I guess! Reply to this

15 years ago, June 4th 2008 No: 13 Msg: #37295  
Mell- I think you and that prudish woman are mistaken! Tattoos are tattoos.... tramp stamps are specifically tattoos on the lower back of females. Its the mark of a tramp because they are usually bared with half-tops and its the only thing you see when you are with her. Its a stamp because it seems every girl has one, at least the trampy ones! Tramp Stamps on Wikipedia Reply to this

15 years ago, June 4th 2008 No: 14 Msg: #37313  
Well, it looks like my tattoo is not a tramp stamp then . :D

I think the trouble with tattoos like the lower back ones is that they go out of fashion so quickly.
It is like those Celtic bands that people used to get tattooed around their upper arm. Nobody gets those anymore either and they look a bit outdated on those who already have them.

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15 years ago, June 4th 2008 No: 15 Msg: #37343  
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Oops, well it looks like my tattoo is a tramp stamp then! :-) But thats cool, I got it almost 10 years ago and I still love it so it works for me. And actually just last night I had a friend that I've known (and seen often) for over a year say to me "you have a tattoo? I don't think I've ever seen it!" So apparently, it's not all that obvious! Reply to this

15 years ago, June 7th 2008 No: 16 Msg: #37682  
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If you wanna have tattoo u'll definetely make it once whether it's an art or mistake. I've made a tattoo going back home after unbelievably busy day in investment company. Having dolphin on my leg for me is carrying a part of something which I love. And it looks perfect as well. Reply to this

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