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    Default Tattoos - The Permanent Mullet?

    Considering that they're more permanent than most marriages, why would someone think they'll like the same tat at age 60 that they got at age 20 ? I see them everywhere - beautiful LA women marred by a Tweetie Bird on their shoulders - okay, perhaps cute at 23. Tweety at 63?
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    If anyone likes them, cool.
    I can count with one hand the tattoos on other people that I have actually liked. Besides, they have lost the "tough guy" value. Even the nerdiest guys I have ever met, have tattoos of flaming skulls on their shoulders and chest.
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    Tattoos and piercings are fine by me , I have several . I do draw the line at implants and body mods / branding scarification etc

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    I think it depends on what you get. I have a very simple small one: a single blossom with my children's names around it in a place that I can hide it well. Several family members don't know I even have one because they have never seen it. I meant it to be for only me, a personal thing. I think people make that mistake, putting it somewhere so that the world will see it. Something silly or gaudy that they someday will regret. I know I never will because it's of my children's names and therefore very special to me, and it doesn't look ridiculous or cheap. My grandpa has one he got during his navy days on his forearm, and it's a single color service tattoo. It's large but ornate and looks like a crest or seal. I've always thought of it as a badge of honor and it just seemed to fit him and still seemed classy somehow. I remember hearing his stories about friends and things he saw and tracing that tattoo with my finger when I was a little girl. When I grew up I made it my mission to find those friends that he had lost touch with so that he could talk to them again. Thanks to the internet, I was able to do that. But I simply can't imagine him without that tattoo, it's a part of him and who and what he was. So to answer your question, I think it depends what the tattoo stands for that determines whether it's a shame. Mine stands for the love I have for my children, his stands for his service to his country. I don't think of either as cringeworthy

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    I've never found a design I liked enough to have it tattooed on me but I have nothing against them; almost everyone around here seems to have at least one.

    Sometimes I see people with very extensive tattoos on their face and wonder about the pain they endured to have that done.

    I have a friend who gave herself one when she was still in middle school. She used a pin and a pen to make a cross on her hand. She had it removed with a laser a few years ago and now you can't tell anything was ever there.

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    Default Re: Tattoos - The Permanent Mullet?

    I've seen quite a few spur-of-the-moment choices that boggle my mind, but if a tattoo has been chosen with care, it will have significance beyond its aesthetic value. Forty years from now, I'd say that person really won't give a damn what anyone else thinks of it by then (and if he/she does, it can be removed!).

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    Yes tatoos can be stylish, but they have to have meaning. They last your whole life. Some of my friends just get a tatoo on a whim cause they think it will look cool. A couple of months later they regret it though because the fad they had immortalized on theirselves is over. You just have to make sure that whatever ink you get done is meaningful and that you wont mind having it on you when you die.

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    Default Re: Tattoos - The Permanent Mullet?

    Quote Originally Posted by adonis View Post
    Considering that they're more permanent than most marriages, why would someone think they'll like the same tat at age 60 that they got at age 20 ? I see them everywhere - beautiful LA women marred by a Tweetie Bird on their shoulders - okay, perhaps cute at 23. Tweety at 63?
    Trust me when I tell you that at the age of 63, you could care less about a faded Tweetie tattoo you got when you were in your twenties.

    I have tattoos and have an entire back piece that was done years ago. If I had a do-over, I would opt not to get tattooed, but I assure you, it's not something I waste any thought over.

    Life rarely gives anyone a do-over and it's a waste of ones energy to fret over stuff that cannot be undone.

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    I have, as you can see, 4 tattoos. A rarity considering that I wear a shirt, tie, and suit to work everyday. I have one on my shoulder, one on my upper left back, one on my upper right back, and a back piece covering my back (Polynesion Eagle - very similar to Anthony Kiedis's back piece). I love them and they each took a while to choose, but could not be happier - for me its art, not about looking tough, cool, etc.... I also like them too bc I can wear a short sleeve shirt and no one has any idea - I can still appear professional when at company parties, etc... If you are on my "contacts" list then you can access my photo album to see more of my ink.
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    Wow, I did not know that a mullet had such negative connotations in the USA.
    In any case, I do not equate tattoos with unprofessionalism. I have met several CEOs that had tattoos. My boss had a tattoo too. As I said, they have lost the exclusively "tough guy" image to be something else: a fad, a symbol, a tribute, an OMG-what-did-I-do, etc.

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    I have 7 tattoos & counting. I typically just wear jeans & t-shirts when I can, & none of them show when wearing that. I got my first one 10 years ago & I still love it. I actually still love all of my tattoos & the ideas behind them, but I have a couple that I wish I had been more clear to the artist what I wanted. I love them, regardless. Tattoos are great as long as they have meaning & aren't just a decision made on a whim or something that someone thinks is simply a cute design.

    Here is my latest one which I got in LA on a trip in February. I got it because the group of friends I was with call me Penguin. And, heck I like penguins, lol. Hence the nickname:

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaraYvonne View Post
    I think it depends on what you get. I have a very simple small one: a single blossom with my children's names around it in a place that I can hide it well. Several family members don't know I even have one because they have never seen it. I meant it to be for only me, a personal thing. I think people make that mistake, putting it somewhere so that the world will see it. Something silly or gaudy that they someday will regret. I know I never will because it's of my children's names and therefore very special to me, and it doesn't look ridiculous or cheap. My grandpa has one he got during his navy days on his forearm, and it's a single color service tattoo. It's large but ornate and looks like a crest or seal. I've always thought of it as a badge of honor and it just seemed to fit him and still seemed classy somehow. I remember hearing his stories about friends and things he saw and tracing that tattoo with my finger when I was a little girl. When I grew up I made it my mission to find those friends that he had lost touch with so that he could talk to them again. Thanks to the internet, I was able to do that. But I simply can't imagine him without that tattoo, it's a part of him and who and what he was. So to answer your question, I think it depends what the tattoo stands for that determines whether it's a shame. Mine stands for the love I have for my children, his stands for his service to his country. I don't think of either as cringeworthy
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    I have a 1/2 arm sleave that goes into my back and part of my neck (am adding to it this summer). I thought hard and long before I put anything on my body - I took the design and put it away then a year later I pulled it out and I still wanted it. I am far from a mullet -

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    I'm with you Adonis, I don't find tattoos attractive (unless they're on Maori warriors or something). But I'm old and unstylish so what I find attractive is not usually of interest to anybody under 40. I think it's more of a rarity to find somebody without a tattoo. They're ubiquitous, just look at most of the people walking around any suburban mall. I don't mean any offense to anybody who has tattoos, I think it's fine that you do whatever you like in that regard, but I personally don't care for them. I especially dislike seeing tattoos on young girls in strapless bridesmaid or prom dresses and delicate strappy sandals and tattoos on their ankles and arms and shoulders. It's so trashy looking to me, but as I said I'm old and old fashioned. Just my two cents!

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    I do find some tats quite attractive, the issue I have is with their permanency. I remember as a kid watching "Miami Vice" and thinking "fashion will never get better than this". I rarely listen to AC/DC anymore and I don't drink chocolate milk with every meal. No dissing anyone's decision, I'm just trying to understand.
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    I've seen some great work and some work that I hope has great significance to the person. The ones I really like are delicate tattoo's that look like a fine woven metallic bracelet, I saw it on a wonan I used to work with and first thought it was a henna art thing but it was permanent. It was so delicate, really stunning. It fitted her personality, it had meaning to her and it was also just right for the area of her body.

    I don't have any tattoo's, I don't know what would have enough meaning to stay with me all my life that I'd want to remember in that way.

    I think Serge Lutens would make nice tattoo designs btw
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    I find tattoos to be like any other kind of art: some beautiful, some hideous and not artistic at all.

    Or should I say, mostly hideous. The new generation seems to favor designs that are mostly raging cliches (I'll refrain from listing specific examples, to avoid embarrassing anyone here), tacky as hell, and going to look dated as hell in just a few years.

    I don't think tattoos are inherently trashy...it's the average Joe/Jane's taste that is trashy.

    I have none, but am not against it. If I ever did get a tat, it would be carefully chosen, and of my own design (or commissioned by an artist whose work I know and love).

    I appreciate a well designed and well executed tat, but the whole scene has just become too mainstream and cookie-cutter for my liking.

    Go ahead and tattooed while drunk and impulsive. I plan to get rich by opening a laser (hideous) tattoo removal parlor in Venice, California. (insert mischievous smiley here)

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    I still want XIX I MCMXCI (my date of birth) on my back from left to right shoulder in Roman caps.
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    I have two tattoos and love them both. I got my first in my late forties (!!!yes, gentlemen). At the parlor, with several women from my women's group, we discussed school choices for our children while getting inked. A muscley fellow in the room was shouting "Mother of God" while getting inked with a pit bull! I got a Victorian flower arrangement on the back of my shoulder.
    I just loved it and got another tat three years later. The second is larger, going halfway up from my ankle to my knee. I have always loved the art and craft of William Morris, the late nineteenth century English craftsmen and socialist. I selected a picture of one of his tapestries, and the tattoo artist drew a faithful reproduction. I still love it.
    My very patient and accepting husband drew the line at two. I obliged. I did, however, get my nose pierced last year.

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    Default Re: Tattoos - The Permanent Mullet?

    Quote Originally Posted by adonis View Post
    Considering that they're more permanent than most marriages, why would someone think they'll like the same tat at age 60 that they got at age 20 ? I see them everywhere - beautiful LA women marred by a Tweetie Bird on their shoulders - okay, perhaps cute at 23. Tweety at 63?
    Actually, it's a good point: do our tastes changes as we age?
    I think some do and some don't.
    Some choices we made at 21 are as valid now as they were then, others are cringe-worthy.

    I'm 43 and I'm seriously considering getting a snowflake tattoo on my hip/thigh, having never bothered to get the waterlily I fancied in my late 20s, early 30s. Both ideas are of things that have great meaning to me, and that is what makes the difference, I think. A design that has great thought put into it, is well-placed on the body and inked by a true artist becomes timeless and has enduring beauty.
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    I am glad the "Tweetie Bird" tattoo example was used!

    I saw this thread title, and thought, "I can't believe that there are people in the world that would want a permanent picture of Tweetie Bird smoking a fatty on their body!"

    So it is official - Tweetie Bird tattoos are the tackiest thing you can do to your body.

    I agree with Socialwoman in that I don't really have anything against them, but I have yet to find any piece of visual "art" that I like enough to have put on my body forever.

    I do think that it can make a body part more or less attractive. I can think of about a million times more examples of the unattractive ones, though. This might sound terrible, but there is a cute girl who I might otherwise have been "into" if she didn't have these hideous tattoos covering both of her entire feet.

    I mean really... Why would you want a dolphin on your ass? Or the same freakin' tribal armband that every one else has? (Scentimus - yours is cool)

    I can better understand when a person might want to put their lover's name on themselves, as a symbol of their supposedly everlasting love... but we all know how that turns out most of the time. A family member's name (or even picture!) makes more sense to me; but still, no thanks.
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    Now this, on the other hand, I can dig...
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    Classy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentimus View Post
    I thought hard and long before I put anything on my body - I took the design and put it away then a year later I pulled it out and I still wanted it.
    That the cinch, innit? I doubt the Tweety-wearers put that much thought into their, ehm, adornment. I don't oppose tattoo's on principle, but I do loathe the terrible lack of originality and perspective that afflicts many people who have been tattooed. I have one medium sized tattoo at present (invisible in all but the most intimate moments), and it took me 2 years to decide on it.
    I've been contemplating a second, slightly more visible one, and it's been an 18 month process finding inspiration, designing, sketching, mulling it over, tweaking the designs, narrowing it down to two iterations, putting them away again, researching tattooists specializing in the kind of art I want, reviewing their portfolio's and credentials... I doubt I'll ever regret something I put so much energy in.
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    You should consider a unicorn
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    I like tattoos. But only if they are in black and white.

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    Scentronic - I WILL NEVER SEE UNICORNS THE SAME WAY AGAIN. You have scarred me.

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