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Tattoos - a fashion statement?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by hchamp, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. pantheist

    pantheist Senior member

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    What did you expect to happen?

    well its on my side... so it's covered up by a shirt 99% of the time
     
  2. starcrash

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    For those of you with tattoos, do you mind when strangers comment on yours (or ask questions about them), or do you find it annoying? My wife has a couple of simple (but rather prominent) geometric tattoos, and she seems to get tired of people asking "what they mean."
    I don't mind when people compliment me on mine, but it's annoying when they ask me to explain them. A lot of people assume that all tattoos have some very cryptic or personal meaning. Personally, I find all that "deep, inner meaning" stuff associated with tattoos to be a bit goofy.

    Back to the original topic, like it or not, tattoos do make a statement and they do correlate with fashion and style. I have to take them into consideration when choosing an outfit, whether or not it is an appropriate occasion to leave them visible.

    My girl hasn't shitcanned me yet, but faggots do shun me occasionally!
     
  3. Sigmeow

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    For those of you with tattoos, do you mind when strangers comment on yours (or ask questions about them), or do you find it annoying? My wife has a couple of simple (but rather prominent) geometric tattoos, and she seems to get tired of people asking "what they mean."

    My girlfriend has a tree of life tattooed on her back

    People keep touching it and it's quite upsetting for her.
     
  4. Silverback

    Silverback Senior member

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    My girlfriend has a tree of life tattooed on her back

    People keep touching it and it's quite upsetting for her.

    I guess people should think of that when they get something that says "Look at me! I need attention!" put on their body.
     
  5. AntiHero84

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    I don't mind when people compliment me on mine, but it's annoying when they ask me to explain them.

    Agreed. Compliments in general make me feel uncomfortable. Plus, it's exposing enough to have a tattoo on your arm. Being asked to explain its personal meaning is a bit too much. I would rather someone just appreciate the artistry.
     
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    Agreed. Compliments in general make me feel uncomfortable. Plus, it's exposing enough to have a tattoo on your arm. Being asked to explain its personal meaning is a bit too much. I would rather someone just appreciate the artistry.
    What is exposing about having a tattoo on your arm? [​IMG]
     
  8. AntiHero84

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    You stick out. I have a half sleeve on my left arm and I occasionally get stared at walking down the street. For the most part it doesn't bother me, but I do feel a bit exposed when people see a part of me that remains hidden at work and other more formal situations. For the most part, it's rather funny. Some people seem intrigued, others repulsed. Those who are offended are the most entertaining.
     
  9. Silverback

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    Those who are offended are the most entertaining.
    I assume that is why a lot of people get tattoos. So when someone says they hate being asked about them I am a little perplexed.

    I mean it is a freakin' tattoo. I could do the same with henna(sp?) or a stamp kit. They are so normal now. Extreme body modification is where it is at for the edgy IMHO.
     
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    I didn't get a tattoo to be edgy or offensive. I'm just surprised someone could be so uptight, especially when they are becoming more common.

    What would you describe as extreme body modification.
     
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    I didn't get a tattoo to be edgy or offensive. I'm just surprised someone could be so uptight, especially when they are becoming more common.
    Becoming more common? They ARE common. I miss the 70's when all a tattoo meant was a night out drinking and the rest of your life with Speedy Gonzales.
    What would you describe as extreme body modification.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Sigmeow

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    I guess people should think of that when they get something that says "Look at me! I need attention!" put on their body.

    You only see it if she is wearing something backless, which isn't that often.


    What you're thinking of is a tramp stamp. THAT'S a call for attention.
     
  13. Silverback

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    You only see it if she is wearing something backless, which isn't that often.


    What you're thinking of is a tramp stamp. THAT'S a call for attention.

    Sorry. I was a little rude in my response. I would say that one of the top reasons people get tattoos is for attention and I am shocked to hear about how some people do not like.

    After having had drilled into me for the last few years that people get tattoos that mean something to themselves I think it is rude not to ask what it means. Which I guess is the opposite of art where I feel the viewer is meant to take away their own meaning. [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry. I was a little rude in my response. I would say that one of the top reasons people get tattoos is for attention and I am shocked to hear about how some people do not like.

    After having had drilled into me for the last few years that people get tattoos that mean something to themselves I think it is rude not to ask what it means. Which I guess is the opposite of art where I feel the viewer is meant to take away their own meaning. [​IMG]


    It's ok.

    There are people with awesome tats these days like my girlfriend and my sister in law, but there are some people out there with stuff like tribal that not only looks godawful but is so unoriginal. Those people ruin it for the rest of 'em.
     
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    There are people with awesome tats these days like my girlfriend and my sister in law, but there are some people out there with stuff like tribal that not only looks godawful but is so unoriginal. Those people ruin it for the rest of 'em.
    +1
     
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    +1

    [​IMG]
     
  17. hadamulletonce

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    I would consider it a statement or body art. Fashion changes but a tattoo is forever, like art. Some appreciate the art and others do not. If you do consider it fashion, great. Just my opinion, not fact.

    I have many friends with tattoos, I personally think they look great. Why hide them?

    Tribal tattoos are a little different. Nothing wrong with them but the ladies should really take care of themselves if they plan on continued exposure over the years. Nothing worse than an aging tribal tattoo buried in a sea of lower back fat. Nothing wrong with tons of lower back fat, if you have it, please try and keep it hidden under a shirt.
     
  18. Piobaire

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    Tattoos might well reflect part of who we are or part of our personal stories. However, just like I do not go telling every stranger intimate secrets about myself, I do not want to share with the world, daily, what part of my life story a tattoo tells. Also, you will be judged by certain circles, merely for having a tattoo. Disregarding this at 18 is easy, but a bit harder in your 30s if you live in the corporate world and are rather happy with all that brings you.

    I have three large tats, all custom drawn for me. One is a dragon and snake, intertwined, that wraps around one of my calves. My wife is a dragon in the Chinese zodiac, and I am a snake. I also have a large, very cool looking dragon, sitting on a wall sconce, on one of my thighs. I have a big Celtic knotword on one of my deltoids. The only one I semi-regret is the calf one. I should have put it around my other thigh, as it shoes when wearing shorts.

    I like tats, I just think you need to think twice, and then think again, about how they might affect you in all facets of your life, for your entire life.
     
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    I like tats, I just think you need to think twice, and then think again, about how they might affect you in all facets of your life, for your entire life.

    +1.
    I think this may be the first time I've ever agreed with one of your posts.
     
  20. Piobaire

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    +1.
    I think this may be the first time I've ever agreed with one of your posts.


    Shit, let me go back and edit. [​IMG]
     

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