To wonder why virtually every woman in labour / partner / mum of woman in labour on OBEM has tattoos?

(66 Posts)
CruCru Fri 01-Mar-13 17:56:53

Do so many people have them? Or just in Leeds (where OBEM is currently set)? It's starting to distract me from the show.

FutTheShuckUp Fri 01-Mar-13 17:58:11

currently enjoying a nice bourbon actually

I think you're just noticing them because it's filmed close up. You wouldn't naturally be seeing certain parts of people in everyday life, would you?! grin

CruCru Fri 01-Mar-13 18:01:36

But they do, don't they? I've started watching out for them when I start watching and am surprised when someone on the show doesn't have any.

CunfuddledAlways Fri 01-Mar-13 18:02:17

think they are lots more popular than they used to be!

my grandma hated them wheras i quite like them and am generally in the its their body to do with what they like club

CruCru Fri 01-Mar-13 18:02:32

LRD - perhaps you're right.

yaimee Fri 01-Mar-13 18:03:33

I think it might be more to with the age group, think that a lot of the people having babies now might be about the right age to have got one when they started to be fashionable/acceptable/more mainstream again!

HecateWhoopass Fri 01-Mar-13 18:04:19

I think tattoos are very very common these days.

HecateWhoopass Fri 01-Mar-13 18:04:38

ooh, common as in lots of people have them. I wasn't being snobby.

BambieO Fri 01-Mar-13 18:08:12

Haha quick save hectate, we knew what you meant though smile

HecateWhoopass Fri 01-Mar-13 18:09:38

noooooo. Don't tease me blush the "these days" in my first post is proof of meaning!!

leniwhite Fri 01-Mar-13 18:17:24

I have full sleeves/partial hands and my legs done too and nurses are still always surprised. I suppose having the odd one is getting more common but I'm still in the minority for the time being. None of mine are remotely like the ones on OBEM either...

defineme Fri 01-Mar-13 18:25:25

40% of Americans aged 26-40 have a tattoo, not sure about UK though. It's going to more unusual not to very soon. I think it certainly can't be called 'alternative' and I'm afraid it's a bit like baby names:the vast majority of people believe they're being original in their design choice and then a few years down the line they realize everyone else had thought of it too.

Like Leniwhite, I have loads. A half sleeve on one arm, full one side of lower arm on the other, some wrists, hands, back, back of neck, foot, thigh, chest, hip and even fanjo (sure I have forgotten some too!)

Nurses are always surprised. grin

Also the same, none of mines are in any way like the ones on OBEM.

BambieO Fri 01-Mar-13 18:43:30


conantg Fri 01-Mar-13 19:11:02

I read last week that 20% of adults in the UK have them. I still don't like them though.

DeafLeopard Fri 01-Mar-13 19:25:49

Schro - your fanjo - really? Ouch

Yes, just 4 outlined hearts with blue shading that go diagonally down my pubic area (direction of hip to pubic mound IYKWIM)?

And yes, it hurt like buggery.

hwjm1945 Fri 01-Mar-13 19:34:55

Become v popular in last 25 years or 1890s to about 1930 they were upper class,Churchill mother had one! From 30s to as about 1990 th err y were for sailors and bikers and gen considered a bit no class assumptions attach IMHO

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Fri 01-Mar-13 19:37:10

Ooooh I sense a impromptu survey coming.....

<<scuttles off>>

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Fri 01-Mar-13 19:42:42

Ooh, you've got your rude nickname back. How nice! grin

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Fri 01-Mar-13 20:13:18

grin yup, I thought I'd wear my Weasel coat and leathers for a little while grin

grin Who doesn't appreciate a weasel?

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Fri 01-Mar-13 20:18:47

SillyBeardy doesn't when I shit in his slippers. I only do it in weasel form grin


Don't have/want any myself but I love them on other people, especially really intricate stuff - not so much love and hate on the knuckles or that type of thing grin

leniwhite Fri 01-Mar-13 20:30:14

Mine are all custom, mostly japanese with lots of birds. I have a peonie on my neck and birds on my hands too. My OH has a deep sea diver, an owl sleeve and a lady with an octopus around her, really intricate and beautiful. We're lucky to have friends who are well respected tattoo artists from NY and here who do it all grin have to say I haven't seen a single one I like on OBEM!

I haven't really noticed, but have a little fact about OBEM. Each mother is paid the princely sum of £60 and given a copy of her birth video to bare it all on tv.

My cousin had a baby at LGI last year and was asked if they wanted to be on the show repeatedly. Apparently the production team hang about antenatal outpatients, classes and tours and just keep asking every time they see you.

She felt quite pressured in the end but still said no.

It would take a lot more than £60 and a dvd for me to flash my fanjo on tv!

HollyBerryBush Fri 01-Mar-13 21:03:40

I read last week that 20% of adults in the UK have them

Which means 80% don't have them

CruCru Fri 01-Mar-13 21:05:46

Leniwhite - sorry, my point wasn't that I think all tattoos are horrible. I do have friends who have some very beautiful body art. Having said that, the OBEM ones are usually not very nice.

£60 is not very much money.

Shesparkles Fri 01-Mar-13 21:07:14

I don't have one but have no objection to them on others, each to their own. Last year on holiday in Portugal, it was VERY easy to pick out the British, no other nationality seemed to have any, or if they did, they were nothing like the size or numbers on British people

ConferencePear Fri 01-Mar-13 21:41:47

Maybe the sort of women who don't have tattoos are the ones who don't choose to appear on the programme ?

leniwhite Sat 02-Mar-13 00:00:28

Crucru I didn't think you meant that don't worry! I'm quite judgy about crap tattoos for my sins, if I'm going to be honest...

Personally I wouldn't be on OBEM but if it were something a bit more accurate that didn't cut out all the 'real' bits then maybe. Been in a few documentaries (not about birth though) and they've never come out well

usualsuspect Sat 02-Mar-13 00:03:09

WTF is wrong with MN ?


<soothes usual>

It's always like this, gets tiring doesn't it?

Maryz Sat 02-Mar-13 00:14:03

I wonder though, if 20% of adults have them, and practically no-one over 50 has them, that would make more than 40% of 20 to 50 year olds.

I wonder what is the figure for 18 to 30 year olds - I bet it is over 50%, which definitely makes them pretty mainstream.

I'm not judging usual - I'm pondering.

usualsuspect Sat 02-Mar-13 00:20:32

Just stop it. STOP IT.

<falls to floor all dramatic >

HillBilly76 Sat 02-Mar-13 00:21:57

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Beaverfeaver Sat 02-Mar-13 00:59:20

I have a large tattoo on my butt cheek which I think might surprise midwife.
It could seem a bit threatening!

NishiNoUsagi Sat 02-Mar-13 01:18:24

I had noticed that, but probably because I have none, not because I don't like them, just too squeamish. So other peoples always stand out to me. Love "reading" tattoos though, but got stuck with the gas man's the other day - he had something in very elaborate script down his arm, was staring at it(with full on head tilt) for an hour until I cracked and asked "Have you really got "Panda" tattooed on you arm??" Turned out it said "Linda" blush

RattyRoland Sat 02-Mar-13 08:07:27

I don't like them, can't understand why anyone would want something so permanently altering on them. Each to their own though.

mrsbunnylove Sat 02-Mar-13 08:08:58

yes, everyone wants to look like a sailor or a criminal. bring on the day when this abominable fashion falls out of favour.

leniwhite Sat 02-Mar-13 08:12:31

When i was about 16 I was at a local gig and the security guy had an obviously homemade tattoo of '666' on his arm so I asked why he had it and he said:

'I'm a gypsy and when I was ten I set fire to a caravan and killed a grandma and a kid so my mum said I was the devil and put this on me'....

OK - I'm just going over here now... confused

Theicingontop Sat 02-Mar-13 08:15:49

Woah, Leni

You don't reckon he was pulling your leg?

Anyway, judgey pants be judgey. Carry on.

thegreylady Sat 02-Mar-13 08:19:41

Do you remember the soloist in the Military Wives Choir? She had some really beautiful tattoos yet some viewers were really nasty about her/them.

SmilingMakesMyFaceAche Sat 02-Mar-13 08:23:39

Who gives a flying fornication about what someone else adorns their body with? This seems to be all over MN at the moment and its peeing me off. Goodness, just let people decorate themselves with whatever they like. As long as they're not holding you down and forcing you to get tattooed against your will then what business is it of anyone's??!!!! Sometimes, I love this place but sometimes stuff like this really bloody irks me. Here OP, have a biscuit and find something else to concern yourself with.

thegreylady Sat 02-Mar-13 08:24:23

There is a photo on fb at the moment of a lady who had a double mastectomy and had a wonderful crop top tattoo all over her upper body. What a heroine! I believe fb were going to remove it ( nudity) which would have been so wrong but many people who had had bc asked for it to stay. I wish I could show you but it is beyond my limited technical powers. If I can work it out I'll try later.

MrsKeithRichards Sat 02-Mar-13 08:31:58

I remember that thegreylady the outpouring against her was disgusting.

EmmelineGoulden Sat 02-Mar-13 08:46:29

Mastectomy tattoo (on a blog, not FB).

MidnightMasquerader Sat 02-Mar-13 08:55:16

The best thing, surely, has to simply be people not reacting to all these anti-tattoo threads, and then they'd just die a death.

If you have a tattoo, do you really care that some faceless random on t'internet doesn't like them?? confused

Seriously - just ignore such sneery, small-minded people. They're not worth it.

MidnightMasquerader Sat 02-Mar-13 08:56:54

Actually, apologies to this OP - it's not as bad as most of these threads. There have just been such a rash of them, that they all blend into one.

thegreylady Sat 02-Mar-13 09:32:56

Thanks Emmeline it is beautiful isn't it?

Shesparkles Sat 02-Mar-13 09:38:01

That tattoo is wonderful, and I can totally understand why the woman has it. I think these kind of circumstances might change my " I like them on others but they're not for me" stance. One of my friends has a beautiful tree of life on her inner wrist, and were it not be for the fact that it would be copying hers, I could have been tempted into something similar, but copying someone else's seems to go against the whole point of tattoos to me.

I have a few tattoos, and I live near Leeds.

I wouldn't go on OBEM though. Nothing against those who do.

I'm interested by the thought that maybe people who don't have tattoos are the ones that don't go on OBEM. What a funny theory!

ShellyBoobs Sat 02-Mar-13 10:00:38

Maybe the sort of women who don't have tattoos are the ones who don't choose to appear on the programme ?

^^ This.

I think tattoos are quite popular but not to the extent you would assume from OBEM.

Personally I don't like tattoos but then again I really don't care what anyone else chooses to adorn their body with.

ShellyBoobs Sat 02-Mar-13 10:11:27

I'm interested by the thought that maybe people who don't have tattoos are the ones that don't go on OBEM. What a funny theory!

Well, I suppose it depends on what angle you're considering it from.

My assumption is that someone comfortable enough to appear on OBEM is probably comfortable enough to not care what others think about their decision to have a tattoo.

Similarly, someone who is concerned that others would judge them for having a tattoo is probably not going to fancy laying, legs akimbo, fanjo on display, on TV.

fatlazymummy Sat 02-Mar-13 13:50:41

Well I wouldn't go on OBEM because I'm a very private person. I don't have any tattoos - I'm not sure why really. I don't dislike them or really have an opinion either way. It's just something I've never done.
Can't really see a correlation in my sample of one.

mrsjay Sat 02-Mar-13 13:52:42

Is it tattoo week on here how can a tattoo distract from puffing and panting and bums in the air thats all I see when I watch OBEM grin

willesden Sat 02-Mar-13 14:58:59

I read last week that 20% of adults in the UK have them.

And 100% of them are working class.

What utter rubbish willesden hmm

everlong Sat 02-Mar-13 15:22:09

Dh asked why they're all rough buggers on OBEM the other day.

Peevish Sat 02-Mar-13 15:26:47

I think Willesden may have a point - though I admit to having seen only a few minutes of about three different OBEM episodes ever, so don't know myself (and have never noticed anyone's tattoos...)

Having said that, I don't think I've ever seen a middle-middle class woman/couple/family or 'above' on that programme, and as I assume the unit where it's filmed treats people of all social classes, could it be that it's overwhelmingly working-class/lower-middle class people who choose to be filmed? For whatever reason, given it's clearly not the cash!

Again, speculating here as nil knowledge of the hospital or the programme.

But there might be a correlation between social class and the frequency and kind of tattoos?

leniwhite Sat 02-Mar-13 19:06:21

The 666 story was definitely not a wind up - it was in Glastonbury where there are lots of strange tales...

I don't think there's really a 'sort of lady' who has tattoos anymore. I'm so middle class it's painful and I had mine to cover some horrific scars which people used to abuse me in the street for, but bearing in mind how much it costs it doesn't follow that only working class ladies have them, a decent artist costs upwards of £70 per hour and each one full arm is over 20 hours! Possibly then type of tattoos ('off the wall' designs) comes into that?

Maybe it's fair to say certain industries have a higher percentage of tattooed people (eg I'd been in the music industry for 15 years before diverting to The City) but the whole 20% thing is not representative of class in terms of frequency of tattoos - maybe more smaller ones but definitely not as much big work

FakePlasticLobsters Sat 02-Mar-13 19:09:37

They have them because they wanted them.

Because most people have them possibly ?

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