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

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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.

Somebodysomewhere Sat 02-Mar-13 20:46:29

Because most people have them possibly ?

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

They have them because they wanted them.

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

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?

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

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

ScentedNappyHag Sat 02-Mar-13 15:07:54

What utter rubbish willesden hmm

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

storminabuttercup Sat 02-Mar-13 09:52:27

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!

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.

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

Thanks Emmeline it is beautiful isn't 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.

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.

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

Mastectomy tattoo (on a blog, not FB).

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

I remember that thegreylady the outpouring against her was disgusting.

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.

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 08:19:41

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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