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Tattoos - Yes or No?

(101 Posts)
Earlybird Sat 04-Jun-05 22:23:28

Time to confess - who's got tattoos? What are they, and where are they? Do you love them, loathe them, wish you'd never got them, hope to get rid of them, or plan to get more?

Always wondered if they seemed like a good idea at the time, and then later become something you'd rather not have the rest of your life...

mancmum Sat 04-Jun-05 22:25:09

used to LOVE them, went to get one, saw pain of friend ahead of me in queue and decided against..

now (15 years later) I hate them -- especially on older women... looks so tragic look - saggy tattoos on flaccid flesh...

Earlybird Sat 04-Jun-05 22:25:17

And, do you like tattoos on your men?

mancmum Sat 04-Jun-05 22:25:56

do happen to love my DHs -- hate to say it but they do look better on men than women...

LGJ Sat 04-Jun-05 22:26:20

Loathe them.

Sorry but I just hate them.

QueenEagle Sat 04-Jun-05 22:27:21


nutcracker Sat 04-Jun-05 22:28:11

I have one on my shoulder with the dd's names on. It was actually meant to have 3 names on but I told the bloke to chnage it to two as I wasn't having anymore kids.................oooops

I like some on blokes, depends where and what they are.

SenoraPostrophe Sat 04-Jun-05 22:28:52

yes, I have a slightly crappy one on my back (turned out to be the tatooist's first).

I don't regret it really - it's a conversation starter and I can't see it anyway. Wouldn't get another one though.

debs26 Sat 04-Jun-05 22:29:32

i have a bat on my left breast. absolutely love it. but had it done in a place i wont be showing off when everything has gone too far south!

spursmum Sat 04-Jun-05 22:29:53

sorry to disagree people but i love them but only if they are tasteful and discreet. i have two on my shoulders where i can show them off if i want. i don't like too many, looks like insecurity when you are covered.

Earlybird Sat 04-Jun-05 22:30:40

My sister has one of a cartoon character on her hip. I think her choice of design says alot about how young she was when she got it. I always wonder how she's going to feel about it when she's older.

Nemo1977 Sat 04-Jun-05 22:31:46

i love both my tattoos and intend to get more
i have a chinese symbol for good luck on my right shoulder
i have an apple on my left shoulder to symbolise my son who is called adam and is the apple of my eye

I want to get one that will represent my 3 angels from mc and when i have this baby will get one for them aswell.

jessicasmummy Sat 04-Jun-05 22:34:44

I have the chinese symbol for woman on the back of my right shoulder and the sign for "leo" at the base of my spine.

I dont mind them really because i cant see them and they are easily covered.

May regret later in life, but not at present.

Dh doesnt have a tattoo and cant because of a skin condintion.

hercules Sat 04-Jun-05 22:39:11


vickiyumyum Sat 04-Jun-05 23:17:19

yes and yes i love them on my man.
dh has 2 full sleeves and is half way through a custom back piece and i love it.
i always like my men a bit rough and ready as i'm a clean living girl

triceratops Sat 04-Jun-05 23:22:26

dh has full back, half sleeves and legs. They are very well done and I like them. They are japanese style flowers, dragons, fish etc. The only thing about them that I don't like is that he refuses to go to a public swimming pool as it makes him self concious, too many people staring and children making comments. At the leaving party when he left his old job after four years he showed a colleague a bit of his ankle in the pub. Everyone was a bit taken aback as they didn't consider him to be the "type".

I have a japanese chrysanthamum on my back and hip in the same style so we match. I like tattoos, they are a nice way of expressing yourself. I think that people who had a tattoo of dumbo applied when they were 18 will usually still be the sort of person who likes dumbo when they are 80. Similarly if you meet someone who has an overtly nasty tattoo you can be fairly sure that they have not morphed into a lovely fluffy bunny type.

Ds draws tattoos on himself with felt tips, mostlty he chooses whales. He will probably rebel when he is a teenager and get pierced. Yuck. I hate piercings. But each to their own.

If I am going to have wrinkly baggy skin when I am old I would rather it had a nice picture on it than not.

BarbaraX Sat 04-Jun-05 23:29:17

I have many on my arms, and one on my hand. the majority I dont regret,they are good work, but a couple of crappy ones I do. they are part of my history and and each of them, all represent/remind me of a phase in my life, good and bad phases. In fact, some of them I had them done partly to remind me of many things later on in life.
I had them done because I like them and i was part of a group/music scene where we all got into tattoos/and knew very good artists.
i have a very respectable professionalb job in the City of London, and i am ever so greatful that they gave me that opportunity where i expected to be discriminated against, especially as the one in my hand is always on shaw, and those on forearms pop out of my long sleeves occasionally. but I wear long sleeves all the time at work as tattoed arms give me that punk rock look that is not really suitablea to the business casual dress code. Also I want people to get to know me first for my ability to the job and not being put off by my tattoos.
I dont think it can be generalised that it is insecurity when you are covered at all. people have tattoos for various reasons and for the followers it is an art/ a for of expression as well as an identity. do not assume please.

lou33 Sat 04-Jun-05 23:37:25

got 2, one on the top of my right arm, a bird of paradise, done about 15 years ago, and one i had done in march, a big black v shaped swirly spiky thing, on my lower back. Love them both.

lou33 Sat 04-Jun-05 23:38:29

dh has the same bird of paradise on his other arm.

i would like him to have more but he wont

starshaker Sat 04-Jun-05 23:39:28

i have a couple (ok i have 7)

a forever friends teddy on r shoulder
fairy on l shoulder
my name in chinease on bottom of neck
dolphin going thrugh a cross thingy on bottom of back
bumble bee on l arm
celtic design on r arm
2 lovehears joind with a squiggle on l hip

now i want another fairy or angel with dd name and dob
i love them and think they are sooo addictive

QueenEagle Sat 04-Jun-05 23:49:51

Women who have tattoos are usually raving lezzies.

JoolsToo Sat 04-Jun-05 23:51:12

no, not never, not nohow

WigWamBam Sat 04-Jun-05 23:54:53

Raving lezzies?

There are loads of MNers with tattoos who would disagree with you there, QE.

JoolsToo Sun 05-Jun-05 00:00:39

who's lazy?

strugstu Sun 05-Jun-05 00:05:09

would love to have a chinese symbol- dont think it would look right on my pale and flabby skin!

furthermore u cant give blood if u have one (and feel i have a responsibility to do that)

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