Tattoos...

Canada
December 18, 2006 10:29pm CST
Why is it when I walk outside on a nice day, in a short sleeved shirt...and my tattoos showing, people always stop and stare? I mean its my body, I should be able to do whatever I want to it right? And also, why is it people seem to think that those with tattoos are lesser of a person or a parent, then they are? I know QUITE a few deadbeat parents who don't have tattoos...Just because I have tattoos does not mean I am any less a person than most out there. And my tattys are not scary to say the least. I have Lilo and Stitch, Uni and Simba on my arms. HOW is this scary and disgusting???
8 people like this
119 responses
• United States
19 Dec 06
I'm sure some people check out the tattoos for different reasons. Some look because they think it is wrong, others might look because they are interested in the tattoos in a positive way. Tattoos are becoming pretty common place so people who are put off are probably getting far and few between. In the US, I'd imagine that most adults don't personally know another adult who has one, if they don't have one themselves. (I don't have one, but my wife has one and my brother has numerous. I'm still holding out because I'm too picky to settle on something permanent.) You do have to realize though that if you go out of your way to display an image (as in permanently marking it on yourself) and it is visible to everyone, people are going to react however they react. The attention can be annoying or maybe it can be affirming, but to assume that no one will notice or react is a far reach.
2 people like this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Oh im sure people will look at it. I had some girl cover her young daughters face because she noticed simba on my arm, and she demanded I cover it up..,.
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Dec 06
Basically, don't write on yourself if you don't want prople to read it. HH
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Hah no I don't write on myself... but yeah some of the comments are harsh. Meh I don't care, let people stare! :P
1 person likes this
@dienutza (450)
• Romania
19 Dec 06
you don't have to think about what the others think of you...for you their oppinion doesn't have to matter..seriously..and as you said it's your body your skin ...your look...so do what you want..as same is with the pierceings...if you want to make one or two or even more it's your choice..because it's your body..kissez
2 people like this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
thank you! Yup, my body my rules... :)
1 person likes this
@Kackie3 (345)
• United States
19 Dec 06
It doesn't matter what you do, there are always people out there who will judge. I prefer to tell those buttnuggets to kiss my bootie. I, myself, have no tattoos but that doesn't mean I haven't thought of getting one. If I stare, it is only in quest of what you were thinking when you got the one you have. Usually there are reasons behind each tatoo. My son said he was thinking about getting one, and when neither his dad, nor me kicked up a fuss about it, I guess that ended the fun in getting it..lol. But he did get one, the Grim Reaper, it is nice. I told him it was nice, then he went and got another one. Can't think of what that one is, but he wanted it, he paid for it, so be it. It's your choice, you are an adult. There are too many goodie two shoes out there ready to condemn. Ugg I get so fed up with those types. Let's get them down and brand them!
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Yup too many of them are quick to judge. just like that mother on the skytrain with her little girl, screaming at me to cover up my simba tattoo because she didn't like it. Well tough!
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Dec 06
I think generally a lot of people associate tattooes with things like "easy" "trashy," etc. They say that all stereotypes exist for a reason. WAIT. Don't yell at me. I personally don't think a tattoo has anything to do with a person's character or who they are, but YES, I do typically see people in the lower income bracket with tattoos as opposed to people that are more wealthy. I think that has a lot to do with societal expectaions, I don't really know. To each their own as far as I am concerned.
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Well let them think that way, I know who I am...and if having a couple of cartoon charactors is going to make people think less of me, so be it! :P
1 person likes this
• India
19 Dec 06
That's not the case. Tattoos are also assosciated with cartoon chARActers and hence liked by children. eg: mogly/dog/rat
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I have lilo and stitch tattooed on me, if it makes me look any less of a person because of it, so be it :)
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Dec 06
I'll admit that I stare at peoples tattoos. But that is only because that I would like to see what kind of design that the person has, not because that I am disgusted by them. I also have 2 tattoos, a phoenix, and a custom design of my late sons initals with a cross in the center. On of my wifes friends husband has a few tattoos, and everytime that we see each other, and he has a new tattoo, he will usually show it off. And right now, I'm looking to get another tattoo to celebrate my 7 month old grandson. Any ideas?
2 people like this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Im not sure...I want to get a few more myself...maybe a symbol of what reminds you of your GC? :D
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Dec 06
maybe his favorite stuffed animal,toy birth date. My daughter got 2 KOI fish on her back her and my grand niece were born on the same day
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
those are awesome ideas! I know for my kids I want to get a dragon, holding a crystal ball in his claws, with their initials floating around in it...now to find someone who can draw...lol
1 person likes this
@Justme2007 (1848)
• United States
19 Dec 06
My daughter has 11 tattoos on her body some you can see some you can't its your body your money forget those people who stare. I just like looking at others tats,I have a Ace of Spade on my ankle, but thats all for me.
2 people like this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I have 8, but are all on my arms././
1 person likes this
• India
19 Dec 06
Tattoos should be expressed bcoz hey show he type of person U R
1 person likes this
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
Yeah that's right. Dont mind those who stare, besides why did you get tattoos for if you dont need to flaunt it.
1 person likes this
@moneymind (10524)
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
that is true its your body and you have all the right in this world to do whatever you wanna do with it so are also to those people who stare or look your way when ever they saw you, its also their own eyes they have the right to see whatever they wish to see either to apreciate or just curiosity. greetings. : )
2 people like this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
hehehe yup :)
1 person likes this
• India
19 Dec 06
It is personal wish so nobody should comment on that
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
yes it is a personal wish :)
1 person likes this
@innechen (1321)
• Indonesia
19 Dec 06
tattoo - tattoo
i also dont understand why people with tatto always considered as bad or naughty, specially in the east country like mine.i love tattoo but my mom and mother-in-law didnt allow it.my husband just make a tattoo on his arm but he keep hiding it so his mom couldnt see.my suggestions is ignore them.if u feel comfort with it then ignore what people say or looked, as long as its doesnt harm others so dont worry about it:) btw...i love lilo & stich
2 people like this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Oh believe me, I do ignore the comments...
1 person likes this
• India
19 Dec 06
comments are just comments, don't take them seriously
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
yup comments are just comments
1 person likes this
@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
19 Dec 06
I don't mean to be offensive, but honestly if I saw someone with cartoon characters on their body and they were proudly showing, I would stare only because I personally feel tattoos are for personal expression. What do you express with Lilo and Stitch, Uni and Simba? Except that you like cartoons. I think if they stare at you, stare back, it'll creep em out. Take joy in their discomfort, I do.
2 people like this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
LOL Yup I do stare back. But the comment with the woman and her daughter, its like did I chew her out for having her little girl not dressed to face the elements, no! LOL
@pankaj11 (21)
• India
19 Dec 06
Yes it's sometimes awkward when people stare at your body... It's your body and you can do whatever you want. But not all people look at you in same manner. Some look to appreciate the work of art... And I think most of them do look at the beauty.. It's never the tattoos that decides how a person is... Tatoos are just a way of expressing how you feel.. Am I right?
2 people like this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Yes they are how I express myself
@isha900 (1460)
• India
19 Dec 06
i like alot tafttoos
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
ah yeah - which ones do you like? I have 8 myself
1 person likes this
• India
19 Dec 06
which one do U like. I have a spider tattoo on my arms
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I like dragons :) im going to get a dragon done eventually...
1 person likes this
@kulpreet1 (116)
• India
19 Dec 06
i dont like tatoos at all
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
well hey to each their own right? :D
2 people like this
• India
19 Dec 06
Start liking them . Anyway it's ur wish and personal opinion whether U don't like or like
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Exactly my point! Thank you!
1 person likes this
@nicelyrom (521)
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
I have no tattoo but i have tried henna tattooes which were removable after 2 weeks. And I find henna tattooes attractive especially when I am at the beach. Well, people used to stare at people with tattooes because having one is associated with prisoners and ex-convicts, right? but hello? it's 21st century now, we are free to do whatever we want, even a whole body tattoo can do, as long as we're not hurting others.
1 person likes this
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
carry on!
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Yeah I know that full well... :)
@pumpkinjam (5764)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec 06
Maybe the people staring just want to have a look. That's why you had tattoos isn't it? For people to look at? I personally think tattoos look horrible whatever they are but the ones you have got are obviously not scary. I know a lovely lady who has a tattoo of Tigger. While I still think it doesn't look very nice, it is by no means offensive. There is a difference between tattoos of cartton characters and having some huge tattoo of nothing or having your own name as a tattoo. Maybe people do think less of you because you have a tattoo. I mean, there are people who I don't think a lot of in the first place and the fact that they have tattoos makes me think even less of them but the kind of tattoos you have wouldn't make me think less of you, it might make me think you're a bit strange though! Maybe whoever startes at you is just wondering what your tats are or maybe wondering something else. Just because someone is staring doesn't automatically mean they are being critical.
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
well no I would never get anyone's name on my body.
1 person likes this
@faelady (161)
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I have a gift certificate for a tattoo and know exactly what I want (a fairy, natch). However, I'm a little hesitant about where to put it. Why? Cause I work in a business office and we deal with a lot of big-wig clients. The last thing I want is to present myself as a non-professional to anyone, but that is percisely what I'm sure will happen if my tattoo is visible.
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Well maybe on your back or arms, someplace you can hide
1 person likes this
@Ovais007 (30)
• Pakistan
19 Dec 06
I LOVE TATOOS THEY R VISIBLE ON MA BODY......
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I love them too!
19 Dec 06
lolz before i saw summit nice tattoos and btw i dont fink tattoos make people less of a person infact i respect people with tattooes as they had the ballz to get one.
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Yup I did, I have 8 and I plan on more :)
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Maybe people are just trying to get a better look at your tattoos.I know I've seen some pretty nice tatts on people I don't even know.
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
That could very well be it, thank you!
@DDB_340 (13)
• United States
19 Dec 06
It's a like or dislike mentality. Some people are harsh to other with tattoo's because of how they were raised religiously. Myself, I have 9 tattoo's, on is on the web of my left hand and I could care less if someone doesn't like it. It is a good conversation opener when meeting new people that are open to the tattoo culture.
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Heh its just like me, when someone asks me why I have Stitch done... :)
@pelya178 (694)
• United States
19 Dec 06
i dunno where u live but here in nyc. its not such a shock to see ppl with tats. maybe the ppl just arent used to seeing that.
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I live in Canada - downtown Vancouver you see a lot of people with tattoos but in Kamloops you don't :(
@abhisree (521)
• India
19 Dec 06
its just that people are themselves not so daring and when they see someone so daring they tend to stare even if secretly they admire.so its best to ignore such stares or comments.
1 person likes this
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I think I will from now on, thank you!