tattoo. what is it to you?

@tigeraunt (6326)
Philippines
January 28, 2012 12:51am CST
i dont understand why some like tattoos. i guess its because i was born with a note in the head "tattoos are for cons". of course now we know it isnt. but back then in the 70s and 80s, that is what i knew. there was no ex-con that comes out of prison without exhibiting a tattoo. now they call it art and you see them in so many people especially the young ones - teenagers. but i think it is still not accepted kind of art especially in the professional working world. that is why many people cover it or they dont get accepted at all. and when travelling, i am not sure if the people who have it get some unpleasant treatment from the airport personnels. tell me in your personal opinion, what is tattoo to you? shouldnt we or should we have one? ann
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@Kalyni2011 (3496)
• India
28 Jan 12
Hi dear Anny In our times we never went for tattoos, only some woman belonging to some caste had it as per their tradition, it was on the feet, arms, lower part of legs, they were made using sharp needles, some lampblack and juice of some fruits, very painful in deed.. But now a days, girls are going for it, they are done with machines, less painful, some are just 'rubber-stamp' type. Nice discussion for women folk, congrats.. Happy posting, cheers. Kalyani
@tigeraunt (6326)
• Philippines
28 Jan 12
that is true. i see the natives wearing them but not the people in the cities. but now it is different. youngsters both male and female i see. although i dont see much in the ladies, the young men have them on the arms which is difficult to cover. i wonder how they will fare when it is time for them to look for a job. have a nice day ann
@MsTickle (25180)
• Australia
7 Feb 12
Gee, your post was pretty offensive don't you think? It's one thing to have an opinion but something else to make derogatory comments about those who have different opinions than you...i.e. those who choose to have tattoos. To me, a tattoo is someone's personal choice for whatever reasons they choose. It's not my place to judge them in fact, I like some tattoos very much and I would love to have one at some time. Tattooing has been around for a long time, since prehistoric times in fact. I found this info from Wikipedia: [i]Tattooing has been a part of Filipino life since pre-Hispanic colonisation of the Philippine Islands, tattooing in the Philippines to some were a form of rank and accomplishments, some believed that tattoos had magical qualities. The more famous tattooed indigenous peoples of the Philippines where among the area up North Luzon, especially among the Bontoc Igorot, Kalinga, and Ifugao peoples. Filipino tattooing was first documented by the European Spanish explorers as they landed among the Islands in the late 16th century. Before European exploration it was a widespread tradition among the islands. Tattooing was set among the native groups of the Philippines, which sometimes tattooing was a sign of Rank and power in certain communities.[/i] The wearing of tattoos has always had powerful meaning to the wearer. It has become more frivolous in modern times and is now looked on as "art" but in historic times tattoos had huge cultural meaning.
@kaylachan (59563)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Jan 12
In a word painful. Only because I know how they are created. They are also permeant, and when you make a choice to remove them, it takes several laser treatments that does further damage to your skin. So getting one isn't to be taken lightly. And there are better forms of "art". I'm not one that cares for them and you won't see an artist going near me with a ten foot pole.
• India
30 Jan 12
Sweety Our maid servant has tattoo on her legs, arms and hands, it is a ritual in their caste to get tattoo done before marriage. Thanks for this discussion.
@inertia4 (27961)
• United States
1 Feb 12
I was never into tattoos. I always looked at them as nonsense. I do love the artwork, but not on my body. I have seen some tattoos that I would love to have framed. I never thought of them as things that only criminals get. Lots of people have them. I also grew up in the 70's and 80's. And even back then, lots of my friends had them. Not for me.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
29 Jan 12
Hello there tiger aunt, Back when i was a teenager i wished i could get a wolf tattoo on my right shoulder but now that i am much older I think that i will never get a tattoo to avoid any hassle like what youve mentioned.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
28 Jan 12
I do not want any tattoos for myself. They are permanent and you can't change your mind! Besides, I was raised in a society and a time that taught me that people with tattoos were "trashy" and and uneducated. Although I know that's no longer true I just can't get it out of my head.
@jaiho2009 (39142)
• Philippines
28 Jan 12
hello Ann, This is really alarming. Fine for those who only had it temporary printed. But for those permanent one- they miss one chance of doing humanity which is donating blood. As a Red Cross volunteer- I always promote "no tattoo" for youngsters. They need to know the importance of this matter. Good for those who listens- so bad for those who says it's art. Fine- yes it is art.....but they never knew the harm as well. :(
@jhyan007 (467)
• Philippines
28 Jan 12
nice input tigeraunt, personally I would prefer not to have any tattoo in any part of my body although honestly I also wanted to try it..it may look weird and dirty in some perspective but still it can be considered an art, a way of expressing one's self, same goes with fashion and clothing, not everyone can appreciate your fashion taste but that is you, that is how you want to present yourself...my suggestion is, if you want to have one then nothing to be afraid of, show it to the world... happy mylotting
@bjc66bjc (6730)
• United States
29 Jan 12
Hi Ann, opiniona are just like azzholes we all have one...But in my opinion who ever gets a tatoo, more power to them, its their choice,,,they don't apply tattoos to children so adults make up thier own mind weather to get one or not... I personally do not have one nor do I want one, but there is no way possible I could classify a tattooed person as trashy or uneducatred. I think that is so wrong...but thats just my opinion..I know some very educated and intelligent people with tattoos...thats their choice... I have seen a lot a lot of bad tattoos(inked wise) and I have seen a lot of beautiful tattoos...none of which sparked me to get one... I was taught if you don't have anything nice to say about a person, do not say anything at all, and I have tried to live by that...
@dongjr (80)
28 Jan 12
Tattoos for me is a work of art. I'm hoping to have one but unlucky i have allergies with the ink. It's cool to have a tattoo but this may be one cause that you can't get a job. :D
@wowJoJo (10)
28 Jan 12
I can accept that. In my opinion, every tattoo stands for special meaning, for love, for friendship, anything else like that.