One thing I don't get about tattoos: They are (mostly) invisible

Two disclaimers:

  1. I will never get a tattoo.
  2. If you want to get 1034.7 tattoos I have no problem.

Most of the tattoos people get are either invisilbe to you (in the back, the outside of the leg) needing mirrors for a correct viewing or even if visible you can only see them upside-down or by twisting.

Why go through a personally-significant tattoo on your back or other parts if you can not regularly see it?

I take it that you haven’t seen Steve-O’s “Prison Sex Avoidance Tattoo”?

From a much older tattoo thread:

I don’t have any either, and I wonder this too - although I realize there are advantages to keeping them hidden/private. I’ve been thinking recently about getting a tattoo and if I do, it will be on my left wrist where I’ll see it all the time.

You just don’t get it. It’s personal. It’s a statement. It’s something I did for me! I don’t care what other people think. I don’t care if no one sees it; it’s not for them. It’s for me!

This is the rationale.
I don’t have any tattoos. And I know I’ll be vilified here for saying so, but they’re fucking ugly. Ugly to the point that my opinion of you gets ratcheted down about 75% when I see them. Blech.

I know, I know, but that’s how I feel and I can’t help it. Sorry tattooed people.

You see everything when the person is naked.

But, if I draw a picture of my kids on my back, it is other people who’ll see it and not me.

My tattoo is on my back/shoulderblade. I can see some of it directly, and I can definitely see it in the mirror when I’m grooming while shirtless. It’s not the most convenient place to show it to people when I’m clothed. Oh, well.

My wife has one on her lower back. She’s mentioned a few times she wishes she could see it more often, and sometimes forgets it’s even there. I get to see it, plenty. :smiley: In any case, she wanted it there and one doesn’t have to see it everyday for it to be meaningful to oneself.

If I get another it’ll probably be wrist or arm-band. My wife is thinking about something on her foot.

Tattoos and the body are symbiotic forms of art. Where a particular tattoo is placed on the body has everything to do with how that piece of art is able to be seen. A tattoo spread over the arches of a woman’s cleavage is going to be a different look entirely from that same tattoo being done on the woman’s back (for example).

Maybe they look in the mirror a lot more than you do.

I rarely see my own earrings, necklaces, barrettes, bobby pins or headbands, either. I don’t normally see bows or plunging backs on my dresses, or seams on my sexy stockings or my lacy underwear.

Well, those probably actually look attractive to others, though.

Someone should start a thread on people’s opinions of tattoos. I wonder if there is a diversity of opinion on this board?

If I may, it seems you are attributing reasons to people that they don’t have and then explaining why those reasons are wrong.

I just read the T Rex thread and this silly thought came to me - starting a Why Haven’t They Found Any Prehistoric Violins thread. It’s obvious to me that the only real reason that Ts Rex had tiny arms is so they could play the violin. Why is it that we have yet to find any fossilized fiddles?

I know that’s a silly example, I’m weird like that.

If they are kind enough to keep such things away from our eyes, we should be grateful. Essentially they are the same as those persons who derive great secret satisfaction by soiling themselves secretly in public; no-one knows, but they have expressed themselves.

Odd pleasures to those who disdain them, but instead of condemning, we should simply be cheerful we don’t have to live with them.
Wouldn’t it be great if our decisions were only influenced by our own opinions and those of a select group of people who really mattered to us? Wouldn’t it be great if we were only guided by our own core values?

Sure, but those are also designed for tothers too see.
I see your point, though.

No reason-attributing for me.
I’m wondering.

Look at the OP.

Ah, the monthly, “Tattoos are Stupid and Ugly and People Who Get them Look Trashy”.

Seriously, how many times have we had these threads? You don’t like tattoos? Don’t get one.

I wonder if Beyonce has tattoos?

Huh? The original poster asked why people get them in places they can’t look at. People answered and said why. The OP came back and said “Oh. That makes sense.” That’s what the thread is about. If you want to complain about posters calling tattoos ugly, go ahead and do so. But, don’t blame the thread that had nothing to do with that.

I think she’s talking about posts 4, 11 and 14.

The point is not that tattoos are mostly very ugly (though Og, tattoo lovers are sooo sensitive about the fact that other people, most people, think they are ugly - you just hate to hear it, don’t you?), the point is that that the things WhyNot was talking about are normally visible to others, even if not to her, whereas the thread is about the point of tattoos that are not only not visible to the person that they are on, but also not visible to others most of the time. Thus WhyNot’s comment about not being able to see the adornments she is wearing was beside the point. That is what I was commenting about, your hypersensitivity notwithstanding.