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To tattoo or not to tattoo?

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 21,448 ✭✭✭✭Cupcake_Crisis


    I've been getting tattoo'd since I was 17, and I've one or 2 that I'm not really mad about anymore but I don't regret them. What is life without a few mistakes? I've gotten one covered up and the cover up job is amazing. It's the tattoo that made me start wanting bigger tattoos.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,505 ✭✭✭infogiver


    Tattoos are fashion statements, in the simplest most honest form

    They are unique statements worn by people

    How could they be unique?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 21,448 ✭✭✭✭Cupcake_Crisis


    infogiver wrote: »
    How could they be unique?

    Very easily?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,681 ✭✭✭bodice ripper


    Tattoos are fashion statements, in the simplest most honest form


    Says you.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Says you.

    Well perhaps you can give me your opinion on how they are not a fashion statement


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 696 ✭✭✭Noddyholder


    Maybe we can get it added to the upcoming 8th amendment in that you can do what you want with your own body ...


    I don't have any myself but I don't have a problem with those that have them., not to fond of the neck ones, but there ya go.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13 Klinger


    Tattoos are always a mistake, the only question is how long it takes a person to come to that conclusion.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,655 ✭✭✭54and56


    I can never understand why someone would do something permanent to give effect to a temporary fad/fashion/desire/emotion/opinion.

    So many previous posters who are into their tattoos regret what they got when they were 10 years younger but fail to recognise that in 10 years time they'll likely regret just as much the tattoos they are currently getting.

    #weneverlearn


  • Registered Users Posts: 315 ✭✭Full.Duck


    Says you.

    Well perhaps you can give me your opinion on how they are not a fashion statement
    Mine is not fashionable. To others it would be considered ugly. Its a piece of art from an artist i admire. I waited two years to decide on it to make sure it was right. Nobody else sees it except me and my missus. How on earth is that a fashion statement if nobody can see it. To some yes it is a fashion statement. IE the ones who get full sleeve tattoos and wear singlets all day to show them off. Not saying everyone who has a full sleeve tattoo are making fashion statements but im sure a few are. It all depends on the person and what they want. And even if they want it as a fashion statement who the hell cares.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,316 ✭✭✭topmanamillion


    Klinger wrote: »
    Tattoos are always a mistake, the only question is how long it takes a person to come to that conclusion.

    What a load of crap, some people get married and subsequently regret getting married, should no one get married?

    Just because you dislike something doesn't make it a mistake.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13 Klinger


    Getting married or getting a tattoo are not comparable choices. However, if you insist that they are, getting rid of a spouse you regret marrying,  is easier than getting rid of a nasty tattoo - once you have come to your senses in both situations of course.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,633 ✭✭✭✭Widdershins


    It has more to do with what they like than what other people think of them. If there are people who do it for approval from some people, it's no different to wearing the same kind of clothes as everyone. That's also done to gain and maintain approval.

    I don't like tattoos when I focus on them, but I often don't notice them on people. They all look samey to me.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 696 ✭✭✭Noddyholder


    Its gas people here seem to think they speak for the masses of people with comments like all people who have tattoos regret them, or in 10 year's time they will regret them, how the **** do ye know ?? Tattoos have been around for ever, maybe not as poplar in Ireland as elsewhere but they have been here for ever.

    Suppose all them famous soccer players will be all crying there eyes out in years to come over there tattoos, will they ****, o wait how I would I know...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 696 ✭✭✭Noddyholder


    I can never understand why someone would do something permanent to give effect to a temporary fad/fashion/desire/emotion/opinion.

    So many previous posters who are into their tattoos regret what they got when they were 10 years younger but fail to recognise that in 10 years time they'll likely regret just as much the tattoos they are currently getting.

    #weneverlearn

    How do you know its temporary , Many folks get there wife's, children, partners names tattooed onto themselves , Many get there deceased whatever tattooed on to them self's, What's the problem ?

    You can never understand can you not ? You must have little to understand in your life so.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    I'm always slightly amused by the efforts to attach deep symbolism and meaning to them, "this means something to me".

    It would seem footballers have deeper thoughts than scientists.

    Which is not to say the opposite, that people with tattoos are stupid. That's just snobbery. But let's not intellectualise or overanalyse them either.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,544 ✭✭✭Samaris


    Really don't get the snobbery over it. "Ew, you got a tattoo? [insert fifteen snotty judgments about person's character, fashion sense, artistic style, intelligence, common sense, lack of foresight and probably parentage and pets too, presumably with nose stuck firmly to the ceiling]. -I- don't like them so how dare you like something I don't." If the knowledge that someone out there has a tattoo keeps you awake at night, I sympathise with your pain; I don't like judgmental nosey-parkers, but one has to accept that they exist in all walks of life too, and they're probably mostly normal, nice people outside the weird bee in their bonnet.

    Don't have any myself, have an idea for one that I might like, but am unlikely to ever get it done as it's expensive and not that important to me (a black outline of a small ivy stem if anyone cares). I like some tattoos, dislike others, am neutral about most, but to jump to all sorts of conclusions about the person based on whether they have ink is way more offensive to basic decency.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,394 ✭✭✭Pac1Man


    They can look well on people with darker skin. They more often than not look awful on pasty white people.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,444 ✭✭✭✭murpho999


    Genuinely never seen tattoo on any person that I have found nice. Don't like the colours used or the art form.

    That said , that's my own personal choice and taste and I've no right to judge other people about them or to say to someone else to get one or not.

    So OP, you need to make this decision yourself. The fact you are asking for confirmation here suggests that you might not really want it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,077 ✭✭✭Oasis1974


    I think Ozzy Osbourne summed tattoos up best "If you want to different now then don't get a bloody Tattoo". Quote from an episode of The Osbournes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,252 ✭✭✭FTA69


    The most annoying question heavily tattooed people get is undoubtedly, "what to they mean?" That bloody show Miami Ink and the rest of them ruined it, where every single piece of body art has to have some contrived gut-wrenching tale of significance attached to them or else your tattoos are somehow less valid.

    I always wondered why "I like the design and x form of art" isn't good enough for some people.


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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Full.Duck wrote: »
    Mine is not fashionable. To others it would be considered ugly. Its a piece of art from an artist i admire. I waited two years to decide on it to make sure it was right. Nobody else sees it except me and my missus. How on earth is that a fashion statement if nobody can see it. To some yes it is a fashion statement. IE the ones who get full sleeve tattoos and wear singlets all day to show them off. Not saying everyone who has a full sleeve tattoo are making fashion statements but im sure a few are. It all depends on the person and what they want. And even if they want it as a fashion statement who the hell cares.

    Fashionable and fashion statement are two different things
    By wearing something like a tattoo you are making a statement, it is a fashion statement, even if you are not trying to be fashionable


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,544 ✭✭✭Samaris


    Don't know that you necessarily are, other than the sort of "statement" one makes by, say, wearing a pony-tail or earrings. The statement may well just be "I like these earrings" and "pony-tail is convenient". Which, sure, can count as a statement if you want, but by that stage anything's a statement. The statement I am making by wearing a jumper is that I'm finding it a tad chilly. Sure, that I am feeling a tad chilly is important to me right now, but it doesn't really bear deep analysis otherwise.

    If I did get my little ivy twine and someone asked me "ooh, what does that mean?!", their response would be a blank look and something along the lines of "it means ivy. I like ivy." I mean, I probably could come up with some deep-sounding utter bull about the sturdy oak and the clinging vine and how it relates to a cat I had when I was seven, but people get an awful lot of bull out about Wordsworth's Daffodils or the writer with the blue curtains too and it doesn't necessarily mean that either a) they're right or b) he meant much more than s/he likes daffodils/blue.

    OP, get a tattoo if you want it, don't if you don't. Really don't pay too much attention to what people have to say about it because there's an awful lot of rubbish spouted on the subject. If you like it, that's all that matters.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Samaris wrote: »
    Don't know that you necessarily are, other than the sort of "statement" one makes by, say, wearing a pony-tail or earrings. The statement may well just be "I like these earrings" and "pony-tail is convenient". Which, sure, can count as a statement if you want, but by that stage anything's a statement. The statement I am making by wearing a jumper is that I'm finding it a tad chilly. Sure, that I am feeling a tad chilly is important to me right now, but it doesn't really bear deep analysis otherwise.

    If I did get my little ivy twine and someone asked me "ooh, what does that mean?!", their response would be a blank look and something along the lines of "it means ivy. I like ivy." I mean, I probably could come up with some deep-sounding utter bull about the sturdy oak and the clinging vine and how it relates to a cat I had when I was seven, but people get an awful lot of bull out about Wordsworth's Daffodils or the writer with the blue curtains too and it doesn't necessarily mean that either a) they're right or b) he meant much more than s/he likes daffodils/blue.

    OP, get a tattoo if you want it, don't if you don't. Really don't pay too much attention to what people have to say about it because there's an awful lot of rubbish spouted on the subject. If you like it, that's all that matters.

    I have nothing against tattoos, and don't mean fashion statement in a negative sense. The examples you have given are temporary. Choosing something to put on your skin for the rest of your life, even if there is no big inspiration behind it, is a fashion statement. And a pretty big one at that


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,505 ✭✭✭infogiver


    Very easily?

    But as soon as I see your tattoo I go to the tattoo parlour and get an identical tattoo and now it's not unique anymore


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,544 ✭✭✭Samaris


    I have nothing against tattoos, and don't mean fashion statement in a negative sense. The examples you have given are temporary. Choosing something to put on your skin for the rest of your life, even if there is no big inspiration behind it, is a fashion statement. And a pretty big one at that

    Like piercing your ears (or tongue or whatever other bits one might want to put holes in)?


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,505 ✭✭✭infogiver


    Samaris wrote: »
    Like piercing your ears (or tongue or whatever other bits one might want to put holes in)?

    But if you take your piercings out then the hole closes up and it's over.


  • Registered Users Posts: 975 ✭✭✭decky1


    TATTOO STORY. Believe it or not, guy gets a tattoo of Jane Mansfield[famous Hollywood actress who was decapitated in a car crash, forward some years this guy has a bike crash and
    only the head was torn off his tattoo. Weird eh. it is true I seen the photo + story in a tattoo magazine.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 90,966 Mod ✭✭✭✭Capt'n Midnight


    Get a henna tattoo. See how it goes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 733 ✭✭✭milehip


    Met someone with an ' only God can judge me ' tattoo,
    I instantly judged them to be an idiot.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 21,448 ✭✭✭✭Cupcake_Crisis


    infogiver wrote: »
    Very easily?

    But as soon as I see your tattoo I go to the tattoo parlour and get an identical tattoo and now it's not unique anymore
    And then you're the one who copied my tattoo verbatim because you're not capable of original thought. Doesn't matter if anyone else knows it, I will.


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