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Are tattoos trashy?

  • 18-03-2023 11:30am
    Registered Users Posts: 94 ✭✭ slither12

    I was on the bus and overheard this posh teenage girl talk to her friend on the phone about how her mother thought it was ridiculous for her to get a henna tattoo. She said it would make her look like trash.

    I don't know what the consensus is on them but I still think they have a stigma despite becoming more popular over the last 25 years. I know way more working class people with them. The upper class friends I have who get tattoos, only get one and in a place where they are easily covered up (ankle, top of arm).



  • Registered Users Posts: 569 ✭✭✭ Oscar Madison

    Henna is not permanent so I wouldn't have an issue with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,096 ✭✭✭ corner of hells

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 17,693 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Ten of Swords

    I know way more working class people with them. The upper class friends I have who get tattoos, only get one and in a place where they are easily covered up (ankle, top of arm).

    You sound fun!

    Each to their own, I find tattoos can look extremely well on people but that depends on the artistry and complexity of the design as well as it's position on the body.

  • Registered Users Posts: 87 ✭✭ niallpatrick

    I give them no thought even though I have quite a large one myself upper left arm symbolic to myself as an Irish nationalist and I designed it myself if anyone is offended by it if they see it I couldn't care less. My point is if you have to worry about others sensitivities seeing how it's a one way street once it's done it's for good (other than lazer removal). If anyone worries about being seen as trashy or offending then perhaps a tattoo isn't for them. Artistry and thought are key, and they hurt like hell (I'm a wimp).

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,788 ✭✭✭ Nigel Fairservice

    I would look ridiculous with a tattoo so wouldn't ever get one but some people can pull them off. They seem far more prevalent in the UK. The worst one I saw was a Nike logo on the small of a girl's back.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,835 ✭✭✭ BrianD3

    Permanent tattoos fail the "can you walk away easily if you change your mind or your circumstances change" test. I was involved in left wing politics in college, some of my comrades got political tattoos but I didn't. They later regretted it as their political views changed with age.

    Tattoos seem to be ubiquitous among scumbags but also very common among the general population. Sheeple, in many cases.

    Having tattoos is a big part of Thugmaxxing that incels talk about. Even if you aren't a thug, looking like one will get women interested in you so I suppose tattoos do have their uses for men.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,049 ✭✭✭ amacca

    They can look trashy all right...a lot depends on the individual wearing them, how they dress, how they act etc

    They can look great too, its all a bit subjective really.

    Imo a lot of them don't tend to age well , they ain't pretty on wrinkled flabby skin ..they make it look even worse than it does already

    Basically if you are an unattractive flabby scummer the tats probably won't improve matters unsurprisingly (but that might not be your priority anyway) whereas if you are young and attractive and you haven't taken the lizard man option they can look quite good but remember you won't be that way forever and it's possible a lot of people might not think they look quite so good in the future and it may mean people have preconceptions about you regardless of whether that's fair or not.

    Then sure maybe in the future if you don't have a tattoo you will be looked down upon, who knows, we could have animated adaptive tattoos that can change skin tone and colour in the future etc

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,194 ✭✭✭✭ blade1

    Well at least batman will age in real time along with the person that has it. 😆

  • Registered Users Posts: 51,013 ✭✭✭✭ walshb

    All depends, but when you look at the likes a Harry Styles, Beckham and Sheerhan; yes, Trashy and disgusting looking

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,071 ✭✭✭ ...Ghost...

    I have a BIL with a sleeve of the DC heroes on his arm. The Joker looks like a transvestite. Hardly the look he was going for and not exactly what I would call art. A friend of mine was stuck with the name of his ex-wife on his neck and 2 of his 3 children 🤣.

    I considered putting my kids names on my upper arm with their birth dates, but only because I always forget their birth dates 😜

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,849 ✭✭✭ Gregor Samsa

    A friend of mine was stuck with the name of his ex-wife on his neck and 2 of his 3 children

    Whatever about your own neck, but tattooing your (ex) wife’s name on 2 of your 3 children is way out of line. Imagine how left-out the third child must feel?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,071 ✭✭✭ ...Ghost...

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,633 ✭✭✭ gameoverdude

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,049 ✭✭✭ amacca

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,653 ✭✭✭ Fugue

    Depends on the person, the tattoo(s), location of tattoo(s), how many there are.

    Beak hind


    Nobody can say why they hate Meghan, or why she's "nasty". Because she isn't - they just need a hate figure.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 11,353 Mod ✭✭✭✭ JupiterKid

    Most people who sport tattoos have rubbish, trashy and deeply unimaginative ones. Tattoos have become so commonplace these days that not having one is becoming different and rather attractive - pretty much what having a tattoo was like about 30 years ago.

    I have a small tattoo on the back of my right shoulder. Got it done 20 years ago and no regrets. It’s discreet. Some well-crafted tattoos done well can look good.

    Face and neck tattoos - sorry to say, but they look scummy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,007 ✭✭✭ riclad

    theres no cool or hip about tattoo,s now , large tattoos on the back,neck, legs are trashy, unless they are very small all face tattoo,s are awful.rule no 1 never put someones name as a tattoo .i think if you want to be cool now have no tattoo,s at all or just one small tattoo that is well designed and reflects your interests .i dont think a tattoo of any person superhero or anime character will look attractive on anyone.i think most large tattoo,s look crude and ugly

  • Registered Users Posts: 957 ✭✭✭ Crocodilian

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,194 ✭✭✭✭ blade1

  • Registered Users Posts: 957 ✭✭✭ Crocodilian

    I’m not a fan of tattoos but I’ll probably go full James hetfield and get covered in them in my 50s

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,311 ✭✭✭ darlett

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  • Registered Users Posts: 84 ✭✭ madeiracake

    A real tattoo is probably better than henna, henna can cause severe allergic reactions and most hair dyes can't be used if you have had a henna tattoo. I have only seen one person's tattoo that actually really looked well, it was jungle flowers and leaves with a lizard on them. It was done in amazing colours. The colours would have to be redone but the art work itself was very well done. Even faded it would look good. I don't like sleeves or massive ones on legs. They just look like someone let a toddler draw on them with a Sharpie.