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Tattoo Armband - Left or Right?

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    QUOTE Mar 07, 2007 11:18 PM GMT
    Seemingly everything in gay circles has a meaning, according to weather its on the left or right side, so does this extend to tattoos. If so what does it mean. I have decided to get one and I just thought I'd check.
  • dfrourke Posts: 1061
    QUOTE Mar 08, 2007 12:33 AM GMT
    right = receives [bottom]
    left = gives [top]

    most simple answer.

    - David
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    QUOTE Mar 08, 2007 6:09 AM GMT
    Dang. Guess I'll have to get two!
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    QUOTE Mar 08, 2007 9:38 AM GMT
    Timely topic, daks. Just got my first tattoo about month ago and had it re-touched last week. Awesome snarling tiger 'bursting from my skin' on left shoulder blade. Love it. Am also wanting several more, including arm band. Now I will know which arm to do, thanks to earlier posting-
  • Laurence Posts: 942
    QUOTE Mar 08, 2007 10:17 AM GMT
    Hi

    What tosh. The left/right thing is crap, and a bad hangover from the 70s, hankie wearing code.

    You decide which side you'd prefer and just go for that.

    If you did decide to go with the sexual preference thing (which as you says changes from country to country), you're labelling yourself and surely we should move away from this labelling.

    Cheers

    Loz
  • MisterT Posts: 1272
    QUOTE Mar 08, 2007 8:33 PM GMT
    I only have one tattoo currently but am pondering more. However I won't put something permanent on my body unless it holds special meaning for me, as does my current one.

    I don't think tattoos will ever go "out", they have been around for centuries. As long as they say something about the person, or hold meaning for the person for any reason, such as just liking the design, that's all that matters.

    Just my two cents :-)
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    QUOTE Mar 22, 2007 5:43 PM GMT
    When I got a nipple piercing, I was wondering the same thing. I'm versatile, but two piercings make a guy's chest look like upholstery. No one ever made assumptions about my sexual preferences based on the piercings, so I suspect no one would judge by the location of the tatoo.
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    QUOTE Mar 24, 2007 3:44 PM GMT
    Unless your armband tattoo is circa 1995, you were on MTV Spring Break Cancun (same year) and your entire "frat" got them...those are the only reason to have "armband" tattoos. Yes it's simple and easy to do but it is cheesy. I had a convo about this at a bar and 100 percent of people polled said the same thing :).

    I am kidding obviously, and it is your choice. However I personally think there are better options to get that will show creativity rather than conformity.

    My 2 cents.
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    QUOTE Mar 24, 2007 4:13 PM GMT
    I have 4 and planning on another here in the next few weeks.

    1-upper right arm (eagle - you can see in profile)
    1-calf right leg (HRC symbol with a dear friend's name underneath who has passed away)
    2-tribal designs on back that i designed (again, you can see in profile)

    my next one, i designed as well, the Scottish lion inside my family crest with a crown above it - going on my upper left arm

    i don't think i'd ever get an armband for one reason only. I think it only looks good on guys with 18 inch arms.

    however, i do believe you need to make sure the tattoo you want, "means" something. it took me almost 2 yrs to get my first tattoo - i wanted a bald eagle with an American flag (i come from a military family and served 10yrs myself) - finally I found exactly what i was looking for - haven't seen anything like it since.

    i vowed after the first one, i wouldn't get another... 4 tats later, i'm getting ready to get my 5th. it is addictive - but you have to be careful what you PERMANENTLY put on your body - you have to live with it.

    My suggestion, find something you like, or design something yourself - then sit on it - look at it daily - and after a month or two, if you still like it - GET 'ER DONE - if not, find something else.
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    QUOTE Mar 27, 2007 4:40 PM GMT
    Thanks for the discussion, after reading the posts and several designs... I went left (18 inch arms aside). Not for any particular reason, it just "felt" right.

    I didn't use and "off-the-shelf" band I designed one, like Mrsoftball, with the HRC symbol in it. I felt that the design I was going to etched on my skin, needed to mean something, in this case it inspires me to be more, without getting way into it, more than I am now.

    As far as how people will judge me because of it, that is still left to be decided. Whatever happens, I'm thrilled to have it.

    If you're interested I put a pic of it on my profile.
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    QUOTE Mar 27, 2007 7:36 PM GMT
    Congrats on the tat bud. As I found, you'll become a bit more social around folks you never thought you would. Tats are special and share a special bond among other tatt'd folk.

    Mine are only visible if I'm in shorts or have my shirt off (which is not often), so... I only like to show mine to others who've been arted - as I, naively, believe they would only understand why we get inked in the first place.

    Welcome.
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    QUOTE Mar 27, 2007 7:56 PM GMT
    I would say neither, at least to the arm band idea. I know lots of guys out here in SoCal that are getting their tattoos covered up because they are embarrassed about them now. Right now, the new thing is arm sleeves. How are guys going to cover that up when it goes out of style?
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    QUOTE May 18, 2007 8:19 PM GMT
    Well, at least it's not a nose ring.
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    QUOTE Jun 06, 2007 8:28 AM GMT
    I can't even imagine marking up my body with ink. What's hot now is a joke in 10 years. Look at those barbed wire arm bands from the 70's.

    I do see tribal tats that I do think are beautiful, but those guys have them now FOR LIFE. I don't think I could make any decision about my body I'd want altered FOR LIFE.

    Nothing to me is as beautiful as healthy skin with nice mucles under it. WEAR an arm band if you must, it comes off when you get home. Fashions change, attitudes change. We grow older and what looked good on us at the disco in '79 may not look so appealing at the club in '07.
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    QUOTE Jul 16, 2007 5:19 PM GMT
    After 32 tattoos i can say... who gives a rats where it is? If you want it on your right put it there! someone already said that the whole Left/Right thing is old news.

    It's your money, your body...
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    QUOTE Jul 16, 2007 5:30 PM GMT
    Who cares what people think!
    You are getting this tat for you, not for anyone else, right?

    Get what you like where you want it.

    HONESTLY!
    We are grown ass men, and should be able to do what we want.

    wow.

    this topic really crakced me up though lol

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    QUOTE Jul 20, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    I love tattoos but I think armbands can look pretty dated. There are exceptions though.