Tattoos. Close friends say don't do it... Should I?

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    Oct 13, 2013 8:26 AM GMT
    I'm working hard to redefine my body in my thirties after being overweight until 7 or 8 years go. I’m now proud of my achievements, but have so much further to go. I’m 37, and want to get two large-ish tattoos on the left ribs and chest – but friends are trying to talk me out of it.

    My trainer also thinks I’m just trying to keep up with the sleeved guys who are mostly straight and much younger than me at the local gym.

    I’m sure that’s partly true, but it’s also about finally having some pride in my appearance. I also like the idea of something uncharacteristic (for my personality) sitting under the business suit every day.

    Some friends (mostly girls actually) think tattoos are great at any age. Most of my male friends say I’m too old, missed the boat and/or I’ll regret it later! Any guys with similar experiences? What should I do?
  • Buddha

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    Oct 13, 2013 8:48 AM GMT
    Personally I hate the expression "too old" for something. It's your life, do whatever makes you happy. You should live your life for yourself, not others.
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    Oct 13, 2013 8:55 AM GMT
    If you truly wanted the tattoos, you'd have them by now and not care what others think. icon_wink.gif

    I do have an appreciation for well done tattoos. But at the same time, I feel that it's a shame when it covers up well built bodies.

    You're never too old to get tattoos. But I'm just sensing that you're getting them for the wrong reasons.
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    Oct 13, 2013 10:38 AM GMT
    I personally dont like tattoos. Some say it is addictive and I think it ruins your skin.

    If you do want it, make sure its properly licensed, clean and safe.
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    Oct 13, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
    LOL 37 is not too old for tattoos. I know plenty of people who have gotten ink at that age or older.


    That being said, a tattoo is pretty much a permanent committment. You should be figuring out for yourself if you want one, rather than seeking approval from your friends and especially from strangers on a message board......
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    Oct 13, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    Tattoos just seem played out now. They don't make you different or unique, they are just something on your body. If you choose to get some, at least be creative.
  • CityofDreams

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    Oct 13, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    If you can't see yourself without them, then go ahead and get them. Body art is a great way of self-expression, just make sure you are ready for this commitment. I have one tattoo. I have loved it from day one!
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    Oct 13, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    Of you want it get it..that simple.. people ask " what will you do when your older " and I'm like " ill be an old guy with tattoos...." But your ribs is gonna be painful , inner arm was painful for Me too.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Oct 13, 2013 2:58 PM GMT
    It's your decision, it's your body but getting a tattoo won't make you stick out at all, everyone has them and if the purpose is to celebrate your weight loss and new body I think there are much more better ways to do that then getting tatt'd up
  • e2ksj3355

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    Oct 13, 2013 5:11 PM GMT
    I say go for it! It's your body icon_smile.gif. I thought about getting one myself, but I hate needles.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 13, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    gymmartino said Most of my male friends say I’m too old, missed the boat

    Listen to your friends ... their honesty is genuine

    If you really want a tat .. get something small .. like on your chest breast and see how that works with you for a while

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    Oct 13, 2013 5:48 PM GMT
    "but friends are trying to talk me out of it."
    Yeah, your friends are being honest.

    There are now tattoo removal services. So if you get them, and regret getting them later on, you can remove them. Not that certain on the price though.

    I am not a huge fan of tattoos. I think historically tattoos was a marker of criminals and such. Nowadays celebrities get them, footballers get them, gym goers get them. Some tattoos look amazing but I would only get them if they were temporary. I would not get a permanent one. If you have a good body shape I would not want to hide it with tattoos. Show my body in all its glory.

    http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/finance/tattoo-removal-businesses-booming-20131007-2v41i.html

    Up to you. If you want it, get it.
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    Oct 13, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    I think that's the mentality that some guys have.. if they don't like a tattoo, they can always get it removed later. Of course often times, they don't realize that tattoo removal is expensive and time consuming.
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    Oct 13, 2013 5:57 PM GMT
    It is just a waste of time and money if you remove them later on. Stick to it. If you really want it, make sure you don't regret it. Simple.
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    Oct 13, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    Age-wise it's the other way around; you can be too young to get tattoos. As you get older the ink drifts and they get blurry. I see these young guys with detailed sharp tattoos and sort of feel sorry for them; they don't realize that they're going to look nothing like that when they get older.

    The two I have, on my ankles, I wouldn't miss a bit if I could have them removed painlessly and successfully (removals I've seen are never what I'd call successful). They're both fuzzy; I got them about 30 years ago.
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    Oct 13, 2013 9:33 PM GMT
    What are they going to look like on you when your tits start to sag in 20 or 30 years?
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    Oct 14, 2013 12:48 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI think that's the mentality that some guys have.. if they don't like a tattoo, they can always get it removed later. Of course often times, they don't realize that tattoo removal is expensive and time consuming.


    This
    I have friends removing them atm, and its taking years and $1000's to get them off with varying success.

    I always remember being told its not so much that you wont like your tatts when you are older, its just that your style will change and you stuck with them. Also they date you, just look at all the arm bands on people now in their mid to late 40's.

    They do look hot however but personally I only have 1 small one on my arse, and Im glad its there sometimes and not more prominent.