Don't understand why bb want to tattoo their bodies with something so permanent.

  • Leejay

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    Jan 25, 2014 3:14 PM GMT
    do they ever consider what those tattoos will look like when they are older?
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    Jan 25, 2014 3:26 PM GMT
    Leejay saiddo they ever consider what those tattoos will look like when they are older?


    Are we supposed to know what "bb" means?
  • Leejay

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    Jan 25, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    After all, it is a post in the 'body building' section. but that's not the point, I just don't understand how one decides on making such a permanent mark on their body.
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    Jan 25, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    I thought you meant body builders, but didn't understand how your comment would only be directed at body builders. But okay.

    It's impossible to answer that question with one answer. Everyone's an individual so everyone has different reasons for getting tattoos. As a tattoo artist, I always asked my customers why they were getting their tattoos. Part of that was just making conversation, but the real reason was I was making sure they were getting the tattoo for the right reason. I can't tell you how many people I have talked out of getting a tattoo. Not good for business, but in the long run, I gained a lot of respect and return business because of it.

    • To look cool - A lot of tattoos have to do with creating an image for the world to see. Several years ago, nautical stars became popular with surfers and skaters. Then other guys started getting them to give the illusion they were cool like surfers (at least that was my experience.) Of course then, girls started getting them, then last but not least, gay men started covering themselves with stars. Peer pressure can have a lot to do with this as you might imagine.

    • Masking insecurities - How many times have you seen a roided out body builder covered in skulls and bloody swords? If you could go back to his teenage years, chances are he was a skinny kid who got picked on a lot. His tattoos tell the world "don't fuck with me; I'm a bad ass." It's his protection, because deep inside, a lot of these guys are still that scared little boy inside.

    • Masking scars - Although I steered most people away from doing this, as scar tissue doesn't tattoo very well, a lot of people want to cover up scars from accidents or surgeries.

    • A person reminder - To me, this is the only good reason to get a tattoo. The entire time I was tattooing people, I had zero tattoos because I never could imagine anything on my body that I wouldn't get tired of. I wasn't afraid of the pain, as I tattooed my thighs on a regular basis without ink in the gun when I was learning how to tattoo. So I was going through the pain of the tattoo but without the tattoo. The guys in the shop made fun of me but I knew I was good at what I was doing so it didn't bother me. It wasn't until after I stopped tattooing that I got my tattoo. In 2004, I had a fantastic life changing experience and I knew I wanted to remember it always. Suddenly, I finally had that deep burning desire for a tattoo. I got it on my forearm so that every time I looked down, I would see this symbol of what I had learned and smile. There have even been many times I look at my tattoo and cry with happiness.

    One time I had this young girl come in for her first tattoo. She was blonde and pretty and looked kind of trendy. In my head I was thinking "please don't tell me you want a fucking butterfly." I asked her "so what kind of tattoo would you like?" She said "I want a butterfly." Dohhhh! So I knew right away I was going to be talking her out of this silly, trendy butterfly and sending her on her way. But I let her tell me her reason. She said "my dad died when I was 8 years old, and my fondest memory of him is of him catching butterflies for me." I actually teared up at my stupid presumptions about this girl. I knew that unlike most girls with butterfly tattoos, she would never regret this one.

    So you see, we don't have to understand peoples reasons. Just know that everyone wants the same thing in life....to be happy. And tattoos make some of us very happy. For people like me (and no doubt the girl with the butterfly tattoo), they're not a "permanent scar" but a very real part of our body, like a conscious birthmark.
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    Jan 25, 2014 7:36 PM GMT
    I never understood, either. I didn't go to the dermatologist having things removed to then cover up perfection!
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    Jan 25, 2014 9:09 PM GMT
    I think Lee Priest went a little overboard with his tatts.
  • Leejay

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    Jan 25, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    I associate tattoos with uneducated people as it was a prehistoric activity where humans weren't capable of intelligent thought...
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    Jan 26, 2014 12:50 AM GMT
    Leejay saidI associate tattoos with uneducated people as it was a prehistoric activity where humans weren't capable of intelligent thought...


    You asked a question and I gave you a considerable response. Did you even read it? Or are you just here to condemn something you don't understand?
  • Timbales

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    Jan 26, 2014 12:55 AM GMT
    People do lots of things that are much more permanent than tattoos.
  • Selfie77

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    Jan 26, 2014 4:31 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI thought you meant body builders, but didn't understand how your comment would only be directed at body builders. But okay.

    It's impossible to answer that question with one answer. Everyone's an individual so everyone has different reasons for getting tattoos. As a tattoo artist, I always asked my customers why they were getting their tattoos. Part of that was just making conversation, but the real reason was I was making sure they were getting the tattoo for the right reason. I can't tell you how many people I have talked out of getting a tattoo. Not good for business, but in the long run, I gained a lot of respect and return business because of it.

    • To look cool - A lot of tattoos have to do with creating an image for the world to see. Several years ago, nautical stars became popular with surfers and skaters. Then other guys started getting them to give the illusion they were cool like surfers (at least that was my experience.) Of course then, girls started getting them, then last but not least, gay men started covering themselves with stars. Peer pressure can have a lot to do with this as you might imagine.

    • Masking insecurities - How many times have you seen a roided out body builder covered in skulls and bloody swords? If you could go back to his teenage years, chances are he was a skinny kid who got picked on a lot. His tattoos tell the world "don't fuck with me; I'm a bad ass." It's his protection, because deep inside, a lot of these guys are still that scared little boy inside.

    • Masking scars - Although I steered most people away from doing this, as scar tissue doesn't tattoo very well, a lot of people want to cover up scars from accidents or surgeries.

    • A person reminder - To me, this is the only good reason to get a tattoo. The entire time I was tattooing people, I had zero tattoos because I never could imagine anything on my body that I wouldn't get tired of. I wasn't afraid of the pain, as I tattooed my thighs on a regular basis without ink in the gun when I was learning how to tattoo. So I was going through the pain of the tattoo but without the tattoo. The guys in the shop made fun of me but I knew I was good at what I was doing so it didn't bother me. It wasn't until after I stopped tattooing that I got my tattoo. In 2004, I had a fantastic life changing experience and I knew I wanted to remember it always. Suddenly, I finally had that deep burning desire for a tattoo. I got it on my forearm so that every time I looked down, I would see this symbol of what I had learned and smile. There have even been many times I look at my tattoo and cry with happiness.

    One time I had this young girl come in for her first tattoo. She was blonde and pretty and looked kind of trendy. In my head I was thinking "please don't tell me you want a fucking butterfly." I asked her "so what kind of tattoo would you like?" She said "I want a butterfly." Dohhhh! So I knew right away I was going to be talking her out of this silly, trendy butterfly and sending her on her way. But I let her tell me her reason. She said "my dad died when I was 8 years old, and my fondest memory of him is of him catching butterflies for me." I actually teared up at my stupid presumptions about this girl. I knew that unlike most girls with butterfly tattoos, she would never regret this one.

    So you see, we don't have to understand peoples reasons. Just know that everyone wants the same thing in life....to be happy. And tattoos make some of us very happy. For people like me (and no doubt the girl with the butterfly tattoo), they're not a "permanent scar" but a very real part of our body, like a conscious birthmark.



    That was very interesting. Thank you for sharing that.
  • CRobson

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    Feb 05, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    This may come as a surprise to you and others of like mind but some people like tattoos, it is also *shock horror* their body. People who get tattooed also rarely care what people think of their tattoos, they like them and that's enough reason to get them done.

    I'm tattooed and will be getting more, I like them on myself and I like them on others. Personal taste, eh? ;)
  • KittenpasteCo...

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    Feb 10, 2014 10:59 AM GMT
    Personal taste is definitely a huge factor. I just got two that satisfy a fetish. They are rather undetectable, from a distance, since they are meant to look natural. Bigger areolas~
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    Feb 10, 2014 12:56 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    • A person reminder - To me, this is the only good reason to get a tattoo. The entire time I was tattooing people, I had zero tattoos because I never could imagine anything on my body that I wouldn't get tired of. I wasn't afraid of the pain, as I tattooed my thighs on a regular basis without ink in the gun when I was learning how to tattoo. So I was going through the pain of the tattoo but without the tattoo. The guys in the shop made fun of me but I knew I was good at what I was doing so it didn't bother me. It wasn't until after I stopped tattooing that I got my tattoo. In 2004, I had a fantastic life changing experience and I knew I wanted to remember it always. Suddenly, I finally had that deep burning desire for a tattoo. I got it on my forearm so that every time I looked down, I would see this symbol of what I had learned and smile. There have even been many times I look at my tattoo and cry with happiness.

    One time I had this young girl come in for her first tattoo. She was blonde and pretty and looked kind of trendy. In my head I was thinking "please don't tell me you want a fucking butterfly." I asked her "so what kind of tattoo would you like?" She said "I want a butterfly." Dohhhh! So I knew right away I was going to be talking her out of this silly, trendy butterfly and sending her on her way. But I let her tell me her reason. She said "my dad died when I was 8 years old, and my fondest memory of him is of him catching butterflies for me." I actually teared up at my stupid presumptions about this girl. I knew that unlike most girls with butterfly tattoos, she would never regret this one.

    So you see, we don't have to understand peoples reasons. Just know that everyone wants the same thing in life....to be happy. And tattoos make some of us very happy. For people like me (and no doubt the girl with the butterfly tattoo), they're not a "permanent scar" but a very real part of our body, like a conscious birthmark.


    Wow! I have never heard something like you.
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    Feb 11, 2014 12:03 AM GMT
    Leejay saidI associate tattoos with uneducated people as it was a prehistoric activity where humans weren't capable of intelligent thought...


    This.... is quite stupid. ScruffyPup gave a very insightful response, I thought.
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    Feb 11, 2014 5:16 AM GMT
    I actually just got a tattoo today. I've had the words "Love Hurts" on my collar bone since I was about 20. At the time I had just met a guy, who I would later go onto become engaged with. But even at the time I knew love was hard work, and at times painful. When we broke up 6 years later it was an all too painful reminder of what love is. Anyways, today I got a banner around the Love Hurts lettering. I forgot how much that area hurt like a mutherfucker....icon_mad.gif

    Some of my tattoos have meaning, some don't. * shrug * But I like them, and that's all that matters. It represents me at that time in my life, and who I was. Some I just think look good on me TBH. No big deep meaning or anything. We will all look hideous at 80. Tattoos or not....icon_neutral.gif

    I just will be able to say, I was young and crazy once. And really, whats the big deal???
  • Nayro

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    Feb 12, 2014 2:10 AM GMT
    Tattoos look hot on built guys! I love them!
  • AWashingtonia...

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    Sep 17, 2014 10:29 PM GMT
    Leejay saidI associate tattoos with uneducated people as it was a prehistoric activity where humans weren't capable of intelligent thought...


    Since ancient culture and history is a personal interest, this comment strikes a particular nerve within my core.

    It also invokes me to question the order of thought given to the issue by the original poster... However, I won't attack, but I believe a person should read-up on something before making a general judgment.

    Ancient cultures were very capable and engaged with intelligent thought. After-all, we are the living proof of that. If you were to read ancient writings like the Book of the Dead, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Alchemic Manuals, or even one of the many translations of the Bible with a discerning eye, you could correlate the poetic forms used by the ancients with modern day biology, chemistry, and even quantum string theory.

    I DIGRESS... Check these links out. They might not explain every reason as scruffypup has written, but they will give you more insight about the culture of the matter.

    Warning, there are a lot of words.

    http://www.powerverbs.com/tattooyou/history.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_tattooing
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  • AWashingtonia...

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    Sep 17, 2014 10:35 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 said We will all look hideous at 80. Tattoos or not....


    Haha... Write for yourself, bro...

    You haven't seen people in my family at 80 years old. Longevity is hell of a gene sequence!
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  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 17, 2014 10:38 PM GMT
    I see a lot of ink on extremely well built guys living at a beach with an Air Force base. Some of it looks great. The answer why bb in particular do it is because they see their bodies as works of art and the tats enhance and highlight the shape of the muscles. And it can.
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    Leejay saidI associate tattoos with uneducated people as it was a prehistoric activity where humans weren't capable of intelligent thought...


    You asked a question and I gave you a considerable response. Did you even read it? Or are you just here to condemn something you don't understand?


    wow - epic
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    Snaz said
    Scruffypup said
    Leejay saidI associate tattoos with uneducated people as it was a prehistoric activity where humans weren't capable of intelligent thought...

    You asked a question and I gave you a considerable response. Did you even read it? Or are you just here to condemn something you don't understand?

    wow - epic

    Agreed. I just sent Scruffy a PE asking for into about medical tattoos. Particularly about getting one for my wrist, as a backup to my medic-alert bracelet I must always wear 24/7.

    So there's another reason for having a tattoo. And I don't consider myself to be unduly primitive, am moderately well educated, although I suppose evaluation of actual intelligence is always subject to interpretation & debate.

    EDIT: Scruffypup just replied to my PE, I got some good info on the medic-alert tattoo I'm seeking. Thanks!