Tattoos... yes or no?

  • USAFGypsy

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    Feb 02, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    Ok, so while I have a strong appreciation for all things "body art" (tats, piercings, etc) When you have a clean slate, and you suddenly get a wild hair, should you go inking yourself up all over the place?

    I have a few ideas for tattoos I really want in various places, and so far I've held off on getting any just because I'm a bit nervous about that whole permanent thing...


    My sister comes home from being stationed in Korea in two weeks, and before she goes to her next base in Germany, she wants she and I to get a tattoo done together... I believe her current total is like 6...


    My question is: If I've made it to 22, should I really go adding these things at this point? Or am I going to kick myself later?

    The other side of it, I love a guy with ink, but can I even pull it off?

    *Yes, I acknowledge this is a very vain attempt at seeking others' opinions*
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    Feb 02, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    I'm going to say 'no', they can look hot, but let's face it, life long commitments are to be avoided at all cost.
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    Feb 02, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Hard call. I'd have to see you naked to know icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 02, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    I don't like tattoos, and I have little appreciation for body art. If you are going to get a tattoo you should do it because you want to and it will have a special meaning to you. Don't do it just for the looks because not everyone is into that. I do have to say, though, I seem to be in the minority, and most gay people I know of are either into tattoos or don't mind them.
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    Feb 02, 2009 9:58 PM GMT
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    Feb 02, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
    I've had folks make the suggestion to me many times over the years.

    Here's my take: it's just to darn permanent.

    If I dye or cut my hair, that'll fix itself given some time.
    If I get earrings, I can always take them out.

    I personally think tattoos wreck the natural lines of a great looking body. They fade and look like crap.
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:01 PM GMT
    Why not get a temporary one? If you feel you absolutely must have one, I'd suggest being inked where only your partner and you can see it.
  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 02, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    No, tattoo probably look ok when you are young but when you get mature it look bad and you cant get rid of it (except for some laser procedure). I have see a lot of old guy who have tattoo , but now his skin look like some used leather jacket with some faded drawing/ word . That's gross.
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
    icon_biggrin.gifwell i personally love tattoos.. and love the way they look on other guys... as for they fade.. yes.. but you can get them touched up over time.. and it really does take ALOT of time for that to happen.. and if you REALLY REALLY hate it.. you always have Laser Tattoo Removal.. or maybe even just go for a cover up which is what i've had to do.. cause when i was younger.. 17...18ish.. i got a really badly drawn tattoo.. that i was shy and embarrased to show anyone... i'm currently pleased with my current half sleeve.. and will probably continue on to a full sleeve.. and eventually the other arm as wel...
  • mctrinh84

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    Feb 02, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
    guy with tatoos is turn me on!!
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    I personally love tattoos as long as they have a personal meaning to YOU! I have 8 but they are all in place that only show if I want them to.
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:10 PM GMT
    mate, the choice is yours, your going to get people who say no and those who say yes.. I'm in the yes, I wanna get a big massive one, I've been designing it for a couple of years and have I think almost reached the point of completion..

    if you want it, get it, yes its a live long commitment, but if the tattoo has meaning and heart to it, then it will be an easy enjoyable commitment
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
    I think it all depends if the tattoo itself has a significant meaning to you. Like myself, I had my tattoo done not just hell of it. I had it done mostly because it means something more to me than just how it looks from the outside. To me, getting this tattoo is simply a way for me to step out of the 'little boy' image friends and family have of me among the other things I've accomplished. That and of course, I've always wanted this kind since I was -- 15, I think?

    I plan on getting a few more including a few touches on my half sleeve.
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidmate, the choice is yours, your going to get people who say no and those who say yes.. I'm in the yes, I wanna get a big massive one, I've been designing it for a couple of years and have I think almost reached the point of completion..

    if you want it, get it, yes its a live long commitment, but if the tattoo has meaning and heart to it, then it will be an easy enjoyable commitment


    You're not talking about the plate-sized chocolate starfish that you're having applied to your arse, are you?
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    Hmmm..that question of to Tattoo or not to Tattoo is quite the quandary.

    I recommend choosing a location that will remain flattering as you age (avoid extremely soft areas that are mainly tissue, such as the ass, bicep, et cetera)

    Also, choose a tattoo that will continue to have positive meaning as you age, and could in fact have added meaning as you age...don't get a tattoo of someone's initials.

    As for the commitment thing, I see a man with tattoos as capable of being able to commit to something long term...ie relationships.
  • D972

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    Feb 02, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said check theses out....

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    * Chokes and spits out water on his work computer screen*

    Ohhhhh dang, you could have warned me or something ...
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:25 PM GMT
    Don't get congi.

    Disgruntled Asian Tattoo Artist Inks His Revenge


    Reprinted from Sept. 2002 -- Pitt junior Brandon Smith wanted a tattoo that proclaimed his manliness, so he decided to get the Chinese characters for “strength” and “honor” on his chest. After 20 minutes under the needle of local tattoo artist Andy Sakai, he emerged with the symbol for “small penis” embedded in his flesh.


    “I had it for months before I knew what it really meant,” Smith said.

    “Then I went jogging through the Carnegie Mellon campus and a group of Asian kids started laughing and calling me ‘Shorty.’ That’s when I knew something was up.”

    Sakai, an award-winning tattoo artist, was tired of seeing sacred Japanese words, symbols of his heritage, inked on random white people. So he used their blissful ignorance to make an everlasting statement. Any time a customer came to Sakai’s home studio wanting Japanese tattooed on them, he modified it into a profane word or phrase.

    “All these preppy sorority girls and suburban rich boys think they’re so cool ‘cause they have a tattoo with Japanese characters. But it doesn’t mean shit to them!” Sakai said. “The dumbasses don’t even realize that I’ve written ‘slut’ or ‘pervert’ on their skin!”


    * Symbols on the back of a Pitt Student inked by Sakai (inset) were originally meant to say, "princess." They really say, "prostitute."


    In the last month, seven people unknowingly received explicit tattoos from the disgruntled artist. Kerri Baker, a Carlow College freshman, paid $50 to have the symbols for “beautiful goddess” etched above her belly button, but when she went into Szechuan Express Asian Noodle Shop sporting a bare midriff, the giggling employees explained to her that the tattoo really said, “Insert General Tso’s Chicken Here!”

    “I don’t even like General Tso’s!” Baker sobbed. “I’m a vegetarian!”

    Sakai doesn’t feel guilty about using hapless college students as canvases for his graffiti.

    “I think I’m helping my fellow man by labeling all the stupid people in the world,” he explained. “It’s not a crime, it’s a public service.
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:41 PM GMT
    Watch out for the Kanji too.

    Beaux saidDon't get congi.

    Disgruntled Asian Tattoo Artist Inks His Revenge


    Reprinted from Sept. 2002 -- Pitt junior Brandon Smith wanted a tattoo that proclaimed his manliness, so he decided to get the Chinese characters for “strength” and “honor” on his chest. After 20 minutes under the needle of local tattoo artist Andy Sakai, he emerged with the symbol for “small penis” embedded in his flesh.


    “I had it for months before I knew what it really meant,” Smith said.

    “Then I went jogging through the Carnegie Mellon campus and a group of Asian kids started laughing and calling me ‘Shorty.’ That’s when I knew something was up.”

    Sakai, an award-winning tattoo artist, was tired of seeing sacred Japanese words, symbols of his heritage, inked on random white people. So he used their blissful ignorance to make an everlasting statement. Any time a customer came to Sakai’s home studio wanting Japanese tattooed on them, he modified it into a profane word or phrase.

    “All these preppy sorority girls and suburban rich boys think they’re so cool ‘cause they have a tattoo with Japanese characters. But it doesn’t mean shit to them!” Sakai said. “The dumbasses don’t even realize that I’ve written ‘slut’ or ‘pervert’ on their skin!”


    * Symbols on the back of a Pitt Student inked by Sakai (inset) were originally meant to say, "princess." They really say, "prostitute."


    In the last month, seven people unknowingly received explicit tattoos from the disgruntled artist. Kerri Baker, a Carlow College freshman, paid $50 to have the symbols for “beautiful goddess” etched above her belly button, but when she went into Szechuan Express Asian Noodle Shop sporting a bare midriff, the giggling employees explained to her that the tattoo really said, “Insert General Tso’s Chicken Here!”

    “I don’t even like General Tso’s!” Baker sobbed. “I’m a vegetarian!”

    Sakai doesn’t feel guilty about using hapless college students as canvases for his graffiti.

    “I think I’m helping my fellow man by labeling all the stupid people in the world,” he explained. “It’s not a crime, it’s a public service.
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:41 PM GMT
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  • USAFGypsy

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    Feb 02, 2009 11:46 PM GMT
    Hmm, well so far this has been quasi helpful...


    I suppose putting up a picture of what I want and where I want it would help...

  • USAFGypsy

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    Feb 02, 2009 11:46 PM GMT
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    I personally like his ink, so I'm not entirely sure the point you're trying to make on this one...
  • USAFGypsy

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    Feb 02, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said

    http://www.chokerz4men.com/product.cfm?&pid=566


    Gorgeous pieces, but I don't actually see anything with the symbols I want...


    Thanks for the work appropriate porn though, lol
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    Feb 02, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    polobutt saidI personally love tattoos as long as they have a personal meaning to YOU! I have 8 but they are all in place that only show if I want them to.


    i'm a firm believer that tattoos should have close meaning to you. All of my tattoos have strong meaning to me and were designed because of specific circumstances or occurances that I always want to remember. I guess we all have our own reasons for getting tattoos but I think that they are pretty sexy on people if they aren't just random impulse buys and you can pretty much tell when they were not thought out.