The "trend" in tatoos

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 10, 2017 4:45 PM GMT
    So I'm always thinking about getting a tattoo and something really meaningful. For me, it's always the "weighing of the tat options and as a financial advisor, I tend to approach expenditures critically. Friends are always talking about what "is hot" to do right now or are trendy.. if so, will they go out of style in a few years? How do some of you that got tats years ago feel about them today? Just very curious!
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 10, 2017 4:54 PM GMT
    I'm curious about that, too. I know haircuts I used to think looked great now look silly in retrospect, so I shy away from anything permanent like a tattoo. I wanted an armband for years and the only reason I didn't get one was my partner objected. I hear they are uncool now... lol. But on the other hand, it could become a landscape of where your mind was at different ages, a roadmap of your progress through this world so I'd love to hear from you inked guys.
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    Aug 10, 2017 5:25 PM GMT
    Never had one, but I feel a tattoo should be both timeless AND reflective of the wearer. For you, the design choice is obvious:

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    We're from a time when only sailors and bikers had tats, so to me anything other than a classic tat (think hula girl and heart MOM) dates quickly. Best example: those big chest star tattoos popular for a minute a few years ago. Then there are those early 2000s tribal tats...
  • Suetonius

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    Aug 10, 2017 6:13 PM GMT
    Whatever look you get now - you may not want 30 years (or more) later.

    I have an uncle in his 90's who was in the Navy in WW2. Of course he got some tattoos. Well, he doesn't have the body of a teen any more, and the tattoos aren't quite as attractive as they once were.
  • IllithidMN

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    Aug 10, 2017 6:14 PM GMT
    I've been surrounded by people with tattoos my whole life and I settled on my stance on them. At the core, each person is entitled to justify their own tattoo in whatever way they like. Their reason may seem silly or nonsensical to someone else but in the end they have their own reasons for it.

    My personal belief is I think there is a danger in getting a tattoo that represents your core beliefs and identity. Things like your astrological sign, sexuality, love of pop culture, religion, etc potentially change over time. For example a person's pride in being a Saggitarius may not be there in ten years if your view of astrology changes. The cross between your shoulder blades may not be so convenient when you transition to another faith or atheism.

    There are plenty of plus sides to identity-centered tattoos as well. Many people thrive on wearing their hearts on their sleeve so to speak. Even if your position on identity changes, the tattoo can act as an artifact to a person's past, reminding them where they've come from and where they are going.

    I believe tattoos are best when they are for aesthetic reasons. Tattoos that heighten the attractiveness of the body or decorate the body are functional in the sense that their purpose is clear and direct. I hear people shaming others because of a tribal tattoo on their arms or shoulders. Why? It is there to be attractive and to show pride in one's body. If it wasn't for my line of work I would be working towards full body armor of some kind.
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    Aug 10, 2017 6:17 PM GMT
    IllithidMN said

    "...I believe tattoos are best when they are for aesthetic reasons. Tattoos that heighten the attractiveness of the body ...."


    Are you sure that's possible? I've yet to see one that has ever accomplished that.
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 10, 2017 6:23 PM GMT
    NEDC12 said
    IllithidMN said

    "...I believe tattoos are best when they are for aesthetic reasons. Tattoos that heighten the attractiveness of the body ...."


    Are you sure that's possible? I've yet to see one that has ever accomplished that.

    Personal opinion. I've seen some great ones on guys with good bodies.
  • Derrick_Rigg

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    Aug 10, 2017 6:35 PM GMT
    Never got into tats. But I have done some henna indigo temporary tats on chest and arms previously. Great ones in LA and Houston but the worst was in Las Vegas.

    Had to work with bodybuilder and porn actor Chris Duffy at a stripping event in LA a few years ago right after he got three-color sleeve tats on his arms (delts to wrist). They would look better on guys that weren't hairy or shaved down.
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    Aug 10, 2017 7:44 PM GMT
    Derrick_Rigg saidNever got into tats. But I have done some henna indigo temporary tats on chest and arms previously. Great ones in LA and Houston but the worst was in Las Vegas.

    Had to work with bodybuilder and porn actor Chris Duffy at a stripping event in LA a few years ago right after he got three-color sleeve tats on his arms (delts to wrist). They would look better on guys that weren't hairy or shaved down.


    Are you channeling Derrick Rigg or Zoltan Voros right now?

    http://musclemalemodel.blogspot.com/2011/03/zoltan-voros-big-and-hairy.htmlhttp://

    I contacted RJ admin about this but I guess they would rather not lose another forum contributor. Fake or not.
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    Aug 10, 2017 9:56 PM GMT
    I spent 10 years deciding what I wanted and then a year looking for an artist.
    So I am very happy with mine!
    Her style is very unique and the subject matter is very personal. So it's not really "in style" so I don't have to worry about it going out of style. I also went with all black for the tattoo.
    And yes, when I'm 80 my tattoos will be saggy and not that pretty. But my skin would be inked or not!
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    Aug 10, 2017 10:48 PM GMT
    got a tattoo that symbolized gratitude concerning a great awareness and change in my life that I cherish to this day .... along with the tattoo. Glad I had it done and would do it again. I think a tattoo doesn't lose it's value when based on something profound and cherished by the individual.
    Have had mine for 8 years now.
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  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Aug 10, 2017 11:16 PM GMT
    I'm over them. At some point I may try to have mine removed. The sad part is that it will cost roughly four times more than what I paid for the actual tattoos. And it may even be more.

    I went to a tattoo removal specialist about 3 or 4 months ago and had a free consultation. It would take years in order for me to remove my tattoos. And I paid $100 to have roughly one square inch of tattoo removal on my body to see if it would actually work. The tattoo removal specialist said that in certain cases some colors of tattoo ink won't disolve and are truly permanent.

    The square inch that I had them apply the laser to has both red and black ink. The black Ink seemed to almost dissolve completely. Whereas the red ink barely took a hit. So in my case I don't know how many applications of laser removal I would need in order to remove the red from my tattoos. And that's where it will more than likely get pricey because it will take several attempts to get satisfactory results.

    As far as getting tattoos, I don't recommend them.
  • two_meninlove

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    Aug 10, 2017 11:42 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidI'm over them. At some point I may try to have mine removed. The sad part is that it will cost roughly four times more than what I paid for the actual tattoos. And it may even be more.

    I went to a tattoo removal specialist about 3 or 4 months ago and had a free consultation. It would take years in order for me to remove my tattoos. And I paid $100 to have roughly one square inch of tattoo removal on my body to see if it would actually work. The tattoo removal specialist said that in certain cases some colors of tattoo ink won't disolve and are truly permanent.

    The square inch that I had them apply the laser to has both red and black ink. The black Ink seemed to almost dissolve completely. Whereas the red ink barely took a hit. So in my case I don't know how many applications of laser removal I would need in order to remove the red from my tattoos. And that's where it will more than likely get pricey because it will take several attempts to get satisfactory results.

    As far as getting tattoos, I don't recommend them.

    That's rather sad mate.
    I myself have three. Easy to cover, and able to wear tees, and most shorts without them standing out.
    But then, I didn't get my first until 40. If done in my 20s. Now doubts regret involved.
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    Aug 10, 2017 11:43 PM GMT
    I would never get a tattoo for four reasons:

    - by definition they damage the skin
    - they camouflage/hide melanomas
    - my flawless skin shouldn't be covered, lol
    - now tattoos are the new normal and no matter how original the design the wearer's still following the herd

    I wouldn't worry so much about how ridiculous I'd look old and wrinkled with tattoos because by the time I'm there, ALL the cool kids at the Assisted Living Facility will have them.

    Plus I'll concede that like makeup, particularly when carefully placed, they make toned bodies look more muscular given a combination of optical illusion and visual gym association (almost all the buff boys have them).

    I'd still love to see a Polo logo tattooed on HndsmKansan's pec - an ironic commentary on consumerism and herd mentality!
  • bro4bro

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    Aug 10, 2017 11:51 PM GMT
    My best friend got a tattoo in the center of his back right after high school, about the size of a label from a mayonnaise jar. It's relatively tasteful - it's his family crest. And since it's on his back, he never has to look at it himself. Even so, he now wishes he never got it.

    As for corporate logos, there was a guy at my gym who had the Nike Swoosh on his biceps. He said his entire college football team did it. And they weren't even being sponsored. He eventually had it removed (you could still see where it had been); he was trying to get acting jobs in Hollywood, and casting agents didn't think too much of a guy with product placement on his arm!

    I've said this in another thread - I think for most people, the perfect tattoo would be great big Old English script letters across their backs that read, "ME TOO".
  • barefootlover

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    Aug 11, 2017 12:30 AM GMT
    I've never regretted getting my tats. They are very meaningful to me and always will be. They are a part of me now.
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    Aug 11, 2017 12:41 AM GMT
    Destinharbor said
    I'm curious about that, too. I know haircuts I used to think looked great now look silly in retrospect, so I shy away from anything permanent like a tattoo. I wanted an armband for years and the only reason I didn't get one was my partner objected. I hear they are uncool now... lol. But on the other hand, it could become a landscape of where your mind was at different ages, a roadmap of your progress through this world so I'd love to hear from you inked guys.

    You make an excellent point - the transient nature of style, fashion, and fads. What's hot today isn't hot tomorrow. But you're stuck wearing that tattoo for life. Possibly becoming a dated, anachronistic throwback to a time past. And in the worst case, people may not even know what your tats mean, the references forgotten, too outdated for future generations to know.

    I have 1 tat, a medical one I created to replace my medic-alert epilepsy bracelet. Initially I wanted the tat to resemble the bracelet, the tat on the top of my wrist, maybe a bracelet facsimile around the rest. But the tattoo artist suggested under my wrist, instead.

    He said that's where first responders will go for a pulse reading. And see the medic-alert tat. Brilliant! I said in that case, let's enlarge it beyond bracelet size, make it jump out. With the word "EPILEPTIC" alongside it.

    It's very discreet, you usually won't see it. I've shown it to doctors and health care professionals, and they all strongly approve, think it's a great idea. My epilepsy ain't ever going away, with me for life, and I'm not ashamed of it. Would rather people know about it when dealing with me, should I go into seizure. Denying or hiding it won't make it go away, merely deny me a proper response.

    And I don't think people today are spooked by an epileptic being in their presence. I'm usually quite well-behaved (at least regarding personal medical matters). But decorative ink I continue to avoid.

    At one time I thought I might put the names of all the different motorcycle brands I've owned on 1 arm, and their logos on the other arm. And believe me, they would fill my arms from shoulder to wrist.

    But I was still riding, and thought maybe I'd still buy other brands, gotta leave room. And now that it looks like I won't be riding much again, or likely would buy a brand I've already owned, nothing additional, I'm kinda down on ink. Too old for it now, for one thing, would just look foolish on my spindly arms, and since I don't have a bike at present (my husband forbids it).
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    Aug 11, 2017 12:50 AM GMT
    I'm sorry but old tattoos usually look crappy. The edges fades and the colour seems to blur. It's like a car: looks nice when new but ages fast for most.
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    Aug 11, 2017 1:20 AM GMT
    YVRguy said
    I'm sorry but old tattoos usually look crappy. The edges fades and the colour seems to blur. It's like a car: looks nice when new but ages fast for most.

    Mine has indeed aged, as you say. But then it's mostly red, being a medical tattoo. And red seems more prone to fading. Plus many people have a skin reaction to the red ink. As I did, initially getting blisters in some spots. And those same spots are now lightening. I'm gonna have it renewed this Fall. It's a simple geometric design, bright as can be, no subtle coloration, shouldn't be a challenge.

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    The only difference is that mine has a black edging all around, a larger serpent, and the word EPILEPTIC in black just below the image.
  • rucker

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    Aug 11, 2017 2:51 AM GMT
    Tattoos on a beautiful man is graffiti on art
  • two_meninlove

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    Aug 11, 2017 2:59 AM GMT
    art_deco said
    YVRguy said
    I'm sorry but old tattoos usually look crappy. The edges fades and the colour seems to blur. It's like a car: looks nice when new but ages fast for most.

    Mine has indeed aged, as you say. But then it's mostly red, being a medical tattoo. And red seems more prone to fading. Plus many people have a skin reaction to the red ink. As I did, initially getting blisters in some spots. And those same spots are now lightening. I'm gonna have it renewed this Fall. It's a simple geometric design, bright as can be, no subtle coloration, shouldn't be a challenge.

    .................th?id=OIP.7M7YISiOI3PR-zXepYkPOwEsEs&pid

    The only difference is that mine has a black edging all around, a larger serpent, and the word EPILEPTIC in black just below the image.

    So now you've been a medic too Bob. Wow where does the list ever end? How did you have the time, since you dedicated many years to the Army?
  • 24hourguy

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    Aug 11, 2017 3:30 AM GMT
    This Brazilian Tattoo Artist Is Horrible At Drawing, But People Still Pay Her To Get Inked
    http://www.boredpanda.com/artist-specializes-ugly-tattoo-helena-fernandes-brazil/
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    Aug 11, 2017 3:49 AM GMT
    You don't put a bumper sticker on a Maserati.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 11, 2017 4:03 AM GMT
    pacificman saidYou don't put a bumper sticker on a Maserati.


    ^^^This^^^

    I've never been a big fan of tats. I respect anyone who wants one and likes them, I just don't. I also think it's a trend that has gotten really excessive. There are young guys at my gym who are tattooed from head to toe. Not attractive IMO
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    Aug 11, 2017 4:35 AM GMT
    Don't have tattoos unless it is an imprint of a Swiss bank account number. They are so damn long!