tattoos- hot or not?

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    Feb 27, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    i've been considering getting a tattoo for years now... in my mind, i have more than a few reasons not to get one, and an equal number of reasons i should.... i'm stuck at an impasse and can't seem to completely get rid of the idea or go ahead with it, though i've settled on a design.
    help?



    i've always thought less is more with tattoos, so you won't see me getting covered with them or obscuring parts of my body with ink... and what i want is deeply personally significant... as well as simple, graphic, and concealable. this is what i've settled on after years of thinking:


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    it has deep personal spiritual significance that i think may actually evolve and grow as i age, and i don't think it'll become obsolete for me as my beliefs evolve... i wanna get it on the middle of my upper back, on the spine and just below a shirt collar, about the size of a small child's fist. is that a good place? i don't want to get it anywhere that it'll be distorted by my casual movements too much...


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    Feb 27, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    It doesn't matter if we think it's hot.

    If you want a tattoo that has some sort of personal/spiritual significance, then go for it! icon_cool.gif

    But wouldn't getting a tattoo have some negative impact on your modeling ambitions?
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    Feb 27, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    well yeah that would be one of the cons. though im leaning toward not modeling- don't think im cut out for it- i may send some pix to ppl to see what happens but i'm not planning a future around it :p

    some of the cons i've thought up:

    -its so damn permanent

    -it will hurt, and i don't do well with pain.

    -it may end up looking trashy on me- i like that my body is pristine... although i resent it at the same time...

    -i think tats look great, generally, on ppl around my age... but in the later years of life.... on most.... not so much..... of course, old ppl aren't attractive anyways lol...

    -i may get addicted and decide to keep getting more after the first, which WILL make me look trashy

    -i know some people consider it a turn-off and i don't want to slim down my already abysmal chances of finding and keeping a quality guy (though if he's that judgmental and moralistic, he's probably not for me anyways...)

    -its so damn permanent
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    Feb 27, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    however, the pluses include:

    its uniqueness- nothing generic, meaningless, or lame here,

    its being so spiritually significant to me without any foreseeable obsoleteness in the future- i could go on and on in describing its meanings,

    its something i fear and therefor i HAVE to confront it or will forever wonder and regret- there's something to be said for conquering a fear of permanence and pain and other's opinions,

    some people find tats very attractive,

    it'd be in a concealable place so i don't have to worry about unprofessionalism (though as a designer, that wouldn't matter too much anyways),

    its something i've pondered for about 5 years so i'm pretty confident in the design choice,

    and it looks awesome.


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    Feb 27, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    You'll probably want to look at this thread that deals with tattoos and what people think of them:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/413412/
  • DCEric

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    Feb 27, 2009 4:46 AM GMT
    /Doesn't like tattoos
    //Finds them creepy
    ///Take care of your body, only to stain it.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Feb 27, 2009 4:48 AM GMT
    Totally your call. Don't let us dissuade you.






    But I personally hate them. My brother 's right arm and leg are covered, and I just can't look.
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    Feb 27, 2009 5:07 AM GMT
    HOT for sure. . . icon_exclaim.gif
  • JayneCobb

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    Feb 27, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    I personally love tattoos (body art in general for that matter).
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    Feb 27, 2009 5:12 AM GMT
    these days, it seems like you'd be more unique not having a tattoo. people that think they get it to look original, actually, end up blending in even more.
  • Ritournelle

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    Feb 27, 2009 5:14 AM GMT
    That tattoo itself is fine, it's the location that is the problem. There is something about that area (the bottom of the cervical vertebra) that just never looks pleasant (and admittedly a little trashy). Is symmetry the reasoning for the location? The tattoo itself is vertically and horizontally symmetric, so I assume so. Not really the best reasoning for that location if that is the case.
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    Feb 27, 2009 5:19 AM GMT
    yes, symmetry is the reason. i'd considered my shoulder or shoulder blade, but due to its symmetry as a design, and part of its significance*, having it centered seems necessary....

    what other locations would be suggested?
    i don't want it anywhere i can't hide it with a tshirt and shorts, and don't want it anywhere that casual body movement would distort it too much....











    *the merging of man and deity into perfect unity... not merely the union represented in a conventional six pointed star, but unity; perfect balance and oneness, the reconciliation of all opposites; a talismanic glyph of the attainment of spiritual perfection and enlightenment. its also a solar symbol, after a fashion...

    the pentagram represents the microcosm of man, but the hexagram represents the macrocosm or God- its points have been associated with the six primary planetary intelligences of hermeticism (the whole symbol representing the sun), as well as six sephiroth on the Kabalistic tree of life. the union of the triangles in a traditional hexagram represents the union of fire and water, up and down, male and female, macro and micro, god and man- a symbol of balance. it also contains within it the four symbols of the elements, implying that all matter is born of divine union. it represents the reconciliation of opposites, and as such, the Great Work, making it applicable to and encapsulating of pretty much every religious and spiritual goal of attainment.

    Aleister Crowley searched for a means to create a hexagram composed of one single, continuous line, as opposed to the dual triangles in the traditional form. His efforts led to the unicursal hexagram, which further codifies the symbolism contained within the hexagram, the rosy cross, and the ankh.
  • ROYCE13

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    Feb 27, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    nice design, not hot for me, tattoos and piercing, but do not judge those who do, there are those who do and those who do not
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    Feb 27, 2009 5:39 AM GMT
    no, Thelemic- its one of the symbols of the religion- or rather, its very popular within, and is often associated with Thelema.

    its a gnostic tradition, that incorporates hermeticism, kabalah, eastern tantric mysticism, and study of the occult- the ultimate purpose being enlightenment, after a fashion.
  • Ritournelle

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    Feb 27, 2009 5:39 AM GMT
    czarodziej said
    what other locations would be suggested?
    i don't want it anywhere i can't hide it with a tshirt and shorts, and don't want it anywhere that casual body movement would distort it too much....

    It's taking everything within my self control to not recommend putting it on the small of your back but that would be so cheap. The shoulder blade is a better idea, but symmetry does seem integral to the symbol... You could always go for bilateral symmetry, elongate it, and put one on each oblique. You would be damned to work out your stomach for the rest of your life.
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    Feb 27, 2009 5:42 AM GMT
    hm, good suggestions, but the small of the back IS undeniably trashy... and i think it'd cheapen it to have two.... why don't you like the upper back? is this a commonly held taboo, or a personal qualm? what about getting it on my shoulder (deltoid)?












    sidenote: here's an idea i was throwing around a couple years ago- yes, this is me, with sharpie marker :p applied it myself, upside down in a mirror

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    i've since decided that's a trashy place for a tattoo.
  • Ritournelle

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    Feb 27, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    I was kidding about the small of the back. It's purely aesthetic, my reasoning against it, I have yet to see it done well. The very prominent location dominates over everything else considering that the back is not particularly curvy. It always look more like a bumper sticker than a tattoo as a result. The deltoid is probably a wise choice.

  • bravehound

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    Feb 27, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    Like any piece of art or personal style choice they can be quite cool - or just plain lame. I haven't liked or disliked anyone based on their tattoos. Whether people have a beautifully done piece of work, a tattoo of Ren and Stimpy playing paintball, or nothing at all... wouldn't make me like or dislike 'em. And tattoo or not, at least they're being themselves.

    If you're thinking you might want to attract someone that would choose to date you or not, based on a pretty modest tattoo like that... well... I'm hoping you'd land a guy that would wanna be with you either way.
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    Feb 27, 2009 6:26 AM GMT
    Do it!
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    Feb 27, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
    czarodziej saidhowever, the pluses include:

    its uniqueness- nothing generic, meaningless, or lame here,




    Czar, I find you totally unique, meaningful, and far from lame. Frankly, I think it would be a sin to mess with the perfection that is your body, but it's yours and if you want it then go for it.

    Good luck on your decision! As for place, how about the upper thigh area - opposite your writing arm?
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    Feb 27, 2009 9:28 AM GMT
    well, I have a tattoo I got as sort of a right of passage when I graduated HS, the one that you can see in my pic, so obviously I think its hot! I also totally agree with you, im not into a large number of tats, however I am interested in getting one on the other shoulder which would be a black panther crawling up my shoulder and a snake wrapped around it as the panther looks back. I think you have a nice body, its not gonna get direct sunlight and look like shit as you get older... Go for it!
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    Feb 27, 2009 9:35 AM GMT
    I like the design, just dont make it too big, if you're bottom put it on your lower back, if youre top put it close to your sex lines but not in the center of your abs, finally if youre versatile then go for your shoulder or your upper back right bellow your neck.
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    Feb 27, 2009 9:35 AM GMT
    You would still be a good looking guy with or without the tattoo. I personally am not in to them. I have negative associations with tattoos, but I can understand why others like them.

    At least you chose a design that is different and interesting. Gnostics, wow that is a blast from the past.
  • josephmovie

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    Feb 27, 2009 9:47 AM GMT
    I wonder if people in Asian countries get English symbols and words as tattoos?
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    Feb 27, 2009 9:56 AM GMT
    Go for it. If I was your age I would have one. You need to remember that tattoos age with you. My father had a beautiful tattoo on his forearm. He got in during WW2 while stationed in Singapore. When I was young the tattoo was was very attractive. By the time he was in his 70's the color faded and it became deformed as his skin wrinkled and he lost muscle mass. It had become ugly and he always wore long sleeve shirts to keep it hidden. If you get a lot of tattoos and then change your mind when your older it will cost you the annual gross domestic product of a small country to have them removed. You should google aging tattoos and read about the care required.