Tattoos a turn off?

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    Nov 20, 2007 7:21 PM GMT
    Okay, there have been a lot of posts lately about how great tattoos are and how hot they are and where they should be. I'm wondering if there's anyone else out there who thinks the unmarked body is hot. I've very rarely seen a tattoo that I think looks better than without. Anyone else?

    Again, if you choose to have a tattoo (or 20), go for it. Just wondering if I'm that old that everyone else thinks tattoos are the best and I'm left behind.

  • BlackJock79

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    Nov 20, 2007 7:42 PM GMT
    I can go either way. I just like hard muscular bodies. If he has tatoos cool. If not cool. I don't think one is hotter than the other. But I have found that lots of guys think tatoos are HOT. I'm going to get a few, I've always wanted some.
  • dfrourke

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    Nov 20, 2007 8:03 PM GMT
    I LOVE tattoos, however, I have none on my body...oddly enough I have had several past boyfriends [with tattoos] comment on liking that fact that my body was untouched by ink...

    ...oddly enough all of those relationships are no more...

    - David
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    Nov 20, 2007 8:10 PM GMT
    you gotta see some exaggerated tatoos.. they are rare but you can find them on bikers sometimes..
    they hide the whole body with too much colors and shapes.. looks really a turn off...well, that's just my opinion .. if you want to make a tatoo you should be doing it for yourself, convinced with it..not to empress someone or look better in some people eyes..
    lot's of people hate tatoos in general..
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    Nov 20, 2007 10:12 PM GMT
    I don't like tatoos. They have become such a gay cliche and a sign of an unimaginative mind. I just don't get them particularly those swirly ones that were popular in the mid 90s.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 20, 2007 11:17 PM GMT
    I don't mind a tattoo or two when they are well done and seem like something personal, not the generic tribal band around the bicep.

    I've been flirting with the idea of getting a Vargas-style pin-up done on my shoulder.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 20, 2007 11:54 PM GMT
    Tattoos can be hot ... yeah
    it depends on where they are
    what they are and
    the body they are written on
    The exact opposite can be true
    placed in the wrong place
    something that looks bad
    and on a body that doesn't warrant one

    so I'll continue to like my men unadulterated
  • liftordie

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    Nov 21, 2007 3:28 AM GMT
    being one of the inked persuasion, i dont care either way. hot is hot. gimme a great face holding a great mind anyday and i wont care whether he has khanji and the middle of his shoulder blades or not!!!
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:43 AM GMT
    A tat seems to be a way to keep you better interested in keeping a healthy body so it doesn't stretch with fat or sag with wrinkles icon_cool.gif

    It also keep you from being put to ground in an orthodox cemetery!
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    Nov 21, 2007 4:02 AM GMT
    I have no tatoos, I dont want to commit to "art" for the rest of my life, thats why God invented Sharpies (just keep them away from cholas).
    I have an ex that got a naked woman tatooed on his arm. Now he will always be reminded of a time when he was trying to convince himself of something he wasnt. Maybe thats a good thing or bad, dunno. But he was kinda messed up mentally.
  • kasch33

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    Nov 21, 2007 5:10 AM GMT
    In defense of those of us who are seriously inked (I have a half sleeve in addition to several others) none of my tattoos were done in an attempt to look hot or hide a part of my body. They do however tell the story of my life...I remember the where, when and why I got each one; and as liftordie said, give me a great face with a great mind any day, the rest is probably negotiable.
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    Nov 21, 2007 5:17 AM GMT
    I like both...tated and not. But I hope some guys like tats as I'm planning to finish a sleeve! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 21, 2007 5:25 AM GMT
    Nothing against 'em, but I think unadorned skin is the hottest. They seem to so taken over by the herd instinct, however. And the ones I do think are the worst offenders are the ones that gay guys put just inside their iliac crest at the bikini line. Yuck.
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    Nov 21, 2007 5:35 AM GMT
    I LOATH tattoos and they most certainly mar the sexiness of a body! Doesn't matter if they're small or body covering -- I'm easily repulsed by them!
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    Nov 21, 2007 5:36 AM GMT
    I've seen some tats that really complement a hot bod, but many more that make me think, "Ewww... poor guy. There was some really bad judgment involved in that." It would probably be better if they were removable.
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    Nov 21, 2007 5:43 AM GMT
    I got a tattoo on my shoulder (a tribal creature with a snake around it) when I was 18 and it's not one I would get today, if I were to get one. I dont sit around regretting it or dwell on it, many people say they like it, but the ink does "bleed", fade and spread over time, and the crispness of the lines becomes fuzzy. They also leave a slight raised scaring of the tissue.

    When people ask about getting one, my advice is to really make sure its something they really want....I had a roomate in college in 90' who got a HUGE, all black tattoo on his back of the band "Public Enemy" - I bet he is regretting that now....its for life...walking in to a tatt parlor being presured by acquaintance punks to get inked is not the best way to go about getting one (as I did in my quest to fit in at the time). Many people end up with devils, naked green ladies and skulls that way.

    Very old tattoos end up looking like big bruises with little resemblence of the original design. I hope by the time mine looks like that they will have better removal techniques that wont leave a scar.

    However, they are personal and can be fun, or cool....if well thought out and executed.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Nov 21, 2007 6:03 AM GMT
    If people want to get inked, more power to them, but as a personal preference, they're a turn off for me. They aren't a deal breaker, but I prefer uninked skin.
  • DrStorm

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    Nov 21, 2007 6:36 AM GMT
    Short and sweet: YES.


    PS my shortest posting ever!
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    Nov 21, 2007 8:09 AM GMT
    i understand and respect the question.

    that being said, what's on the inside is what counts, and there are precious few good insides it seems. but they are out there.

    and it's spelled "tattoo"

    i can't find a link, but back in the early days of the AIDS epidemics there were several pieces written about how tattooing oneself was a way of reclaiming one's body from the virus. symbolically anyway.

    interesting theory.

    i live in the east village of NYC. i couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a beautiful person with at least five tattoos. guess i'm used to them.
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    Nov 21, 2007 8:09 AM GMT
    Since the topic involves skin appearance:

    inked - hot

    tan - not

    Just my preference. I spend a lot of time in the sun w/ SPF 50. Being super tan is a turn off for me.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Nov 21, 2007 8:22 AM GMT
    I find tattoos too distracting when looking at or spending time with a guy, so, yeah, I prefer guys without inked skin. It's a rare occasion when I see a tattoo and think "man, that looks good on him."

    My distaste for piercings is stronger though. Shiny objects that are also metallic tasting quickly get me out of a sexual mood and put me into observer mode.
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    Nov 21, 2007 8:28 AM GMT
    redheadguyThey have become such a gay cliche and a sign of an unimaginative mind

    I think this is a little unfair. Tattooing isn't just a 'gay' thing. OK, a lot of gay people have them but so do straight people and I don't understand how it can be unimaginative. Far from it in fact, from my experience, it took a lot of imagination to express my ideas to an artist and have her translate them to 'canvas'.
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    Nov 21, 2007 8:37 AM GMT
    I'm a big Discovery Channel fan. Discovery Channel Times has done a number of shows on taboo, customs, weird culture, etc., and the motivations behind. I'm sure many of you are familiar with the "Taboo" series.

    Recent tattoos on a hot bod can be a smidge erotic, but, as they fade, they seem, in my mind's eye to be clutter.

    So many folks I know become very compulsive with their tattoos.

    I have a friend (ex-friend now, because I wouldn't' do what I'm about to tell you about) who has 300 MILLION dollars that sits on interest every night,that he shares with his 6 siblings and mom. He makes 11K a night, in interest, alone, which I would call deep wealth, by almost any measure. He was a bodybuilding sponsor of mine. In all, he provided for my financial needs for a considerable period of time, while I trained. He was a prime source of empowerment for my competitive bodybuilding (I never would have considered it without him). Anyway, this guy is working on a full jacket from the neck down. He became a professional body piercer. Of course, the concept of money, and work, and so on, is a bit bizzare in his world. Anyway....he wanted me to get a tat across my back, or some level of tattoos...I suppose a bonding thing for him, and a sexual thing, too. I said, that while if he wanted to do it to himself fine, I was going to remain untainted. I said I'd do my nips or something non-permanent if that's what he really wanted, but..nothing permanent. Pissed him off. There was a large dynamic to the whole thing, though, of course. He had so many tattoos, that I really found it repulsive. He picked up on that, even though I never mentioned it. I guess I didn't hide it well. He got angry at me because he said I wasn't congenial enough with his "friends" (tattooed high school dropouts for the most part that smoked dope and cigs and that I had nothing in common with. I wasn't nasty to them. I just didn't have much in common with them.). Eventually, he just wanted nothing to do with me.

    I think the whole tattoo thing gets out of control, and is compensatory, but, then, folks say I'm built like a house because I have a tiny dick. LOL I am, and I don't.

    I suppose it gets down to what's acceptable within your particular culture. In the world that my friend created for himself, in his deep wealth, where he literally could do just about anything he wanted, he chose smokers and heavily tattooed people. He used to tell me they were his only true friends. I'm not so sure about that. Thing is my ex-friend had been a very good looking guy until he went ape shit with the tats. True story for whatever it was worth. For me, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, and I truly liked the guy, but, he was deeply insecure about a lot of things and he told me he found me intimidating at a number of levels. He had told me he would take me all the way to pro, but, when he found out that, even with his 300 million, he couldn't mold me into a particular fantasy, it was bye bye. I delivered on my end. I came home with the trophy. :-)

    When my friend "dumped" me the day after my win, he said it just wasn't a fit with his friends. Well...they all smoked and had tats. I always think...he knew that going into our deal. I was disappointed that I lost the deep pockets. I literally lead the life of a professional athlete for quite some time. It was workout, eat, workout, eat, workout, repeat.

    The short answer for me is that a few tats are fine, but, my preference is zero. I think most folks with a good body image don't consider getting them. They don't really do much for me. If it's over-done, I walk away from it.

    Some folks call it art. Some folks call it compensatory. I'm not sure about it all. I just know I'm repulsed by to much ot it. "Taboo" did a show on tats. "Taboo" did a show on bodybuilding. There are some interesting parallels, but, I don't know the answers. Whatever.

    I'm not much for nose rings, foot binding, neck rings, or forked tongues, either.
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    Nov 21, 2007 8:51 AM GMT
    What I mean by unimaginative is the reality of gay men who have the same tattoo as their best friend. So, you're in a club and you see guys with the same swirly design round their bicep or that thing gay men have at the top of their bottoms.

    For me I think it's a form of self-mutilation and self-harm. Skin is a wonderful precious organ which protects us from the elements - why disfigure it?
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    Nov 21, 2007 8:55 AM GMT
    Ok so the thing is I realy dig tattoos. I only have one and would like to extend it. I love guys who have them and I love guys who don't. Some people attach meanings to tattoos and other like me don't. It's a very personal thing and I don't think any person should judge another whether he chooses to adorn his boddy or not.