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.