Biohazard Tattoo

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    Jul 29, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    After seeing a bunch of guys with the biohazard tattoo in one place or another I started to wonder if it had any particular meaning or if it was simply a "cool" tattoo to get.

    The other day I saw this rather fetching guy at the gym, who I've seen a bunch of times before, but today something was different. He had gotten one of those tattoos on his shoulder.

    Afterwards, I went home and checked it out online and sure enough, for the gay community having that tattoo meant someone was HIV positive.

    In some other searches it simply meant that that person was "hazardous to your health" which could mean anything.

    Does anyone out there have this tattoo and if so, what does it mean to you?
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    Jul 29, 2012 3:24 PM GMT
    HIV+

    That tattoo is kind of "1990's" though. Kind of like getting a "bar code" or "barbed wire" or any of a number of unoriginal designs.
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    Or they're just fans of the band, Biohazard. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    The tattoo also became popular after the Band Biohazard had a few chart climbing hits...in one of their videos...every other fan in the audience was sporting that tattoo somewhere..
    It's really a popular tatt that is interpreted so many different ways..!
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    Dammit! I got the wrong tattoo!




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    Jul 29, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    I find the tattoo odd. I don't see any other group of people who have a disease/illness/condition with tattoos that express their pride in that disease. What is there to be proud of? Now there is absolutely no shame in being HIV+, but proud? Maybe I'm missing something.
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    Jul 29, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    Ret*Tro*Vir*Us
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    Jul 29, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    the tatt has different meanings in different circles
    some say its a girls tatt
    there is a band biohazard and fans have the tatt

    around the 1990,s it was popular among gays to mean hiv+ and infectious
    for others it meant a new beginning or proud of hiv
    some use it to let others know rather then telling, see it as a warning sign
    so there is no clear meaning behind the tatt
    but depending on where you come across the tatt, it can give you a clue or two

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    Jul 29, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    I'd say 90% of the biohazard tattoos I have seen or done were inspired by the band, and the other 10% are "other". I've heard of people with HIV getting the tattoo, but it is not common (nor has it been since I started tattooing in 1993).

    In short the tattoo may be an indicator of the guy's taste in music, but is unlikely to be a signal of his HIV status.

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    Jul 29, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    Obscure saidIt basically means, as most tattoos and signals in the gay community arent personal, I have HIV. Now many guys have HIV and dont have tattoos. What the biohazards are saying is they are proud of their activities. They bask in the world of barebacking and are proud to be poz.

    The guy's above me photo is not exactly the same graphic they use.


    I wouldn't go that far saying that all guys with the biohazard tattoos are into barebacking or proud to be poz. Some just get it as way of meeting other poz guys.
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    Jul 29, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    Ya know... back in antediluvian times when I did that sort of stuff for a living.

    It was a violation of federal law to apply the radiation hazard symbol to non-radioactive materials.

    It was a violation of federal law to apply the biohazard symbol to non-biohazards.

    The idea is that if they're put on millions of things "for fun" they loose their actual meaning, which is actually very important.

    Of course, it's also illegal to use the slow-moving vehicle triangle (for farm equipment) for other uses, but that doesn't stop hundreds of morons from using them for driveway markers. icon_rolleyes.gif

    What we need heyah... is some enfowarsement. "Hey Punk! I am hereby confiscatin that eeleegal arm of yours." *chop* icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 15, 2020 11:00 PM GMT
    I'm HIV Poz vers bttm and have 3 biohazard tattoo on me, 1 below my belly button, and at the top of each arm. I got it done as a sign that I'm ok talking about my HIV to anyone who asks. I really like the symbol, and people always ask. I'm not ashamed by my status, and don't care who knows I'm poz. In the gay community its a short hand for guys to know that your HIV Poz. People normally ask who gave it me, I don't know but I've only barebacked, refuse to do safe sex. Tried safe then bareback and the feeling of the guys load up my hole was so good, I wanted to bareback only, I knew the risks, but the pleasure I got knowing and feeling his load inside me was worth the risk. Then at an group session one of the guys told me he recently got HIV, didn't click until 3 days later that I could have got HIV, went to the clinic and a month later I tested HIV Poz. It was a simple mistake, we were high when we had sex, so was inevitable I got it. Took me time to get my head round it, but I'm fine about it today. I went public with the tattoos and felt some pride that I wasn't hiding anything.

    The very handsome Alexander Cheves wrote this article about why he got his, it's a great read...
    https://www.thebody.com/article/why-i-got-a-biohazard-tattoo-for-pride?fbclid=IwAR1FkzhJxxETb7mhUcciSqU4pMiQJjd_GEfoQYpImeNOpBL_NxRxowEghOw
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    Feb 15, 2020 11:32 PM GMT
    jessetriguy said
    Obscure saidIt basically means, as most tattoos and signals in the gay community arent personal, I have HIV. Now many guys have HIV and dont have tattoos. What the biohazards are saying is they are proud of their activities. They bask in the world of barebacking and are proud to be poz.

    The guy's above me photo is not exactly the same graphic they use.


    I wouldn't go that far saying that all guys with the biohazard tattoos are into barebacking or proud to be poz. Some just get it as way of meeting other poz guys.



    Biohazard Tattoo? Yep
    Proud to be Poz? Yep got the tattoo
    Barebacking? Fuck yeh!

    Got no shame about being HIV Poz, with the tattoo and raw fucking! And in terms of the tattoo saying I'm proud of my activities, well yeh of course! I enjoyed getting fucked by two poz guys, I wanted their loads regardless, I knew if it wasn't them it would happen later, never wanted HIV but didn't care if it happened, they were hot so had to take their poz loads, so yeh I am proud of my activity.