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Tattoos In Your Area Of The World?  
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7226 posts, RR: 17
Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3089 times:

Hey guys,

Well most of you know by now I'm back and forth between the US and Japan, and if you know anything about Japan you probably know they're real strict about tattoos. They're not outlawed per say but it's somewhat of a taboo (albeit it's dying off).... my friend with Kaoru (Dir en Grey guitarist) tattooed on her arm, for example, hasn't found work since she graduated with a Japanese degree, primarily because of her tat.


So what's your country's opinions on tattoos? or your state, region, what be it?

I know polynesia is really popular with tribal tattoos right?

-PHX787


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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3071 times:

Lots of skinny white guys in Norway with tribal tats, mainly arm bands, looks stupid when you don't have the build to pull them off.

User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2060 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

I see and know many back home with Maori sleeve tattoos. Some are Kiwis, some are Aussies, none are Maoris. Seems white Kiwis have struggled to create an identity and culture for themselves to avoid being lumped in with us so have turned to their Maori brethren. Many of my school friends have other small tattoos. A close mate has a tattoo of a dragon and goddess across his shoulder to symbolise his parents which looks pretty cool.

Not many people have visible tattoos where I live now, as everyone works for the government, they're high income earners and highly educated. There's a few people in my college that I know have tattoos, everyone is discrete with them though. The consensus seems to be if you get one it shouldn't be highly visible unless you don't plan on much of a career.


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7168 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 2):
Seems white Kiwis have struggled to create an identity and culture for themselves

Here In New Zealand as well as Australia - New Zealanders in general seem to struggle with an identity beyond sport and Maori culture.

Many think the Haka and the ABs are the height of NZ culture and that even if they are 6 generations of white new zealand settler have the temerity to think Maori designs are acceptable for them as the invading race to wear on their person. I have no problem for Islanders to wear Island motives and cultural tattoos or Maori wearing Maori tattoos relevant to their personal tribal histories, but to see someone with no Maori blood or history wear one is plain ridiculous. A large majority of the tattoo wearers are the tryhards who get whichever design is trending at the time - like any other fashion...There are many sports people who have them in NZ sports, so they are of course copied.

eg: There are many women here with "tramp stamps" like stars & fairies and cheap looking pictures across their lower backs lower abdomens as per the latest reality tv prostitutes like Kim Kardashian and the like.

There are also bike/drug gangs are the only ones who really bother with full bodied tattoos, but at least they get what is relevant for them and they get the proper 'paintings' which are elaborate and complex and involve many colours. I appreciate the crafting in these more than basic logos/emblems.

Ultimately, like anywhere it is predominantly something for the lower classes/no taste and those who are insecure about making themselves 'different' from every one else to spend their time with, not for those who have professional careers and positive self image/worth.


User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3501 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

In Canada, tattoos are quite common although most tattooed people are either young punk/metalhead kids, blue-collar labour workers (construction, trades), non-professional, and/or art/music/dance career people. Girls who work in white collar/professional jobs might have a small tattoo on her back, leg, or ankle but that's it. I don't really like a large amount of body artwork/piercings as I find it makes people look rough. It's not an image I would ever want to have nor be around people who have. That isn't to say I avoid tattooed people, I just find it makes one look a lot less approachable and those who get large tattooed all over their arms/legs are definitely not the kind of people I'd be dealing with regularly as I work in an airline office. I probably would not get one (I'm the guy who doesn't have the arms to pull it off) plus my parents (especially my dad) have the mentality that people with tattoos are "undesirable" and "roughnecks".

As a Jewish person, I also would not feel comfortable with a tattoo as it reminds me of the numbering Holocaust survivors have on their forearms. Occasionally I see elderly people with these small faded numbers and it nearly brings me to tears.

[Edited 2012-09-15 13:56:10]


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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 4):
In Canada, tattoos are quite common although most tattooed people are either young punk/metalhead kids, blue-collar labour workers (construction, trades), non-professional, and/or art/music/dance career people. Girls who work in white collar/professional jobs might have a small tattoo on her back, leg, or ankle but that's it.

Recently I noted an Air Canada FA (female) with a small rose tattoo on her left ankle. Not sure what it is meant to convey and I wasn't going to ask. Seems to me when you go to the beach every single adolescent/teen girl has a tattoo across the small of her back. Possibly a public ordnance but I thought in order to get one you had to be 18 ??

Personally, never for me. Nor earstuds.



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7832 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

I'm sure you know about tattoos in America. Not really my thing (or with most of my friends.) Not really against it, I just have no desire for it. Plus, having no tattoos can never really affect you (whereas having them can affect you, especially if it's lame/cliche/a tattoo with "meaning" that not even you understand because it's in Chinese or something)


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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6534 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

I think unless a tattoo enhances your looks it has no point, and feel it rarely does. If a girl has to have one then make it on the ankle. On the wrist, belly or above the ass, I really don't like it and will think "not relationship material".

The worst part is that girls like to play dress up, buy clothes, shoes and accessories endlessly, so what's the deal with tattoos you can't change ?



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User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2881 times:

In here in Southern California it varies, often tattoos indicate gang affiliation in a lot of young people, more benign tattoos includes boyfriends or spouses names, passings, religious, art related and Chinese or Japanese characters.


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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2853 times:

Surprisingly for someone who is 40 and in a dorky job, many of my friends have tattoos. Some have one tiny one where it can't be easily seen and others have huge amounts of body art - all over their backs and arms, for example. The heavily tattooed friends run the gamut from blue collar workers to professional white collar workers and computer scientists. There is very little taboo against it here in Seattle. I would say a sizable minority of my friends have some kind of body art.

I considered getting a tattoo (two actually, a curling stone and a maple leaf) but then had to have a cortisone shot and was reminded of how much I hate needles. I love the idea of a small tattoo of something so important to me, but I doubt I'll ever actually do it.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13968 posts, RR: 63
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

I once had a Canadian instructor, who was about 80 years at this time. Since him and myself were staying in the same hotel for the course, I always gave him a lkift to school.
He had a crude tattoo of a pig on his calf, which he showed my one day, but this was because he told me his life story.
He came from a prairy province, where his parents were poultry farmers. As a teenager he didn´t want to become a farmer, so when WW2 started in 1939, he volunteered for the Royal (British) Navy at the age of 16.
He served WW2 as an ainti-aircraft gunner on corvettes and frigates doing convoy escorts on the North Atlantic, sailing as far as Murmansk. He got torpedoed three times and the tattoo was a lucky charm.
After WW2 he was demobilised, but after half a year as civilian he re-enlisted with the Canadian Navy and was trained as an aircraft mechanic on their aircraft carriers. He retired in 1968 and went into civilian aviation. Last i head of him he was living in Denver, Colorado. I asked him about his background because he mentioned that he had his first flight in his life in a Fairy Swordfish! Mac, I hope you and your wife are still alive and well!

Jan


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 3):
Here In New Zealand as well as Australia - New Zealanders in general seem to struggle with an identity beyond sport and Maori culture.

You really think so, I know where I come from and don't identify in the slightest with maori culture, I can take or leave rugby, I enjoy watching it but that's about all, most of the people I know are the same.

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 2):
I see and know many back home with Maori sleeve tattoos.

Which is daft because the maori never tattooed arms, they only tattooed the face, bum and thighs, tattooing arms is a modern affliction.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39706 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
So what's your country's opinions on tattoos? or your state, region, what be it?



Personally I think they're disgusting.
Some tribal people may have them for cultural reasons but there is no need for anyone in a modern, civilized society to have one.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 7):
I really don't like it and will think "not relationship material".

  
Same here.



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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1308 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

Seems to me that nearly all women between the age of 18 and 40 got one over here. Which makes it a fashion statement, and as we all know fashion changes often and rapidly. Makes me wonder what they'll do to cover it up in 10 years time when (not if) "plain skin" becomes the new black and tats are being vilified by Vogue et al.

I've contemplated getting a very personal one, of my own design, that says something very distinct about me and placed out of sight on my right shoulder. Been thinking about it for the better part of 10 years. But I'm not going to do it as long as tats are fashionable.



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User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 527 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

Here in Spain tattoos are not as common as in the UKUSA but no doubt it will come.

Most of the tats i see are the ones that can cover easily, like on the sleeves. Last month i saw a guy with a white pride on his shoulders.

I'd say the piercing is way more common.


User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

Having just been on holiday to Orlando, I can confirm that a "tramp stamp" now appears to be almost obligatory for both UK and US females. You now see far more tattooed women than men.

Urrgh   


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7226 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2592 times:

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 15):
Having just been on holiday to Orlando, I can confirm that a "tramp stamp" now appears to be almost obligatory for both UK and US females. You now see far more tattooed women than men.

Apparently if you have a tramp stamp and you're male, you're not straight   

(that's what I hear at ASU anyway)



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7832 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2558 times:

To each's own, but when I see some people I know (the ones that OBVIOUSLY can't pull off the look) get their entire arm tattooed, very ugly grotesque ones at that, I can't help but wonder what he is thinking and how long it'll be before he'll regret it. If tattoos were temporary or easily removed it would make more sense.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 16):
Apparently if you have a tramp stamp and you're male, you're not straight   

lol I've heard that before, which really embarrasses this older guy I know (straight, got the tattoo when he was really young and drunk I think.) Doesn't ever wear bathing suits even when we all were just because of it



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User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

Here in The Netherlands, in this case Amsterdam, it's as normal as drinking a beer or go a coffee shop. Nothing to it. I have tattoos myself but they are not obvious and can not be seen if I not take my sweather off. And no, I do not hang around the coffee shops as I can not stand the smell.


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