What do people say?...
Well, massive tattoo coverage is not really my bag.
Personally (and I know this is one fellah’s preference) I’m more appreciative of sleeves and such on men than women. I can’t quite put my finger on why, though it has somewhat to do with liking the aesthetics of women’s limbs undistracted by tattoos.
All that said, seeing a heavily tattooed woman doesn’t freak me out or make me not like her. I will make a weak assumption that she’s likely more untraditional than an unadorned woman, but that’s about all I have to go on. I will say, I’ve found that people with tattoos often like to talk about them, so it can be a nice icebreaker.
Like many others, I wouldn’t be a fan of any racist or offensive tattoos.
But putting those obviously controversial ideas for a tattoo aside and assuming they are tattoos that don’t have an offensive meaning behind them, I personally love women covered in tattoos. I love tattoos on anyone. A woman doesn’t need to be covered in them either. I would like a woman with any number of tattoos of any shape or size. I may not be a personal fan of certain styles or designs but typically having one or more already says something about that person.
Now, I would different about a woman who had a tattoo of their ex-boyfriend’s name on them as I think most people who have an interest in tattoos would agree. I’ve been in that position myself with an ex-girlfriend getting my name tattooed on herself, those kinds of tattoos also say something about that person and it’s not usually a positive thing. Assuming they are “good” tattoos, nothing racist or offensive and not bad ideas like a partners name. But instead are well thought out designs and are real pieces of art, then I love them.
As I said, I may not be a personal fan of the design or style, but I don’t need to be. They are not my tattoos, it’s not my body, nor does my opinion on them really mean anything anyway. I still find just as much enjoyment and find it just as attractive because of how unique it makes that person look. I’m sure even I have my limits on how many tattoos are too many, but I’ve yet to find that limit.
At this moment, I love women who are covered in tattoos and find it very attractive. Not to mention the amount of conversation it can spark considering every tattoo has a story of its own, however long/short or meaningful/meaningless it may be.
I have always had a problem with tattoos and extreme body modification, but have learned to come to terms with them, due to their growing popularity in society, and that there’s nothing I can do about it. Unfortunately however, I continue to struggle with judgement when seeing anyone with large, obvious tattoos. I work with girls that love tattoos, and one very pretty girl in particular, who must be no more than 20 years old, has a full chest tattoo, along with several others. I can’t help but wonder what her parents must think. Maybe they also have tattoos and they’re proud of her. I don’t know. But I do know that if my daughter came home with that “personal exhibit of self expression” on her body, I would absolutely lose my mind. If she still lived with me, I’d throw all her belongings out the door, with her to follow. I personally feel that marking up your body is gross, implies insecurity, a lack of self respect, and absolutely ruins an otherwise beautiful creation. We as human beings in general, go through life doing our best to avoid scarring our skin, and breaking our bodies. And I personally feel that tattoos and other extreme body modifications go against the intrinsic, rational human desire to maintain the body in its original, clean, healthy form to the best of our ability. BTW, I am an atheist, so religion has no basis in these beliefs. Probably just the way I was raised. I do have a 31 year old son who chose to get a large tattoo “in honor of his late grandmother”. Some people might say “Awww, how beautiful”, but I say she would have rather he’d just put some flowers on her grave, and look at pictures to honor her memory. This answer is my personal exhibit of self expression. There are less permanent ways of expressing yourself than marking up your body.