What do people say?...
It depends on the tattoo, the story behind the tattoo, the way the woman relates to her tattoo, and the person doing the viewing.
A few people (including men) don’t care one way or another about tattoos at all. The woman with the tattoo has her preferences and her reasons, and it’s nobody else’s business.
Some find all tattoos to be questionable, and they judge those with tattoos to be of poor moral character.
Some respect all tattoos, no matter what the tattoo might be, and they will admire anybody with any tattoo at all.
Most people seem to vary depending on the tattoo. For example, the same people who mock and think less of those whose tattoos have spelling mistakes often also admire people who have beautiful or meaningful tattoos.
A tattoo is as much a choice as which clothes people choose to wear. Some people will judge everybody the same, no matter how they’re dressed, while others will judge people differently depending on what they choose to wear. The same often applies to tattoos (except that going out into public without wearing any tattoos at all is much more accepted than going out into public without wearing any clothes).
It might depend on the tattoos. If she was covered in swastikas or something else with (to me) a negative connotation, I would probably be inclined to move as far away from her as possible. There have been a few that I’ve seen that are so artistic and precise (without being truly weird to me) that I have looked at them more closely. Some actually look like photographs (very rare). I have no idea as to how they do that.
The only “tattoos” I have are some black dots on/near my breasts. They are the alignment points for the radiation therapy I had after my lumpectomy. They hurt like hell to get. They were considered necessary to pinpoint the area where cancer had been removed. They want to make sure that they hit only the correct areas with radiation. Not too much; not too little.
BTW, to a degree, although I don’t tend to show off any of my surgical scars, I consider them my badges of honor. Surgical scars don’t laser off to my knowledge.
Some religions have burial prohibitions. Normally, people with tattoos can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery.
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.