What do people say?...
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.
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.