What do people say?...
Tattoos are very personal and when approaching a woman, it gives men something to comment on or relate to. In a way, it gives men more confidence to approach because it gives them something personal to open with besides the usual cliches or pick up lines. A visible tattoo gives a man a way pay attention to a woman without coming on too strong, or too interested.
Most women love attention and compliments. When a woman has visible tattoos, in a way she is saying: “Here I am and this is who I am, so come talk to me”. Normally women dress to impress other women, so if a man comments on her attire, he may come off as gay or metrosexual. General comments regarding looks like “you have pretty eyes” are not as personal and come off fake. Asking a woman about her tattoo(s) is saying: “I accept you for who you are and I’m interested in you, and your story”.
From a psychological standpoint, women that have tattoos may be deemed easier to pick up. Man logic would determine: “If a woman is confident or happy with herself, she would not feel a need to improve her self image”. A tattoo is a way for a woman to draw attention to herself, a way to build confidence, and a way to improve her self image. Man logic would determine: “Women with tattoos may have lower self esteem and confidence issues”, and therefore may be deemed ‘easier’ to approach.
From a religious and a social aspect a woman having a tattoo is still considered taboo. The bible forbids marking one’s body, so if a woman isn’t strictly following scripture in this regard, she may not be following scripture in other regards, like having pre-marital $ex. Socially, a woman getting a tattoo is a sign that she is rebelling against her parents or what old school society considers being ‘lady like’. Bad girls get tattoos. Bad girls have $ex outside of marriage. Bad girls and girls with lower self esteem are deemed easier to approach.
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.
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.