What do people say?...
I dated a supermodel type babe with an inordinate supply of tattoos. Some she drew herself, being a talented artist. Each one had huge meaning to her. It is like wearing your story on the outside. It seemed to help her with the pain she felt on the inside from past abuse. I was fine with it. She was a really thoughtful, kind and gentle person. We all have scars. Some inside and some outside. Choosing to take that pain and wear it, gives people a way to voice that, be it heartbreak or love or anger or fear. See the tattoos for what they are, a story.
I see a person who:
1. Appreciates art.
2. Is confident.
3. Is comfortable with their own body (an attractive quality for me).
4. Could probably care less what you think of their body art.
5. Has a good job/career/money. Quality tattoos are a luxury service and are expensive!
6. Has a high threshold for pain (could be good or bad).
7. Could probably kick your a$$.
8. Is probably a lot of fun!
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.