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 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 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).