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(Slate)   Having a tattoo once confirmed your status as a scary outsider rebel carny outlaw sociopath. Having a tattoo now has no meaning. Having a tattoo means that you have a tattoo   (slate.com) divider line 146
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2012-04-14 01:05:06 PM  
15 votes:
A tattoo is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether your whole body is covered or you just got a tiny little butterfly that no one ever sees, you're still low class.
2012-04-14 02:47:34 PM  
14 votes:
Having a tattoo DOES have meaning. Getting a tattoo tells the world you're an easily led, sub-moronic twit with poor decision making skills.
2012-04-14 02:36:39 PM  
7 votes:
The main difference between people with tattoos and people without tattoos is that people with tattoos don't care that you don't have one.
2012-04-14 12:50:53 PM  
6 votes:
Indeed. The term "permanent bell bottoms" is perfect.
2012-04-14 02:53:11 PM  
5 votes:
If you get tats then you have conclusively demonstrated to the world that you are a sad, immature, and impulsive peasant.

This is the truth. Make all the angry denials you like, but this is simply the truth.
2012-04-14 12:54:17 PM  
5 votes:
Riding a chopped Harley once identified you as a rebel

/now it identifies you as a lawyer
2012-04-14 03:13:28 PM  
4 votes:
"A permanent reminder of a temporary emotion"

Jimmy Buffett
2012-04-14 03:07:39 PM  
4 votes:
Things overly-emotional teenage girls and (apparently) people who feel the need to defend their tattoos on the internet say:

"Don't judge me."
"I did this for personal reasons (that you wouldn't understand)."
"I don't care what other people think."
2012-04-14 02:49:44 PM  
4 votes:
I guess I don't really care about anything enough to have it indelibly marked on my skin for anyone to see. And if everyone who is seemingly trying to be counter-culture now has a tattoo, wouldn't it be counter-culture to NOT have a tattoo?
2012-04-14 02:48:58 PM  
4 votes:
I like to think of it as an intelligence test.
2012-04-14 01:42:25 PM  
4 votes:
If you are a pretty girl, having a tattoo means you have made a terrible mistake.
2012-04-14 10:05:43 PM  
3 votes:
Another tattoo-related thread with the usual bunch of judgmental penises pitching their two cents into the Well of Nobody Giving a shiat. It's simple: if you don't like tattoo's, don't get one. If you're truly so perfect you would know how to keep your mouth shut about what other people do with their own bodies.
2012-04-14 06:50:40 PM  
3 votes:
"The only difference between a tattooed person and a person who isn't tattooed is that the tattooed person doesn't care if you're tattooed or not."

My Dad tattoos for a living now. He apprenticed with Jack Armstrong in Texas, and Jack is the father of the style of tattoo gun used by a lot of industry. He learned Old School, tattooing on pig skins before he could touch anything alive. He went through a fairly long apprenticeship, and he's been a busy guy. If you want Celtic knotwork or tribal in Texas, he's the guy to go to. Amazingly precise and minute in detail, he's got it down. He was always a very precise sort when he was in the Army, and when he got out, he took that with him.

Having a tattoo means that you like tattoos. It's not a sign of rebellion. It's not a sign of low class. It means that you like the art, maybe you like the process, something in the piece speaks to you. I've designed a few tats myself, and it's amazing to see your work on skin. It's amazing to see art breathe and move and flex.

Are there dumb tats? Yup. A good artist makes for damn sure that you know what you're getting into, and that's one of the reasons that my Dad's shop doesn't do a lot of tats. He isn't afraid to tell a client "No, you're not getting that here. You're not getting that from me, and here's why..."

Good shops, responsible shops, do that. They like to get to know their clientele and they like people.

Scratchers? They just want to get paid, and they don't care what the damn work looks like. And that's why you always check folks out before you go in to get work done.

Go to responsible shops. Get good work, if you want it done. Be smart about what you get, and where you get it. If you show up drunk, and want a tat, and they say, "Yeah, let's DO THIS!" Run. Don't walk. Those are not the folks you want putting ink on you.

I wish I could get ink. I know some great artists, and I wish that I wasn't on blood thinners, because the folks my Dad has hooked up with, are amazing artists. And they are. Their medium is changeable, it is malleable, it ages, it has a shelf life, but to say that it touches folks is such a double meaning that it nearly breaks the heart sometimes.

If you're going to get work: get something that means something to you. From someone that you trust, that you've looked up, that you've compared to others, and find the artist that is right for you, as much as the art you want.

As for the haters? F*ck 'em. Not their body. Don't be stoopid, but if you find something that is right for you, and you have the right artist that you trust, and they are good with it--and that is where the trust thing comes in, because if they tell you Poo Bear on your forehead would be "Wicked!" then get the f*ck out of there--then drive on.
2012-04-14 05:20:53 PM  
3 votes:
Remember that poster that hung on your wall back in college? You know why it's not longer there? Because it grew tired and lame, so you took it down and threw it away. Can't do the same thing with ink after you realize how stupid it looks. It's expensive and hurts to remove a tattoo.

My favorites are the douches who complete an Ironman triathlon and just can't wait to ink themselves with the M-dot tat. Love to attention whore and show off. "Look at me, I'm an Ironman!" Oh, the lulz.
2012-04-14 05:17:44 PM  
3 votes:

MoronLessOff: I've got ink, but no one would know it unless I told them. Everything I have is covered with a t-shirt.
What I don't understand is all the hate. Fark seems to be pretty accepting of alternative lifestyles. It's practically a safe zone for LGBT, pro-marijuana and atheists. But bring up tattoos and suddenly everyone who has one is a mindless low-life dirt-bag whore.


I consider myself to be a very tolerant, open-minded "live and let live" sort of guy. But I'm one of the haters. Maybe I should extend my tolerance and understanding toward this area, too (not being sarcastic about that).

But I, dunno, man there's just this kind of knee-jerk reaction I have toward tattoos. On the superficial level, I really think the "medium" is very unappealing aesthetically. I don't think ink looks good on skin. Even the most beautiful tattoos still look kind of gross to me.

More than that, though, I remember when tattoos were becoming mainstream back in the early 90's, and I thought it was such a fad. This was when I was in my late teens /early 20s, so I just thought my peers were just doing something stupid because they were young, impulsive, and foolish. And no matter how meaningful a tattoo was for all my inked-up friends, I still was thinking "it still looks ugly, that shiat is permanent, and people WILL instantly judge you for it." Plus, yeah, I got (and still do get) sick of people talking about their tats for hours, talking about their next one (you people always seem to want a NEXT one -- there's no stopping), and thinking they were all cool or spiritual or whatever just because they forked over a few bucks to someone to put crappy looking ink on them. It does seem quite attention whorish to me.

OK, so now it's been 20 years. I guess it's not as much of a fad after all -- it just keeps getting more and more mainstream. Obviously, I rarely rant in public about how stupid my friends' tattoos look -- I am hard-pressed to think of any friends who still don't have one (or five). Heck, I even humor people, ask about their tattoos, and even try to see the beauty in them. Try. Because I still think the medium looks gross.

So yes, I do take some pleasure in making fun of all of you with ink, because it makes you look like some kind of trashy carny or STD infected sailor. But I still love each and every one of you.

/would still hire someone with ink
//but no one with neck tattoos -- that I can't abide
///don't care if you're an awesome candidate -- there's 10 other resumes in the pile with your same qualifications sans neck tattoos
////you don't want to work for me anyway, you free spirit, you
2012-04-14 03:26:24 PM  
3 votes:
One of mine:
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I've been stopped on the street by people who want to take pictures of it.
2012-04-14 02:57:02 PM  
3 votes:

kiwimoogle84: Try losing a spouse. You might understand the appeal.


Many do, as have I. I chose therapy, it was healthier and cheaper. Sorry for your loss, but it doesn't justify poor decisions.
HBK
2012-04-14 02:45:41 PM  
3 votes:
I thought now having a tattoo meant you were a conformist of below average intelligence.

I guess I didn't get the update.
2012-04-15 12:11:12 PM  
2 votes:
Jesus, can't you people wait three days for the swelling to go down before photographing your new tattoo?

Or is the swelling some kind of tattoo street cred.
2012-04-14 11:14:59 PM  
2 votes:
Are there still people who are appalled by this? They sound like Methodist preachers from a hundred years ago railing about hussies who paint their faces. Yes, I have a tattoo- I also wear makeup and have bobbed my hair! TAKE THAT SOCIETY
2012-04-14 08:23:46 PM  
2 votes:
Person with tattoos - "Hey do you have any tats?"
Person without tattoos - "Nah, I'm not a fan of them"
Person with tattoos - "Don't judge me! I don't give a fark what you think about them!"
2012-04-14 07:57:47 PM  
2 votes:

SkinnyHead: A tattoo is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether your whole body is covered or you just got a tiny little butterfly that no one ever sees, you're still low class.


Taking their sartorial lead from the British Court, where Edward VII followed George V's lead in getting tattooed; King Frederick IX of Denmark, the King of Romania, Kaiser Wilhelm II, King Alexander of Yugoslavia and even Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, all sported tattoos, many of them elaborate and ornate renditions of the Royal Coat of Arms or the Royal Family Crest. King Alfonso XIII of modern Spain also had a tattoo.

Tattooing spread among the upper classes all over Europe in the 19th century, but particularly in Britain where it was estimated in Harmsworth Magazine in 1898 that as many as one in five members of the gentry were tattooed. There, it was not uncommon for members of the social elite to gather in the drawing rooms and libraries of the great country estate homes after dinner and partially disrobe in order to show off their tattoos. Aside from her consort Prince Albert, there are persistent rumours that Queen Victoria had a small tattoo in an undisclosed 'intimate' location; Denmark's King Frederick was filmed showing his tattoos taken as a young sailor. Winston Churchill's mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had a tattoo of a snake around her wrist, which she covered when the need arose with a specially crafted diamond bracelet. Carrying on the family tradition, Winston Churchill had an anchor tattooed on his forearm.

/cool tattoo story bro
2012-04-14 07:47:47 PM  
2 votes:

bmihura: Tattoos are indeed useful, especially when making hiring decisions.


I always figure the kinds of people who say this are never involved in interviews, at least not for important positions. Maybe you check through stacks of resumes for entry level positions, but no one has given you actual responsibility, just another in the long line of tedious tasks. You're the mall security of the corporate world, itching to use the little bit of power because everyone laughed when you had an erection in class when the new girl walked in, and there was the first impression which haunted you until the day she declined your invitation to the prom, and Steve, who just got his first tattoo which was some inconsequential wall-art shouted out, "Aim lower erection boy!" which sparked the entire quad to laugh and point. Ever since, you have wanted a tattoo to be as cool as Steve but are too uncomfortable in your own body; and whenever someone comes in with the tattoo slightly visible, including a loving memory of a passed relative, you get this image of Steve and new girl f*cking, end the interview, and cry while masturbating.
2012-04-14 06:22:06 PM  
2 votes:
Well, considering that Queen Victoria, Lady Randolph Churchill, and the Empress Elizabeth of Austria all had tattoos then I am in excellent company.
2012-04-14 05:38:45 PM  
2 votes:
imgs.xkcd.com
2012-04-14 05:31:26 PM  
2 votes:

MoronLessOff: 20/20: Well, I'm glad to see the tide is turning on this. I absolutely hate tattoos, especially on women.

Why would anybody get a tattoo on themselves that they can only see in a mirror?

I have one that I can only see in a mirror, but I like where it's at. My next will go on the opposite shoulder, and I'll only be able to see it in a mirror. But it's mine and it's for me. You don't have to like it.


Of course it's for you, but wouldn't you enjoy it more if you could see it more easily? I've got a lot of artwork on my walls, but none in the closets.
2012-04-14 05:31:15 PM  
2 votes:
As a heavily tattoo'd girl, all I really have to say on the subject is that I had one person in mind when I got these: me. I looked at myself in the mirror and didn't like what I saw, so I changed it. It's vapid. It's shallow, but no more so than any varying degrees of plastic surgery. I have a job that pays me well, and I do well at that job. People often ask me what I will feel about them when I am much older because they will indeed look like shiat. Well, we all age. We all get stretch marks, varicose veins, and saggy skin. The only difference is that I won't be able to see those veins, and those stretch marks. Me having tattoos has no ill effect on those around me, and it supports my nephew (his dad is my artist) through college.

I do have the advantage of living in an area that is open minded, but even still, when I was unemployed I dyed my hair a normal color, hid my tattoo's and found a job almost instantly. My skills and personal knowledge got me where I am today. Tattoo's are irrelevant when it comes down to it.
2012-04-14 05:26:41 PM  
2 votes:
www.motifake.com
2012-04-14 05:12:34 PM  
2 votes:

ph0rk: crotchgrabber: People always say that it's only people without them that judge people with them, but it's only the inked that say that... Usually in a self righteous manner. No. I really don't care that you don't care. But, if you have the finger mustache tattoo I will wish a lawnmower accident on your hand. I will wish it so hard!

I don't really care that much as I am pretty far from the kind of stuffy work environment where tattoos matter, but anyone that has tattoos from the wrists out or the neck up just makes me think they have poor judgement.

Very poor judgement.


I know college professors and and a couple doctors I've met that have their wedding bands tattooed on their fingers. Was that poor judgement, or just you being judgemental?
2012-04-14 04:11:00 PM  
2 votes:

hockeychick: farkeruk: El Freak: Having a tattoo DOES have meaning. Getting a tattoo tells the world you're an easily led, sub-moronic twit with poor decision making skills.

Not necessarily. I'm not a military guy but I understand that some people get tattoos as a way to say, bond in a group. You fight along side people who put their life in your hands, and you in theirs, and it means something.

And if someone can come up with a tattoo that really means something - like someone getting his Phd in genetics and deciding to getting a double helix, that's cool too.

Celtic tattoos and chinese characters though. Yeah, twits.

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Vegvisar, or nordic compass. To hopefully keep me on the straight and narrow.


I'm guessing that's not for you (it's on your back), but so that other people know you are a true individual with a tattoo that has deep meaning to you. So I ask the question...Have you always been an attention whore?

Just follow the other sheep; you'll be OK.
2012-04-14 04:07:30 PM  
2 votes:
I've got ink, but no one would know it unless I told them. Everything I have is covered with a t-shirt.
What I don't understand is all the hate. Fark seems to be pretty accepting of alternative lifestyles. It's practically a safe zone for LGBT, pro-marijuana and atheists. But bring up tattoos and suddenly everyone who has one is a mindless low-life dirt-bag whore.
Everyone has their own reasons for getting inked. Yes, there are plenty of people that regret them. Yes, there are idiots that think their bad tattoos are hilarious. But it's been said before, some tattoos help people. Some people get them to commemorate loss or accomplishment.
I'm just saying, why don't we put away that wide brush everyone keeps painting with?

...And use one of these instead!
ecx.images-amazon.com

/hurts so good
2012-04-14 04:04:44 PM  
2 votes:

Azlefty: Inks mean different things; for some it is a permanent record of life events , a reminder of battles won or lost; for others it is a fashion accessory, today the majority fall into the fashion Accessory category.


It's probably a good question to ask - would you be okay having a tattoo you hate or find silly on yourself?

I suspect people who are in the "reminder of battles won or lost" category would be more likely to say yes, and to even consider the band fan tattoo to be a fond "ah yes, college was a wonderful time" reminder and own it. That's probably a healthy attitude to have when putting permanent marks on yourself. I don't think it correlates to age necessarily either.
2012-04-14 03:51:17 PM  
2 votes:
Wow. Sure are a lot of judgemental busybodies in this thread.
2012-04-14 02:56:28 PM  
2 votes:
Another detail: They look okay for about 5 years, and then they start to get fuzzy... and if you gain/lose weight, they turn all distorted and misshapen. So by the time 15 years have passed, for most normal people it's a case of "WTF is that mess?"

Then you have to explain to people why you're so cool for having a multicolored smudge on your arm that... if you squint... looks kinda like a disemboweled Smurf being eaten by an orange and purple paisley goat with smoke coming out of it's arse.

You'll end up being one of the thousands of middle class folks spending a lot of money scraping that crap off their flabby flesh so they don't have to be reminded daily they were dumbasses with no taste.
2012-04-14 02:50:39 PM  
2 votes:
Got it as soon as I got published... still get compliments on going with an old typewriter font and putting it somewhere in plain sight. Tattoos that mean something generally have more thought put into them and have more appeal than the masses of flowers, hearts, names, and tribal symbols so many people do today. As far as being rebellious, I guess it all depends on the tattoo and where.
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2012-04-14 02:48:16 PM  
2 votes:
www.artifacting.com

I could get that on my left shoulder blade, keep it about .7cm square...
2012-04-14 02:40:37 PM  
2 votes:
Ohhh, another ink greenlight. And my favorite article in response.

Tattoos are a mark of low self-esteemLink (new window)

i2.photobucket.com

/hates ink
2012-04-14 01:22:10 PM  
2 votes:

SkinnyHead: A tattoo is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether your whole body is covered or you just got a tiny little butterfly that no one ever sees, you're still low class.


Umm.. I wouldn't go with that. They could serve as a signal for someone who might make poor decisions, but there are quite a few well-to-do people who have them. You have to factor in the frat boys with generic tribal bands and all that.

/none for me, please
2012-04-14 01:19:51 PM  
2 votes:
Well my tattoo is deeply meaningful. All my frat brothers in my pledge class got matching Taz tattoos because the older brothers said we were the craziest pledge class they had ever seen. We'll be brothers for life after graduation, and you're just jealous that I'll have connections and networking opportunities all across the country that you'll be shut out of. That's what my tattoo means to me, and you can make your lower class jokes while my brothers are getting me an upper management position on Wall Street right out of school. Have fun being poor, I'll be rich with my tattoo.
2012-04-15 06:09:55 PM  
1 votes:

Mister Peejay: Mawson of the Antarctic: The clearest sign for me that someone needs the knowhowiknowyouregay.jpg is if a beautiful woman who has a tattoo throws themselves at them and they retch with disgust because "she's ruined her beauty with that horrid, whorish ink."

Someone who vehemently hates tattoos on women has something of a closeted Madonna/Whore complex going on. It's just ink! Look at it formally. It's a painting that is in continuous movement and is attached to a being who has an extraordinary realm of associations that enrich or drain the meaning of it on a regular basis.

It's not that at all.

It's... okay, and let's be realistic here: You know how hard it is to look at someone with an obvious disfigurement, like missing front teeth or a huge ugly scar or a missing limb? It's exactly like that. You stop seeing the person, you just keep looking away because you don't want to actively stare at the thing about them which is a disfigurement. Yes, I know you love your ink, and that's fine. But it is a disfigurement, at the very least in the sense that it is an alteration from expected norms.

I don't care if you have a tattoo. Just don't care that some percentage of the population is physically repulsed by them. There's plenty more people who aren't.

/actually isn't bothered by missing teeth or limbs as much as tattoos


What if, for example, you fell in love with me. Hypothetically of course. If you never saw a single tattoo on my body because I keep them well covered most of the time, then what if, as lovers do, you finally saw my body as we undressed to make love. Would you then suddenly see me as disfigured or repulsive because I had them? Wouldn't you care much more about the good person inside or how I make you feel?

In my opinion, you might as well say you're repulsed by brunettes. I am one. I could easily dye my hair to suit what you think is beauty, but why should I have to? Can't you love a person just on the actions they do, the good deeds, the way they treat people? Or will anyone with ink be forever branded in your mind as repulsive, even six months after you grew to love them as a person? How exactly does that light switch flip for you? That's completely ridiculous.

/you probably have a lot of friends with ink that you don't know about
2012-04-15 02:03:48 PM  
1 votes:

Drexl's Eye: El Brujo: I was reading this thread while in the tattoo studio yesterday getting this: (color will be done next appointment)
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Here is another one I had done a few months ago:
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These were done by Jerad @ rabid hands in Seattle:
Link (new window)

That's excellent work - nice clean lines. Love it.


Thanks! I'm really glad to have found this guy. I've been really impressed with his work. I usually have to schedule out 2 months because of his bookings, which says something. That's quite an awesome back piece you've got there! I dig the boldness of it. What is the coloring?
2012-04-15 12:20:11 PM  
1 votes:

MoronLessOff: kiwimoogle84: MoronLessOff: kiwimoogle84: You don't have to understand it, I do.

As one who used to yo-yo excessively, I might understand.
:'(

I used to tell people that yoyo tricks was how he got into my pants.

/I sound slutty

Not at all. Yo-yo tricks bring the ladies. I made sure I had two with me every time I went to a con.

Seriously, tricks take a long time to get down, and even longer to perform well. When someone puts that much time into it, they like to perform them for people. Once I was showered with so many panties they covered my head. I had to finish my set "blindfolded". Didn't even miss a beat.


That's awesome. AWESOME I SAY.
2012-04-15 11:52:23 AM  
1 votes:

kiwimoogle84: MoronLessOff: kiwimoogle84: You don't have to understand it, I do.

As one who used to yo-yo excessively, I might understand.
:'(

I used to tell people that yoyo tricks was how he got into my pants.

/I sound slutty


Not at all. Yo-yo tricks bring the ladies. I made sure I had two with me every time I went to a con.

Seriously, tricks take a long time to get down, and even longer to perform well. When someone puts that much time into it, they like to perform them for people. Once I was showered with so many panties they covered my head. I had to finish my set "blindfolded". Didn't even miss a beat.
2012-04-15 11:28:56 AM  
1 votes:

kiwimoogle84: You don't have to understand it, I do.


As one who used to yo-yo excessively, I might understand.
:'(
2012-04-15 11:18:54 AM  
1 votes:
Ok I'll play. Here's most of mine.

Cherry blossoms on left ribs
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Calvin and Hobbes on left ankle
farm8.staticflickr.com

Opus playing air guitar on right ankle
farm8.staticflickr.com

Just after blue rose was finished, with part of my remembrance angel on left shoulder, and you can see the chrysanthemum on my right shoulder
farm8.staticflickr.com
2012-04-15 10:44:14 AM  
1 votes:

TheEdibleSnuggie: godhatesu: the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Doonan

tattoos aren't fashion and anyone who gets one as such deserves the regret they have over it. Also, he sounds old. Looks it, too.

/full sleeve
//gainfully employed

Nightclub bouncer or pole dancer doesn't count, holmes.


/I keeed, I keeed!
//personally hates ink...I find it to be a completely waste of time, money, and the effort required to cover it all up when you don't want to look like you've been to prison a few times.
///to the people who get tats to cover up the 'pain'...life is hard enough as it is- why in the hell would you want to turn your body into an etch-a-sketch reminder of all the EVIL that has happened to you in your life.


I am presuming that's a rhetorical question, since you say that you hate ink and therefore no explanation would be enough to suffice in your personal opinion. But I would contradict your statement, that it serves not as a reminder of the "evil", but rather the fortitude it took to get through the hard times/loss/physical pain.

Meh, to each his or her own....

/came to see art
//thanks weiner dog, lordargent, and MoronLessOff
2012-04-15 10:21:49 AM  
1 votes:
What a self righteous, ill educated twat. Yes, the majority of tattoos today are poor decisions or frivolous it-meant-so-much-at-the-moment bits of body art. To paint every person with a tattoo as a mindless follower of a body art craze is profoundly ignorant.

I got tattooed for the same reason generations before me did; military service remembered. I know others who get tattooed for cultural reasons (especially in the south pacific). The author needs to check his head space and timing.
2012-04-15 08:18:05 AM  
1 votes:
Photographed a model a few years ago, and during the semi-nude portion of the shoot noticed several small-ish tattoos on her back.
I mentioned the unusual location and arrangement. I see and photograph tattoos on female skin quite frequently, but this was of no real pattern,
When I inquired about them her response was, "I got them over the scars after the doctors put my spine back together. I got THAT when my ex-husband tried to kill me."
You get all the ink you want, young lady.
2012-04-15 06:56:39 AM  
1 votes:

lordargent: This About That: Had to look up "5150" on the omniscient Google. Thought it was a gang tattoo, but really, it's a guitar.

It's a California legal code that basically means "batshiat crazy" to the point where you're a danger to yourself or others.

I believe cops use it as well, it's also ended up in a lot of songs, so I'm not surprised that someone named a guitar based on it.

/search for 5150 + lyrics and you'll get everything from Van Halen to the Luniz.

/and this is a chick that got a tattoo of it on her lip, good luck


Close. 5150 is the code that permits an involuntary psychiatric hold to evaluate you, on the basis that the officer or relevant authority believes you to be an imminent danger to yourself or others.

It's not quite the same thing. Anybody can get sick with an episode of depression, or feel a bit down, and say the wrong thing to the wrong person and find a cop on their doorstep hauling them down for a psych hold "just in case."

And that's what that code section allows for---it's not the commitment to a hospital of people who really are batshiat crazy dangerous, it's the psych holds for the evaluation of anybody who pushes a cop's or other authority figure's "just in case" buttons.

The psych hold is the part of the process that happens before you get to bring your own independently-hired pshrink and your own lawyer in to contest whether you need to stay there (if you're inclined to do that).

Farthest I've ever gotten into the process myself was about four hours of being held, most of which was paperwork while they waited for the pshrink to have an opening to talk to me. Then I talked to him and he told me how to get the douchespeople at the health dept to actually treat me---set me up for outpatient appointments---instead of ship me to him, and he sent me home.

Initial intake processing was pretty scary. They took my credit cards away.
2012-04-15 03:46:19 AM  
1 votes:

Kyoki: Ohhh, another ink greenlight. And my favorite article in response.

Tattoos are a mark of low self-esteemLink (new window)


I don't know how true this is, but it's certainly my impression of every person with tattoos that I've ever met.
2012-04-15 02:38:27 AM  
1 votes:

kiwimoogle84: jingks: stratagos: This About That: If you are a pretty girl, having a tattoo means you have made a terrible mistake.

If you are a pretty girl with a tattoo, you're either feeling rebellious or are crying for attention.

In either case, therefore, easier to get in the sack.

/kidding
//I feel I shouldn't have to say I'm kidding, but this is Fark - there are doubtlessly people who believe just that

Don't worry, as you said, this is fark. There's no pretty girls here to get insulted by your comment.

I beg your pardon.

Everyone has different definitions of pretty but I'm not a cave troll. Don't make blanket statements like that or the three of us might leave Fark altogether- oh the horror.

And I don't fit in most people's boxes. I have many MANY tattoos and I'm neither rebellious or crying for attention. I thought long and hard about them and they're easily covered by a simple t shirt. I'm also one of the most conservative people you'll ever meet. I'm not the typical heavily tattooed person.

/off soapbox


Honey -- and I don't mean that in an insulting way, I mean it in an "I like you and want to help" kind of way -- you've got to stop taking things so seriously around here. The bolded part was, I'm sure, just the usual expected Fark fun-snark. (Fnark?) If not, then it wasn't worth a reply at all.

P.S. Nobody "fits in most people's boxes." We all just think everyone else except us does, but that makes us just as judgy as we think they are. See?
2012-04-15 12:56:27 AM  
1 votes:
www.motifake.com
2012-04-14 11:57:48 PM  
1 votes:

Ikahoshi: Another detail: They look okay for about 5 years, and then they start to get fuzzy... and if you gain/lose weight, they turn all distorted and misshapen. So by the time 15 years have passed, for most normal people it's a case of "WTF is that mess?"

Then you have to explain to people why you're so cool for having a multicolored smudge on your arm that... if you squint... looks kinda like a disemboweled Smurf being eaten by an orange and purple paisley goat with smoke coming out of it's arse.

You'll end up being one of the thousands of middle class folks spending a lot of money scraping that crap off their flabby flesh so they don't have to be reminded daily they were dumbasses with no taste.


Hrmm.... no. Nice try though. Got my first tattoo almost 20 years ago, and it looks like it was just a few months ago.

When you put thousands of dollars into art, I'd like to think most people would take care of that art. I have.
2012-04-14 10:09:59 PM  
1 votes:

RicosRoughnecks: It's weird my tattoos are easily covered up by a shirt and don't think tattoos are that big of a deal but there's a lady that has DRUG FREE on her knuckles and TIME BOMB on her chest at my work. I work in a biotech so we can't help but think out loud that past generations would have laughed at her at the job interview when they saw all that ink.


To be fair, past generations would have laughed at the idea of a female working in biotech at all. Or maybe just working.
2012-04-14 09:45:22 PM  
1 votes:
It's weird my tattoos are easily covered up by a shirt and don't think tattoos are that big of a deal but there's a lady that has DRUG FREE on her knuckles and TIME BOMB on her chest at my work. I work in a biotech so we can't help but think out loud that past generations would have laughed at her at the job interview when they saw all that ink.
2012-04-14 09:44:23 PM  
1 votes:

Do the needful: schubie: The "Biohazard Symbol" tattoo is a way to announce to the world that you're HIV positive.

Zeno-25: Umm, he really doesn't want that. Most likely. The biohazard sign is what a certain subculture of gay men get when they are HIV-positive and... well, okay I think I've said enough.

Just popping back in to say thanks! I am sure like me, he has no idea about that. He just thinks it's cool I guess. Even with this warning, he's 18, it's his body. If he wants to explain his reasoning to anyone who sees it an questions him about it, then that's his business. I would rather he not do something permanent to his body but I cannot stop him. Again, thanks for the heads up. I will let him know and he can decide from there.


Tell him what my dad told me. "Think about what you want for 2 years, 2 years is hopefully nothing compared to the rest of your life, if you still want the same thing in 2 years, get it." This little piece of advice saved me from such shiat as a chain of daisies around my bellybutton, Sailor Jerry flash and a salute to some ex boyfriend. No tattoos and thank god b/c all of my ideas were lame.

/Like tattoos and wouldn't judge anyone for them.
2012-04-14 09:34:08 PM  
1 votes:

schubie: The "Biohazard Symbol" tattoo is a way to announce to the world that you're HIV positive.


Zeno-25: Umm, he really doesn't want that. Most likely. The biohazard sign is what a certain subculture of gay men get when they are HIV-positive and... well, okay I think I've said enough.


Just popping back in to say thanks! I am sure like me, he has no idea about that. He just thinks it's cool I guess. Even with this warning, he's 18, it's his body. If he wants to explain his reasoning to anyone who sees it an questions him about it, then that's his business. I would rather he not do something permanent to his body but I cannot stop him. Again, thanks for the heads up. I will let him know and he can decide from there.
2012-04-14 09:32:21 PM  
1 votes:
No matter what someone says, they get a tattoo for everyone else to look at. If they say differently, they're a liar. Almost nobody gets a small tattoo hidden on a body part that can't be seen easily with clothes on. Guys love the sleeves and roll up their dress shirts, or wear short tshirts so everyone can see the barbed wire on their arms. The tramp getting her stamp and wearing low jeans and high shirts so you can see it. Some people get tattoos as "memories" but really its to show off and tell others, because real memories are just things you never forget but keep to yourself.

Notice the tattoo you get is always what the popular trend is at the time. Women used to get tramp stamps, now its ankle tattoos while men used to get barbed wire or Asian symbols now its sleeves. It's just a phase kids go through trying to fit in. You'll laugh about it later on in life when you finally grow up.

But until then, you aren't different, you're all the same.
2012-04-14 09:11:31 PM  
1 votes:

Balchinian: SkinnyHead: A tattoo is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether your whole body is covered or you just got a tiny little butterfly that no one ever sees, you're still low class.

I would be considered financially well within the upper class. Socially, I attend the symphony regularly, dine at the fancy places, have social friendships with many people who are well-known in the community ("people of position", you might say), and am fully accepted in the circles of upper class society in several cities in both the US and Europe. And only 17 of my tattoos are skulls.

So now that we have established that you know nothing at all of "class", let me enlighten you. It isn't largely how much money you have, and it isn't largely what you look like. Class is all about behavior and attitude. More the latter than the former. Yes, you have to have some disposable income, a good education, and you have to know how to dress appropriately. But beyond that, class is all about attitude and behavior.

BTW, I also hang out in biker bars, ride a 1963 Harley Panhead chopper (I do all the work on that myself), have a lot of good friends who are what you would call low-class, and like to shoot guns off the back deck at plastic jugs full of Oxycetylene. While naked.

That

would be an example of getting dressed down by someone who actually moves in those circles. ROFLMAO.
2012-04-14 09:02:32 PM  
1 votes:

moralpanic: I got my tattoos almost two decades ago and i'm not even aware of them any more. People at work were talking and showing their tattoos, and it took me a few mins and i actually had to think 'do i have tattoos? omg yes, i have tattoos too!'


This is pretty much where I am at with mine. The newest one is from 2000, and when I look in the mirror I don't see them because I'm so used to them. Sometimes in the summer someone will try to get a closer look at one of the ones on my back if I am wearing a tank top and I'll think, "Why are you checking out my bra strap? Oh, right, tattoo."
2012-04-14 08:29:48 PM  
1 votes:

wedding vegetables: it means you're going to Hell, sinner.


I go to a fairly conservative church, and nice 30-something parent-of-toddler types with tattoos are part of the congregation. At least two sets of parents. And yes, they dress nicely for church like everyone else.

/only like tattoos if they are really creative or good artwork
2012-04-14 08:16:30 PM  
1 votes:
I know a sixty year old man who would look odd without his tattoos, but he is the only person I've seen who suits them.
They can be technically skilled and emotionally significant, but I just really don't like the permanency.
2012-04-14 08:02:54 PM  
1 votes:
Lot of people in this thread that care a big old deal about what other people do with their bodies. Kinda sad.
2012-04-14 07:59:39 PM  
1 votes:

Vangor: bmihura: Tattoos are indeed useful, especially when making hiring decisions.

I always figure the kinds of people who say this are never involved in interviews, at least not for important positions. Maybe you check through stacks of resumes for entry level positions, but no one has given you actual responsibility


THIS. What kind of job is so arbitrary that a tattoo takes precedence over education, experience, and skill? Riding lawnmower operator for a Mormon landscaping service?
2012-04-14 07:47:38 PM  
1 votes:
farkeruk

Celtic tattoos...twits....

Feisigh leat agus téigh trasna ort féin, a chunta cinioch.
2012-04-14 07:41:31 PM  
1 votes:

craigdamage: gosh.

I just ain't cool enough for a rad tat. never got one. Not "original" enough for one.

No piercings either.


Company I work for....EVERY dude is visibly ink-marked but me. Has ear/nose/tongue piercings. We are onsite contractors at a huge corporate campus in Texas. Major customer service requirements. Conservative eviorenment.

I have been promoted twice in the last two years while other "cool tattoo" rock stars are still earning the same salary they got when they were hired 5 years ago.

Go ahead cool dudes! Stay behind in the warehouse where you belong. You tards can compare your awesome ink-stains and "body-mods" while I get elevated up and above your pitiful heads.

I'm not usually this smarmy of an asshole but I think this thread is appropriate.


There's also the quiet little claims representative with no strange hair colors or piercings who has 46 hours of ink no one ever sees. Hmm, yes. Clearly it's the ink itself that hinders earning potential.

/been promoted twice this year
//18 tattoos in total
2012-04-14 07:41:27 PM  
1 votes:

craigdamage: gosh.

I just ain't cool enough for a rad tat. never got one. Not "original" enough for one.

No piercings either.


Company I work for....EVERY dude is visibly ink-marked but me. Has ear/nose/tongue piercings. We are onsite contractors at a huge corporate campus in Texas. Major customer service requirements. Conservative eviorenment.

I have been promoted twice in the last two years while other "cool tattoo" rock stars are still earning the same salary they got when they were hired 5 years ago.

Go ahead cool dudes! Stay behind in the warehouse where you belong. You tards can compare your awesome ink-stains and "body-mods" while I get elevated up and above your pitiful heads.

I'm not usually this smarmy of an asshole but I think this thread is appropriate.


Are you dumber than your former coworkers? If so, tattoos really do hinder chances of promotion at your warehouse! I mean, sheesh, without ink, they would have been way better candidates for the position.

If they are dumber than tattoos don't seem relevant. The right person got the right position.
2012-04-14 07:10:24 PM  
1 votes:
Aren't we beyond categorizing people with either having them or not having them? I thought the silly stereotypes of "insecure about their body" or "trying to conform" were over by now. More people have tattoos now than ever because people enjoy decorating their own bodies. My body and I plan on being together for a while. I'm confused when people refuse to try and understand why I might want to decorate it.
2012-04-14 07:01:25 PM  
1 votes:

SkinnyHead: A tattoo is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether your whole body is covered or you just got a tiny little butterfly that no one ever sees, you're still low class.


I would be considered financially well within the upper class. Socially, I attend the symphony regularly, dine at the fancy places, have social friendships with many people who are well-known in the community ("people of position", you might say), and am fully accepted in the circles of upper class society in several cities in both the US and Europe. And only 17 of my tattoos are skulls.

So now that we have established that you know nothing at all of "class", let me enlighten you. It isn't largely how much money you have, and it isn't largely what you look like. Class is all about behavior and attitude. More the latter than the former. Yes, you have to have some disposable income, a good education, and you have to know how to dress appropriately. But beyond that, class is all about attitude and behavior.

BTW, I also hang out in biker bars, ride a 1963 Harley Panhead chopper (I do all the work on that myself), have a lot of good friends who are what you would call low-class, and like to shoot guns off the back deck at plastic jugs full of Oxycetylene. While naked.
2012-04-14 06:50:26 PM  
1 votes:

Spatula Porn: [sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

Mine.

Always thought the tattoo placement chart was funny, and pretty accurate. However, I have a wrist on my tattoo and one on my forearm and have been working as a librarian for the past 11 years.

/exception to the rule


Are you. Not to be mean or rude in front of all these people, but the self-harm scars are quite visible in the photo.

So whilst your intention was probably a reminder to yourself to stop self-harming, you fell into the 'passive-aggressive form of self-harming' stereotype.

Also, it rather draws attention to the scars that people wouldn't notice if you hadn't planted a big old tattoo there. So I'm also going with 'passive-aggressive attention whore'.

/Notice my pain!
2012-04-14 06:48:24 PM  
1 votes:
Huge tattoo thread and no mention of the Pass Around Girl? For shame!

/not linking to it
//google it ya lazy farkwads
2012-04-14 06:03:36 PM  
1 votes:

This About That: If you are a pretty girl, having a tattoo means you have made a terrible mistake.


THIS! Women need no extra adornment. It's like drawing a mustache and glasses on the damn Mona Lisa.

Seriously, have you ever looked a beautiful naked woman and thought, "Meh, she looks nice I guess, but she could really use a couple of stars right above her ass."
2012-04-14 06:00:15 PM  
1 votes:
Tempus fugit. Sitting around for hours while some dude enlivens your back with lotus blossoms, ghouls, and moonbeams is a colossal waste of time. You could be learning to tap dance or play the accordion.

Says someone who spent time complaining about tattoos rather than learning to write a worthwhile article...
2012-04-14 05:53:06 PM  
1 votes:

pivazena: I have another bet with a postdoc in our lab, that if she asks me a question the first word out of my mouth has to be "hodor"


Nice. My adviser bet me $20 I couldn't work two quotes from Miss Teen South Carolina into my defense. Walked away with a PhD and $20, thank-you-very-much.
2012-04-14 05:48:10 PM  
1 votes:
It seems that tattoos used to have great meaning- that you were in the service, in a secret club, or were a degenerate criminal.

Now tattoos are just conformist, along with piercings and lame facial hair. It's like telling people that you're into 'blues' music. Totally non-threatening, but at the same time it gives the impression that you are not a total square.

/ nothing against blues btw
2012-04-14 05:45:39 PM  
1 votes:
I don't think I've ever seen a tattoo that didn't look tacky, but people looking tacky is neither a crime nor something to be particularly concerned about.

Do what you want. I'll pass on the tattoos, the gigantic ear-widener loopy ring-things, and the mo-hawks.
2012-04-14 05:44:55 PM  
1 votes:

LeroyBourne: [t2.gstatic.com image 275x183]
Some chicks look freaking hot covered in ink.
And she's got a voice to match.
Link (new window)


the Chick is hot, ink has nothing to do with it..

Tatoos have no fundamental ability to make an ugly woman look prettier.
A good one may not, but a bad one can make a pretty woman look uglier...

They are a signal that the subject probably isn't some kind of uber-bapist, so the chance of screwing on one of the first 3 dates is a little higher, but this is a loose correlation.
2012-04-14 05:41:36 PM  
1 votes:
I got my tattoos almost two decades ago and i'm not even aware of them any more. People at work were talking and showing their tattoos, and it took me a few mins and i actually had to think 'do i have tattoos? omg yes, i have tattoos too!'
2012-04-14 05:41:19 PM  
1 votes:
I'd be more inclined to like tattoos if they didn't all turn into that gangrenous dark-green color after a while.
2012-04-14 05:32:41 PM  
1 votes:
The clearest sign for me that someone needs the knowhowiknowyouregay.jpg is if a beautiful woman who has a tattoo throws themselves at them and they retch with disgust because "she's ruined her beauty with that horrid, whorish ink."

Someone who vehemently hates tattoos on women has something of a closeted Madonna/Whore complex going on. It's just ink! Look at it formally. It's a painting that is in continuous movement and is attached to a being who has an extraordinary realm of associations that enrich or drain the meaning of it on a regular basis.

I'd prefer to think of it as an exaggerated use of Leibniz's question," Why is there something rather than nothing?"

/people scared of that kind of question and how deep one can go down that rabbit hole can be scared of people with colored marks on them too, I suppose.
2012-04-14 05:31:41 PM  
1 votes:
People who are listening to you explain the meaning behind your tattoos are nearly as interested as they are in your fantasy football team and that dream you had last night.
2012-04-14 05:30:28 PM  
1 votes:
Tattoos are for losers, period.
2012-04-14 05:30:17 PM  
1 votes:

HailRobonia: The main difference between people with tattoos and people without tattoos is that people with tattoos don't care that you don't have one.


Eh, not always. Used to hang out with a girl who would bug me about getting a tattoo to always remember her by. It was like I didn't really love her unless I got a tattoo for her, or something.
2012-04-14 05:24:48 PM  
1 votes:

MoronLessOff: dforkus: My only advice to anyone contemplating getting a neck tattoo, would be to think long and hard before getting inked. Is this something you really want??

This goes for ANY tattoo. It's a long term commitment. I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said if you're thinking about a tattoo, have it drawn up / printed and hang it on your fridge. If 1 year later, you still want it, go for it.

That's not how I picked mine, and a year might be overkill, but think about it first.


My strategy exactly. I designed mine three years ago as my dissertation was shaping up. IF I was able to complete my proposed research, my reward would be the tattoo. (Not "if I get my PhD," but "If I can demonstrate the genetic basis to natural variation in behavior and neurodevelopment")

/ ready to get inked late-may
//defense is 5/17
2012-04-14 05:24:19 PM  
1 votes:

lordargent: [www.hobotraveler.com image 461x665]

// for me, a tattoo is just art, and like any piece of art, I judge it based on aesthetics. IE, I've seen some awesome pieces with good placement, and I've seen some ridiculously ugly shiat.

In short

Something like these two == cool to me.

[s2.favim.com image 640x513]
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 277x246]

But something like these two == lame to me.

[todayfash.com image 500x374]
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 600x899]


I actually really like that tree and birds.
2012-04-14 05:24:16 PM  
1 votes:

UHC2005: Have ink of Thor and Jormungandr on my shoulder, so I'm getting a kick...


Calvin and Hobbes on one ankle, Opus on the other.

/ no regrets
2012-04-14 05:24:13 PM  
1 votes:

chewielouie: Remember that poster that hung on your wall back in college? You know why it's not longer there? Because it grew tired and lame, so you took it down and threw it away. Can't do the same thing with ink after you realize how stupid it looks. It's expensive and hurts to remove a tattoo.

My favorites are the douches who complete an Ironman triathlon and just can't wait to ink themselves with the M-dot tat. Love to attention whore and show off. "Look at me, I'm an Ironman!" Oh, the lulz.


I think anyone who completes an Iron Man within the specified time limit has damned well earned the bragging rights.
2012-04-14 05:19:51 PM  
1 votes:

GORDON: Only a moron thinks that having class has anything to do with having money. How very Jersey Shore.


In really rural, poor areas, you get a lot of fundamentalist religions where people who aren't doing very well laying up riches on Earth do a real good job of convincing themselves of how much better they are than anybody else at laying up riches in Heaven.

They're lacking something, so that's their way of congratulating each other on how much better they are than all those other people around them--pretty much everybody who isn't them.

I generally find that the parts of having "class" that diverge the most from having kindness and compassion and showing courtesy and respect and hospitality----those parts of "class" tend to come from the same drive behind the muddy fundamentalist tent revivals. We're so much better than all those other people around us---than pretty much everybody who isn't us.

And of course, it can't be about money, because then any outsider could get in "the club" by acquiring money. And any insider could fall out of the club by losing it. So there has to be the intricate code of behavior and taste, so arcane that any outsider who wants to get into the "in" crowd has to do a lot of studying, mind a lot of p's and q's, and do a hell of a lot of ass-kissing to climb socially without getting smacked down too hard or too often for social climbing.

Class? It's mostly a socially formalized and ritualized system of hazing and bullying---wherever it diverges from compassion, kindness, hospitality, courtesy, and respect.

And those five attributes you can find just as readily on the blue collar side of town as on the white.
2012-04-14 05:08:19 PM  
1 votes:
Well, I'm glad to see the tide is turning on this. I absolutely hate tattoos, especially on women.

Why would anybody get a tattoo on themselves that they can only see in a mirror?
2012-04-14 05:02:49 PM  
1 votes:
I'm not a judgmental person.

My only advice to anyone contemplating getting a neck tattoo, would be to think long and hard before getting inked. Is this something you really want??

Think long and hard, make the right choice for you...

And now for the teachers edition:
//don't get the farking tattoo..
2012-04-14 05:01:18 PM  
1 votes:
www.hobotraveler.com

// for me, a tattoo is just art, and like any piece of art, I judge it based on aesthetics. IE, I've seen some awesome pieces with good placement, and I've seen some ridiculously ugly shiat.

In short

Something like these two == cool to me.

s2.favim.com
4.bp.blogspot.com

But something like these two == lame to me.

todayfash.com
3.bp.blogspot.com
2012-04-14 04:59:06 PM  
1 votes:

Secret Polish Boyfriend: raygundan: kiwimoogle84: HailRobonia: The main difference between people with tattoos and people without tattoos is that people with tattoos don't care that you don't have one.

This.

This isn't any more true than the rest of the stereotyping about people with tattoos going on in this thread.

Yep. No tattoos, no piercings, no judgments on those who do (except in egregious cases). I will admit to finding the larger gauge earrings to be funny; I once made it a point to watch an entire lecture through one. I've heard the larger ones don't usually heal if you decide that they aren't for you, and that you may need surgery.

kiwimoogle84: Just cuz my account is only three years old- lurking for a decade. Drew just got the drop on me this time.

I would think someone from New Zealand would be more alert about this sort of thing, what with the drop bears and all.


Uh... Just because the word kiwi is in my name doesn't mean I'm from New Zealand. Kiwi and Moogle are two words never found together in the English language so my chosen screen name is always available.
2012-04-14 04:53:38 PM  
1 votes:
Wow, that writer has a severe persecution complex. I hope he gets the psychological help he needs someday, or at least is never forced to learn about a mysterious thing called "fashion" that sometimes changes and sometimes changes in a way that leaves you behind.
2012-04-14 04:43:19 PM  
1 votes:

pivazena: Nogale: The only tattoo I can ever imagine getting would be a small 42.2 after I complete my first full marathon. But I think the marathon itself would entail more than enough pain to be going on with; not sure I'd actually go ahead with the ink.

Um... 26.2?


The distance of a marathon in kilometers is 42.2. But if I were going with the US system, it would be 26.3, not 26.2.
2012-04-14 04:39:52 PM  
1 votes:
Fark, I am disappoint.
http://www.magnetowasright.com/pages/misc/faq.php#question_9

/the only tattoo I would consider getting
2012-04-14 04:39:35 PM  
1 votes:

VictoryCabal: Well my tattoo is deeply meaningful. All my frat brothers in my pledge class got matching Taz tattoos because the older brothers said we were the craziest pledge class they had ever seen. We'll be brothers for life after graduation, and you're just jealous that I'll have connections and networking opportunities all across the country that you'll be shut out of. That's what my tattoo means to me, and you can make your lower class jokes while my brothers are getting me an upper management position on Wall Street right out of school. Have fun being poor, I'll be rich with my tattoo.


This was hilarious. I'm a little scared at how many folks are taking it seriously.

Taz? priceless
2012-04-14 04:21:34 PM  
1 votes:

crotchgrabber: People always say that it's only people without them that judge people with them, but it's only the inked that say that... Usually in a self righteous manner. No. I really don't care that you don't care. But, if you have the finger mustache tattoo I will wish a lawnmower accident on your hand. I will wish it so hard!


I don't really care that much as I am pretty far from the kind of stuffy work environment where tattoos matter, but anyone that has tattoos from the wrists out or the neck up just makes me think they have poor judgement.

Very poor judgement.
2012-04-14 04:20:56 PM  
1 votes:

VictoryCabal: Well my tattoo is deeply meaningful. All my frat brothers in my pledge class got matching Taz tattoos because the older brothers said we were the craziest pledge class they had ever seen. We'll be brothers for life after graduation, and you're just jealous that I'll have connections and networking opportunities all across the country that you'll be shut out of. That's what my tattoo means to me, and you can make your lower class jokes while my brothers are getting me an upper management position on Wall Street right out of school. Have fun being poor, I'll be rich with my tattoo.


Only a moron thinks that having class has anything to do with having money. How very Jersey Shore.
2012-04-14 04:14:10 PM  
1 votes:
The best thing about this thread is the obliviously-scarred-for-life set posting pictures of their mistakes.

It's like they've never heard of synthetic happiness. What we need is an amputation trend so that the weak-minded can have their limbs cut off and then tell us all how it was the best decision of their lives and how they amputated their foot to commemorate the death of a family member and they'd totally do it again.
2012-04-14 04:05:26 PM  
1 votes:

xalres: Wow. Sure are a lot of judgemental busybodies in this thread.


You're free to do as you want. I'm free to judge your actions. Problem?


Seriously though, if the upper classes had introduced a program to tattoo the peasantry they'd be called Nazis. Get a few pop stars to make it "cool" and they'll happily brand themselves for identification. Freaking brilliant.
2012-04-14 04:05:11 PM  
1 votes:
A GED is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether it's for high school or law, you're still low class.
2012-04-14 04:01:21 PM  
1 votes:
Family and Friends have ink, for some it was gotten as a permanent reminder of a life struggle or event. A really good friend has a mushroomed bullet tattooed over his heart with the words "bullet Proof" under it, it is in the spot where he was shot while responding to a domestic, thankfully he was wearing his vest.

My sister has a lion on her shoulder it has a deep meaning for her and the struggles she has over come. One of my nieces is almost fully inked, you talk to her and each one represents a life event for her. My other niece has 5 ask her about them and she will tell you they are "cool."

Inks mean different things; for some it is a permanent record of life events , a reminder of battles won or lost; for others it is a fashion accessory, today the majority fall into the fashion Accessory category.
2012-04-14 04:00:27 PM  
1 votes:

GAT_00: Relevant


Ha. Gotta love that the Japanese tattoo on the arm there in the comic says "idiot."

Aidan: I said, "But... It's CROOKED!", and his response was "Well, yes. I thought it was a bad bodymod..."


Heh. Ow.

Possibly as a few more years/decades pass, the backlash to the bodymod fad will also pass away, who knows.

I have no tattoos and can't really imagine getting one. But I've liked some tattoos on other people, including various single-color "typeface" ones, if placed nicely. I'm not such a fan of the "my back is a sketchbook" style stuff though. The "I put stripes/decoration on my body similarly to how I might accent a car" is more my thing, placement being important.

That said, some of the really nice colored tattoos really do look horrible after a few years, you can see it already on a lot of people who DID go hard for the bodymod fad in the late 90's, they have tattoos in certain styles popular then and now they're all faded, people trying to look "business serious" but with obvious "look at me rebel girl" tattoos hanging out. At least getting them touched up is probably best.

With the single color black less detailed stuff, they seem to survive better, even if they do get faded and what they still look coherent.

Also there's something to be said for the difference between visible tattoos that are more scrollwork or nice text (in a language you SPEAK, plz) and then people who have not only visible tattoos but visible NSFW tattoos.
2012-04-14 03:59:32 PM  
1 votes:

farkeruk: El Freak: Having a tattoo DOES have meaning. Getting a tattoo tells the world you're an easily led, sub-moronic twit with poor decision making skills.

Not necessarily. I'm not a military guy but I understand that some people get tattoos as a way to say, bond in a group. You fight along side people who put their life in your hands, and you in theirs, and it means something.

And if someone can come up with a tattoo that really means something - like someone getting his Phd in genetics and deciding to getting a double helix, that's cool too.

Celtic tattoos and chinese characters though. Yeah, twits.


i487.photobucket.com

Vegvisar, or nordic compass. To hopefully keep me on the straight and narrow.
2012-04-14 03:51:14 PM  
1 votes:

Glenford: farkeruk: El Freak: Having a tattoo DOES have meaning. Getting a tattoo tells the world you're an easily led, sub-moronic twit with poor decision making skills.

Not necessarily. I'm not a military guy but I understand that some people get tattoos as a way to say, bond in a group. You fight along side people who put their life in your hands, and you in theirs, and it means something.

And if someone can come up with a tattoo that really means something - like someone getting his Phd in genetics and deciding to getting a double helix, that's cool too.

Celtic tattoos and chinese characters though. Yeah, twits.

^This.

The only tattoo I would consider getting is this:
[glovesoffsports.com image 150x200]

/Hopefully next year!


One of my friends has that on his calf, he stopped on the way home to get it after completing his 1st one.
2012-04-14 03:50:10 PM  
1 votes:
It means you have ink under your skin. Nothing more.
2012-04-14 03:38:50 PM  
1 votes:

PainInTheASP: UsikFark: [www.artifacting.com image 33x34]

I could get that on my left shoulder blade, keep it about .7cm square...

You know, that's the first tattoo that I've seen that I would even consider.

/Shave my head and put it on back--right between the ears.


Actually, I had a better idea.

i218.photobucket.com
2012-04-14 03:36:28 PM  
1 votes:

Babwa Wawa: Indeed. The term "permanent bell bottoms" is perfect.


Seriously. I think currently in 2012 certain kinds of tattoos don't say "outlaw" so much as "went hard for the bodymod fad in the late 90's."
2012-04-14 03:34:01 PM  
1 votes:
It means you are a jackass or a skank
2012-04-14 03:30:16 PM  
1 votes:
One thing I do know is that when I watch MMA/UFC on TV that the guy with the most tattoos usually loses.
2012-04-14 03:19:24 PM  
1 votes:
thechive.files.wordpress.com
2012-04-14 03:17:55 PM  
1 votes:

bacongood: kiwimoogle84: But you can't throw everyone with ink into a box.


Sure you can, you just need a big enough box.

/no ink
//may get one after reaching a life goal.


Yeah, me too. I have no tats, but I'd never rule it out. The main thing is I would just have to have one that I was sure I'd like for a while.

/have been thinking about a specific one for years, and I still think I would like it
2012-04-14 03:15:56 PM  
1 votes:

NorCalLos: I certainly don't speak for everyone with tattoos; but I regret the two I got on my wrists. They were actually kind of an "f you" to the white collar world. I've been working in a somewhat stuffy state taxing agency since high school. I always resisted the temptation to get tattoos because I was afraid of being judged by the old-fashioned 50-something accounting and auditing types that controlled my career. After 15+ years of giving people that don't really give a crap about me way too much power over my personal space, I went ahead and got a couple tats. I like them; but I'm considering getting them removed because I feel like they're going to hurt my career. In civil service, you have to take exams, apply for positions, and interview in order to promote. Tattooed wrists don't go over well in job interviews; nor in managers meetings with tax administrators/executives and elected officials.


It's probably a good idea. I think tatoos are stupid but hey whatever. I shave my head and people think that's stupid. Maybe you can hide them with make up or something when those times come that you absolutely don't want them to be seen such as in interviews and meetings with executives. Or just wear mittens and tell them you're a hand model on the side and are protecting them.
2012-04-14 03:15:15 PM  
1 votes:

Some 'Splainin' To Do: VictoryCabal: Well my tattoo is deeply meaningful. All my frat brothers in my pledge class got matching Taz tattoos because the older brothers said we were the craziest pledge class they had ever seen. We'll be brothers for life after graduation, and you're just jealous that I'll have connections and networking opportunities all across the country that you'll be shut out of. That's what my tattoo means to me, and you can make your lower class jokes while my brothers are getting me an upper management position on Wall Street right out of school. Have fun being poor, I'll be rich with my tattoo.

That is a 10 for 10 troll! Well done sir.

Hey kids, take notes: this is how you farking troll.


It would be good of people who have have been misusing the term to take note, as well.
2012-04-14 03:15:14 PM  
1 votes:

NorCalLos: Tattooed wrists don't go over well in job interviews; nor in managers meetings with tax administrators/executives and elected officials.


Can you cover with a watch or are they too big/ awkwardly placed for that?

Unrelated, but I couldn't cover my tat when I got married (strapless dress). I thought about buying body makeup to disguise it (my mom said my grandmother would be mortified that I got a tat). I thought about it, and then decided fark it. This is who I am, nevermind the fact that guests at our wedding don't get to disapprove of the bride. At least not to my face

/haters gonna hate
//grandma loved the art
2012-04-14 03:15:09 PM  
1 votes:
the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Doonan

tattoos aren't fashion and anyone who gets one as such deserves the regret they have over it. Also, he sounds old. Looks it, too.

/full sleeve
//gainfully employed
2012-04-14 03:14:32 PM  
1 votes:

SkinnyHead: A tattoo is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether your whole body is covered or you just got a tiny little butterfly that no one ever sees, you're still low class.


Troll or not, I actually agree.

gingerjet: So it's cool again not to have a tattoo?

/good to know
//ginger with fair skin - have enough issues without being inked


It is always hip to be square.
2012-04-14 03:14:11 PM  
1 votes:

Chinchillazilla: kiwimoogle84: kiwimoogle84: kiwimoogle84: Aidan: kiwimoogle84: Kyoki: kiwimoogle84: Try losing a spouse. You might understand the appeal.

Many do, as have I. I chose therapy, it was healthier and cheaper. Sorry for your loss, but it doesn't justify poor decisions.

Wasn't a poor decision. Did therapy too. All healed up and I don't regret it a day. Never will. You can't make me ashamed of my choices just because you wouldnt do it. That's the problem with this country. I believe in do what you will, harm none.

You realize this is a troll thread right? I mean, I've got half of Fark gagged, and I'm still seeing all kinds of stupidity posted here. Ergo, people must be having a laugh today. :)

I'm not new here. See my Boobies. I bit on purpose because there are some people who feel as I do and half my point in posting all this is to bond with those individuals who don't troll. What's worse, pretending to be a narrow minded test or actually being one? Makes you wonder.

Wow. Boobies turned into "boobies". Unintentional. I don't want anyone to see my boobies. And secondly, test was supposed to be "twat". Go iPhone.

So done with the fail of Fark.

/out of this thread

You're not new here but you don't know about "boobies"-ing?


No I know how that works. I even took measures to be sure I was getting those two words across without tripping it and it still caught. Fark you, Drew.
2012-04-14 03:13:23 PM  
1 votes:

To all you who were stupid enough to let yourself get marked up:

Look at all the WW2, Korean and Viet Nam vets who have blueblack blobs on their arms. And, look at your parents and what size pants they wear. Imagine that Tramp Stamp, when it's going to be three feet wide with stretch marks randomly through it...

In twenty years, the guy who invents a no-scarring method of removing tats is going to retire to his 300 foot super yacht, docked in Monaco, on your money.

2012-04-14 03:12:45 PM  
1 votes:

VictoryCabal: Well my tattoo is deeply meaningful. All my frat brothers in my pledge class got matching Taz tattoos because the older brothers said we were the craziest pledge class they had ever seen. We'll be brothers for life after graduation, and you're just jealous that I'll have connections and networking opportunities all across the country that you'll be shut out of. That's what my tattoo means to me, and you can make your lower class jokes while my brothers are getting me an upper management position on Wall Street right out of school. Have fun being poor, I'll be rich with my tattoo.


That is a 10 for 10 troll! Well done sir.

Hey kids, take notes: this is how you farking troll.
2012-04-14 03:12:00 PM  
1 votes:

kiwimoogle84: kiwimoogle84: kiwimoogle84: Aidan: kiwimoogle84: Kyoki: kiwimoogle84: Try losing a spouse. You might understand the appeal.

Many do, as have I. I chose therapy, it was healthier and cheaper. Sorry for your loss, but it doesn't justify poor decisions.

Wasn't a poor decision. Did therapy too. All healed up and I don't regret it a day. Never will. You can't make me ashamed of my choices just because you wouldnt do it. That's the problem with this country. I believe in do what you will, harm none.

You realize this is a troll thread right? I mean, I've got half of Fark gagged, and I'm still seeing all kinds of stupidity posted here. Ergo, people must be having a laugh today. :)

I'm not new here. See my Boobies. I bit on purpose because there are some people who feel as I do and half my point in posting all this is to bond with those individuals who don't troll. What's worse, pretending to be a narrow minded test or actually being one? Makes you wonder.

Wow. Boobies turned into "boobies". Unintentional. I don't want anyone to see my boobies. And secondly, test was supposed to be "twat". Go iPhone.

So done with the fail of Fark.

/out of this thread


You're not new here but you don't know about "boobies"-ing?
2012-04-14 03:11:28 PM  
1 votes:
I have to question the sanity of the people questioning the sanity of people getting tattoos, who willingly take the time to post what they wouldn't do in a thread devoted to doing that activity.

I just had a conversation with my now 18yo son. He wants a biohazard tattoo on his shoulder and wanted to know what I thought. I told him that when I was his age, parachute pants were the absolute shiat. Time changes things. This isn't something that you easily erase. Choose wisely. I did however suggest that if he was going to do this, at least do it in kind of an 8bit style.
2012-04-14 03:06:35 PM  
1 votes:
There's 2 key problems:

A that a tattoo is supposed to be an expression of YOU. Yet people frequently go to the tattoo parlor with no idea what they want and grab a piece of stock artwork. Or vastly dumber, try to write something in Chinese or Japanese characters which clearly doesn't say anything about that person when they don't SPEAK that language. One of the reasons Chinese tattoos are so bad is there's a chart of Chinese characters listed with meanings which is wantonly inaccurate, if they're even real characters. It's a deliberate joke, one tattoo artists have no trouble selling.

Second is people seem to get tattoos to show how free they are... yet it's really a limitation most of the time. You may change and grow but your tattoo won't. It may be a saying or a band or whatever that becomes woefully obsolete and you can't remember why you ever thought that was a good idea... or an expression of your "slutty" or hard-drinking period that oddly enough turns out NOT to be representative of yourself and your life's work.
2012-04-14 03:03:57 PM  
1 votes:
Honestly, in the end, it's your damn body, so you're free to do what you will. That being said, sometimes a tattoo will hinder a job application, or you'll end up like a meme on the internet and be ridiculed, so you really gotta think long and hard if you want to get a tattoo or not.

I don't have tats, but, if I were to make one, I'd probably do a little combination of this:

www.creativecow.net

And this:

upload.wikimedia.org

And that's about it.
2012-04-14 03:03:21 PM  
1 votes:

Ikahoshi: Another detail: They look okay for about 5 years, and then they start to get fuzzy... and if you gain/lose weight, they turn all distorted and misshapen. So by the time 15 years have passed, for most normal people it's a case of "WTF is that mess?"

(snip because your mean words are unnecessary)

So if you want one, get it on a place that gains less fat. And don't get fat. And put moisturizer and sunscreen on your skin, like you would even if you didn't have a tat

Actually, a friend of mine has this beautiful art on her shoulder and upper arm. It's a pitcher plant and a lily (two plants she did her dissertation research on), and the colors are so amazingly vibrant. I asked her about it and she said that she lost 150 lbs and when her skin shrank, the colors got brighter because the ink compressed.
2012-04-14 03:03:06 PM  
1 votes:
So it's cool again not to have a tattoo?

/good to know
//ginger with fair skin - have enough issues without being inked
2012-04-14 02:59:31 PM  
1 votes:

Kyoki: kiwimoogle84: Try losing a spouse. You might understand the appeal.

Many do, as have I. I chose therapy, it was healthier and cheaper. Sorry for your loss, but it doesn't justify poor decisions.


Wasn't a poor decision. Did therapy too. All healed up and I don't regret it a day. Never will. You can't make me ashamed of my choices just because you wouldnt do it. That's the problem with this country. I believe in do what you will, harm none.
2012-04-14 02:58:50 PM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
Daria - Umm, nice tattoo. Tribal?
Trent - Maori. I copied it out of Tattoo World's international issue.
Daria - Very graphic, and meaningful.
Trent - Yeah, it makes a statement. You know what it is?
Daria (VO) - I got a tattoo out of a magazine?
Trent - I got a tattoo out of a magazine.
2012-04-14 02:56:28 PM  
1 votes:

kiwimoogle84: Never said that. But for the tattooed crowd, we don't typically instantly judge people based on their appearance, ink, piercings or none.


You just said it again. Although I'd like to change what I said from "measurably better" to "demonstrably better" to be more accurate.
2012-04-14 02:55:33 PM  
1 votes:

Marshall Banana: If you get tats then you have conclusively demonstrated to the world that you are a sad, immature, and impulsive peasant.

This is the truth. Make all the angry denials you like, but this is simply the truth.


Right, because if you died and someone you loved immortalized you on their body in humble remembrance, you'd still think that right?

Try losing a spouse. You might understand the appeal.

/must be nice to have no problems
2012-04-14 02:55:23 PM  
1 votes:
I got tattoos and I give give a fark less what anyone thinks about them. I got them for personal reasons and if they are cool or uncool doesn't matter.
2012-04-14 02:54:47 PM  
1 votes:
An article about why it's stupid to get tattoos from a middle aged man wearing a child size Ed Hardy t-shirt. He did a great job convincing me tattoos are dumb.
2012-04-14 02:54:16 PM  
1 votes:
Fortunately, there's a chart to help determine these things:
pics.blameitonthevoices.com
2012-04-14 02:53:31 PM  
1 votes:

mikaloyd: kiwimoogle84: HailRobonia: The main difference between people with tattoos and people without tattoos is that people with tattoos don't care that you don't have one.

This.

So....people with tattoos are measurably better?

Good to hear.


Never said that. But for the tattooed crowd, we don't typically instantly judge people based on their appearance, ink, piercings or none.
2012-04-14 02:52:06 PM  
1 votes:
I have tattoos, but I was in the service so it's expected. Now I'm in law school. I can wear a suit and you'd never know.
2012-04-14 02:51:53 PM  
1 votes:
These days it means you're just one more of the mindless minion who thinks they're edgy or apart. Yeah, you're edgy and apart, just like the other million people who have the exact same Chinese letter stamp that says "this person likes spaghetti" in Hanzi.
2012-04-14 02:51:43 PM  
1 votes:

kiwimoogle84: HailRobonia: The main difference between people with tattoos and people without tattoos is that people with tattoos don't care that you don't have one.

This.


So....people with tattoos are measurably better?

Good to hear.
2012-04-14 02:51:15 PM  
1 votes:
I always wonder, for everybody who thinks tattoos are ... well let's see

El Freak: tell[ing] the world you're an easily led, sub-moronic twit with poor decision making skills


downtownkid: an intelligence test


... how many people they know who have tattoos in less-visible places
2012-04-14 02:47:28 PM  
1 votes:

HailRobonia: The main difference between people with tattoos and people without tattoos is that people with tattoos don't care that you don't have one.


This.
2012-04-14 02:45:55 PM  
1 votes:

SkinnyHead: A tattoo is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether your whole body is covered or you just got a tiny little butterfly that no one ever sees, you're still low class.


Oh no. Not this again.

...don't bite on the troll...don't bite on the troll...

Ah, screw it.

I only get up in arms in two types of threads. Motorcycles, and tattoos. And they're related, actually. I started getting ink when I immortalized my late husband, lost to me in a wreck, on my body. It kind of expanded from there because I used tattoos as my personal form of cutting after that. It felt good to hurt rather than feeling nothing.

And darn it, I have a beautiful flower garden on my back that is easily covered for my office job.

Not low class. If they impede you getting a job...maybe. But you can't throw everyone with ink into a box.

/my jaw hurts from biting so hard
2012-04-14 02:44:37 PM  
1 votes:

Kyoki: Ohhh, another ink greenlight. And my favorite article in response.

Tattoos are a mark of low self-esteemLink (new window)

[i2.photobucket.com image 444x366]

/hates ink


Notable thoughts:

3 OR MORE tattoos...

Sample size: 48
2012-04-14 02:43:11 PM  
1 votes:

This About That: If you are a pretty girl, having a tattoo means you have made a terrible mistake.


If you are a pretty girl with a tattoo, you're either feeling rebellious or are crying for attention.

In either case, therefore, easier to get in the sack.

/kidding
//I feel I shouldn't have to say I'm kidding, but this is Fark - there are doubtlessly people who believe just that
2012-04-14 02:38:55 PM  
1 votes:

SkinnyHead: A tattoo is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether your whole body is covered or you just got a tiny little butterfly that no one ever sees, you're still low class.


Some people have a pain fetish associated with getting tattoos and that isn't just lower class.

Also there are a lot of rich people covered in ink, but I am guessing you are just over compensating for something.
2012-04-14 02:16:39 PM  
1 votes:

sweetmelissa31: If I got a tattoo it would say

DEEP THOUGHTS
WITH SKINNYHEAD

with picture of retarded guy


img836.imageshack.us
2012-04-14 01:28:30 PM  
1 votes:

VictoryCabal: Well my tattoo is deeply meaningful. All my frat brothers in my pledge class got matching Taz tattoos because the older brothers said we were the craziest pledge class they had ever seen. We'll be brothers for life after graduation, and you're just jealous that I'll have connections and networking opportunities all across the country that you'll be shut out of. That's what my tattoo means to me, and you can make your lower class jokes while my brothers are getting me an upper management position on Wall Street right out of school. Have fun being poor, I'll be rich with my tattoo.


Well, I agree with you on the tattoo thing, but I'm sad you don't seem to want to lead a life that holds real meaning.

//I know...if it weren't for folks like you, we wouldn't have synergy optimization flowthrough chart streamlining in order to grow vertical full-sector Six Sigma knowingnessitude.
2012-04-14 01:12:40 PM  
1 votes:

SkinnyHead: A tattoo is the mark of the lower class. It's doesn't matter whether your whole body is covered or you just got a tiny little butterfly that no one ever sees, you're still low class.


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