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    My personal observations in recent years, living in several vastly differing cultural parts of our land, confirm there is a tattoo craze going on. Evidently, some consider them sexy, others are making some kind of statement, while still others must be showing their indifference to pain.

    Not considering the similar disfigurements, disgusting piercings and mutilations, what scientific advancements have gone into the craze? Are newer methods employed, are they safer?

    Should a poll be done asking membership whether they have submitted to tattooing? We dare not post pictures, I take it. jocular


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    I wonder, do inked people want their hides tanned and desplayed after death?


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    New ink has been created I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    I wonder, do inked people want their hides tanned and desplayed after death?
    I wonder, do non-tattooed people consider all tattooed people to be a single homogeneous group?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    I wonder, do inked people want their hides tanned and desplayed after death?
    I wonder, do non-tattooed people consider all tattooed people to be a single homogeneous group?
    Yeah! They're all hopeless romantic homosexuals.
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    Who? The tattooed or the non-tattooed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Who? The tattooed or the non-tattooed?
    All of em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    I wonder, do inked people want their hides tanned and desplayed after death?
    Probably only in the song: "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport", by Rolf Harris, #3 Billboard Top 40, June, 1963:

    "Tan me hide when I'm dead, Fred, tan me hide when I'm dead,
    So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde,

    And that's it hanging on the shed"!

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    I've wanted to get a tattoo for a while, but always back out. :/

    Regarding safety: oh yes, they have come a tremendously long way. If you go to a reputable artist, I wouldn't be concerned with safety issues. Plus, you have to sign a good bit of paperwork to protect the artist these days!

    I have no tattoos but nearly every guy I've dated does...hmmm...Something for me to ponder. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    I've wanted to get a tattoo for a while, but always back out. :/

    Regarding safety: oh yes, they have come a tremendously long way. If you go to a reputable artist, I wouldn't be concerned with safety issues. Plus, you have to sign a good bit of paperwork to protect the artist these days!

    I have no tattoos but nearly every guy I've dated does...hmmm...Something for me to ponder. :/
    You may have noted that throughout this rag there are many efforts including the label "imponderable", thus I guess I always have, too! jocular

    Edit: Think we ought to start showing each other our tattoos? I got the OK from a Mod! (Ha!)
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    When younger I had 2 tat's on my arms which I didn't mind putting on but as I grew older I found that the tat's weren't expressing my attitude any longer and had them removed by laser. It only cost a few dollars to put them on but thousands of dollars to remove them. Attitudes change over time and when once I thought one way about life over the years I changed that way of thinking around and have a new attitude about what life means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    When younger I had 2 tat's on my arms which I didn't mind putting on but as I grew older I found that the tat's weren't expressing my attitude any longer and had them removed by laser. It only cost a few dollars to put them on but thousands of dollars to remove them. Attitudes change over time and when once I thought one way about life over the years I changed that way of thinking around and have a new attitude about what life means.
    Tattoos, then, you are saying, affect the individual's attitude about life? How? jocular
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    I've known ppl who get tats for a variety of reasons...some, when they were drunk (bad idea)...some, to symobolize a person or some type of memorial, some, to make a statement to others, etc...

    List goes on and on.

    For me, it would have to be something that I could see being ok with when I'm 80. :=O
    I'm thinking the Chinese symbol for 'strength' would be very cool.
    And timeless, to me.

    And I'd like it tattooed when I raise my hair up...like on my neck....that would be cool, indeed.
    Maybe...someday.

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lu...or9yo1_400.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    I've known ppl who get tats for a variety of reasons...some, when they were drunk (bad idea)...some, to symobolize a person or some type of memorial, some, to make a statement to others, etc...

    List goes on and on.

    For me, it would have to be something that I could see being ok with when I'm 80. :=O
    I'm thinking the Chinese symbol for 'strength' would be very cool.
    And timeless, to me.

    And I'd like it tattooed when I raise my hair up...like on my neck....that would be cool, indeed.
    Maybe...someday.

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lu...or9yo1_400.jpg
    My wonderment over the extent of the craze is exceeded by the tattoos' locations which I have seen. Many are such that the owner would have a difficult time ever seeing them, unless they were double-jointed! On the other hand, many must be intended to excite their partner, i.e., bottom of the lower back.

    Then there is the rumor that a well-known Hollywood actress who in her early beginnings had her boyfriend's name tattooed on her labia! What might her present guy think of this each time he sees it? Know who she is? I was severely castigated for making this revelation on another forum; will I be here also?

    Personally, I feel small, exquisite tattoos are sexy. But not a body covered with them, and certainly not the ugly bluish-black meanderings which look like splashed-on paint. I would like one, but have none.

    Two things above all else give me the jitters: intended pain, and needles. jocular
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    As an alternative to permanent, real tattooing, but not akin to the things kids wet imprint on their arms, if the skin is sufficiently light, and one is not averse to suntanning, a small untanned patch of skin, covered while tanning, will gradually become quite apparent in contrast to the rest of the surrounding skin. It can be in the form of almost any shape, and is impermanent in that one can either tanm it over, or quit tanning around it, and eventually it will no longer be visible.

    What a break-through! Could I patent it? (Ha) jocular
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    My wonderment over the extent of the craze is exceeded by the tattoos' locations which I have seen. Many are such that the owner would have a difficult time ever seeing them, unless they were double-jointed! On the other hand, many must be intended to excite their partner, i.e., bottom of the lower back.
    yes, agreed. the bottom of the lower back...it used to be quite sexy, until so many women started having that done. sexy to me, is when you are not like another one in the crowd.


    Then there is the rumor that a well-known Hollywood actress who in her early beginnings had her boyfriend's name tattooed on her labia! What might her present guy think of this each time he sees it? Know who she is? I was severely castigated for making this revelation on another forum; will I be here also?
    haha ew.
    never get a man's or woman's name tattoed on your body. ever. anyyyywhere.
    i don't know who you speak of, ever so slightly tempted to look the name up.
    lol
    slightly.

    Personally, I feel small, exquisite tattoos are sexy. But not a body covered with them, and certainly not the ugly bluish-black meanderings which look like splashed-on paint. I would like one, but have none.

    Two things above all else give me the jitters: intended pain, and needles. jocular
    i agree, i'm not a fan of needles.
    and also agree that tasteful smaller tats can be quite sexy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    As an alternative to permanent, real tattooing, but not akin to the things kids wet imprint on their arms, if the skin is sufficiently light, and one is not averse to suntanning, a small untanned patch of skin, covered while tanning, will gradually become quite apparent in contrast to the rest of the surrounding skin. It can be in the form of almost any shape, and is impermanent in that one can either tanm it over, or quit tanning around it, and eventually it will no longer be visible.

    What a break-through! Could I patent it? (Ha) jocular
    it might look as if you fell asleep in the sun with a cookie cutter on your arm?


    um...don't think that idea's gonna take off anytime soon.
    :=P
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    yes, agreed. the bottom of the lower back...it used to be quite sexy, until so many women started having that done. sexy to me, is when you are not like another one in the crowd.

    haha ew.
    never get a man's or woman's name tattoed on your body. ever. anyyyywhere.
    i don't know who you speak of, ever so slightly tempted to look the name up. slightly.

    i agree, i'm not a fan of needles.
    and also agree that tasteful smaller tats can be quite sexy.
    Angelina Jolie. So, no names. Now, what are we interested in? Work? Nah!! Vacation sights? Nah. Works of art? Plight of the homeless? Outdoor scene? Animals? Historically significant slogans? Thou shalt not..., Death before Dishonor (was really popular WW-II), what else?

    If ya got in mind a little ditty that has always caught your fancy, maybe from childhood, a dove taking flight, or perhaps an insignia design having particularly seductive looks, shapes, one of these things that are apt to turn you on forever- go for that! Heck, if you're still sexually active at 71, the idea must have worked, ya think? joc
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    I would like to get the tattoos that are only visible under a black light.

    Speaking badly about people after they are gone and jumping on the bash the band wagon must do very well for a low self-esteem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    As an alternative to permanent, real tattooing, but not akin to the things kids wet imprint on their arms, if the skin is sufficiently light, and one is not averse to suntanning, a small untanned patch of skin, covered while tanning, will gradually become quite apparent in contrast to the rest of the surrounding skin. It can be in the form of almost any shape, and is impermanent in that one can either tanm it over, or quit tanning around it, and eventually it will no longer be visible.

    What a break-through! Could I patent it? (Ha) jocular


    it might look as if you fell asleep in the sun with a cookie cutter on your arm?


    um...don't think that idea's gonna take off anytime soon.
    :=P
    Most tanning salons will sell or even give you a free sticker to put on you somewhere so that you can easily tell how dark you have gotten while in one of their beds. You can put it anywhere you like and is usually about the size of a quarter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    yes, agreed. the bottom of the lower back...it used to be quite sexy, until so many women started having that done. sexy to me, is when you are not like another one in the crowd.haha ew.never get a man's or woman's name tattoed on your body. ever. anyyyywhere.i don't know who you speak of, ever so slightly tempted to look the name up. slightly.i agree, i'm not a fan of needles.and also agree that tasteful smaller tats can be quite sexy.
    Angelina Jolie. So, no names. Now, what are we interested in? Work? Nah!! Vacation sights? Nah. Works of art? Plight of the homeless? Outdoor scene? Animals? Historically significant slogans? Thou shalt not..., Death before Dishonor (was really popular WW-II), what else?If ya got in mind a little ditty that has always caught your fancy, maybe from childhood, a dove taking flight, or perhaps an insignia design having particularly seductive looks, shapes, one of these things that are apt to turn you on forever- go for that! Heck, if you're still sexually active at 71, the idea must have worked, ya think? joc
    LolHmmm! I think we are over thinking things a bit too much.Perhaps the word "over thinker" in some exotic font spread across my back would be original?Yes?:-P
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    I would like to get the tattoos that are only visible under a black light.
    Woah, now that's unique!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    As an alternative to permanent, real tattooing, but not akin to the things kids wet imprint on their arms, if the skin is sufficiently light, and one is not averse to suntanning, a small untanned patch of skin, covered while tanning, will gradually become quite apparent in contrast to the rest of the surrounding skin. It can be in the form of almost any shape, and is impermanent in that one can either tanm it over, or quit tanning around it, and eventually it will no longer be visible.

    What a break-through! Could I patent it? (Ha) jocular


    it might look as if you fell asleep in the sun with a cookie cutter on your arm?


    um...don't think that idea's gonna take off anytime soon.
    :=P
    Most tanning salons will sell or even give you a free sticker to put on you somewhere so that you can easily tell how dark you have gotten while in one of their beds. You can put it anywhere you like and is usually about the size of a quarter.

    It's just a tad too high up, for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    It's just a tad too high up, for me.
    That's okay. When you get yours you can place it where you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    I've known ppl who get tats for a variety of reasons...some, when they were drunk (bad idea)...some, to symobolize a person or some type of memorial, some, to make a statement to others, etc...

    List goes on and on.

    For me, it would have to be something that I could see being ok with when I'm 80. :=O
    I'm thinking the Chinese symbol for 'strength' would be very cool.
    And timeless, to me.

    And I'd like it tattooed when I raise my hair up...like on my neck....that would be cool, indeed.
    Maybe...someday.

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    You are forgetting the original and most important reason, being social status. I have lived in the Pacific Islands for a number of years, and in a number of cultures there it is still an integral part of growing up. I had the honour of undergoing a traditional tattooing procedure myself, and somehow managed to see it through to the end ( it is done in the traditional ways, no fancy machines, and is exceedingly painful ) :

    Clyde Cowley Pictures - P'ea Feature: Traditional Samoan Tattoo - Zimbio

    That isn't me in the picture, in case you were wondering. It was a very unique experience, and to me it most certainly not about showing off or making a statement; in fact I usually keep it hidden under my clothes, and not many people even know that I have it.
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    I'm left wondering if EVERYTHING between the waist and the knee was tattooed. Because some parts in that area are extremely sensitive.
    Speaking badly about people after they are gone and jumping on the bash the band wagon must do very well for a low self-esteem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    I'm left wondering if EVERYTHING between the waist and the knee was tattooed. Because some parts in that area are extremely sensitive.
    Strangely enough, this is usually the first question I get when I mention the Samoan tattoo
    In any case, the answer is no. Given the way the tattoo is traditionally applied ( think sharpened bones and a heavy mallet... ), this would be exceedingly difficult, painful, bloody, and would most likely result in the appendage in question no longer functioning as nature intended it to. Thus it is left out. The tattoo does end very close to its base though, therefore this whole generally area is one of the most painful ones of the whole procedure. Even now, close to two decades later, thinking back to that particular day still makes me shudder
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    Tattoos, then, you are saying, affect the individual's attitude about life? How? jocular
    I'm only saying what I felt about putting on a tat, not why everyone puts them on. Each person has their own reasoning as to doing anything to themseloves and just because one person does something doesn't mean that you have to follow along. Mine were representing my attitude about the Vietnam war and what I thought about it.
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