So…about this new tat…

So I’ve been bugging to draw me my new tattoo for a while. And now that she’s doing it, I have some questions about placement, reactions, etc.

First, some background: this will be my third tattoo. The first one is a small lizard on my left ankle. The second is a pinup girl on my right bicep. The proposed third tattoo is a pinup version of an angel holding a cigarette and a beer.

reminded me to also point out that my back is kind of hairy. Thanks, Kim.

Please feel free to additionally post any input/comments you might have on this subject. Thanks all.

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~ by Matt Stratton on September 27, 2004.

22 Responses to “So…about this new tat…”

  1. It was too much fun saying, “YOUR ASS!” for me to vote for anywhere else! As a fellow inky person I say it’s the person not the ink that makes the man. (or the woman as it may be)

  2. Well I hadn’t really thought about this particular issue, but a female friend brought it up. She was the one who said the thing about “seeing female ideal” on both of my arms might be off-putting. As in, that might be interpreted as *my* ideal.

    She did say that if I had *one* tattoo of a pinup, she might not feel that way, but two seemed a lot. That’s why I’m getting extra opinions. I’ll still probably just do what I want anyway.

    And for the record, I had a sneaking suspicion YOU would be the one to pick “MY ASS”.

  3. Well I hadn’t really thought about this particular issue, but a female friend brought it up. She was the one who said the thing about “seeing female ideal” on both of my arms might be off-putting. As in, that might be interpreted as *my* ideal.

    She did say that if I had *one* tattoo of a pinup, she might not feel that way, but two seemed a lot. That’s why I’m getting extra opinions. I’ll still probably just do what I want anyway.

    And for the record, I had a sneaking suspicion YOU would be the one to pick “MY ASS”.

  4. you didn’t have a checkbox for it, but my answer for the 2nd one would be more along the lines of “bitches… who cares what they think.”

  5. Your pinup girl is a redhead and not totally topless, but I have had strange thoughts about having to take a Marks-a-lot to sensor the arm of one date if I ever wanted to introduce him to my mother.

    I love tattoos and see them as a plus, but there are some that scare me,..like really hateful or over PG-13 rated very easy to see ones.

  6. actually, now that you say this i can see her point. so why not get the wings, cigs, and booze added to the one you already have?

  7. :snort: Yeah I’m a dork, and proud!

  8. :snort: Yeah I’m a dork, and proud!

  9. She’s easily covered by shirt sleeves. Remember, I work for a stodgy financial institution.

    Discretion is always a factor in my tattoo choices. I still want to keep my job.

    Although it’s funny – Carrie was always afraid of what her parents would think if they saw my tattoos (they hate them all, it wasn’t even a content thing) and talked about how I would have to put makeup on my arm if we ever went up to their lake house over the summer.

    Which was just another reason I should have known it wouldn’t work out – I can understand not wanting to offend parents, but for crying out loud – I’m going to be 30 years old in a few months. I stopped worrying about my parents’ reactions about 11 years ago.

  10. Because it wouldn’t work at all. I have a feeling that the new one is a lot less clevage-riffic though (I’ve seen the sketch) probably because a) Amandapance is a girl, and b) Amandapance likes legs better than racks.

  11. My mother hates my tattoos, but I still mooned her to show her my new one. I think arm tattoos are very hot on guys, and the upper center back is also a fantastic place!

    Ink = hooray. I like designs just for designs sake. What looks good, not what has tons of hidden meaning, because when it comes down to brass tacks (God I love that phrase), it really is body decoration.

  12. My mother hates my tattoos, but I still mooned her to show her my new one. I think arm tattoos are very hot on guys, and the upper center back is also a fantastic place!

    Ink = hooray. I like designs just for designs sake. What looks good, not what has tons of hidden meaning, because when it comes down to brass tacks (God I love that phrase), it really is body decoration.

  13. The back would be good, except 1) I want to be able to see it, but more importantly 2) it would require a whole new waxing regimen that I’m really not prepared to undertake at this point.

    As far as “designs for designs sake”, I agree. The point I made when I got the first tat was that I wanted something that I would be happy to live with forever. And I’m fairly certain that for the rest of my life, I will like hot women.

  14. Wow, I have no idea what my parents think of tattoos. I’ll have to ask them sometime. Regardless of what they think, they would never openly disapprove of someone because of a tattoo(s). They are way classier than that.

  15. What happened to the Mac/Apple idea? Did you toss it out when they didn’t hire you?

  16. What happened to the Mac/Apple idea? Did you toss it out when they didn’t hire you?

  17. Yeah, that was only for if I was working for them I think 🙂

  18. i don’t like any of your survey choices, so i’ll respond in this manner.

    the issue i have with the bicep is, well, it’s too symmetrical. not only are the tats in the same place, they are pictures in the same genre (hot ladies). maybe if you put it higher up, like more in the deltoid region. i think it could be cool on your calf too maybe. but girls on both biceps screams “popeye” to me for some reason.

    so yeah, if i was dating a dude with hot chicks on both his biceps, i would be more irked by the seeming lack of artistic placing than feel intimidated by ink. know what i mean?

  19. Of the given choices, I’d go for the bicep — but I also agree with the Popeye comment. Have you thought about on your forarm, or possibly your shoulder?

    I got a tatoo the day before Larry and I moved to New York. I wanted something to remind me of Colorado so I designed a simple mountain/sun tat. I guess I try to understand what the picture means, and would have a hard time figuring out what the bear drinking, cig. smoking angel meant in your life. . . i know, it doesn’t mean anything, but it would perplex me if I was on a date with you.

    I think you gave yourself the best advice possible, do what you want to do, and let people accept you for who you are.

  20. Of the given choices, I’d go for the bicep — but I also agree with the Popeye comment. Have you thought about on your forarm, or possibly your shoulder?

    I got a tatoo the day before Larry and I moved to New York. I wanted something to remind me of Colorado so I designed a simple mountain/sun tat. I guess I try to understand what the picture means, and would have a hard time figuring out what the bear drinking, cig. smoking angel meant in your life. . . i know, it doesn’t mean anything, but it would perplex me if I was on a date with you.

    I think you gave yourself the best advice possible, do what you want to do, and let people accept you for who you are.

  21. I can’t do the forearm…I work for a pretty stuffy financial institution, so unless I want to commit to a worklife of long sleeves, it’s gotta be a little more discreet.

    A bit of more conversation with has made me realize that she might fit on my left shoulder, which could be cool.

  22. I chose your left bicep, because I think that’d be a better choice than your shoulder on the same side as your other gir (or your ass *giggle*), but I agree that it would be a tad symmetrical. I’d go for the left shoulder or calf as the lovely Miss Belcanto suggested.
    I like symmetry to a degree, but not in tattoos.

    Choosing a place for a tattoo is hard! I was all set to get mine across the small of my back, but then I found out that if a woman has a tattoo there, she can’t get an epidural when she’s giving birth. D’oh! I need the good drugs. I’ll probably do it off-center, or on my hip, instead.

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