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    Seems like the early 2000s is when it really began to take off with the nu-metal and pop-punk scenes, and it has just progressed from there. I remember when I was younger, tattoos were seen as sort of a trashy thing, and now it seems to be high fashion to have 70% of your body covered with them. To each their own. I don't care what other people do with their bodies, but to me it seems like a sort of self-defacement. Also, I could not see myself getting a tattoo in my 20s and still wanting that tattoo when I am 40 or 50.
    Last edited by Pressed_Rat; 08-01-2021, 09:55 PM.

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    Having like one tattoo or 2 was popular for much longer I think, probably the 70-80's, but people generally got them in places that weren't immediately visible. The "sleeve" or having the entire arm or leg covered and the "tramp stamp" or the tattoo girls got directly above their butts became popular in the late 90's - early 00's. Tats also became more acceptable in work environments. Face tattoos didn't seem to become popular outside of prisons until this past decade.







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    • #3
      Iā€™m proud of my hawk tattoo I got on my upper left arm. A lot of careful thought went into it before I got inked. My only regret was not making it bigger.

      My memory of tattoos becoming very popular was in the 90s when lots of dudes got barb wire tatts around their biceps. This was such a cliche tatt.

      I have zero respect for corporate logo tattoos though.

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      • #4
        Love the "tramp stamp" tats. On women that is lol.
        mother moon -she's calling me back to her silver womb,
        father of creation -takes me from my stolen tomb
        seventh-advent unicorn is waiting in the skies,
        a symptom of the universe, a love that never dies!
        šŸ§™ā€ā™‚ļø

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        • #5
          Yeah I put about 2005 as when it got more "mainstream". Same with facial piercings. In 2002-4 when I was a teenager first getting a job, nowhere would accept having lip pierced, but at some point i started seeing facial piercings on shop workers.

          The tattoos I think look lame are when there is a sudden fashion for a position or style. Like a few years ago on the upper leg just above the knee, usually like an oval picture frame with a stag in it or something. Or men on their calf, I kept seeing that at one point too.

          I have one star on my foot and I don't imagine ever regretting it, but it's extremely unlikely I will ever get another one.

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          • #6
            Here is Crazy Town's 1999 album cover for The Gift of Game. I don't recall this seeming purely aesthetic like the Rolling Stones 1981 Tattoo You cover. I think it was fairly prevalent in Cali, particularly So Cal around this time.




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            • #7
              I don't mind them, particularly, but it's your soul, y'know. If you think it'll never change, okay.

              I've considered getting a backwards "J" over a scar I've got on the back of my left middle finger. It reminds me of Heath Ledger.

              But might as well use a pen, as far as I'm concerned.

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              • #8
                I think they are stupid ...but i dont really care what people decide to do to their own bodies as long as it doesnt hurt someone else.

                my buddies wife needed brakes the other day and asked him to do the work instead of me because she "didnt have enough cash to spare".....and then later that day she comes home and i find out she was at the tattoo place all day getting two huge tattoos on her arms ...no cash to spare on getting brake done proper but money to waste on that crap....

                anyways my buddy got me to do them and paid me himself

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pressed_Rat
                  Seems like the early 2000s is when it really began to take off with the nu-metal and pop-punk scenes, and it has just progressed from there. I remember when I was younger, tattoos were seen as sort of a trashy thing, and now it seems to be high fashion to have 70% of your body covered with them.
                  Same with clothing with leopard print :P Used to be for trashy women and spandex wearing heavy metal dudes Now everybody and their mom is rocking them

                  But.. pretty sure tattoos didn't got big via the nu metal and punk scene. It was big there as well, sure, but the tramp stamps or ass antlers were already mainstream then. It did become more mainstream in the 90s already, but started small.

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                  • #10
                    Tattoos aren't really for me, I have two small ones and wish I didn't have either of them

                    but I admire tattooing as an art form. And I think there's something poetic about using your body as a canvas. It speaks to the impermanence of the body. Never really got the argument that people will regret their tattoos when they're old. I regret mine because they're poorly done and I didn't take the time to choose either meaningful tattoos or a talented tattoo artist. But if you get a truly beautiful piece done by a real artist I don't know why anyone would regret it. Maybe it won't look as pretty on older, wrinkled skin but...old people who aren't tattooed aren't exactly walking around baring their wrinkled skin and celebrating it either lol

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                    • Jessica
                      Jessica commented
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                      Yes!! I've always said that.
                      "But what about when you're old?!?"
                      ...uh, I'm not going to caaare! Lol

                    • 6-eyed
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                      Also when your tattoo begins to fade and wrinkle, you can always get it recolored

                  • #11
                    I saw a girl at a festival and her whole back was this amazingly intricate picture in colour. I get that she likes it, but why not just have the picture on your wall?


                    Anyway weren't originally tattoos a sailor thing? Which makes me think, a foreign thing.. because sailors found all that stuff first.

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                    • #12
                      wait, is leopard print actually mainstream now? or is this just a dutch thing?

                      i'm another without tattoos. there's just no particular decoration that i would want to permanently add to my body. hell, i don't really even do temporary decorations.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Undies
                        wait, is leopard print actually mainstream now? or is this just a dutch thing?
                        It's so utterly mainstream here I thought it was bigger than just the netherlands. Could still be of course, and that the americas or just the US is missing out on this :-D

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                        • Jessica
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                          I have noticed no rise in leopard print, here!

                      • #14
                        No Tattoos Here And I Doubt I Ever Will.

                        I Just Don't Feel Comfortable Putting Something On My

                        Body Which Is Permanent .

                        What I Have Now I'm Happy With......

                        Bare Feet With 5 Toe Rings.

                        Short Dreadlocks.

                        And Up Until A Few Months Ago Pieced Ears.

                        But Then I Decided After Liking "Gauged Ears" For A

                        Long Time, That With All These Personal Covid Restrictions I

                        Have Plenty Of Time To Do Some Serious "Gauging".

                        I Am Now At 16mm (can poke my little finger through my ear)...LOL...And I Doubt I Will Go Any Larger.

                        Just As An Observation.....Checking Out "Cute Guys" Web Sites, I

                        Have Noticed Over The Last 12 Months Or So......Hardly Any Of These

                        Stunning Guys Have So Much As A Simple Pieceing Or Tatts...??



                        Cheers Glen.

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                        • #15
                          I'm only willing to get 1 tattoo. On my dick. Of a bigger dick.

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