Burning Questions: Tattoos - are they artistic and beautiful or tacky and ugly?

News Shopper: Do you find tattoos appealing, either on yourself or other people? Do you find tattoos appealing, either on yourself or other people?

TODAY we’re discussing tattoos – do you think they are artistic or ugly?

When you see someone with symbols or pictures on their skin do you admire the artistry of the work and the person’s individuality, or do you see tattoos as unsightly blemishes?

Do you think people should cover up their tattoos while they’re at work? Have you ever thought less of someone just because they have tattoos? Do tattoos look more attractive on some body parts than others?

Do you have tats yourself? What made you get them? What puts you off getting one if you don’t have any?

Whether body art gives you the needle or you think it looks really sharp, add your comments below. And if you've got any tattoos you'd like to share pictures of, you can email us with details.

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9:28am Thu 13 Feb 14

MsChevious says...

SUCH LAZY JOURNALISM!

Tattoos have never been "the domain of bikers and sailors" nor have they only just gone mainstream. Please see this well-researched piece from the BBC to see how you might actually have written this if you wanted to be a bit more interesting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/magazine-25330
947
SUCH LAZY JOURNALISM! Tattoos have never been "the domain of bikers and sailors" nor have they only just gone mainstream. Please see this well-researched piece from the BBC to see how you might actually have written this if you wanted to be a bit more interesting: http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/magazine-25330 947 MsChevious
  • Score: 8

10:13am Thu 13 Feb 14

Simon Bull says...

I'd respectfully suggest you wind your neck in as far as the lazy journalism comment goes. This isn't intended to be a fully fleshed out article about the history of tattooing. It's just a quick talking point for the day, a series of questions intended to provoke some opinions on a particular topic.

That said, I can see from the article you gave the link to that MY opinion about tattoos once being the domain of bikers and sailors may be misguided, along with the suggestion that tats have newly entered the mainstream. So I've taken that sentence out.

If you now have any opinions on tattoos themselves please feel free to share.
I'd respectfully suggest you wind your neck in as far as the lazy journalism comment goes. This isn't intended to be a fully fleshed out article about the history of tattooing. It's just a quick talking point for the day, a series of questions intended to provoke some opinions on a particular topic. That said, I can see from the article you gave the link to that MY opinion about tattoos once being the domain of bikers and sailors may be misguided, along with the suggestion that tats have newly entered the mainstream. So I've taken that sentence out. If you now have any opinions on tattoos themselves please feel free to share. Simon Bull
  • Score: -6

10:38am Thu 13 Feb 14

MsChevious says...

Well I'd suggest if you're going to be a journalist you do better than trot out tired, inaccurate cliches ;-)

But I appreciate you editing it, thank you!

Regardless of that, I've never understood why piercings & tattoos appear to be something which people believe they have a right to comment on uninvited. You wouldn't hear someone saying (I hope) "Oh you'd be so pretty if only you weren't so fat / wearing that ugly jumper / had that horrendous haircut / wore less lipstick" when they haven't been asked for their opinion; but some individuals think they have a right to be as nasty as they like apropros of nothing about people's body mods. Interesting.
Well I'd suggest if you're going to be a journalist you do better than trot out tired, inaccurate cliches ;-) But I appreciate you editing it, thank you! Regardless of that, I've never understood why piercings & tattoos appear to be something which people believe they have a right to comment on uninvited. You wouldn't hear someone saying (I hope) "Oh you'd be so pretty if only you weren't so fat / wearing that ugly jumper / had that horrendous haircut / wore less lipstick" when they haven't been asked for their opinion; but some individuals think they have a right to be as nasty as they like apropros of nothing about people's body mods. Interesting. MsChevious
  • Score: 11

11:08am Thu 13 Feb 14

Simon Bull says...

Thanks for coming back and sharing your views.

I admit to the outdated view, although it's obviously a very commonly held one going by that article. I think this cliche persists because, rightly or wrongly, it does seem like there are more visible tattoos out there now than maybe there were 10-20 years, they are more commonly seen on TV and when spoken about they're not viewed in quite the same forbidden, underground or taboo way they were previously, certainly when I was younger. When I got my one and only tat done 11 years ago it was seen as a bit of a maverick thing to do!
Thanks for coming back and sharing your views. I admit to the outdated view, although it's obviously a very commonly held one going by that article. I think this cliche persists because, rightly or wrongly, it does seem like there are more visible tattoos out there now than maybe there were 10-20 years, they are more commonly seen on TV and when spoken about they're not viewed in quite the same forbidden, underground or taboo way they were previously, certainly when I was younger. When I got my one and only tat done 11 years ago it was seen as a bit of a maverick thing to do! Simon Bull
  • Score: -1

11:20am Thu 13 Feb 14

Hk says...

Everyone to their own. Some tattoos actually look quite nice, some can be over the top. Not really overly keen on seeing someone's face tattooed but that's their choice. Im sure if I wasnt such a wuss when it came to the pain of it I would have a couple myself!
Everyone to their own. Some tattoos actually look quite nice, some can be over the top. Not really overly keen on seeing someone's face tattooed but that's their choice. Im sure if I wasnt such a wuss when it came to the pain of it I would have a couple myself! Hk
  • Score: 0

11:56am Thu 13 Feb 14

the wall says...

Some people need saving from their own gormless sheep type life. Most the people I know who got a tattoo in their teens regret it 10/20 years later. Then there are the people that get a tattoo because other people have. Then you get the Midlife crisis crew who get a tat. Women tats tramp stamps, stars, a dolphin, a fairy please just no. It's not original and looks bleedin nasty later in life the colour goes and the skin sags. Don't get me started on Chinese writing.
Some people need saving from their own gormless sheep type life. Most the people I know who got a tattoo in their teens regret it 10/20 years later. Then there are the people that get a tattoo because other people have. Then you get the Midlife crisis crew who get a tat. Women tats tramp stamps, stars, a dolphin, a fairy please just no. It's not original and looks bleedin nasty later in life the colour goes and the skin sags. Don't get me started on Chinese writing. the wall
  • Score: -18

1:43pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Citygirl83 says...

I have 5 tattoos, only two can be seen. I have personal reasons why I got my tattoos, I don't feel the need to explain them to anyone. I do get annoyed when people say to me they are nasty, as Ms Chevious said you wouldn't openly be critical about someones appearance, you don't like them that is fine, I do. they are part of me so don't offend me by telling me you don't like them, they aren't on your body so what is the big problem?
I have 5 tattoos, only two can be seen. I have personal reasons why I got my tattoos, I don't feel the need to explain them to anyone. I do get annoyed when people say to me they are nasty, as Ms Chevious said you wouldn't openly be critical about someones appearance, you don't like them that is fine, I do. they are part of me so don't offend me by telling me you don't like them, they aren't on your body so what is the big problem? Citygirl83
  • Score: -4

1:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Woopsthatwentabitwrong says...

I think that tattoos are a pretty interesting barometer of both our society and the individual concerned.
It's a fact that attitudes have changed and made them far more socially acceptable than ever before: this is the reason for my initial comment: not so long ago, the simple act of getting a tattoo was rebellious in itself, it mattered less what it actually was.
Now they are so ubiquitous, they become a fashion accessory, and less of a statement.
The positives of this scenario, is that you are free to personalise what nature gave you without the stigma: the quality of the artists, the ink and the expectations of the customer are all far higher than ever before:
This opens the opportunity of having some really creative, unique artwork under your skin. Just think carefully before you commit - they are with you for life.
The barometer, I refer to, is I find it disappointing when you see so many uninspired, common designs, when the options today are so massive.
The other question as to whether they are beautiful, tacky or ugly, rests firmly I believe in the owner, and the eye of the beholder.
I think that tattoos are a pretty interesting barometer of both our society and the individual concerned. It's a fact that attitudes have changed and made them far more socially acceptable than ever before: this is the reason for my initial comment: not so long ago, the simple act of getting a tattoo was rebellious in itself, it mattered less what it actually was. Now they are so ubiquitous, they become a fashion accessory, and less of a statement. The positives of this scenario, is that you are free to personalise what nature gave you without the stigma: the quality of the artists, the ink and the expectations of the customer are all far higher than ever before: This opens the opportunity of having some really creative, unique artwork under your skin. Just think carefully before you commit - they are with you for life. The barometer, I refer to, is I find it disappointing when you see so many uninspired, common designs, when the options today are so massive. The other question as to whether they are beautiful, tacky or ugly, rests firmly I believe in the owner, and the eye of the beholder. Woopsthatwentabitwrong
  • Score: 2

4:33pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Outandabout says...

In the next few years there will be an outcry at the cost of removal of tattoos from those who went that step too far, the step being getting one done. Hate the **** things. I like the slang term 'tramp stamp' but there isn't an equivalent phrase for men. Those horrible cliché 'Māori' tats that some men get from a cheap stencil look so cheap and nasty. The cliché is complete buy buying a 4x4 with 'warrior' or 'barbarian' written on the side of a car in deepest darkest Bexley
In the next few years there will be an outcry at the cost of removal of tattoos from those who went that step too far, the step being getting one done. Hate the **** things. I like the slang term 'tramp stamp' but there isn't an equivalent phrase for men. Those horrible cliché 'Māori' tats that some men get from a cheap stencil look so cheap and nasty. The cliché is complete buy buying a 4x4 with 'warrior' or 'barbarian' written on the side of a car in deepest darkest Bexley Outandabout
  • Score: 16

4:34pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Outandabout says...

You block the word 'd amn'? Seriously? Get a grip
You block the word 'd amn'? Seriously? Get a grip Outandabout
  • Score: 4

4:37pm Thu 13 Feb 14

ACAB_SE25 says...

http://imgur.com/fG4
BDVl

Wife had this done 25 years ago, only trouble is Mickey is now almost 2 foot tall now
http://imgur.com/fG4 BDVl Wife had this done 25 years ago, only trouble is Mickey is now almost 2 foot tall now ACAB_SE25
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Thu 13 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

Journalism? Leave the students alone, they got to learn and start some where. I mean this is a good try and probably writing this and researching this got someone out of a detention.
Journalism? Leave the students alone, they got to learn and start some where. I mean this is a good try and probably writing this and researching this got someone out of a detention. white rabbit9
  • Score: 11

4:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Bradt73 says...

Hi

I have three separate tattoos on one arm and am in the process of having a full sleeve done on the other arm I don't think you are ever too old to get a tattoo and as to what people think of my tattoos I don't care I don't get tattoos to be different I get them to be me and all to often I here people saying what do you think your tattoos are going to look like when your 80 well I think if I get to 80 and the only thing I have to worry about is my tattoos then I think I have done bloody well. Tattoos and body mods are addictive I'm now 40 and have no intention of stopping I plan to get loads more done and if people don't like them well don't look
Hi I have three separate tattoos on one arm and am in the process of having a full sleeve done on the other arm I don't think you are ever too old to get a tattoo and as to what people think of my tattoos I don't care I don't get tattoos to be different I get them to be me and all to often I here people saying what do you think your tattoos are going to look like when your 80 well I think if I get to 80 and the only thing I have to worry about is my tattoos then I think I have done bloody well. Tattoos and body mods are addictive I'm now 40 and have no intention of stopping I plan to get loads more done and if people don't like them well don't look Bradt73
  • Score: -12

5:06pm Thu 13 Feb 14

ACAB_SE25 says...

http://www.i-am-bore
d.com/bored_link.cfm
?link_id=63064&pl=ta
t_2

http://www.i-am-bore
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?link_id=65384&pl=ta
t_1


Some of the worst Tattoo's you will see today!!
http://www.i-am-bore d.com/bored_link.cfm ?link_id=63064&pl=ta t_2 http://www.i-am-bore d.com/bored_link.cfm ?link_id=65384&pl=ta t_1 Some of the worst Tattoo's you will see today!! ACAB_SE25
  • Score: 2

6:00pm Thu 13 Feb 14

ron.1952 says...

I must admit to my everlasting shame I got drunk this one and only time when I was in the Navy overseas and I woke up from a drunken stupor to find HMS tattooed on my pecker.
Now when I stand to attention is says HAMMERSMITH.

Ronny x
I must admit to my everlasting shame I got drunk this one and only time when I was in the Navy overseas and I woke up from a drunken stupor to find HMS tattooed on my pecker. Now when I stand to attention is says HAMMERSMITH. Ronny x ron.1952
  • Score: -36

12:08am Fri 14 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

ron.1952 wrote:
I must admit to my everlasting shame I got drunk this one and only time when I was in the Navy overseas and I woke up from a drunken stupor to find HMS tattooed on my pecker.
Now when I stand to attention is says HAMMERSMITH.

Ronny x
I bet it was meant to say hampster.
[quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: I must admit to my everlasting shame I got drunk this one and only time when I was in the Navy overseas and I woke up from a drunken stupor to find HMS tattooed on my pecker. Now when I stand to attention is says HAMMERSMITH. Ronny x[/p][/quote]I bet it was meant to say hampster. white rabbit9
  • Score: 15

2:35pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ron.1952 says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
ron.1952 wrote:
I must admit to my everlasting shame I got drunk this one and only time when I was in the Navy overseas and I woke up from a drunken stupor to find HMS tattooed on my pecker.
Now when I stand to attention is says HAMMERSMITH.

Ronny x
I bet it was meant to say hampster.
No it says HAMMERSMITH in capital letters. I'll show you if you would like.


Ronny x
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: I must admit to my everlasting shame I got drunk this one and only time when I was in the Navy overseas and I woke up from a drunken stupor to find HMS tattooed on my pecker. Now when I stand to attention is says HAMMERSMITH. Ronny x[/p][/quote]I bet it was meant to say hampster.[/p][/quote]No it says HAMMERSMITH in capital letters. I'll show you if you would like. Ronny x ron.1952
  • Score: -36

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