I would like to say it’s my age but it would not be true - I don’t like tattoos & never have! I would not have one mainly because they are permanent - you are stuck with it.
I tend to associate tattoos with hard drinking dockers, sailors & bikers, with self inflicted coloured globs being the realm of “prison tats”. It is this association which would make me reluctant to do business with, say, a financial consultant who, on rolling up his sleeve, reveals a skull & crossbones with the motto “Kill 'em all! Let God sort them out.” I know that there is no rational reason why a tattoo would affect the honesty factor of a person but I would wonder why someone cannot think what effect having such a thing on permanent display might have in the future. Would you vote for a MP with LOVE & HATE tattooed on his knuckles?
More recently women have started having tattoos. Originally discreet little flowers or animals but now becoming less femail - rings of barbed wire round ankles & arms (very butch) or whole body coverings! It may say “I’m young & do what I want” but what does it say when you are 40?
And piercings? Where did that come from? I find it strange that a pretty girl would feel that the mutilation of her face would somehow enhance her looks. Quite the reverse! Then there are the middle aged women with a stud through the nose. It looks like an old zit but for some reason it is quite popular with certain women.
Tattoos are often referred to as tramp stamps & I have been enlightened as to why this is. It appears that actresses in certain genres of films not available on normal TV channels often sport tattoos in the small of their backs, stomachs &/or necks. Usually a stud through the tongue completes the ensemble.
I think that a tattoo should be discreet if you have to have one at all & much thought should be given as to the message it might send. A friend of mine in the early eighties, then a young, single man, went to a night club on the traditional “grab a granny” night (Thursdays, as I recall) where he met & took home a lady he met there. He woke up to a tattoo on the woman’s back. It said, in big letters under a picture of an eagle, “Property of the United States Air Force”. I wonder if she ever went to the beach…?
Tattoos on women are equal to graffiti on a stately home.