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F.D.S.O.
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:52:31 PM

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After reading the posts on the facial mutilation topic I started wondering about tattoos. I live in Central America and I would say it’s 50/50 on tattoos some like them some don’t. How do you feel about them and people in your area and what about in other countries. Thanks for your input

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:57:07 PM

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Now I'm bit confused, are you living in Arkansas or in Central America?


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F.D.S.O.
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:00:48 PM

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Look at a map Arkansas is pretty close to the middle.

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:54:05 PM

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Ah, West South Central U.S!
Look at the map and try to find Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Where are those countries?

Those who want to take tattoos will take. I don't care if the rates are 50/50 or 50/60 or whatever. I know it's pop among some folks but that's their problem.


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F.D.S.O.
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 5:15:01 PM

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Woah...with the attitude buddy when I said Central America I guess I should have said central U.S. my mistake. I was just trying to start a new topic and it’s not "is Arkansas central America".

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jcbarros
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 5:16:38 PM

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JJ you reacted like a Hispano, hehe... :)
mailady
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:11:42 PM

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Well,yah.....I thought the same thing with Central America. I have never heard that term used to describe anything in the US. I would say Arkansas was "South America",if anything, as it is in the southern US.
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:04:49 PM

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Okay, we've all figured out where Arkansas is. Now, how do we feel about tattos ?

Not for me, certainly, but if you feel strongly enough about something to have it permanently etched on your manhide, go ahead. The ones that flum my ox are the full-face-boy-band-tat brigade, who ink up as soon as some celebrity halfwit snags their attention-deficit-span.

Then they're marooned forever on " I-really-liked-Thomas-Trent-D'Arby-in high-school-so-I-inked-his-face-on-my-ass " Island, with all the other 15-minuters.

If you're going to ink up, take a moment, spit out the bong-water and mentally picture an 85 year-old buck-naked Tommy Lee; what dreams may come must, surely, " give us pause ".

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Epiphileon
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:41:02 PM

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excaelis wrote:
If you're going to ink up, take a moment, spit out the bong-water and mentally picture an 85 year-old buck-naked Tommy Lee; what dreams may come must, surely, " give us pause ".
Applause Applause Applause

I figure we really ought to have outgrown tribal scarring by now, but hey a person's body is their own.

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TYSON
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:09:37 PM

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I preffer not to vandalise my body. If I like an image so much, I'll put it on a t-shirt.

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deebee
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:39:50 PM
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I think the discussion on tattoos is really well summed up by an advert we have here in Australia (which may be shown elsewhere) discussing the benefits of a brand of saucepan that comes with a lifetime warranty. It advocates the lifetime choices we make with some being better than others as the camera pans (no pun intended) out to show the elderly woman cooking with them and the tattoo she has on her, shall we say less than toned, arm! Probably similar to the 85 yr old Tommy Lee comparison but very cleverly done. On a personal note my husband had a tattoo on his arm with his wife's name. Of course this person is now his ex-wife so naturally it had to go! The cost of removal in comparison to the cost of getting a tattoo is prohibitive so a new, non-personal tattoo went over the top (well you just never know!), so just an additional word of warning for those thinking about inking personalised info onto their body!Speak to the hand
Casper
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:56:09 PM

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It says on the Bible, that we are not allowed to mark our body. From then on, I stopped myself from getting a tattoo.
NOthing against tattoos, but if you overdo it, it's pretty ugly. I can picture the antagonist from Dan Brown's "the lost symbol"

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srirr
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:04:58 AM

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Some like it, some not. Its a personal choice.
What I wonder about them who like it, is why they like and what they like. Getting body inked (or pierced) is a fashion statement. Why do they get tattoos in private areas that they can't even show to all?
Think


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Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:15:33 AM

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Once upon a time---, you only saw Navy Personnel with tats.

That Scan-Pan add is really good with the old lady with a barb-wire tat around her upper arm.

Young women with tats on their necks, just above their nickers in back, and breasts are are really yuck,

Tats are becoming a bit like a bum, every one has one.

I met a Navy bloke, telling everyone that he had a tat on the end of his 'old fella'.

I had to have a look, and I couldn't tell if it was supposed to be an ant, a fly or a bee, poor little thing.

srirr
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:23:32 AM

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Tovarish wrote:

I met a Navy bloke, telling everyone that he had a tat on the end of his 'old fella'.
I had to have a look, and I couldn't tell if it was supposed to be an ant, a fly or a bee, poor little thing.


Were you actually trying to look at the tattoo?


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Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:35:41 AM

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Well, I said "I'd like to see that", when he was bragging, so he showed me.
Alias
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 2:13:30 AM

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Hmmm sounds like there arent too many inked up folks here at TFD.

I had a mate (err, that means friend in Australia..(laughs)who had not long been engaged and they seemed very much in love. Jim had a contract to install computers in government offices in Kingston in the West Indies and would have the opportunity to have a holiday at the same time.

His fiancée Wendy was very jealous and was concerned that Jim might be tempted to stray. Jim pleaded with her that she was the only one for him and to prove his love and fidelity he would tattoo her name on his "old fella".

Wendy was satisfied with this as he would be sore for weeks as well.
Jim arrived in swinging Kingston the home of Calypso and Reggae..
He finished his work off and went out clubbing downtown.

He was having a great time dancing and knocking back rum cocktails. He went off to the rest rooms "to strain the peas". As he was standing there peeing a big Jamaican guy stood next to him and began to pee. Jim noticed something odd in his peripheral vision.

Full of rum and bravado he shot a look at the guys wedding tackle and noticed to his amazement that he had WENDY tatooed on his wang. Jim couldnt contain himself, exclaiming; "Hey bro you have the same tattoo!! We both have girlfriends called WENDY. Without blinking the "bro" replied
"No Man, mine says WElcome to jamaica and have a Nice DaY Whistle

I think its about time chickens are able to cross the road without constantly having their motives challenged!
Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 2:20:08 AM

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"I'd like to see that"
deebee
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:24:02 AM
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Is it my imagination or is there an awful lot of Aussie input on this subject?!
As I previously contributed I'm not a big fan of tatts (tattoos for the uninitiated) but 2 final stories which link with contributions from Srirr & Alias:
Srirr - I understand what you say about people having tatts on places that aren't normally seen, as I had a friend who was a Lincoln City football (soccer) fan (in my previous incarnation as an English woman). Lincoln City are known as the imps (like an English leprecaun) so she had a tattoo of one done close to her groin. This was done for her own & a prospective partner's enjoyment - mind you knowing the way Lincoln City play you'd want their tattoo somewhere hidden!
Alias - your "Wendy" joke is often quoted by my husband (I wonder if it's a bloke thing?!) but another one he loves to use regarding tatts is about the woman who dyed her pubic hair green & had a tattoo placed above it with a downward arrow saying "keep off the grass"! hmm must definitely be a bloke thing!Dancing
Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 4:42:08 AM

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I've heard the same story deebee, but there wasn't a sign, just a tatt of a little man with a lawn mower
GabhSigenod
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 6:03:32 AM

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I'm not sure I have ever wondered about tattoos.

Mise, tá mé lán de dea-fhortún.
intelfam
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 6:34:27 AM

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I'm interested in folks' responses to tattoos as I was pondering one to cover a scar (well 3 separate scars) from back surgery which is some 7 inches long. It looked quite neat until the last butcher joined the two existing scars and clearly knitted purl when he should have knitted plain. At the moment I hide it from anyone's gaze.

"The voice of the majority is no proof of justice." - Schiller
Ray41
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:43:14 AM

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Um,Aussie input,Think yes deebee, but as you posted;
another one he loves to use regarding tatts is about the woman who dyed her pubic hair green & had a tattoo placed above it with a downward arrow saying "keep off the grass"! hmm must definitely be a bloke thing!

The 'pubic grass' on the other side of the fence may look GREENER, but it is just as hard to mow,Whistle

While I live I grow.
Ray41
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 8:16:59 AM

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Intel, my wife has three massive scars on her back,one from her neck to below her right shoulder,a small gap, and it continues down to her waist.Other one is from centre of back to right shoulder,all result of a massive Staph Aureus infection 30 years ago. She was so self conscious of them that she would not be seen unless they were covered up by clothing. Took me a long time to convince her that the scars didn't matter,she was still the same person inside.
11 years ago she had a recurrence and after 3 weeks on an anti-biotic drip, which achieved nothing. I talked the surgeon into another operation. The infection was in the small area between the two vertical scars. My comment is,just as well there wasn't a tattoo where that operation was needed. Lots of vitamin E cream will help diminish scarring and reduce the raised tissue. My advice,for what it's worth, is to ignore the scars, and to hell with what anybody else sees [or says's].
I have several scars from arguments that I have had with machinery over the years,d'oh! don't even think about them. They do diminish with age though,Think

While I live I grow.
Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 5:22:15 PM

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intelfam, you could have a zipper tatt!

I have so many scars, and refer to them as my personal patch work quilt, they don't bother me in the least,

they are reminders of the life I have lead.

I don't and never will have a tat, I find them most disfiguring BUT interesting.

New Zealand Maoris have arm and face tats that are their heritage
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 5:29:45 PM

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Tov,
I haven't yet seen a Maori looking like this:




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mailady
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 5:56:54 PM

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OUCH!!
Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 6:22:40 PM

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That poor bloke/girl must seriously dislike himself.

Poor sad person!
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 6:47:49 PM

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I auditioned for 300 too; no wonder I didn't get it ! Oh well, one man's Mede is another man's Persian !

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HWNN1961
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:35:05 PM

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I respect tatoos that are a part of cultural "rites of passage" (someone mentioned the Maori above).

To a lesser degree, I can even understand a tat that is personally significant to the wearer.

Still less, those that get them for fashion reasons: I think a butterfly on a woman's shoulder will still be cute later on in life, but picture the guy with the barbed-wire on his slack bicep when he's 80, or the woman with the cherries on her cleavage when she's 80 and those cherries now hang south of her belly button!

The worst of the lot: those that clearly get them as a plea for attention...it's tough to describe, but it's like pornography, you know it when you see it.

"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong". (Knight's Oath, Kingdom of Heaven)
Alias
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:07:28 PM

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I think some of you may be missing the point with calls to consider tatts and wrinkled skin when you are 80yo. Cmon, do you think they give a toss what YOU think?

Do you think someone possesing a tattoo for 60 years hasnt come to terms with it.

With a face like a prune, ears growing larger by the day, hair growing out of every orifice at an alarming rate, everything not strapped down heading south, bits falling off, eyesight failing, hearing gone.
Short term memory a distant memory....

...and you think they are going to look in the mirror with their coke bottle glasses and say "My goodness that tattoo of the butterfly on my butt looks like a rorsarch inkblot....OMG How will I ever live with myself?

Tattoos and body art are de riguer....err maybe even passé..they are so common that attitudes have changed and generations of folk are inked up and have afew extra holes in their skin. The dam has burst, the genie is out of the bottle...
more is to come...

Its interesting how many of our more "mature" members graduated on this topic to comparing scars...war wounds of life...did I detect a certain laconic pride ...a mark of proof we were/are here...?

The scars that dont heal so easy are a little more well hidden ...on the inside.

Pax Vobiscum


I think its about time chickens are able to cross the road without constantly having their motives challenged!
HWNN1961
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:21:26 PM

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Alias, good points, but:

Nevertheless, not withstanding the disdain of the elderly wearing sagging skin-art for the opinion of others.

We're seeing it.

And geez, we are wincing in embarassment for them!

"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong". (Knight's Oath, Kingdom of Heaven)
srirr
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:52:42 PM

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HWNN1961 wrote:
I respect tatoos that are a part of cultural "rites of passage" (someone mentioned the Maori above).


I concur. You will be surprised to know that in many Indian rural areas, tattoos are common since ages. These tattoos are not fancy, colored or fashionable. Names of Gods or some religious marks are inked on arms, throats, sometimes chests. Wives often used to get their husbands' names tattooed.


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Alias
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:46:26 PM

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Hi H Dubya
Thanks for your support. However, can I enquire: Are you similarly embarassed for the aging woman whose mammalian protuberances have succumbed to gravitational forces or the mature gent whose ear moustache's hirsute hegemony dominates his now glabrous pate? ... I fear you risk the appearance of condescension brother H. Angel

I think its about time chickens are able to cross the road without constantly having their motives challenged!
Tovarish
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 12:33:09 AM

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Nah, its all a bit too deep for me Alias.

If I ever get the urge to get a tattoo, I'll just have to fight that pesky urge and buy another piece of jewellery.

That sort of body adornment I can handle.

I have a great girl friend who has a Dragon Fly Tat on her foot, glows in the dark with a certain light,

trouble is she hasn't seen a Disco Ball since the 80's, ha ha
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