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What do you reckon about tattoos?

(158 Posts)
nanna8 Mon 22-Feb-21 08:52:12

I don’t have any but 2 of my son in laws do and 3 of my grandchildren. None of them are particularly noticeable but I can’t say I particularly like them. I don’t like the ones that totally cover arms and/ or legs, though. I think they are ugly. Especially when people get older.

Calendargirl Mon 22-Feb-21 08:58:04

There’s been several tattoo threads in the past.

Some posters love them, some hate them, some don’t care.

Bit like threads about Brexit, Meghan, the Royal Family, TV programmes.......

sodapop Mon 22-Feb-21 08:58:55

I don't mind small discreet ones but like you nanna8 I dislike the 'sleeves' or facial tattoos. It's a very personal thing isn't it, some tattoos are real art forms but I wouldn't want one.

nanna8 Mon 22-Feb-21 09:01:28

One of my daughters once had a nose piercing and I told her it looked like a wart. She took it out straight away. Success!! Yay! She was in her mid teens at the time, long time ago now.

Hetty58 Mon 22-Feb-21 09:03:13

Tattoos? Again? I agree with Calendargirl -if we're scraping the barrel - try hairdos, silk scarves, favourite biscuits maybe?

FannyCornforth Mon 22-Feb-21 09:04:59

I think that this is best confined to The Arguments Thread nanna8
Perhaps you could get them to stop banging on about cushions (^please^)?

nanna8 Mon 22-Feb-21 09:07:59

I tried Fanny, I tried.. and I used to like cushions,too.

nanna8 Mon 22-Feb-21 09:10:10

Maybe ‘Do you rest on a cushion whilst you’re having a tattoo?’

Sarnia Mon 22-Feb-21 09:13:22

A bit of a Marmite post. You do or you don't, really. I was brought up to view tattoos being fine on sailors and nobody else. Not my thing but equally fine for those who like them.

Redhead56 Mon 22-Feb-21 09:16:26

I haven't seen threads on tattoos here before on Gransnet. I don't like them they are like graffiti they look scruffy. But some of the nicest people I know have them so each to their own. I see them as a tribal or gang identity so I don't really think them as relevant.

TerriBull Mon 22-Feb-21 09:16:52

There have been loads of threads on the subject about as divisive as Brexit. Personal choice I know, one of my sons has I think 4 on his arms, we hate them. When I was growing up they were socially unacceptable, yes times have changed, but wild horses wouldn't induce me to have one. I know it's deemed lofty to say this but my personal point of view is that they always look tacky and I agree with you nanna8. I think they spoil lovely limbs on young people particularly come summer and you want to get arms and legs out. If you've reached a certain age without them, can't understand why you would then get one. David Dimbleby and Felicity Kendall spring to mind, skin ages and tattoos disappear into folds and wrinkles, as for getting one on your back as DD has done, what's the point hmm I can't imagine he's going to walk around with his shirt off other than maybe on the beach.

I know some people tattoo memories on themselves, my husband lost a son and our son then had a tattoo commemorating his brother. My husband hated that, he told our son, "do you honestly think I need a bit of writing on my body to remind myself that x existed he will always be in my heart" However he accepts that our son is part of a generation who have to make an outward show of their feelings and don't understand stoicism.

B9exchange Mon 22-Feb-21 09:22:01

I was brought up to believe that only sailors and prisoners had them, and therefore to beware of any men with tatoos! I think they are incredibly awful, and so relieved that none kf my family have chosen to have any, but each to their own!

FindingNemo15 Mon 22-Feb-21 09:41:21

Discreet ones are OK, but the sleeves and neck ones make me cringe. I know you should not judge a book by its cover, but I don't think they help at say an interview etc.

honeyrose Mon 22-Feb-21 09:41:58

Nothing on this earth would induce me to have a tattoo. Can’t see the point of them. Yes, they are personal choice, but they’re not for me. Too painful, too permanent, too unnecessary.

yggdrasil Mon 22-Feb-21 09:42:53

I have one, and will have more once it is possible.

Hetty58 Mon 22-Feb-21 09:49:06

I love them and think the best ones are very artistic!

Witzend Mon 22-Feb-21 09:49:13

Each to their own, but I really don’t like them.

While renting a car in Cyprus a few years ago, on a very hot day, the young chap who dealt with us told us that he very much regretted tattoos on his forearms, since his employers insisted that he wore long sleeved shirts to cover them up, and he really wished he could wear short sleeved shirts to work!

mumofmadboys Mon 22-Feb-21 09:58:49

Two of my five sons have tattoos. I hate them with a passion and feel really sad about it.

nanna8 Mon 22-Feb-21 10:01:56

I think attitudes have changed a lot re Tatts though. They are more ‘respectable’ now but I still don’t like them. My SILs are both University profs and there is no way known anyone like that would have had one when I was young. It would have been considered a bad influence on their students. No one bats an eyelid now,though. My daughter has a tiny little triangle under one arm. No point whatsoever in my book.

harrigran Mon 22-Feb-21 10:02:11

I think I have posted this before, tattoo ink is the only ink that is not regulated by CEPE which means anyone can make it and import it. Basically you could be injecting almost anything into your skin. That is a fact, DD was a director of the association in Brussels.

BigBertha1 Mon 22-Feb-21 10:03:24

Still dont like them and haven't got one.

nanna8 Mon 22-Feb-21 10:17:43


I think I have posted this before, tattoo ink is the only ink that is not regulated by CEPE which means anyone can make it and import it. Basically you could be injecting almost anything into your skin. That is a fact, DD was a director of the association in Brussels.

I didn’t know that. Horrible horrible horrible. I shall tell my great granddaughter.

Puzzler61 Mon 22-Feb-21 10:24:47

I wouldn’t have one but I am fine with people having them if they like them. It’s only body art.
I think attitudes are changing and if we fast forward 20 years probably the majority of people will have them, not the minority.

Puzzler61 Mon 22-Feb-21 10:25:46

That’s scary harrigran, especially with the terrible consequences we see of sepsis and other blood poisoning.

Peasblossom Mon 22-Feb-21 10:30:40

The trouble is they’re so permanent. Myself I like a change. That’s why clothes and hair are such fun.

But once you’ve got a tattoo, it’s just there. No fun at all.