Attitudes towards tattoos

Tattoo Arts Festival in Pattaya, Thailand

I was doing some research for a blog post on and came across this post titled “Tattoos: A 21st Century Perspective” by Kendall Goodwin which I thought I’d share. Tattoos seem to be very much an individual thing. I don’t have any and probably never will. Getting a tattoo has never really appealed to me and it is probably due, in part, to my strong aversion to needles. That said, my wife has a tattoo and I have a couple of friends who have several. I haven’t really discussed their attitudes towards their tattoos in much detail but they may agree with Kendall’s point:

The distrust/suspicion of people with visible tattoos seems to be a generational thing: I know lots of people’s parents who think that tattoos are only for hoodrats, but very few people my own age who feel the same way. And while there are some instances in which tattoos are an act of rebellion, I think they more commonly serve as symbolic art. People get tattoos to commemorate life milestones, to remember their heritage or people they’ve lost, to remind themselves that they can be the best versions of themselves, to say with art what they can’t say verbally. There will always be nimrods who get dumb tattoos that don’t mean anything to them, but for the most part, getting a tattoo is often more intentional and thoughtful than that.

I could give my views about tattoos and what appeals to me and doesn’t but that would be a lot like talking about how kids should be raised without ever having had any of my own (FYI, I have 2 kids and I am still figuring it out, probably always will be trying). I don’t find them repulsive and, for the most part, they fascinate me or appeal to me a great deal. I support my wife’s choices regarding her tattoos. I just don’t go through catalogues looking for one to have applied to my body.

I am curious what people’s attitudes are; why they get tattoos; what their personal rules are and so on. So, what do you think?

Image credit: Tattoo Arts Festival in Pattya, Thailand by Binder.donedat, licensed CC BY ND 2.0






  1. Angel Conradie avatar

    I have 8 tattoos, and I have plans for several more. Most of them are covered pretty much all the time, not because I want to hide them but because of where they are. And like most people, each one has a story and is a part of who I am.
    I have no qualms with others having tattoos. My own son has one on his arm that he designed himself. Our deal- since he was a little boy when I got my first one- was that he had to wait till he was 18, use a reputable and accredited tattooist, pay for his own and never tattoo his neck or face.

  2. Wenchy avatar

    Symbolic art. Love that.

    I have 15 tattoos. All chosen for specific reasons and none were chosen out of a catalogue book. 🙂

    I have decided to have a hebrew words tattood next…

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