Big girls with rib tattoos...acceptable or repulsive?

Title pretty much says it all. I'm a size 18 (US sizes), 230 lbs, about 5'10-11. I carry a lot of my weight in my hips and I'm wondering if I'm too big to get a tattoo on my ribs. I've already considered the pain, cost, and have a tattoo ready to go

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So, so far I'm getting tattoo/fat people haters. I'm not asking for your opinion on tattoos in general. Nor am I asking you to tell me to lose weight. I'm asking if the placement would be OK given my current weight. I've been losing weight and have lost 40 lbs already, my other tattoo is not distorted and this is my reward for losing and continuing to lose.

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  • I'm around about the same size and height as you and I am also thinking about getting a rib tattoo. My grandfather is an overweight tattoo artist who has been covered in them since the day I was born. Naturally, I have no problem with tattoos (in fact, I love them) or overweight people being tattooed; I see it as them not caring what others think about them and that person being happy with their own body. Hopefully in a few weeks time I'll have the design drawn up and tattooed onto me.

    Now, I personally don't think you're too big for the tattoo and many tattoo artists won't care either; they're doing it purely for the art and the money. If you have questions about it, you should see the tattoo artist your hoping to get it done by and ask him/her questions on whether it will distort etc. but I wouldn't see why they would have a problem. At the end of the day, it's whether or not you feel ready for it and if you want it.

    The fact that there are people coming onto this site to purposely put you down and tell you you're not the ideal weight is actually disgusting. It's low and gets you nowhere in life. You don't excel in putting people down because they don't look like you. No one looks the same, regardless of their weight or ethnicity. After all, our genetic make-up is completely different, so are people now going to stand up and say "you need to change because you're genetic make-up is not the same as mine"? No, people won't because it would be stupid. But it's just the same as telling someone to change their phenotype because they don't look like someone 'ideal'; its stupid. No one knows what 'ideal' is, so people need to sit down and shut up if they have nothing nice or helpful to say.

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  • Eventually you're probably going to come to your senses about your health and try to lose weight. And when that happens the tattoo is going to become distorted to the point where you can't clearly make it out anymore. Getting a tattoo before then would be foolish because it won't look like what it's supposed to anymore after weight loss.

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    • Honestly virtually anywhere on your body will have this same issue. Getting a tattoo before you've reached a weight you can and want to maintain for the rest of your life is a very very bad idea because weight fluctuation will morph it and distort it over time.

    • May not be distorted yet but after continued weight loss it will be.

  • reading your update if you are still loosing weight it might be a bad idea to get a large tattoo because the bigger something is on a surface the more it'll get effected with changes. perhaps get one on your upper back? from what I understand skin on your back doesn't move very much and you should be fine in the long term.

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  • The size of a girl doesn't make a tattoo more or less attractive IMO. I just don't like seeing tattoos on girls in general.

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  • Tattoos itself are fine.. just the problem is your weight, you really - really need to lose it and fast.. you weight even more than me for a great deal!

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  • i don't see anything wrong with putting a tatoo there . go for it

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  • Tattoos : when piercings aren't vulgar enough...

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  • OK..I won't answer then...):

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  • i wouldn't like it just because I'm not a fan of tatoos

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  • I don't think most rib tats look good (depends on what you get) and would say, to get it somewhere else. Especially, on overweight girls who are still losing weight. Why not wait till you've reached your weight goal. (btw rib tattoos are extremely painful)

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  • I don't like tattoos at all. Your size isn't important, so if that is what's stopping you, go for.

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What Girls Said 12

  • As far as I am aware size US 18 is UK 20 and honestly a rib tattoo while you're carrying weight may not look great in the long run. It may distort as you lose weight as everybody else seems to have said but the bigger issue may be difficulty the lactual artist might have on placing the tattoo on your ribs. I don't know if you carry much weight on your stomach/sides but if you do and there are any folds in the area the artist might not be place the tattoo straight and smoothly. and also the healing process may be more complicated than normal and end up leaving scars

    I'm really not trying to offend you in any way just trying to be honest. And yes a rib tattoo does hurt

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  • Hm... I'm no expert on tattoos but I think since you're losing weight at the moment, a tattoo there wouldn't be such a good idea because it may become distorted? But, if you really want it, then go for it. Your body, your decision. I just think it would be better to have it once you've achieved the weight you want. It'll probably be a better reward then. Well done on losing 40lbs already though :)

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  • If you're planning on losing more weight, maybe you should wait until you've lost it. A tattoo that large in that spot may look weird when you start to lose more weight. Your other tattoo may not be distorted, but you still run the risk of this one looking weird.

    If it makes you happy though, get it. The only person who will see it will be you and whoever you are intimate with. That person will obviously think you're sexy regardless.

    Congrats on how much you've already lost!

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  • I don't know if you have gotten your tattoo yet but being a plus size woman myself, who gives a crap whether or not someone else thinks you should or shouldn't get a rib tattoo. If that is something you want then go for it. If your married you should worry what other people think besides your spouse and if your not some one will love you no matter what. I am a size 20 and I have a good sized back tattoo and I'm going to get one on my collar bone tomorrow! And you know what I'm not do it to please someone else I'm doing it cause it's what I want where I want and I don't care if someone thinks that I shouldn't because I'm fat.

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  • It depends on what your midsection looks like. If you have any folds around that area, it's probably not going to look very nice. If it is smooth, go for it.

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  • The thing with tattoos is that they will distort, for many many reasons, weight loss, weight gain, age, sun exposure e. c. t.
    Personally, i'd say go for it!
    If it's a design that you love and won't regret, who are other people to judge you?
    There are always going to be people that don't like your lifestyle choices, be brave enough to do what you want to do :)
    And if it does distort due to you losing more weight, it can always be covered or worked with to make it better again :)

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  • If you're done losing weight then go for it, if not then wait until you have reached your goal weight or something that is attainable.

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  • gross

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  • I'm a big woman and I love all 8 of my tattoos. I get them in places they don't show due to my job. I have found the places on my body I have issues with look so much better with ink. It is your body and you should not need anyone else's approval. Be proud of your success and reward yourself. I'm sure most of the haters out there are pretty nasty if not physically they're hearts certainly are. But if you are concerned with distortion just talk to your artist.

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  • I have an upper rib tattoo (along the same level of my lower boob) and when I got it I was about 50 pounds lighter. I have not noticed that upon gaining weight it has stretched or anything. It looks exactly the same as it did when I got it. So at least in that position, I wouldn't worry too much about the shape of it. So I say GO FOR IT!! It's your body so if you want it then don't let anyone stop you.

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  • if you like it, do it.

    its your body. who cares what these other people think.

    it doesn't matter what your weight is. if you think it'll look good, do it. :D

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  • I don't care for tattoos but I don't think you can be "Too big" for one.

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