On this site and out in the world when ever I see or hear anything having to do with tattoos it seems it is 90% of the time met with extreme negativity. Like tattoos make you instantly a criminal, slut, idiot, douche, or just trying to be cool. I just don't get why this is. Can anyone explain to me the reasoning behind this prejudice? Tattoos don't make me any less respectful, hard working, or honest. I feel a lot of people think because you have tattoos your a lesser person.
Some people are just incredibly biased. I know many people with tattoos and none of them are criminals or sluts for having tattoos. I know a lady at my office that has a lovely flower tattooed on her arm, and it is very beautiful.
A lot of people like to judge too, it's easy to say something mean about someone who looks different than them.
The sad fact about life and society is that people will judge you for simply looking different than them. I was in the bathroom of a restaurant a couple weeks ago trying to get my nose ring back in after it came out when I blew my nose. I've had my nose pierced for a few years now and that's all I have as far as piercings go. It's just a small stud, but as I was in the bathroom this lady comes in with her granddaughter and started staring at me as I was trying to get my nose ring back in. My mom was with me and told her that my nose ring came out and I was trying to get it back in. Then the lady made a rude comment "You should just leave it out, I don't know why people do stuff like that" I could have and probably should have told the lady off. I am 23 years old and if I want to stick stuff in my nose I have that right, I paid for it. But she was just being ignorant. She continued to tell her granddaughter to never do stuff like that because it hurts, it's the worst pain in the world. When I got my nose done it didn't even hurt!
So I hope when that girl grows up she becomes the most tattooed, most pierced girl with crazy colored hair :) That'll teach her grandma to make ignorant comments!
The next time someone makes comments to you, try your best to ignore them, or even call them out on it. People can be so cruel sometimes and think that it's okay to make those kinds of generalizations.
Hopefully in the future people are more kind and less ignorant!
Stereotyping no different to me than stereotype that a nerd is a nice guy while the jock is a jerk a**hole.
Can anyone explain to me the reasoning behind this prejudice?
Criminal: influence of gang and prison culture
Slut: perception that she ruined the beauty of her body with a tattoo thus likely she's ruining the chastity of her body as well, perception that nice gals don't have tattoos thus she's not a nice gal, or out of desire to have some way to identify 'easy' gals
Idiot: perception that tattoos are low-class and correlating low-class to low intelligence
Douche: perception that nice guys aren't tattooed thus that means he's not a nice guy or perception that to have a tattoo you must be tough and correlating tough to douche
Just trying to be cool: perception that those who get tattoos are just seeking attention
I'll leave my personal opinion out of this, and try to answer this as factually as possible. I think the whole negative view of tattoos started way back when people were mostly christian/catholic, because of the verse Leviticus 19:28. The people who had tattoos back then were the sacrilegious people, so naturally they were seen as devil spawn. from there, the idea stuck, so when someone got a tattoo, even when it wasn't seen as quite as evil, it was considered rebellious. people got tattoos because they were looking for individuality. Now, it seems everyone is getting tattoos, and it is seen more like a race for conformity. quite a flip, but the older, more conservative folks still see them as rebellious, and many religious people still find it sinful.
Maybe because a lot of inmates have tattoos that represent their gangculture. So that's not a good start. Another reason could be because so many girls/women have tattoos on their lower back that have absolutely no meaning, so there's the tramp stamp they'll regret within the year. A lot of people want a tattoo because other people have them and it makes them look badass.
That's what I think the reason is. I think tattoos are awesome and a piece of art on your body, it can be a representation of what the person has been through, where they get their strength from, a memory of a person/animal/event that meant a lot to them, ...
Plus I think they look great if it has meaning and if they're done good.
in my humble opinion, I think guys with arm tattoos are incredibly sexy. it's even more sexier when it's on a guy that you wouldn't really expect to have one, like a really shy or a guy with nerdy interests.
a good bit of people on this site. don't have sex, do drugs, or have tats. there nerds basically, they like to commiserate with each other so they can feel like there decisions are the right and only choices a person should make with there life. if your doing something different, then something is automatically wrong with you. judgy haters.
I don't know I just don't like it... it's not my style... but of course tattoos don't make you a lesser person because some people do it because they consider it as a form of art.
i have never noticed abnormal large amounts of prejudice but I think it is because lots of people get really stupid tattoos and many people at least where I am from spend hundreds of dollars on tattoos and hardly mean anything worht enough to put it on your body permanently but they do it instead of paying child support or properly taking care of themselves and their children. that is when it bothers me but I will never be disrespectful or prejudice, I just at the most may be annoyed
First of all, I like a nice tattoo and maybe would even take one myself at some point, so don't shoot the messenger.
Tattoos are a statement. In some way you are saying: I don't care what others think, I did this for me. You are going to be stuck with it your entire life and stand by that. It is the pinnacle of an opinion, an extreme. Tattoos represent extreme love, extreme hate, extreme admiration. This will always be a reason for others to judge you.
I like my country, but a tattoo of my flag would make me think a person was a fanatic, maybe even hating foreigners. I like monogamy, but a tattoo of ones partner makes me think they are either naive or desperate or obsessed. I like flowers or funny tribal looking shapes, but a tattoo like that makes me think that that person is shallow and unoriginal.
You are wearing your heart on your sleeve with a tattoo and people don't like strong opinions or strong personalities, so they will treat you differently.
Having tattoos/piercings/etc used to make it extremely difficult to get a white-collar job, which meant that people with tattoos were typically from the lower / criminal classes (plus tattoos were commonly used to show gang affiliation etc).
Because of that, middle-class people started getting tattoos in order to appear rebellious.
Nowadays, tattoos are so mainstream that having one is about as rebellious as wearing a pair of jeans from The Gap - and so they are no longer "edgy" or cool (you may as well go buy yourself a Justin Bieber t-shirt to go with those Gap jeans).