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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    It's probably not that they're suddenly ugly, it's that they're out of style. Tribal tattoos were SO mid/late 1990s. So the fad has just moved on.

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    I can't see the picture but I don't need to.

    Because I know that this year's fad is next year's embarrassment in American Capitalism's never-ending quest for novelty

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    Tribal tatts, barbed-wire, Chinese characters*, Hebrew letters*, faux-celtic designs, all seem dated and un-imaginative nowadays.

    *Unless you are Chinese or Hebrew.

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    I'd rather see a tribal then a rose, sparrow, skull, cartoon character, butterfly,... or any other way over done tattoo's.
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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    I made a beef about this before but stars in particular are terrible. Tribal signs are just as bad.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    As others have pointed out, they were faddish. They're an emblem of a particular time, and that time isn't the present. Maybe they can cover them up for ten years, and then reveal them as "retro".

    Does anybody get battleship tattoos anymore? That'd be retro and cool.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Wearing Maori warrior tattoos when you've never even been outside of the US, is a lot like wearing Dutch wooden shoes when you are not in any way involved with Dutch culture.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harke the Boeotarch View Post
    Wearing Maori warrior tattoos when you've never even been outside of the US, is a lot like wearing Dutch wooden shoes when you are not in any way involved with Dutch culture.
    I feel the same way about Chinese character tattoos on white guys. Massive pet peeve. I always used to say I wished an Asian tattoo artist would troll people and put naughty words on them since they'd never know the difference.

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    Perhaps Dutch wooden shoes will be the new fad? Or ugly jumpers?

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    I like tribal tattoos, there's a bartender at a club I go to that has them and it looks hot. I think it's a cool look for the chest, arms and back. But only if it's done well. I saw a guy on a nude beach once that looked like he had bad magic market splotches all over his body. He was an asshole too, he was nearby and a friend and I were talking and he gave that fake smile like he didn't appreciate out conversation, plus he was with an "it" that even naked we couldn't tell if it was a man or a woman, eventually we figured out it was an old queen man.
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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by xbuzzerx View Post
    I feel the same way about Chinese character tattoos on white guys. Massive pet peeve. I always used to say I wished an Asian tattoo artist would troll people and put naughty words on them since they'd never know the difference.
    That's why I always mistrusted the 'Chinese' bathrobe my Mum bought for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    Perhaps Dutch wooden shoes will be the new fad? Or ugly jumpers?
    There is a black person with six-foot-long rastahair in my neighborhood who wears them in the street, and also another guy who painted them grey and wears them with a tunic made out of a garbage bag... so I haven't given up hope.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by tombastep View Post
    I actually came across a blog that -might- have been posted on here where it had pictures of people with Chinese character tattoos that didn't actually mean what the person thought it did.
    I have made this statement before and after 6 years, I still want to get 虹色 on my right, inner ankle. I know that it means "rainbow-colored". Course the reason I do not have it yet is because my mom is vehemently against tattoos and I try not to anger her.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Hell, people can't even spell their tattoos correctly in their native tongue, from what I've seen. So it wouldn't surprise me if they got the "wrong" Chinese or tribal tattoo from what they wanted.

    I actually had a T-shirt made in kanji that read "Ignorant Foreigner". It was fun just because people who could read Japanese would hesitantly approach me, wondering if they should tell me...

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Tattoos, for the most part, are unattractive and not cool. Do you seriously think the average person gives a damn about your "creative" tattoo that somehow means this inspirational symbolism in your life?

    I kid you not, I once met this guy who had an initial of a name tattooed on his inner thigh because that tattoo symbolized the name of his dog where its head was on his lap as it died.
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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Believe18 View Post
    Tattoos, for the most part, are unattractive and not cool. Do you seriously think the average person gives a damn about your "creative" tattoo that somehow means this inspirational symbolism in your life?

    I kid you not, I once met this guy who had an initial of a name tattooed on his inner thigh because that tattoo symbolized the name of his dog where its head was on his lap as it died.
    I try not to be too openly judgmental because tat people tend to be really really defensive/quarrelsome about it, but I agree. I realize having a tat doesn't tell you anything about the individual but I can't help but see someone with big or prominent tats and get a certain trashy impression of them.. and a sense that they don't value themselves very much. It's definitely a prejudice but that's just the impression I have when I see prominent ones.

    That plus I think it's addictive because you can only very rarely find people with just 1 tattoo. They get another, and another, and want everyone to see and comment on them all the time.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Believe18 View Post
    Tattoos, for the most part, are unattractive and not cool. Do you seriously think the average person gives a damn about your "creative" tattoo that somehow means this inspirational symbolism in your life?

    I kid you not, I once met this guy who had an initial of a name tattooed on his inner thigh because that tattoo symbolized the name of his dog where its head was on his lap as it died.
    You completely missed the point.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by stacy View Post
    Jesus. I have stars, a butterfly, Chinese characters AND a skull. Should I just hang myself now or wait for one of you to do it?

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by stacy View Post
    Jesus. I have stars, a butterfly, Chinese characters AND a skull. Should I just hang myself now or wait for one of you to do it?

    :/
    No, you don't have a tribal tattoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stacy View Post
    That would hurt very much. Very very much. *shudder*
    What about a Cracker Jack tattoo? You could have a different one every day! :~D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Believe18 View Post
    Tattoos, for the most part, are unattractive and not cool. Do you seriously think the average person gives a damn about your "creative" tattoo that somehow means this inspirational symbolism in your life?

    I kid you not, I once met this guy who had an initial of a name tattooed on his inner thigh because that tattoo symbolized the name of his dog where its head was on his lap as it died.
    I think that's beautiful.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    I think people should be required to read this Dr. Seuss book before getting a tattoo:

    Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars,
    The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
    The stars weren’t so big; they were really quite small.
    You would think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.
    But because they had stars, all the Star-bellied Sneetches would brag,
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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by stacy View Post
    I have the name of someone I no longer talk to in elvish AND a Harry Potter spell as well. I think those trump tribal. I should just go ahead and get the rope ready.



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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    I don't relate to most of the "symbolic" reasons people get tattoos. Just seems pointless to me. For example, I remember every detail of every second of the room, the vet, the emotions on a loop in my mind, the faces of my family, the time it took to take effect, and the tears of resistance. My brain would explode just sitting there having "X Marks the Spot" tattooed on my thigh, just with the redundancy of it all.

    And yet I find it a touching story, in that it represents someone's manner of showing he cared.

    Mostly I find the symbolism pointless; I don't find one tattoo more "meaningful" or "authentic" than another. If as a matter of aesthetics you think it looks good, that is sufficient justification in my mind. I doubt I'll agree, but it's your hide.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by stacy View Post
    ^Thank you for getting the reference, I never know if I am being obscure.

    I don't think I'm better than anyone because I have tattoos. But I am pretty sure most of you feel you are better than me because you don't.

    I accept that.
    I don't think that. I acknowledged my internal perception when I see tats as a prejudice. I know plenty of people with tattoos who aren't attention whores or really trashy. But I guess just the way I was raised and the way you see tats in movies and stuff, I just always associate it involuntarily with bikers and clove cigarettes and awful orange hair dye and a lot of things that don't necessarily go hand in hand with anything.

    It's just a prejudice. I hope you'll forgive me if it seemed like I was judging you or anyone personally.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Tribal tattoos became worst when white people started getting them.

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    The tattoo industry has attempted to deal with the fad/fashion/how could I ever have been so stupid? issue by selling people on the idea that even if a tattoo comes in time to look stupid, it will remind the person of and commemorate a particular time in that person's life. The body as scrapbook, I suppose.

    I don't understand why someone hasn't come out with a line of great looking temporary tats. The temporary ones I've seen are hideous. I bet there's some real money to be made if done and marketed correctly.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    People just can't deal, so they hate



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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalFudge View Post
    People just can't deal, so they hate


    Where'd you get that, a fortune cookie made by Justin Bieber?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalFudge View Post
    People just can't deal, so they hate



    Quote Originally Posted by xbuzzerx View Post
    Where'd you get that, a fortune cookie made by Justin Bieber?

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Tribal tattoos are to the 90s, what stars are to the 00s.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Getting a tribal is so yesterday..... kinda like getting a Romney campaign slogan on your face....LMFAO

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    I saw that guy before in the news somewhere.... I can't even notice the tattoo because he has the worst haircut I've ever seen in my life.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Quote Originally Posted by maxpowr9 View Post
    I have made this statement before and after 6 years, I still want to get 虹色 on my right, inner ankle. I know that it means "rainbow-colored". Course the reason I do not have it yet is because my mom is vehemently against tattoos and I try not to anger her.
    Please double check - as is, 虹色 means red. 彩虹 means rainbow. There is no real translation for "rainbow-coloured" in Chinese, the closest would be "colours of the rainbow" which would be 彩虹颜色.

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    A Nazi-style swastika in the middle of the forehead is possible one of the worst tattoos
    ... but at least it acts as a convenient target and indicates where to aim.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    Tattoos aren't for me, but they can be rather interesting to look at; Especially when they have a story attached to them.

    I saw this last year. What do you all think?



    Quote Originally Posted by HoodedRat View Post
    A Nazi-style swastika in the middle of the forehead is possible one of the worst tattoos
    ... but at least it acts as a convenient target and indicates where to aim.

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    ^
    Manson? Charles, not Marilyn.

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    Re: When Did Tribal Tattoos Become the Worst Tattoos?

    ^Means, like tribal tattoos, they are unoriginal and "safe", with little to no meaning - the basic "go to" tattoo for a person that wants a tattoo but doesn't really want to think too much about it. Of course, like most "too cool for school" peons, the person HAD to equate gay with being somehow uncool. He also forgot the upper chest tattoo.

    When I see a guy or girl with tattoos, I want my eyes to dance; I want to wonder about the whys, I want to hear about the story. When I see it's a tribal band(with guys mostly) or butterfly wing(on girls mostly)... there's not a lot of mystery there. I'll pick on Wuvable for a second here - when I saw the gear on his back I got a big ass grin for 2 reasons, and the second was I wanted to know where the hell that came from. That's the thing I like I about tattoos that have some thought to them - and why I'm so very bored of tribals.

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