swtlilsoni wrote:I think it's kind of stupid that tattoos matter in the first place. Unless it's something horribly inappropriate I don't think people should care. They probably will care, but they shouldn't.
+1, although apparently butterflies are horribly inappropriate to some posters here
You get a tattoo on purpose --it conveys some message to the outside world about you. It might communicate just your art preference, a meaningful person/quote, or some affiliation. To me, it communicates an impulsive, uncalculating person trying to look tough/rebellious...most likely from low socioeconomic standing.
This view, while silly, is far more common than most people realize, even among younger people. And among educated, successful older adults (here meaning 40ish), I would say it's more likely than not that people will see tattoos and think "degenerate."
I don't say this to insult the tattooed (I have tattoos), but I really don't think most people in their late 20's right now (or younger) realize how much more accepted tattoos are among that demographic than they are even among people just a few years older. There was sort of a tattoo renaissance around 2000, and for those who weren't kids or young adults at that time, tattoos often still have the connotations of poverty, uneducated, criminal, drugs, etc.