Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tattoo…sexy or stupid?





I can still remember that phone call from daughter. Guess where I am!

There should be a law against any child anywhere ever starting a conversation with those four words. My son used them when he was in Vegas. Do you know how much trouble there is for a young guy to get into in Vegas! He did it again in New Orleans. Even more trouble there! Any wonder I am totally gray!

But I digress, we’re talking about my daughter and where the heck she was that she shouldn’t have been. This time it was the tattoo parlor...or whatever it’s called!

Sweet Jesus! She was getting a rose tattoo on her back. The back I washed and dried and powdered and put sun block on was now decorated with a tattoo. Would you like to know how nice that didn’t look with a beautiful wedding dress...but I digress again. Kids!

A lot of celebs have tatts. Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Keith Urban and a ton of others. Some are so hot and others what the hell were they thinking!

Tattoos sometimes mark you as part of a club...or a gang. In Iced Chiffon the scum-sucking, no-good, low-rent but to die for handsome Walker Boone has a tatt, a 17. In his pubescent years  Walker Boone was part of the Seventeenth Street gang. Now he’s older, wiser and... well you can take the boy out of the hood but the other way around not so much.

What about the hero in your books? Should he or she have a tattoo? Do you find it sexy? And what about the heroine? Personally I love the hidden tatt where when making love there it is. A little extra zip to an already zippy situation.

Do you have a tatt? Where? Why? Ever want to get it off?

Weigh in on this and I’ll give away two of my romances from my other life as Dianne Castell. Remember to check back to see if you won a book. :-) 


45 comments:

annette blanchard said...

No tattoos here. I just can't wrap my mind around allowing someone to sew on my body with ink.

Felicia S said...

I have two tats: both in hidden areas where it doesn't conflict with my corporate image at work. Both oddly based on romance book covers that I loved and both I got in my late 20s. I am not in my early-40s and I don't regret it at all.

Grandma Cootie said...

The logical part of me says well, it's nobody else's business, it's okay. But the girly part of me says ugh, who would want that on your body and volunteering to be stuck with needles . . . nope. And the mom/grandma/great-grandma part of me thinks (but doesn't say) OMG, what were you thinking, do you have any idea how low that tattoo will have slipped in 40 years, you are so beautiful/handsome already, blah blah blah. But in a book, yep, that's fine. I can always just close the book ;-).

Annette said...

No tattoos for me. I am afraid of needles.

katherine is love said...

I don't have any tattoos. I am 27 and I think at this point in my life I won't get any. I have nothing against them however, and often admire other people's body art. But they just aren't for me.

Book Dragon said...

There have been several tattoos that I liked but they didn't mean enough to me to get them. I like the idea of the hidden/private ones.

Some are sexy, some are not. I do not mind either way in my books but do with my visuals.

I understand the wedding dress thing

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Annette. I so agree. Getting jabbed with a needle is not one of my things at all!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Felicia. the hidden ones are so neat…only for your and someone special.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Grandma Cootie. Too funny. What looks great at twenty or thirty doesn’t look so great at sixty no matter much gym time you put in. LOL. But I do think it’s sexy on a hero in a book…depending on the tatt.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh. Annette. We are so kindred spirits. :-)

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Katherine. I’ve seen some really neat ones too. I watch White Collar and Diane on the show has a really sexy one on her arm.

Anonymous said...

Yep ... I got me one when I was somewhere in my 50's (don't remember the exact year). It's a small design I found and liked and is on my arm, right where my watch sits, so I can show it when I want or cover it when I want. I don't regret it one little bit.

Duffy Brown said...

Yes, they pretty much are forever. If they mean something…like Army buddies etc then I can see the point. And they work well in a book if it’s a hot character.

Duffy Brown said...

What a great idea for showing it off…or not. :-) I like the small ones best too.

Elizabeth Reeves said...

I do not have any tattoos. However, I have been contemplating it, lately. I think I would like something small, and mostly hidden. I do not like large and obvious tattoos.

Anonymous said...

I don't have any tattoos. I think it is an individual's decision and no one should judge those who get tattoos. There are good ones out there and bad ones I have seen. I personally don't think they will look good on anyone once they are in their 70's and 80's.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Elizabeth. I so agree. Something small…now if they just didn’t have to use needles! ;-)

Duffy Brown said...

The sagging aspect does tend to ruin the image. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Here’s a little something I found. Seems tatt removing is waaaay up. I’m sure it’s like names of ex-mate etc that lead the list. http://living.msn.com/style-beauty/makeup-skin-care-hair-tips/tattoo-removal-is-up-440-percent-cash-in-your-wallet-is-down

Karen in Ohio said...

None here, and none likely for me, either. When I was in my 20's I was the manager of an upscale maternity store here in Cincinnati (do you remember Lady Madonna in Kenwood in the 70's, D?). One of our customers had a butterfly tattoo on her tummy, and with her blooming belly it was weirdly distorted. That turned me off, and I've never wanted to add anything to my body forever. I can't imagine what I would choose to live with for the rest of my life. And it doesn't surprise me to know that people are getting rid of them like crazy.

But my sister and her husband have matching tatts--the most recent were spiders, for some unknown reason. And a nephew has more than a dozen. My youngest daughter has one on the inside of one ankle of a dove with a yellow ribbon and the initials of her aunt, who died of ovarian cancer. Sweet, but her aunt would have been horrified at the gesture. frankly. I suspect she will end up getting rid of it at some point, too.

LD Masterson said...

Not for me thanks. My niece has a decorative band tattooed around her upper arm. At her wedding, she wore a sleeveless dress and tried to cover the band with heavy makeup. It looked like a tattoo wearing heavy makeup.

Vicki said...

The funny thing about tattoos. Of my 8 nieces and nephews over 18 - the 4 girls have tattoos and the 4 boys not. The girls on their 18th birthday's went and got tattoos! Too weird. I see no advantage to it.

One of my nieces has a line of script about 6 inches long on her upper thigh. There is no concealing that since she wears short short shorts. All the other tattoos that I'm aware of are smaller and in more discrete places.

As for me...no, I almost fainted just having my ears pierced when I was 14. No way am I letting a needle approach me for more than a medical procedure and even then it is with extreme reluctance that I allow that. Just imagine the horrors of having allergy shots for 10 years when needles give you the heebies.

Suzanne said...

I always wanted one but don't like needles or pain. My niece has 2 and one will show with her wedding dress but maybe her hair will cover it part of the time.

Robyn K said...

I have several tattoos on my leg and my back. I would never get rid of them because they each represent someone or something in my life :)

Anonymous said...

Remember the Bob Newhart Show from the '70s? The receptionist was explaining to Bob that she needed time off from work to have a tattoo removed. It was a butterfly on her bum. "That must be beautiful," he says tactfully. "Bob, when I was fat, it was beautiful. Now it looks like a flying prune."

I can't imagine getting something so permanent, painful, and expensive done.

JennDian said...

No tats for me. I'd admire body art on others, but as a former cutter I can't purposefully inflict more pain onto myself. I'm also ADD. I can't think of a design that I'd want to have with me for the rest of my life!

lavendersbluegreen said...

I do, it is lovely. I designed a tattoo for my bio mother, bio sister, and I to share. It is a Celtic sisterhood knot which is also the shape of a Magen David... plus there is the word sisterhood in Hebrew underneath the knotwork. I love it.

Rachelle21 said...

No tats. But, I have a new scar that everyone says looks good.

Anonymous said...

My daughter has always been obsessed with tatts. She wanted a real tattoo for her 5th birthday!! (At that point she still listened to me when I said no...) By the time she was 11-12 it was a weekly shouting battle, no matter what reasoning I gave her. I finally said enough, if you wait until you're 16, and until then I don't even hear the word tattoo, and you still want one, then I'll go with you and we'll both get one. That finally shut her up. When she turned 16 she said she wanted one but didn't know what. I told her to be very sure. It took her over a year, but she decided and we both went and got. It hurt, but less than I was afraid it would!

I like tatts, I wouldn't mind another one or even two. But small and, like the one I have, where I can hide them if I want or show them off if I want... Daughter already has another, with plans for more.

There are some really bad ones out there, but also a lot that I really like. Some totally baffle me. What I just don't get are those who tattoo "makeup" on their faces/eyes. Yikes!

Barbara T. said...

I think they are creepy. You don't see a bumper sticker on a Ferrari. Not easy to erase or undo either. Normally I don't voice my opinion on this subject, but you asked.

Anne Lovell said...

The tattoos I've seen have not been small, so much skin used. Sure, some say it's art and I could see someone getting one to hide an ugly scar but no, not for me. First thing I think with the younger women, how will they get a job with that in plain sight? and who will take them seriously in a professional job?

Laura Collins said...

I have two tattoos, a dream catcher on my back shoulder to represent my Indian heritage , and I have a half moon and stars on my ankle, my oldest daughter actually drew moon and stars tattoo that I have. I have always told my daughters that I love them to the moon and more then all of the stars in the sky. So when she drew it I had to make it into a tattoo. I LOVE both of my tattoos and they represent meaningful things in my life. I do want another one, it is going to be a book with the pages turning into butterflies, it will go on my back. I love reading and love butterflies, so I want to incorporate both of those together.

Laura Collins said...

When I got re-married I purposely picked out a wedding dress that would show my tattoo. :) I have a dream catcher on my shoulder blade and it represents my Indian heritage . I waited until I was 35 before I got my first tattoo. :)

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Robyn. I love that. The best tattoos of all are the ones that are truly personal.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Anonymous. I looove Bob Newhart. Darrel and Darrel. LOL.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, JennDian. My daughter was a cutter. Wish I’d known about it at the time. High school was no picnic for her at all.

Duffy Brown said...

I looove it!!! Well done!

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Rachelle, you are too funny! All my scars are really icky. Lucky you!

Duffy Brown said...

A mother daughter event it is. Love it. Something jus the two of you share. I cannot imagine getting a tatt of eyeliner. Sooo close to the eyes. Yikes and double yikes!

Duffy Brown said...

Love your opinion about the Ferrari. :-) The permanence factor sure is something to consider. I’d like a six month tattoo. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

The job factor sure plays into it. Many employers don’t like the body art thing at all. If you get one you can cover up that might work.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Laura, these are really great tattoos. Both so persona and meaningful. I never thought about ones you design yourself. Terrific idea…so much better than picking one out of a book.

Duffy Brown said...

Thanks for chatting!! The two winners of my romance books are:
Barbara T and JennDian.
Please email me along with anyone wanting Pearls and Poison goodies DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your mailing address. See you all next Wednesday.

Tonya Kappes said...

I don't have a tattoo. Nowadays, you're not normal if you don't. I heard my kids saying that not having a tattoo is now the cool thing. STRANGE!

Pink2 said...

I have a panther on my upper arm - matches the one my husband has. I don't plan on getting any more.