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Tattoo Etiquette 101

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Did you know that there even was a tattoo etiquette? Yeah, I didn’t either. 

Of course, that could have something to do with the fact that I don’t have a single tattoo…and I don’t really plan on getting one.

That being said, I don’t think all tattoos are planned and you never know what may happen down the road in life that may cause me to get one. I’m definitely open to it…even though my parent’s aren’t.

Of course, it’s my body and I can do whatever I want with it. I’m sure that’s how my grandmother felt when getting her tattoos. Yes, you did read that correctly. I have a fun, crazy, rebel grandma who has a few tattoos. And I don’t think any less of her for having them.

In fact, I think the tattoos along with many other things make her that much more fun and interesting!

But for those who do have tattoos, there are a few things that non-tattooed people like me should be respectful of.

  1. No touching. Come on y’all…even I know that a tattoo is meant to be a visual art, not a tactile one.
  2. Never talk about the money. I know it may be tempting to ask “How much did that cost you?” or “How do you afford all of those tattoos?” but just don’t. It’s very rude and definitely not your place.
  3. Don’t just hit on someone because of a tattoo. Nothing says starting a relationship off on a solid foundation like a snide remark about how a person’s tattoo is equivalent to a nice backside. I’m being sarcastic in case you didn’t notice. If you like someone’s ink, compliment them! Don’t be creepy.
  4. They are consumers of art, not artists. Although some people with tattoos may indeed be tattoo artists, the majority are not. So when you see someone with a great tattoo don’t start asking them a billion questions on the technical aspects of their ink.

Basically, understand that everyone has a personal bubble and just because someone might look different than you doesn’t mean you should burst their bubble. It’s not your place. It’s like how all strangers typically gawk at pregnant women. Just don’t.

If you want to read the full article on the do’s and don’t's of tattoo etiquette just click here! Oh, and did I mention my grandma also has a motorcycle. Yeah, she’s that cool.

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