Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tramp Stamp?

Unbelievable as it may be, I actually read about somebody who referred to tattoos as these. Tramp stamps. I didn't know whether I felt appalled or just wanted to bust out laughing. Although I'm 48 years old, I consider myself fairly hip and open minded to what is going on in the world around me. I don't like to close myself up socially when it comes to the trends that are popular with the younger generations. Tattoos have become the norm. They are permanent expressions of art, spirituality, passions and emotions. And I will admit that I am really glad to see this. As an artist I can respect the profession of the tattoo artist much as I respect the person who choses to engrave their bodies with blood for a permanent piece of something that is meaningful to them. I chose to have my first tattoo after a major surgery I had back in 2007 and I will admit that I LOVE IT. Everytime I catch a glimpse of it in a mirror as I walk past, I can't help but stare. I didn't decide to get a tattoo because it's "cool." I did it because I've always admired the art of the tattoo and it has now become mainstream and acceptable to have multiple tattoos on our bodies. I didn't think I still had to deal with small mentalities who would look at my tattoo and judge me to be a person of low character based solely on my tattoo. Tramp stamp? You've gotta be kidding me!

6 comments:

glorv1 said...

Tramp stamp? I never heard of a tatoo being described as such. What exactly does that mean? If you have tatoo's you are a tramp? That is stupid. That actually is very insulting. I wouldn't pay any heed to that kind of description. I actually thing there are some that look really nice. Take care.

Sacred Yoli said...

The "tramp stamp" comment is used all the time. (at least I hear it alot, even amongst my tattoo'd homies) The term refers to a tattoo that is located on the lower back, or above the chica's rear end. For a while, everyone and their momma was getting their tattoo in that region, hence the "Tramp Stamp" comment was born. I have lots of amigas with said "tramp stamp"

Dina said...

Ha, I just followed your blog here from the board, because I loved your reply so much. I could just read the judgment dripping off the original persons words.

Ick.

I agree!

catboxartstudio said...

I've never heard of this term before and I think it's hilarious! Bring on the tramp stamps, the more, the merrier! I can say that, I have a couple myself. I like my tattoos and I don't care what people think, what they have to say about them and, they can call them whatever they want. Tramp stamp is by far, the best I've heard yet!

twinkelydots said...

I'm not sure how I discovered you but I'm glad I did.

I'm also 48, an artist & a vendor. My husband & I do tie-dye. We sell in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area.

I wish we lived closer. I'd get some of your artwork for my store.

Rock on!

TheFancyChola said...

Well usually the "tramp stamp" is a tatt located on the lower back or upper crack...so your tatt is super classy..I am also tattooed..but sadly mine is so not as cool as yours!