People with tattoos are looking for attention and want people to think they have a "toughness" about them. I see someone who is not that bright with an inferiority complex and a low weekly paycheck. Drink beer, talk tough and fight. Not exactly 'The Land of the Mental Giants." It' s kind of a status symbol for the low I.Q. crowd.
I don't care how beautiful or classy a woman appears as soon as I see a tattoo she drops in the class level in my opinion of her. They make a woman look cheap, dumb and uneducated. I associate men with them with as uneducated and classless as well. They are ugly to everyone but the person who got them.
They look bad (except maybe possibly VERY small ones tastefully positioned), destroy rather than enhance people's natural beauty. You will almost never see them on highly educated people, those in senior positions, politicians or business leaders. Basically you see them most on low-life, the poorly educated or posers. Just look plain ugly.
I don't care if your tattoo is an expression of yourself. I don't care that it has some deep meaning to you and only you. I don't care what it is, it looks like someone doodled on your skin. It detracts from a professional appearance, its irrevocable, and all you're doing is rebelling senselessly against the norm. Come to me looking for a job. I dare you. When you want to tell me about how important your tattoos are to you and your sense of expression, watch me hire somebody else. By your appearance, you are not upholding the professional appearance I hold myself to, the same professional appearance I expect from my subordinates. By looking like you fell asleep at a party with your shoes on, you most certainly do not have that appearance.
Making permanent markings on ones body shows that the person who has them does not have an understanding of the unsavory history of the tattoo in the western world; or even why the permanent makings show severe short sightedness on the part of the wearer. Additionally, the distraction of the "bill board" like markings, distract from the outfit the person is wearing and just make a person look unattractive and dirty. Tattoos limit a persons opportunities in life because of their negative connotations and associations. 40% of companies will not hire a person with tattoos. One of the biggest reasons why they are negatively stereotyped too, is that they distract from then wearers "presence" and there fore are considered a nuisance. When I see a person with a tattoo, I see the tattoo, not the person.
Of course , people that have them will say they are not. I know they are and could not care who disagrees with me. I wont hire them either. Which is my right. They chose to low class their appearance. It is not my fault that people were unwise in their life choices.
Tattoos advertise that the wearer needs to get attention and doesn't believe he/she can get it because of their intelligence or personality. Demonstrates lack of self confidence. Also shows a predisposition to immediate gratification and a total lack of thought about the future. Have you seen pictures of old people who are tattooed?
What an odd question...yes, tattoos are negatively stereotyped. This is because 99.9% of them -- whether they are religious, cancer-survivor oriented, or the names of exes -- look trashy and/or out-of-place on the natural human body. My assumption when I see someone with a highly-visible, gaudy tattoo is that they were so unhappy with what nature gave them that they felt they had to out and augment it somehow; or that they have some deep-seated psychological trauma resulting in the need to (often poorly) express various sentiments (via ink) or are seeking control over the pain of some PTSD by voluntarily engaging in the painful process of getting a permanent tattoo of their OWN choosing. I've never looked at a tattoo and said: Wow, that person has really got it all together! So in that respect, yes, tattoos ARE negatively stereotyped. And no matter how many bad, common, cheesy tats these kids get, they will always be negatively stereotyped for the aforementioned assumptions people like me who are happy with themselves (in general) will always make when they see them. Buy stock now in tat-removal techs and business!
I am an educated white female. I have a prominent job at my local hospital but I stand out more than the other workers. Why? Because I have tattoos all over my arms, as well as my chest, back. I am covered. Strangers on the street do not know what I do for a living and when they see me, they gawk, stare, grimace, shake theirs heads no. It is as if I am a bad person because of my tattoos. However, little do they know!
Society, especially the older generation, tend to gawk at at tattoos and make assumptions without getting to know that person.
Remember that saying your parents taught you growing up-Don't judge a book by its cover. Society needs to remember this saying.
Unlike clothing or a hairstyle, Tattoos are pretty much permanent. You cannot change them when you get tired of them at least not without some pretty expensive medical procedures. Some Tattoos, particularly those with white, yellow or red cannot be removed at all, at least not without excession. What one might think is cute now might be very different from what one might think 20 years hence. How can anyone be so stupid as to do this to him or herself? I consider all Tattoos ugly and trashy. They indicate a degenerate person with low values. I put one on my arm when I was 13 and did not know better. I will ultimately have it removed. If I see one on a woman, it normally is an absolute bar to any connection or contact unless it is small, inconspicous and done a long time ago. I think of tattoos the same way I think of smoking cigarettes or taking drugs.
The only people that still stereotype tattoos are middle aged to old people today. Tattoos are becoming more common and less looked down upon in today's age unless your literally covered in them from head to toe. Now if your tattoos are offensive that may also be a different story, but if you have genuine tattoos that are part of you and mean something special theirs no reason to be stereotyped.
It's not that tattoos themselves are the epitome of worldly evil, but I must dissent from the popular opinion in this case. It seems the majority of those who bear body-art are not very "burgoise" and typically quite unintelligent. Many react in an apoplectic manner when their "ink" is attributed any criticism and most parents with tattoos that I've met are very poor in caring for their own children! In a way it's like criticizing one those "bands". Maybe it isn't the awful obstreperous music, just the awful obstreperous fans. Thank you for your time.
Many tattoos are obtained when people are under the age of 25. Did you know your frontal lobe isn't even fully developed until the age of 25? That means your decision making faculties aren't complete yet - yet you are making permanent marks on your body.
Did you know that over a lifetime, people generally change the way they dress, wear their hair and the styles they use to furnish their home? Ever see old pictures of yourself and think "ewww, I can't believe I wore that... Or looked that way... Or wore my hair that way.... What was I thinking?" Think that won't happen with your tattoo someday?
Have you seen old people and their tattoos - one word, gross.
Your supporting arguments make absolutely no sense! It drives me crazy! Every tattoo tells a story, belief, or holds a memory. What happened to "Don't judge a book by it's cover"? I'm sure you all have been looked down upon at one point in your lives, so why would you feel the need to be so cruel as to return the favor? It's truly disgusting!! I have PLENTY of tattoos, but you know what? I have done ten times better in school and at work than most of those who DON'T have tattoos. Tattoos are a way of expression, and a way to stand out in a crowd, to be a piece of art! I think the most beautiful people are the ones that have tattoos, not once in my life have I notice a person without tattoos, why? They blend in. I understand if someone gets something ridiculous, like a lawn mower, but a peice that means something, it's truly beautiful, as is the person with it. Inside and out, unlike you negative people.
Once upon a time only those who served in the military had them. Then civilians with questionable reputations got them--prisoners, gang members etc.--and now nearly everyone under the age of 50 has one. TV reality shows about tattoo artists abound and the art form has become more sophisticated. Even the older generations are beginning to come around and accept tattoos as a part of our culture.
Tattoos are more popular and acceptable then ever in the United States of America currently, especially among the youth. Non-offensive tattoos no longer always prevent a person from employment, even at prestigious jobs or jobs that interact with the public. Celebrities are often tattooed. Also it is much safer to get a tattoo nowadays without have to associate oneself with the "other side of the tracks".
No, tattoos are no longer negatively stereotyped, though clearly a lot of people with tattoos want to think so, and that's not a coincidence. Although now a completely culturally mainstream trend, a lot of people like to feel like they're doing something rebellious or edgy by having them (like white kids listening to gansta rap cruising around in the car that their daddy pays insurance on...), but that's long ceased to be the case. Once Hollywood celebrities and pro athletes started getting tatted everywhere some years back, middle America was sure to follow en masse sooner or later. What was once a subculture is now anything but, and the people claiming "discrimination" who only "came to the party" after it was safe and mainstream are laughable. Yes, it is true that some people DO NOT LIKE tattoos very much, but it seems to me that is most often because they don't find them interesting or attractive. That is why I don't and won't ever have any, anyway.
Because anyone who discriminates against someone who has made the personal choice to get a tattoo (as long as it isn't a swastika, etc.) is just as bad as someone discriminating against someone who has made the personal choice to be a Christian, Jew, or Muslim and I believe that is dead wrong.
Tattoos are personal decision and if you don't want to be judged because of them then you don't have to get them. The fact of the matter is that most people do want to be judged because of tattoos and that's why they get them. People want to give off some sort of vibe or image and they think that getting tattoos will help them to do so. Many people viewing a person with tattoos will think that the tattoos (if well done) denote "coolness". There are people who might negatively judge people with tattoos, but most of these people are part of the conservative right. There are also people who would rather be associated with someone with tattoos than with someone without any.
There are still people who view them negatively, but tattoos have become a right of passage into adulthood by many of America's youth. With that being said, the type and placement of the tattoo can be viewed negatively. For example, tattoos on the face still aren't "normal", nor are "rough" depictions.