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To Tattoo or Not Tattoo? Millennials tell all

Posted on March 08 2018

Tattoos have long been a controversial topic, especially in religious circles, corporate settings, or most generations before millennials came along. It seems that thoughts have been changing in the past decade or so, and it seems rare to meet someone under the age of 30 that doesn't have at least a tiny tattooed symbol hidden somewhere on their body. While religious and corporate lifestyles may continue to dictate tattoo decisions for years to come, many are beginning to follow the train of thought that the only concerns you should have when considering your appearance or lifestyle should be “Is this hurting anyone?” and “Does this make ME happy?”

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One concern we think you should avoid is whether a potential romantic relationship could be affected by your tattoo decision. If you go about your life pursuing what you love, someone who appreciates those things about you is sure to fall into your life. You should never function the other way around, starting your day on the hunt with the question “what would xyz person like me to do?”

While discussing this, we decided it would be interesting to hear a few additional perspectives on potential romanic partners with tattoos from randomly chosen folks in the millennial generation.

 

Here is what they had to say: 

 

Joel, 31, Financial Trader, Straight Male

1. Do you have any tattoos? Yes.

2. Do you find tattoos attractive on women? Yes.

3. How attractive, 1-10? And do they affect attractiveness? They can be very attractive, so I would say 10. No they don’t affect it.

4. Are any tattoos deal breakers? If they aren’t thoughtfully done. Or a playboy bunny would be deal breaker.

5. Additional thoughts? Tats are interesting because they are a permanent thing on an impermanent body. They inherently instill meaning because of how painful they are. You have to suffer to get one, and generally you wouldn't do that to yourself on a whim.

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Gracie, 18, Sales Associate/Social Media and Marketing, Straight Female

1. Do you have any tattoos? Not yet, but I plan to.

2. Do you find tattoos attractive on men? I love them.

3. Do tattoos affect attractiveness? I would say tattoos bump men up on the scale of attractiveness at least two points.

4. Are any tattoos deal breakers? I don’t love tattoos that don't flow, and are very random and scattered. It looks like they are just getting it to get it. Your tattoos say something about you as a person so your tattoos shouldn't be random. Oh, and a girls name is a deal breaker tattoo, would not date.

5. Additional thoughts? The reason it bumps someone up on attractiveness is because when guys get them they tend to be more thoughtful about them, and it says a lot about them as a person to make that type of commitment, that’s attractive.

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Colin, 25, Lubricant Salesman, Gay Male

1. Do you have any tattoos? No.

2. Do you find tattoos attractive on men? Depends.

3. How attractive, 1-10? And do they affect attractiveness? I don’t understand the scale, but... 2 or can be slightly attractive.

4. Are any tattoos deal breakers? No.

5. Additional thoughts on tattoos? I think like attire, they say something about the person. If  someone gets a crazy tattoo Willy nilly that could mean they are rash or spontaneous or stupid or carefree. Until I understand the tattoo or understand the person, I can’t judge it/them.

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Dan, 30, Web Designer, Straight Male

1. Do you have any tattoos? I don’t have any, I don't know what I feel strongly enough about to put on my body for my whole life.

2. Do you find tattoos attractive on women? I am for it.

3. How attractive, 1-10? And do they affect attractiveness? It’s attractive, and it does bump up the attractiveness of someone because it's a cool indication that they don't take life too seriously.

4. Are any tattoos deal breakers? Trump related, incorrect spelling, anything that shows a trait or belief that I don’t agree with.

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Spencer, 25, Photographer, Straight Male

1. Do you have any tattoos? Yes, I have some-it’s cool to be able to artistically express myself, everything from the design to the placement, they let people in on what i’m all about, or they are reflective of the type of person I want to be.

2. Do you find tattoos attractive on women? Yes.

3. How attractive, 1-10? And do they affect attractiveness? A 6 or 7 on a scale. Seeing women with tattoos shows that they want to express themselves in some way, and it's intriguing to hear stories and meaning behind tattoos. Tattoos can be well done or not, so seeing a women with a well done tattoos heightens my curiously of what they are all about. A bad tattoo is a turn off.

4. Are any tattoos deal breakers? An old boyfriend, something grotesque or violent, profanity, anything negative or conveying a destructive message.

5. Additional thoughts? Tattoos are a cool way to get to know someone before you even meet them. They probe a more stimulating conversation about somebody because ultimately if you chose to put something on your body it must mean something to you.

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Megan, 30, Goal Coach, Straight

1. Do you have any tattoos? No

2. Do you find tattoos attractive on men? I don’t find tattoos themselves inherently attractive or unattractive, but I do like to hear the stories behind them. It’s unattractive to me when there isn’t a story or reason behind it.

3. Are any amount or type of tattoos a deal breaker for you? No

5. Additional thoughts on your like/dislike of tattoos? I guess I’m neutral on them — they’re not for me but they can be pretty good looking, and I wish it wasn’t weird to ask the stories behind them to strangers!

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Jon, 24, Customer Service/Business owner, Straight Male

1. Do you have any tattoos? Yes, I do. All of my tattoos have some sort of meaning to me. I also grew up skating and listening to punk rock and hip hop, and the cool people in those scenes always had tattoos. I was heavily influenced by them.

2. Do you find tattoos attractive on women? Yes.

3. How attractive, 1-10? And do they affect attractiveness? 10, I find them very attractive, but tattoos don’t make a person more attractive to me.

4. Are any tattoos deal breakers? Poorly done tattoos are deal breakers. To me, they indicate a sense of urgency—not researching to find out if something they are going to have done permanently is going to turn out well. It shows that the person may not think through their decisions fully.

5. Additional thoughts? I don’t think society should be so judgmental of them. I worked at country club and had to cover them up every day, and I don't believe that tattoos affect someones ability to perform a task well.

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Zoë, 20, Barista/Freelance designer, Straight Female

1. Do you have any tattoos? Not yet. I want some because there are significant symbols that remind you of who I am and where i’ve been, good or bad. For me, they would remind me of what purpose I have in life.

2. Do you find tattoos attractive on men? Yes.

3. How attractive, 1-10? And do they affect attractiveness? 10, I think they bump up the attractiveness of someone.

4. Are any tattoos deal breakers? Something that is harshly against my beliefs.

5. Additional thoughts? I think it’s becoming more accepted by society than it ever has been, and I think it’s because millennials are an influence on the world now. Secular and alternative thoughts are often different and are becoming increasingly more accepted.

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