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With a few exceptions, beautiful people don't get tattoos.

Or excessive piercings. Or overly trendy haircuts.

They don't need any of that.

You know I'm right.

by Anonymousreply 8805/23/2013

I have to agree with this one. Megan Fox is the exception. This applies to older people. Not so much to younger people because tatts have seen mainstream popularity in the past decade.

by Anonymousreply 105/21/2013

Have you seen David Beckham?!

by Anonymousreply 205/21/2013

Wrong. Look at Tommy Lee. The guy is naturally gorgeous, but he makes himself ugly with all of those tatoos.

by Anonymousreply 305/21/2013

It's a lot more complicated than that, OP. It's how the person feels about himself/herself, regardless of how objectively beautiful they are. My opinion is that anyone who gets a tattoo must have some fairly serious problems in terms of self-worth, insecurity, sexuality, etc.

by Anonymousreply 405/21/2013

I think he's almost perfect looking. Why did he have to ruin it?

by Anonymousreply 505/21/2013

not always. Google "Suicide Girls" images..

by Anonymousreply 605/21/2013

I think you pro-tattoo people should stick with David Beckham as your example, not that creepy looking Tommy Lee.

by Anonymousreply 705/21/2013

Why do all the guys she chose have gayface?

by Anonymousreply 805/21/2013

[quote]You know I'm right.

I can honestly say no, I dont know you're right.

by Anonymousreply 905/21/2013

I feel like to most DLers the word "tattoo" doesn't actually mean a tattoo. Whenever you read the word "tattoo" you imagine a full sleeve or something similarly drastic.

by Anonymousreply 1005/21/2013

It's probably true - those of us that are average, or maybe just not conventionally attractive, likely had to find other ways to compete with the automatically pretty - maybe we had to become funny, or muscular, or really good at our jobs. Maybe we needed an edge, or a way to express ourselves that hopefully got us laid.

by Anonymousreply 1105/21/2013

Not only are you right, it goes even further than you state. When the ugly get tats and piercings they look even uglier. A beauty will survive a few body degradations but the ugly will not.

by Anonymousreply 1205/21/2013

I know that a gay bar is not representative of life, but the next time you're in one take a good look around. The guys who have funky hairstyles, tats, piercings, funky glasses, etc. are usually plain, nerdy, or fat. Or just otherwise kind of unattractive. The really good looking guys are just .... good looking. They don't need to accessorize to create visual interest. They ARE visual interest.

Lots of plain-looking guys take to working out and bulking up. And that works for them. It makes them physically appealing. Lots of good-looking men work out too but there's not as much of a need to "improve" their appeal.

by Anonymousreply 1305/21/2013

Tommy Lee?!?!? WTF? Who ARE you people???

by Anonymousreply 1405/21/2013

I can think of numerous beautiful people who have tattoos, including some spectacularly unfortunate tattoos. What they all have in common is that they are as dumb as a box of hair

by Anonymousreply 1505/21/2013

I wonder what Angelina Jolie's giant cross tattoo looks like these days.

by Anonymousreply 1605/21/2013

What about black people with tattoos? Tattoos are a white thing. It's like white people with dreadlocks or cornrows. Which reminds me of black people who dye their hair blonde.

by Anonymousreply 1705/21/2013

John F. Kennedy, Jr. disproves that, OP.

by Anonymousreply 1805/21/2013

Tommy Lee is hardly gorgeous. Take away all the tattoos and crap, he looks like a straight up white trash redneck. The tattoos and piercings actually detract from that, which is good.

by Anonymousreply 1905/21/2013

[quote]I feel like to most DLers the word "tattoo" doesn't actually mean a tattoo.

You're so right. I picture Herve Vellechaize.

by Anonymousreply 2005/21/2013

You're right. I don't even wear any jewelry/watch/earring/bracelet/dick piercing/etc.

by Anonymousreply 2105/21/2013

No OP you are wrong - except for gorgeous Michael Lucas, most gay or straight porn star and you will find tattoos.

Good looking hunky men like Charles Dera, Topher DiMaggio, Diesel Washington and even Matthew Rush all have tattoos.

by Anonymousreply 2205/21/2013

I pretty heartily disagree. There are plenty of gorgeous, attractive people with tattoos models, actors, etc. - their tattoos might not be particularly extensive (might just be a little one on their ankle or arm) but they're there.

I think the error is in assuming that getting a tattoo has anything to do with trying to be attractive or get attention. For a lot of people, it's just a means of self-expression, or a personal reminder, or something fun or silly they did when they were high or drunk, on a whim. There are lots of reasons to get a tattoo - and lots and lots of beautiful people out there. Don't really see much connection between getting or not getting a tattoo, and whether you're physically attractive or not.

by Anonymousreply 2305/21/2013

r23 has tattoos.

by Anonymousreply 2405/22/2013

How old are you OP? Most of the hot young guys I know have at least one tattoo. You would never know until they wear a tank top or show it to you. Tattoos are like jewelry for the young people today, they are not really associated with any lifestyle or level of intelligence.

by Anonymousreply 2505/22/2013

Some might say the young today, as a lot, are entirely stupid, shallow and self-absorbed. Some might even be able to provide supporting statistics. So your observations does not mean all that much. To some.

by Anonymousreply 2605/22/2013


So your observations do not mean all that much. To some.

by Anonymousreply 2705/22/2013

Because it's been at least 3 days since DL's pearl-clutching Aunt Pittypats had their regularly-scheduled MARY!!!! Meltdown about tattoos.

by Anonymousreply 2805/22/2013

OP clearly has not been to South Beach lately.

Acres and acres of toned, taut skin blemished with a schizophrenic word salad of Chinese letters, religious blasphemy, Latin, barbed wires, ankhs, Lovecraftian monsters, police forensics-quality portraits, comic book characters, dead pets, angel wings, bat wings, European automaker logos, the outlines of states, quotations from Dr. King, quotations from Dr. Dre, quotations from Dr. Evil, internet memes from 2004, and pearls of wisdom from the Japanese (at least that's what they were told; real translation is "I"m like a roach motel, but for HPV.")

by Anonymousreply 2905/22/2013

Ricky Martin is one of the most beautiful looking men on the planet and ever born.

And he has tattoos. I wish he had none. But his beauty and gorgeousness is indisputable. Even around age 40 today.

by Anonymousreply 3005/22/2013

sorry, are indisputable

by Anonymousreply 3105/22/2013

The ones who get them seem to like them. So I guess it's a "type".

I would instantly regret it, and feel like a dumb, pretentious fool.

by Anonymousreply 3205/22/2013

That's where you be wrong.

by Anonymousreply 3305/22/2013

It depends on the person and the tattoo. It looks sexy on some people and really tacky on others.

by Anonymousreply 3405/22/2013

I can't believe someone here chose Tommy Lee as an example of a beautiful person.

I mean different strokes, sure, but Tommy fucking Lee? Not David Beckham or Tom Hardy or Adam Levine or Ryan Phillipe or Tyrese Gibson or Jude Law or Eric Dane or Chris Evans or Ryan Gosling or Jesse Metcalfe but TOMMY FUCKING LEE?

God I hate the people here.

by Anonymousreply 3505/22/2013

You have to have a little self confidence, dear.

by Anonymousreply 3605/22/2013

I've actually thought about this a lot, and I think the reason a lot of young people get tattoos is the same reason why they start smoking and drinking: Just to show that they are adults who are in control of their bodies. For the most part, young children do not smoke or drink or get tattoos, so at least some teenagers and young adults get into those things because it makes them feel "grown up."

It's sad, because ultimately, getting a tattoo is a really childish way to show that you're an adult, smoking is really bad for you, and drinking can also be really bad depending on how much of it you do.

Having said all of that, I have no explanation as to why a previously un-tattooed 40-year-old would suddenly decide to get one.

by Anonymousreply 3705/22/2013

[quote]people who are scared of tattoos are big pussies or old.

Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm 48, so I'm elderg4y, but love tattoos. Adam Levine is a perfect example of a beautiful man with tattoos.

If you don't care for tattoos, I'm fine with that, just say so. To say that everyone that has one is ugly, well that makes you look dumb.

I don't find Asians attractive and wouldn't sleep with one. That being said, I wouldn't call Asians ugly just not my preference.

Umm on second thought William Hung is pretty homely.

by Anonymousreply 3805/22/2013

As I read R37's post I heard Sarah Palin's voice saying it.

by Anonymousreply 3905/22/2013

I think most people who get tattoos regret them at a later date.

Especially people like Beckham and Adam Levine who have a massive number of tattoos covering most of their body.

But even men with prominent tattoos on torso, arms etc will regret them later.

by Anonymousreply 4005/22/2013


They most certainly DO get them. But I do agree they don't need them.

by Anonymousreply 4105/22/2013

R22, why are all your reference points porn stars? Gross.

by Anonymousreply 4205/22/2013

I absolutely agree with OP. I think tattoos detract from the natural beauty and line of the male body. that's why the men with perfect symmetry, beautiful skin -- and brains, leave well enough alone.

by Anonymousreply 4305/22/2013

Some of you obviously don't get out much.

by Anonymousreply 4405/22/2013

R37, I am 41 and got my first tattoo two years ago. I was a model for years, and couldn't get one because I would lose work. I do regret it already though. It doesn't look good with sundresses or strappy tanks in the summer. I am past my prime anyway, so I guess it doesn't matter.

by Anonymousreply 4505/22/2013

Wait till these twenty-somethings that are tattooed within an inch of their lives reach middle-age, when their bodies start "going south." They're gonna look like shit... Just sayin'

by Anonymousreply 4605/22/2013

Oh really, R39? Please explain what you think is Palinesque about my post.

by Anonymousreply 4705/22/2013

[quote]Good looking hunky men like Charles Dera, Topher DiMaggio, Diesel Washington and even Matthew Rush all have tattoos.

Who? Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 4805/22/2013


by Anonymousreply 4905/22/2013

This one.

by Anonymousreply 5005/22/2013

These days a lot of people have one or two small, unobtrusive tattoos. I'm not wild about them as a look but it doesn't make me question the person's mental health.

Entire sleeves and huge tats make me think something is seriously wrong. Add or substitute piercings and I feel the same way.

I may be old but I'm not wrong.

by Anonymousreply 5105/22/2013

Wow Angelina was gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 5205/22/2013

Lots of people get tattoos both attractive and not attractive so the OP's premise makes no sense.

Johnny Depp, Colin Firth, The Rock, Bradley Cooper & Tom Hardy are just a few of obviously beautiful people who have tattoos,

by Anonymousreply 5305/22/2013

One of the exceptions

by Anonymousreply 5405/22/2013

Im guessing angelina's cross looks like a plus sign after the tucks. Apparently the cross was covering a worse tatto.

by Anonymousreply 5505/22/2013

Just like last month, I will maintain that tattoos appeal to poor people. It's an indulgence that can't be stolen, lost, or taken.

And while a brand signifies possessions like slaves and cattle in my eyes, these people ignore the history and reserve an exception because they picked their brand.

Rich people with tattoos? I don't know any, but that doesn't mean much.

by Anonymousreply 5605/22/2013

Oh please [R51]. All old people are wrong.

by Anonymousreply 5705/22/2013

I thought your died Dr Joyce Brothers [R56]?

by Anonymousreply 5805/22/2013

That's an interesting explanation R56 but I think it has more to do with our culture and the way we "purchase" identity through brands, the brands we chose coming to define us. Tattooing is sort of that an extension of that, with the person saying "I need something that will ALWAYS define me". In reality tattooing is just as phony as Nike shoes or Prada bags, because life is not stable or consistant. You can easily replace your old wardrobe but you can't easily remove your tattoos. It's a poor, superficial and narcissistic reaction to the instability of life.

by Anonymousreply 5905/23/2013

I just joined a gym in a more upscale area and I've been amazed by the number of young executive types I see who have tattoos on their backs or arms, places that are obviously covered by their suits. These are, for the most part, very attractive men. There's not really a stigma about tattoos among the younger generation.

by Anonymousreply 6005/23/2013

I've seen som good looking people ruin their looks with wierd hair cuts, tattoos and piercings. All just to look "cool" or to hide their appearance and to stop others from making a big deal of their beauty.

by Anonymousreply 6105/23/2013

David Beckham is not an example of beautiful person. The OP is correct.

by Anonymousreply 6205/23/2013

r53, Brad Cooper does NOT have tattoos. What a moron you are.

by Anonymousreply 6305/23/2013

I'd like to see an actual study made of this. Since I can think of tons of ugly or plain people who don't have tattoos.

But I do get the 'elegance' idea.

by Anonymousreply 6405/23/2013


by Anonymousreply 6505/23/2013


by Anonymousreply 6605/23/2013

Low self-esteem perhaps?

by Anonymousreply 6705/23/2013

I think some beautiful people get them, but it definitely doesn't enhance their beauty.

If anything, it brings it down a notch.

I like bare skin, and tattoos make me think I'm licking magic marker.

Sleeves are the absolute worst, and will likely be one of the more common regrets.

by Anonymousreply 6805/23/2013


by Anonymousreply 6905/23/2013

I don't mind tats on a really hot guy, but the femmy little twink in R67's link looks disgusting.

by Anonymousreply 7005/23/2013

OP is obviously a newbie who doesn't realize that Datalounge has been crushing on Josh Wald for years and years.

by Anonymousreply 7105/23/2013

Not to mention model Nicholas Lemons

by Anonymousreply 7205/23/2013

OP needs to learn that it's okay for him not to like tattoos but what other people choose to do with their bodies is none of his business.

by Anonymousreply 7305/23/2013

R56's theory makes a lot of sense to me.

by Anonymousreply 7405/23/2013

[quote]OP needs to learn that it's okay for him not to like tattoos but what other people choose to do with their bodies is none of his business.

Understanding human behavior is everyone's business.

by Anonymousreply 7505/23/2013

"I think it has more to do with our culture and the way we 'purchase' identity through brands, the brands we chose coming to define us. Tattooing is sort of that an extension of that, with the person saying 'I need something that will ALWAYS define me.'"

I think you're on to something. Many of the people who need to "define" themselves through tattoos may have a poor self image and therefore feel, rightly or wrongly, that they can't define themselves through their personality, talents, or accomplishments. This in addition to people who are simply insecure about their looks.

by Anonymousreply 7605/23/2013

I believe the most common reason for getting a tattoo is being friends with a tattoo artist and wanting to support their art.

by Anonymousreply 7705/23/2013

[quote]I like bare skin, and tattoos make me think I'm licking magic marker.

lol! Now that's a way to put it.

by Anonymousreply 7805/23/2013

In my modest opinion, the less is more.

by Anonymousreply 7905/23/2013

But everybody wants to define themselves. We do it through clothes, music, friends, cars. What makes the person who gets a tattoo take the next step? I think the economic theory makes sense because a tattoo works for someone who can't afford to spend a lot of money on clothes or cars to distinguish themselves.

by Anonymousreply 8005/23/2013

For many of us who have tattoos, it's a simple matter of body adornment. I don't see a tattoo as being any different from wearing nice jewelry, dressing in attractive clothing, having an attractive hairstyle, coloring my hair and manicuring my nails.

I don't care about pleasing anyone who doesn't like tattoos because I don't associate with conservative people. I certainly don't value the opinion of conservative people when it comes to style or fashion.

by Anonymousreply 8105/23/2013

[quote] I don't see a tattoo as being any different from wearing nice jewelry, dressing in attractive clothing, having an attractive hairstyle, coloring my hair and manicuring my nails.

All those other things are removable or changeable.

by Anonymousreply 8205/23/2013

Great point r82

Also r81 I don't think it has anything to do with being "conservative". I'm far from conservative but agree with many posters that from a purely aesthetic viewpoint tattoos often detract from a persons natural beauty rather than enhance it. And yes many marginal and unattractive people use them as a distraction from their other shortcomings. This seems to be an increasing trend in the case of facial hair as well, which masks the faces of a lot of unfortunate or just ok looking people.

And before people start posting pics of beautiful men who have facial hair, I know they exist and this is not what I am saying, just that many people use it, as they do tattoos, as a camouflage tactic

by Anonymousreply 8305/23/2013

Facial hair can definitely be a camo tactic. Usually is I'd say. Some people undoubtedly look better with it, even if they're good looking.

by Anonymousreply 8405/23/2013

R84 (and to a certain extent, r83), these points veer away from OP's orignal fallacious statement. Yes, there are unattractive people with tattoos and facial hair and in some of those cases the tattoo is used as a distraction from the wearer's physical appearance. That doesn't really support the case that attractive people don't have tattoos and facial hair though. Many unattractive women wear make up to make themselves more attractive, but that doesn't mean attractive women don't use make up. Many people workout to develop a great body because they feel their face isn't up to par. that doesn't mean only uggos work out.

by Anonymousreply 8505/23/2013

R82, that is the point. The tattoo is permanent. A commitment. People who get tattoos aren't looking for an expression that they can swap out like they're iphone case. The expression involved extends beyond the actual tattoo to the fact that the fact that the body art is actually permanent.

by Anonymousreply 8605/23/2013

Why put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari?

by Anonymousreply 8705/23/2013

People who aren't too bad: Timberlake, Phillippe. I still don't like them but if you must, small and unobtrusive.

by Anonymousreply 8805/23/2013
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