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Dear Head Pro,

I am wondering what your opinion, and the general opinion of guys, is on tattoos. I know there was a post over the summer which expressed a general disdain for small tattoos, but I'm interested in hearing your opinion on all types of tattoos. Are there any tattoos on girls that you absolutely hate? Are there any types of tattoos on girls that you think are super hot?

I'm personally thinking of getting a small tattoo on my ribcage just to further solidify my status as extreme white girl!!! In all honesty I just think they're hot af & it's small and of a proverb I've always loved then why not?! Ultimately, I think it's your body and you should do whatever makes you happy and not give a fuck what anyone else thinks.  Yet, I did take the time to write you this email asking your opinion so I definitely still do care what people (mostly guys I will be hooking up with/dating) will think about this tattoo!


I'm getting a tattoo either way

Dear Go Ahead and Get Your Tattoo,

First, let’s all be very clear about what tattoos are, and what they aren’t: Tattoos are 100% about looks, or how you want yourself to look. What they aren’t about are things you love, things you care about or things that have meaning to you. Sure, it would be odd to get a tattoo of something that you hated, or had no meaning to you. But you aren’t getting a tattoo of your boyfriend’s name or a Bible verse you like because you’ll forget it otherwise, or because it will somehow mean you love it more. You’re doing it because you like the way it looks. Which is fine!

That said, what “guys” think about “tattoos” on “girls” is really kind of impossible to answer. My buddy and I threw a party last summer, and we hired a bartender to work it. She was great, and she also happened to have… whatever the leg equivalent of full tattoo sleeves are (pants?). I did not find that attractive, not that impressing me was on her list of things to do that day. Now, some dudes might have loved that, but I think if you were to poll a large group of men, they would vote for a woman without tattoos over one who had them.

What it comes down to is how visible you choose to make your tattoos, thereby determining just how big a part they are of who you are. The bartender obviously liked the way her tattoos looked, but she also wanted people to see them - it was part of the image she wanted to cultivate for herself. I don’t think the average guy takes issue with tattoos themselves, per se. I just think they tend to be turned off by “tattoo people” due to all sorts of preconceptions too numerous to get into here. In your case, no one discovering your little ribcage tattoo is going to clutch his pearls and run. And if anyone does, well, that tattoo did you a big fucking favor. If seeing that little tattoo in the mirror makes you happy, then go for it.

I have a tattoo (and no, you may not see it),

Head Pro