(Closed) Can someone with Tattoos explain something to me…

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Because other people can look at them.

Post # 4
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have one on my back shoulder. I am not one to flaunt my tattoos. I have them for personal reasons and sometimes I look in the mirror over my shoulder and smile because only I can see it/enjoy it. If that makes sense.

Post # 5
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t have any tattoos on my back, but my guess would be that it’s a good place for a tattoo as it’s generally a smooth, flat surface good for showing off artwork. It’s also less likely to change with weight gain etc so will stand the test of time. 

I have tattoos on my side, leg, shoulder, foot and arm. I love them because they’re part of me – I don’t sit and admire them, I just like knowing they’re there.

Here’s me showing off my half sleeve:

Post # 6
1716 posts
Bumble bee

I have mine in the very center of my back for the simple reason that it’s too big to fit anywhere else, and it would be really dumb to get a beautiful peice done on my tummy and ruin it a few years down the road after I have a kid.

Post # 7
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

good question!

I want one on my back though, will look cool in photos

Post # 8
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That’s the only reason why I have never gotten one on my back.  I like to look at mine!

Post # 9
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have two on my stomach (soon to be 3). I actually like it better there because I know they’re there and they both hold very high sentimental value to me. Tattoos really aren’t about YOU being able to see them though, they’re about knowing they are a part of you and expressing yourself in a unique way. 

After the wedding and after we have a baby, I plan on getting his/her footprints on my back. It doesn’t matter I won’t get to see it, I’ll know it’s there and I know others will get to see it. 

Post # 10
986 posts
Busy bee

Well, I have a lower back piece, 1 behind each ear, and 1 on my neck so all those count as my back I guess, as I can’t see them – but honestly, the placement was more about “how visible do I want this to be?” For the ones behind my ear and on my neck, I wanted people to see them, so there they are. For the lower back piece, it’s something that I’m adding to slowly, and while I don’t mind people seeing it, it’s not something I want to share in the workplace. 🙂

Post # 11
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

It’s a great canvas! 

And you enjoy them, you can use mirrors or photographs, and you can share them with the world should you choose. 

Post # 12
5958 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I have one on my left shoulder blade and one that runs across my entire lower back, for me it’s a lovely place for them, I’m not so interested in seeing them myself, as knowing they are there.

Post # 13
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My next one will probably be on my back mainly because it’s the only place I can really put it that can be covered up (necessary for the next step of my career). I have one on my wrist that’s easily hidden by a watch if need be, but my next will be a larger piece so I need a bigger canvas, so to speak. 🙂

Post # 14
9688 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have one on the back of my right shoulder.  I can see if it I want to, in the mirror, but also don’t have to look at it if I don’t want to.  And I can show it to other people by what I wear, if I want to.  

Post # 15
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@juliette.eliza:  Agreed. The back is such a great canvas and a beautiful piece of the body. It’s also an easy place to cover up if you need to.

Post # 16
2551 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have a few- one on each wrist, a garter tattoo around my right upper leg, a butterfly on my right hip, & orchids with a maori protection symbol on my back/neck between my shoulder blades. I don’t really just sit there & admire them though. It’s nice to see the one on my back when I have my hair up or use another mirror, but I mainly got one there b/c it wasn’t a very painful area, It’s easy to hide/expose with my hairstyle/shirt type, It’s a flat surface so I don’t have to worry about sagging/morphing, & it’s not “out there” for the whole world to see if I don’t want it to be… 

It was my second tattoo as well & I have other more common parts of my body saved for some epic pieces (side, arms, upper thighs) once I get the time/money… 

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