Thursday, 12 September 2013

Thursdays Thing I Hate: Copycat Tattoos

Ok I have to admit it - I know its very uncool of me and probably makes me sound extremely old and out-dated, but I don't personally like tattoos in general.
It's a matter of personal taste and whilst I can appreciate that some of them are very intricate works of art and can certainly look beautiful if done right and on the right person - it's just not my personal style.
I think few things look less attractive than an aging womans milky-white wrinkled arm with a gigantic green tattoo on it......but that's my personal opinion.
I can understand the appeal of having something meaningful permanently inked onto your body, but I've never really understood the desire to have Tweety-Pie or a random Dolphin forever emblazoned on you!

I think most people growing up go through a phase of wondering about getting a tattoo, and I did toy with the idea briefly once - I love fairies and so I had thought of having a pretty picture of a fairy along with the word "Believe" tattooed onto my back....but I decided against it.
The design I briefly considered having tattooed on my back
And I'm very glad I did, as my back has widened somewhat since then and that fairy would probably be lost amid a mass of back fat by now....
My sister however was much braver than me, and when she was a teenager in her "Wannabe Goth" phase (one which I thankfully missed out on!) she snuck out one day and got a secret tattoo.
It sadly only remained a secret for a few weeks, after she confided in our young cousin who then promptly told my mother all about it much to my sisters horror, but she of course swore blind that she ADORED her new tattoo and she would never regret it.
She had chosen to have the Chinese symbols for her name tattooed onto her upper arm.
Now, 12 years on, she admits that she does indeed regret it. Whenever her 6 year old daughter asks her what the drawing on her arm is she says that she feels embarrassed. And when she goes into a Chinese restaurant and has to endure a guessing game from the waiters as to what the Chinese symbols are supposed to be spelling out she is even more embarrassed! (Guesses have ranged from Lorraine to Carla....nobody has ever guessed Laura which is what it was supposed to say!)
And so this leads me onto a trend that I'm noticing more and more lately which really bothers me.....Copycat Tattoos.
Cheryl Cole's latest tattoo
Celebrities like Rihanna and Cheryl Cole are always showing off their latest ink, and it seems to be very on trend right now to push the bar when it comes to how extreme they will go with their tats....Cheryl's latest being one of the most outlandish I think I've ever seen!
But while a star like Cheryl Cole may well be able to afford to have it removed at a later date should she wish to, and will probably always have enough money around her to keep herself looking as toned and healthy as she does now even 30 years into the future.....the Average-Joe's of society are not all going to be so fortunate.
So why do so many of them think its a good idea to copy the tattoos that these celebrities have?
I am starting to lose count of the number of people I've seen with Rihanna's Ssshh tattoo on their fingers, and given that her tattoo is so synonymous with her....why would anybody else want to have it? Does it hold any meaning to them?
It looks very effective when Rihanna uses it to pose on her album covers, but what use is anybody else going to have for it and won't it look a bit silly when you're 80 years old....unless you plan to use it to silence your grandchildren?!
Just a few of Rihanna's many tattoos
It's just not something I understand, and I may just be being extremely old fashioned and boring here but I really do wish that people would think twice before committing to something as long-lasting as a tattoo.

By all means, have something meaningful that you KNOW you will love forever and never regret tattooed on you - but please give it some extra thought before jumping on the bandwagon and copying the latest tattoo of some celebrity whose name you'll probably have trouble remembering in 20 years time...that tattoo is going to last a lot longer than their careers are likely to, and will you still want to be bearing that when you're 60 years old?!
Do you have a tattoo? If so, what did you choose and why? If not, would you ever have one? What do you think of copying celebrity tattoos? As always, I'd love to hear from you!
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  1. Ooh I'm not a fan of copycat tattoos either! I have one tattoo which is written in Italian on my hip (just a memory type phrase for my nan) I don't regret it. I wouldn't have on that I couldn't cover tho. Although I do love tattoos my husband does not and he says your more unique without one, as you can guess he has none hehe x

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  2. A super interesting post. I like tattoos but when I say tattoo I mean the intricate works of art that cost a lot of money. Not some poxy tattoo done in a tattoo shop above a kebab shop.

    Nath and I both have tattoos. I have three 2 of which I regret, they mean buggar all but are luckily hidden, the other I have on my wrist. It's my brother's name and underneath "my brother and my friend" in French (we were bought up in France). My brother died 2 years in November so that tattoo has a lot of meaning to me. Nathan has 4 tattoos. 2 of which are LFC related which I don't like but he also has a sleeve. It's honestly stunning. It has Ava's name on it with cupids, roses, St Christopher, an angel and a clock with the time Ava was born.
    It's so intricate and really is a work of art. As for copy cat tattoos I agree that there is nothing worse. xx

  3. I have a few tattoos, all of which I have thought about - most people wouldn't like them but they mean something to me so others opinions don't matter to me. BUT I do agree with copy cat tattoos being awful.

    I have a friend who has her name in Japanese on her arm. It starts with the same character as my name tattoo does. (Our names don't start with the same letter, I've studied Japanese and learnt the alphabet in Katakana -the basic characters in the Japanese language- and her name isn't how it's spelt on her tattoo)

    Also her best friend at the time wanted that tattoo... what was supposed to be the name of the girl who had it. WHY would you want the Japanese equivalent of your friends name tattooed to you. Imagine people asking about it "What does that mean?" "Oh it's this name," "Ah cool is that your name?" "No, it's my friends..." Weird.

    I also cannot stand it when woman get chest tattoos as it's always a heart with a lock with wings or birds on either side of the heart. SO many people have that tattoo it makes me cringe.

    If a tattoo is done well and is something that person has thought about then I'm all for it, but if they've just gone into a shop or seen it on a celeb, then decided to get it then no.

    I have a arm piece I call my Geek Piece. I had everything I wanted to be included in the tattoo, and then sat there with my tattooist about how I wanted it to look. This tattoo is very much me and very different to anything I've seen other people have. If I saw someone had gone out and got the same thing done I'd be fuming.

    If you get a tattoo, you should think about it (I got mine a few years ago, I had thought of it for about three years before getting it done!) a lot. Then go to their local tattooist and describe how they want it, don't just copy a picture... and make it personal. You have to carry it around for life. >.<

    Have to admit though Cheryl's tattoo is insane, imagine trying to sit down with that. AND when tattoos are healing they're ITCHY! :S haha

    Juyey Xx

  4. I love David Beckham's tattoos and I like Cheryl Coles, but I cannot imagine you with a tramp stamp on your back xx

    Beautyqueenuk xx

  5. I love tattoos, but like Harriet I can't abide ill thought out, cheap tattoos. I have two, both are personal, one more so than the other. One is quite large on my shoulder and one on my inside wrist. I can't see me ever regretting them, I was over 35 when I got my first and had been considering it for many years!

  6. Very interesting post! I think if tattoos truly mean something, then go for it! I don't have any tattoos but I know that if I did I would want it to be something meaningful not some stupid thing I had done on a drunken night in Magaluf that I will regret forever.

    I think copycat tattoos are awful. I wonder how many naive girls will go and get a Cheryl now?x

  7. I like tattoos but not copycats. That said, my friend had the "rihanna" tattoo yonks before rihanna did. Annoying for her now! xx

  8. I love tattoos. Got my first at 17 and went on to have a further 4 more. Only 1 of them means something to me. I don't regret any of them though (I think they're actually well done!) I'd be mortified if I grew up and realised that the tattoo artist was actually rubbish! I do agree with the copycat ones. I hate the way loads of people went and got the one Cheryl Cole has on her hand - argh!

  9. I'm a fan of tattoos though I only have one and quite happy with it. Mine is in fact a dolphin, but it was choose for symbolic reasons. I don't really care if it gets wrinkly when I'm old it'll be my reminder of what a great life I had as a teen lol.

    I do hate Cheryl Coles those I'm not a bit fan of huge tattoos.

  10. I'd never get a tattoo, it's forever and things change, my taste changes. I'm not a fan of them at all. x

  11. I love your thought provoking posts! I have 5 tattoos, and I semi-regret the first one I had done, which would fall into the 'tramp stamp' category, but it isnt a 'tribal' design, its a celtic knot with an amethyst in the centre (my birth stone), and as I am half irish it has meaning at least! I just wish it was smaller...
    However the other 4 (both feet, upper back and wrist) I all still love, and they all have special meanings that will never regret!
    Cheryl Coles tattoo however is just jaw dropping!

  12. Oh my gosh, I agree so much!
    I'm not the worlds biggest tattoo lover but I have to say nothing turns me off more than "copycat" tattoos, it's really like what's the point?! They meant something to the person who originally got it, how does it apply to you?!

    Oh and when people get a copy of a celebs but go to a cheap ass tattooist and wonder why it turns out wrong. I full on facepalm!


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