Tattoos have gone from badges of rebellion to fashion statements fully absorbed into mainstream culture.

Tattoos have gone from badges of rebellion to fashion statements fully absorbed into mainstream culture. They are enjoying a renaissance, with graphic designers and artists creating specialty tattoos for a growing audience, unleashing a revival of interest in the bawdy vintage tattoo. Old school tattoos are being rediscovered (sometimes ironically, sometimes not) by a new generation. Originally embraced by rebels, sailors, and gangsters, these tattoos—broken hearts, naked girls, floral motifs, and maritime emblems—are now showing up on the fashion runway and in music videos.

93 thoughts on “Tattoos have gone from badges of rebellion to fashion statements fully absorbed into mainstream culture.

        • Anonymous says:

          Na millennial tattoo culture was burgeoning at a sweet time where more people were noticeably acquiring them but it hadn’t spread to every single culture vulture yet. Zoomers genuinely ruined it by being unoriginal in their tattoo choices and making it so every single tom dick and harry feels like they need one to look like an e-boy/e-girl. Zoomers suck man, one of the worst generations easily

          • Anonymous says:

            Millennials with children are the most tattooed group statistically it’s not zoomers who just decided "everyone has to get a tattoo now", it seems like there might be a correlation between people who have sex also having tattoos seeing as having kids makes you more likely to also have tattoos. So it makes perfect sense that incels on LULZ seethe about tattoos so much.

          • Anonymous says:

            Imagine judging your worth by how often you stick your penis in some whore’s festering hole. What a sad and pathetic life you must live.

          • Anonymous says:

            Saying someone is an incel and using it as a descriptor is not the same as using it as an insult and you can’t deny that they are here. Boards like /fashion/ and /fit/ for instance are crawling with every other boards lovers sent here because we are supposed to know something to help the incel tourists get laid. Tattoo threads are always full to the brim with incels and /pol/ gay wannabe stoic larpers.

          • Anonymous says:

            The only people who give a shit about whether or not someone has sex on a regular basis are incels and women, both of whom put pussy on a pedestal. Which one are you?

          • Anonymous says:

            >According to the Statista Research Department, 41% of millennials and 23% of Gen Z have at least one tattoo, as of 2021.

          • Anonymous says:

            Lol get the heck out of here!! Don’t act like millennial gays didnt invent hipsters with their shitty mustache finger tattoos. Get your head out of your ass you generation warrior.

          • Anonymous says:

            As a tattooed millennial we have the cringest tattoos of any generation because of marvel adults. Millennial tattoo artists are now some of the best in the world with their skills, but it’s wasted on another thanos snap back piece or a Lion wearing a crown with blue eyes. They might be cringe but they generally are at least somewhat sentimental. Zoomer patchwork shit is awful but i feel like the laser tattoo removal industry is going to boom in five years when they regret it so I’m buying stock now.

  1. Anonymous says:

    There’s nothing that screams "desperate to fit in" louder than having a bunch of skin scribbles calculated to make you look how you want to be perceived by some target audience. It’s so hecking boring. Every Sarah and Justin nowadays spends $2000 at the tattoo & piercing shop thinking it’ll make them look something like pic related, but they have no taste (let alone originality), so they end up looking like a worse version of how they already looked.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ever week another stupid comes in and gives this spiel about tattoos. If you don’t like one don’t get one, what is the issue? Did your crush heck a guy with tattoos and you just never recovered?
    I don’t like tattoos either btw I just think you sound like a gay.

    • Anonymous says:

      it’s just a reminder. the prevalence of tattoos on social media has made people think that tattoos are now accepted by society, while in reality, they are not. they will lock you out from the jobs you might want to have, they will lower the quality of your potential mates, they will change how people perceive you, in a negative way. tattoos used to be for criminals, now they are for easily influenced youngsters. they hurt professional careers and make you seem weak, as you lacked the mental fortitude to resist the urge to a lifelong commitment that has no known positives.

      • Anonymous says:

        but i am a convicted violent criminal and i hate white collar work.
        if anything tattoos mark you out as a better worker in the tradie world as you arent a whiny little pussy afraid of needles.
        and there are known positives, it makes pussy wet

      • Anonymous says:

        This is true, probably too sincere for this board but it’s 1000% fact. it’s not just happening with tattoos either, the prevalence of a lot of stuff on social media is harming people big time. social media is not the real world, you are inundated with a very select few, but it’s hard to the human brain to conceptualize this, especially brains as young as zoomers’.

        This is why so many women are getting tattoos, dying their hair stupid colors, getting stupid piercings, using stupid pronouns, etc., and why so many guys have become dickless effeminate pushovers who eagerly get cucked. It’s insane.

        TikTok & IG need to go.

      • Anonymous says:

        >they will lock you out from the jobs you might want to have
        im a high level supervisor at a govt organization and have worked my way up the ladder SINCE i got tattoos, piercings etc. the world is changing and conservatives are becoming the minority

        • Anonymous says:

          I have a job stopper and work a customer facing job people do not care anymore

          I love tattoos, being able to figure out who doesn’t have their shit together in a second is so convenient.

          >tattoos costing thousands of dollars
          >not having their shit together

          • Anonymous says:

            >tattoos costing thousands of dollars
            >not having their shit together
            Well… yes? Plenty of poor people manages to buy expensive shit.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t know if you’re a boomer or what but no one below the age of 60 cares outside of actual /pol/ incel tradcath LARPers.

    • Anonymous says:

      When you go outside, do you like to see dog shit, trash, Black folk, and the homeless everywhere you look? Well for me, I add the illustrated to that list.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Tattoos are only good if you unironically got them in prison, on port call, or in the military. Every "cultural/personal" tattoo you have is 100% shit tbh.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you’re not black you shouldn’t have thoughts of violence towards others. Blacks are like pitbulls sure, they cant avoid it. You should be better.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Tattoos went from an accessory for whores and gangsters – to an interesting, kinda angst piece – to a complete slop stupid scribble

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have gotten mostly only music stuff and shit to show my pride in being an orc, just don’t get trendy fad shit for the heck of it

  6. Anonymous says:

    Having no tattoos is the new counterculture. And it’s not something you can LARP as. You’re either pure skinned or you’re not.

      • Anonymous says:

        How do you figure? Not all tattoos are visible with clothes on. Low IQ tattoo haver confirmed. What was it like having a man put his permanent mark on your body?

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re stupid but at the same time you’re right in a way. I’ve seen fewer and fewer people without tattoos no matter the age. Yeah it’s more prevalent among 20-30 year olds stereotypically, but I’ve seen some 40-60 year olds with tattoos, one with dyed pink hair even.
      Having no tattoos is becoming more rare than having them, with the exception either being kids or 80 year olds.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I dont care about tattoos on guys. Although i do find most of them cringe. Particularly when men get them on their necks or large chest tats.
    I think it says less about who these men are and more about how they want to be perceived. It seems like a performance to me.

    As for girls – most of the girls ive talked to get them on a whim as something cute. Occasionally they are supposed to represent something deeper. Family or an important event.

    So for girls i find them less of a performance – but i still dont like them. Mainly because i see them as spoiling something that is already beautiful.

    Ive been with girls who had tattoos right under their breasts or between them and for me it just looked like horrible graffiti on an otherwise clean beautiful form.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Tattoo ink accumulates in your lymph nodes. Gg no re
    And you played yourselves because now that everyone has tattoos they completely lost their former edginess. Infact now all us tattooless chads are the edgy ones.
    Tattoos are only acceptable if you are a gangster or career criminal.
    You wouldnt put a bumper sticker on a Bentley

    • Anonymous says:

      >You wouldn’t put a bumper sticker on a bentley

      You sound like an oldgay or a blonde bimbo

      Tattoos look fine if you’re fit or skinny

      Otherwise you look like a criminal or trashy

      • Anonymous says:

        >Tattoos look fine if you’re fit or skinny
        Not really. Especially on women, a tattoo will always reduce how attractive a woman is, 100% of the time. Nothing says used up feminist hoe like a stupid tattoo.

  9. Anonymous says:

    its hilarious to see people seethe in this thread about something that doesnt even affect them. all of you tough guys you wouldnt say or do shit in person

  10. Anonymous says:

    i have seen people cry about tattoos since this board’s inception. seen the same bellyaching play out for near a decade. grandmas have tattoos, sitting members of congress and the senate have tattoos. No one has considered a tattoo to mean more than an earring for the past 40 years.

  11. Anonymous says:

    A tattoo is the antithesis of fashion.
    Fashion is impermanence and the future.
    The tattoo is a permanent stamp of the past. Even when removed the scarred, dispignmented, damaged skin is still a permanent reminder of of a past that now means nothing to the extent of lazer removal.

  12. Anonymous says:

    >see some woman working in an office with hecking hand, finger, arm tattoos
    >see some woman on bus with a face tat
    >see people that have non coverable zones tats before filling the coverable zones of the body with tats before
    god damn subhumans

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