4. The Name of Your Girlfriend
Okay, men: think long and hard before you get the name of any woman—the exceptions being your mom or daughter—on your body. Actually, even if the name belongs to your mom or daughter, it might be considered sort of weird by certain people.
Anyway, men tend to get the name of their sweetie tattooed on their body during the initial or final phases of a relationship. What that means is that they generally do so to impress a new mate or desperately hold on to one that is drifting—or running—away.
If you’re getting a woman’s name tattooed on your body in order to get her to fall for you or keep her from running away, you need to reevaluate your choices in life and maybe get a bit of professional help.
However, if you are getting a name belonging to the beautiful woman who married you 20 years ago and gave birth to your three fantastic children, you’re making a solid move. Congratulations, sir, on winning at life. You should possibly consider getting the name of any daughters you might have tattooed under her mother’s.
Do remember what was already stated in this article: tattoos are ridiculously difficult and expensive to remove. The lady you fell for during karaoke night at the local chain restaurant isn’t worth the thousands of dollars of laser treatments you’ll almost certainly endure if you get her name tattooed on your butt.
5. Mother and a Heart
I just argued that you shouldn’t get your girlfriend’s name tattooed on your body, but when it comes to your mom? Men, you should absolutely consider getting your mom’s name tattooed on your body—if tattoos are your thing, that is.
Let’s face it: if your mom is anything like mine, she’s an awesome and hard-working lady who put up with insane amounts of nonsense from you while you were going from being an infant who regularly and consistently pooped himself to a teenager who did the random and obnoxious things teenagers tend to do on a regular basis. Heck, you might be old enough to have once been one of those smug, self-righteous twenty-somethings who like to tell mom why everything she ever did or ever believed is wrong.
The point is this: if you have a good relationship with your mother, she’s the one woman who deserves her name on your body. She’s probably also the only woman who will ever love you unconditionally. If that’s not enough to make you want to start drinking right now, I don’t know what is. Speaking of drinking, don’t drink and get a tattoo. It is actually illegal in many places for tattoo artists to give a tattoo to an intoxicated person.
6. The Pinup Girl
The pinup girl tattoo is exactly what it sounds like. It is a tattoo of a very attractive woman. Admittedly, such a tattoo might turn off prudish women, but few men want one of those.
The pinup girl tattoo, it has been claimed, dates back to the World War II era; lately, it has once again become popular. Why was it popular during World War II? Well, American soldiers didn’t have much to do when not killing Nazis; remember that neither the internet, nor smart phones, existed yet. You had to look at something, and a pretty girl tattooed on the bicep of your fellow soldier was better than nothing.
7. Japanese and/or Chinese Letters/words
We have all heard stories about the man or woman who tries to get a word like “peace” or “harmony” tattooed on the wrist, but instead ends up with the Japanese word for “used underwear”.
Nonetheless, American men and women of all ages flock to tattoo parlors in droves to get characters completely and totally unrelated to the culture in which they grew up tattooed forever on their bodies.
To be fair to those who get such tattoos, they do have a certain appeal to the opposite sex. Those with them come across as exotic, worldly, and mysterious. And if the tattoo artist doesn’t totally drop the ball—meaning he or she actually tattoos precisely what the customer wants to convey—characters meaning “strength” or “faith” or “love” can really be quite nice. You know, assuming the object of your affection can read the language in which it is written.
For reasons unknown, tattoos of Japanese/Chinese letters/words are often quite small and found on the wrist or the back.