Okay I’ll say outright, this has absolutely nothing to do with writing.
Yesterday was Staff Appreciation Day at our university, and the theme was Pirates and Treasure and such, so they had an air brush tattoo booth. I got a celtic cross in the center of my lower back since I have a wedding to go to tonight and these aren’t supposed to wear off for a week. Hubby got a kick out of it, as I knew he would. He was saying that I should get a real one there.
Now I’ve waffled on getting a tattoo. It’s a moot point until we’re finished having kids (and we haven’t started yet), as I certainly don’t want something permanent that’s going to get stretched out of whack with pregnancy. Sensible, no? But anyway, hubs got his first tattoo last year and is already jonsing for another. I’m okay with this so long as I have more say in where this one goes. Two forearm tattoos make me think too much of Popeye The Sailor Man in a not good way. But that’s neither here nor there.
Whenever tattoos come up in conversation, I always come back to this image. This is what I want if I ever get a tattoo. The Celtic tree of life. My family is of Scots extraction, and I love the symbolism. Plus, it’s just pretty. I want to get it in the small of my back. I have several reasons for this.
- Easy to hide
- Least likely spot to get stretched out if my weight changes
- Nobody’s gonna see it unless I WANT them to see it
- It feels like my little secret there
I mentioned this plan to a friend, and she said to make sure that it wasn’t in the tramp stamp location. Well I’ve never been entirely clear on where that is and the google images that came up on such a search seemed to encompass pretty much the entire lower back region, so…this is not really any clearer for me. It seems like a “tramp stamp” as such would have more to do with the subject matter (like those tacky ass ones some men get of naked women) and dressing like a hooker in order to draw attention to one’s ass, in which case it’s more the attire that would merit the name. Now the ones that seem to dip down practically to the butt crack, okay, I can see that looking trashy, and I definitely saw some scary ones online while we were looking for DH, but otherwise, the small of the back seems like a perfectly logical place for a woman to get a tattoo. Particularly a fairly small one. It can be covered by all clothes except swimsuits. I’m not seeing where the tramp comes in here. If I’m not wearing low rider jeans (and with my shape, I simply can’t even if I wanted to) and short cropped tops (and dude, I haven’t done that since college) to show it off, I don’t see how anyone could call a tattoo in that location a tramp stamp.
I am inclined to think that it is non-inked people who perpetuate this ridiculous stereotype. People like my mom, who would totally have kittens if I got a tattoo because she thinks all tattoos are low class. I think she’s pretty narrow minded on this issue. Sure, tattoos can be tacky. Others can be incredibly sexy or meaningful. A friend of ours lost a beloved cat last year. She recently had him tattooed on (I forget where) with paw prints leading to her heart, where he’ll always be. I thought it was awfully sweet. I’d be too much of a weenie to have that much ink, but hey, more power to her.
Anyway, weigh in folks. I am really curious what people think. Do all lower back tattoos on women deserve the moniker of tramp stamp?