It's no secret that when it comes to the mating game—whether it be for a liaison or a lifetime—men tend to place a higher premium on beauty than women do.Ample research shows that men are sensitive to a range of physical cues in women, such as a low waist-to-hip ratio, larger breasts, effective cosmetics use, revealing clothing, and wearing the color red (which signals sexual receptivity).
But only because I don’t find it visually appealing, not out of misplaced snobbishness on my part.
Tattoos are not signifiers of a bad upbringing or a dangerous personality, and it’s a myth that historically they were found solely on the skin of sailors, inmates and other ruffians.
David Beckham totes a toddler in his sketchy, blackened arms. I see the appeal of exerting control over one’s body; I admire the permanence of them, and like the fact that they are emblems of signficant moments in our lives.
Models from Heidi Klum to Gisele Bundchen reveal tattooed wrists on the red carpet. I can see the attraction of attempting to mould your external being to fit your idea of ‘the real you’. Yet in and of themselves there’s nothing attractive about tattoos.
But on the right person, and on women in particular, tattoos can be beautiful, intricate, intriguing.
I have a female friend who is swathed in purple and navy, a wave of calla lilies crashes at her wrist and crescendos at her tricep, roses bloom from her sternum and blossom at her bust; as she tucks her hair behind her ear, you'll spy a tiny lock and key nestling in her hairline. I almost went under the needle, although if I had gone ahead and got a skull inked on my forearm, the one that I took a cleaning job at 16 to fund, I'm sure I would have taken a cheese grater to it by now. If I'm approached by a man with an assortment of scratchy doodles across his skin, purchased on a stag-weekend whim, or a tribal armband he had inked in the early Nineties and which has proceeded to catalog his diminishing muscle tone ever since, I find it off-putting and unattractive.Harry Styles is said to have over 40 of them, and he’s only 13. Sometimes the sexiest thing about a tattoo is simply the fact that the owner doesn't care what others think of it. If you saw the majority of tattoo imagery inside a picture frame, you’d dismiss it as very bad art indeed. Anthropologically speaking, tattoos are fascinating, and as self-expression goes it doesn't get much more tangible than puncturing a needle filled with indelible pigment into your body. Besides the immediate endorphine rush, I imagine that it's validating to commit yourself to such a palpable personal transformation.If you do not have an existing account within Passions Network, then you can join Tattoo Passions, and it will be 100% free.No upgrades will be required for you to have full access to Tattoo Passions. This option opens up access to a significant number of active sites in the network, but again, it is not required.Email (Send & Receive) allow members to interact within Tattoo Passions without giving out personal contact details.