I went online looking up pics of Black women with tats cuz I have tats and I like to see good pics of girls with tats and there aren't that many of Black women, or any women of color really. Well there I was surfing the internet when I came across this on Brown Sista:
Sistas And Tattoos
Debra on April 19, 2007 at 8:37 pm (1 year, 8 months ago)
Keyshia Cole All Tattoo-ed Up Sistas and tattoos- where do I start? Much like 10 inch nails and purple hair- tattoos are the newest thing sistas have decided to overdo. I swear we as a people are like peacocks- we like to be seen.We are flashy and don’t get me wrong this can sometimes be a good thing. However when overdone we often end up looking like fools and such is the case with sistas and their multiple tattoos.
I remember back in the day when all women had the same tattoo- a delicate little rose on the ankle. That was back when ladies wanted to be a little edgy, a little sexy, but still feminine. Well the times sure are a changin’- but for sista’s mostly. Black women can now be seen sportin’ tattoos on their breasts, thighs, arms, and even their necks. What kind of woman gets a tattoo on her neck?
I am sure this is all for attention sake and that is the sad part. How sad is it that as women so many of us feel the only way we can get attention is to have outrageous markings all over our bodies and in areas we shouldn’t be showing off in the first place.
Sad to say, but sistas are slowly losing the feminine battle. Between the tattoos, outrageous hair, loud dispositions and 10 inch nails, we seem less like women and more like cartoon characters.
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As a woman of color sitting in front of my computer with a full sleeve on my right arm, knuckle tats, two tats on the back of my neck, one on my hip, two matching ones on my collar bone and plans for more, I was a little taken aback. I didn't get my tatoos as a "trend" and even with my 9 highly visible tats I still consider myself to be a little edgy, a little sexy, but still feminine. Yes I said I have neck tats....so what kind of woman am I? My own woman that's what kind. I don't understand why anyone would sit through hours of pain, nurse there healing tatoos, go to pains to keep them moisturized and out of the sun and get them repaired or touched up if needed just for attention..if you ask me that seems like you could spend that money lauching your own reality tv show or buying an outfit for your American Idol audition instead...probably get your attention a bit quicker that way. It wouldn't have been as bad if it wasn't followed by 27 COMMENTS that agreed and said things like
'Ladies lets be ladies without mutilating our bodies with tatoos. It often takes away the “soft and pink” in us that men desperately desire to see.'
'Black women….no BLACK PEOPLE are so quick to follow trends it disgusts me...Just some quick history, tattoos come from way back in the biblical days, they were origianally proof that some one was a prisoner (now we use numbers). That alone makes me not want one'
'...it looks so damn tacky! Not lady like or attractive. There’s nothing wrong with a tattoo on the small of your back, maybe your ankle something sexy you know. But all that big outrageous stuff is a mess!'
'I’m a black man and I CAN’T STAND to see a woman with tats all over her body. It’s like black women are ashamed of their skin. I was talking with some brothas the other day and we all agreed that sistas have taken the wrong turn on this trend. Too much weaves, nails, green contacts, tattoos - just too much. Most black men love the beauty of a sista’s NATURAL skin. Where are my mocha queens?! We shouldn’t be distracted with roadmaps, zodiac signs, chinese symbols, babies names, etc …that ish looks rough. Black Sistas stop with this stuff and spread the word.
20 year old tats look like painted on crust.'
I literally sat at my computer with my jaw dropping open. That last comment especially floored me. I know everyone doesn't think like this, but it's people like this who make life so much harder than it needs to be. People have a right to their own bodies and their own choices. If you don't like tats that's fine...don't get one, but what's the point of standing up on a soapbox and telling everyone else that their decisions make them "disgusting" and "unfeminine"? I think that says more about the people saying it than the people it's directed at...also it would probably be wise do some research before complaining about a sub-culture that's as wide and varied as one can be. Tattoos were not ONLY used as markers for prisoners in the past. And yes there are things like "prison tats" now, but there are different genres of tattos. Japanese, Traditional American...I don't even know all the types. I've seen some absolutely gorgeors tattoos on women-beautiful dancers with fans, roses, orchids, fairies, religious symbols, animals, even zombies...
personally, I think tatoos are beautiful (especially mine, but I may be biased =P ). The only thing I would say is that people should make sure to go to a qualified tatto parlour with safe up to date equipment and make sure that the artists have decent protfolios. They should also do some research to either design their piece or decide what they want to get, but as long as they make a responsible decision to get a tat and don't get one DRUNK or illegally, or with bad equipment and sanitary conditions, they can do what they please and more power to them.
....well that's my little rant for now. On with my search.