News Editor says Tattoos are Classless and Worthless

I really hate posting things like this, but I do think it’s important to have a well rounded view on how tattoos are perceived in the World today. Sometimes we surround ourselves with like-minded people and forget that there are some people out there who just aren’t as understanding and open.

It’s always people who don’t have tattoos and that don’t understand the lifestyle who have the strongest opinions. There is nothing wrong with saying that you don’t like tattoos, that’s fine. The problem arises when you cast judgement on people who you don’t know and tell them what they are doing is wrong without having any justification. This article was reposted in it’s entirety from The Spectrum, the independent publication for the University of Buffalo.

Article by Lisa Khoury

I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.
Ladies, I know you’re at least at the legal age of making your own decisions, but before you decide to get a tattoo, allow me to let you in on a little secret. A secret you may have not fully realized yet thus far in your life. What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures.
Seriously, though. Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands, because – as corny as this sounds – we hold the world’s beauty.
But something girls seem to forget nowadays, or maybe have not been taught, is that women hold the world’s class and elegance in their hands, as well. So what’s more attractive than a girl with a nice body? I’ll tell you what: a girl with class. Looks may not last, but class does. And so do tattoos.
An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.
But marking it up with ink? That’s just not necessary.
I’m not here to say a girl should walk around flaunting her body like it’s her job – that’s just degrading. Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you have been given, not permanently engraving it.
Can you get meaning out of a tattoo? Arguably. If you want to insert ink into your skin as a symbol for something greater than yourself, then maybe you are proving a point to yourself or the rest of the world.
But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.
Invest your time, money, and effort into a gym membership, or yoga classes, or new clothes, or experimenting with different hairstyles if you’re craving something new with your body, not a tattoo.
I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.
God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.



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1,297 Responses to News Editor says Tattoos are Classless and Worthless

  1. Ashley says:

    This is one of the most sexist pieces of infuriating horse crap I have ever read. Hey ladies, don’t invest any money in a permanent piece of artwork and self-expression, instead go to the mall and play into gender rolls and support greedy corporations and industries that see fit to treat your entire gender as a commodity and nothing more, forcing some media image of who you’re supposed to be down your throat. While you’re at it, BUY a gym membership (no mention of FREE outdoor activities that are proven to improve your self image and connection to the world around you, where gyms typically seek to demean and berate you into pushing yourself to be more socially acceptable looking). Does this girl have a tattoo? I would wager not. So i would argue that she has no authority to comment on whether or not a tattoo experience is meaningful. I still remember my first tattoo, but I could give less than a crap about where I got my last pair of shoes from.

    Utter garbage.

    • Shahab says:


    • Orthaux says:

      This reply has more literary value the the article it replies to.

    • Nicole says:

      Well said!

    • This was written perfectly, exactly what I was thinking.

      • Stephanie says:

        Written perfectly for narrow minded idiots, such as yourself I suppose.

      • Tracy says:

        I concur with Stephanie, you mindless painty waisted sheep. Can’t people be happy and secure enough with themselves that they don’t feel the need to insult people who view body art differently than they.

      • payattentionforfuckssake says:

        Stephanie & Tracey, how about looking at the hierarchy of replies here before resorting mindless name-calling. It is pretty clear that prettygreyday was referring to Ashley’s reply, not the article in question.

      • Christopher says:


        some people don’t have the mental aptitude to line up pictures to see where they fall in a thread. Not Much you can do, especially when those people only have the mental aptitude to attack people as much as this article does.

      • bernard says:

        this article reeks of ME,ME and especially ME.From the dribble i’ve just read,this moron seems to think n i’ve seen this a lot lately,that ALL women are just so beautiful,perfect. . . . .holding the worlds beauty. . .what a prentious,narcasisstic,materialistic,superficial oxygen waster this alleged female is,she looks quite young n here she is telling others(and obviously clean skinned itself)about the so-called “effects” of tats.Grow a brain,get a life and then EVOLVE.

    • Joe says:

      I don’t condone people being held down against their will and raped however, I would totally condone someone holding you down and tattooing on your forehead, “I AM AN EGOTISTICAL, SELF-CENTERED, NO OPINION OF MY OWN CUNT.”

      Thank you…that is all I have to say 🙂

    • Erika says:

      THANK YOU ASHLEY! i agree there is nothing wrong with getting a tattoo.

    • Kelly says:

      This. For sure.

      I don’t see how getting a tattoo supposedly doesn’t cause you to learn something about yourself, or challenge you, or lead you to self growth, but somehow going to the mall and buying clothes does? Stupid.

      I only have one tattoo, but it MEANS something to me. My mother and I got the same thing at the same time, and my grandma was there also. Now I have a permanent reminder of an amazing trip to Las Vegas with two of the most incredible women I know and I’ll always be connected to my mother no matter how far away we are from each other. No clothes or shoes or gym membership could ever make me feel like that.

      • Rob says:

        Ah yes, the end of the pilgrimage trail…..Las Vegas. Did nana win big?

      • I think perhaps this author should challenge herself and GET A TATTOO.

        You can have them removed anyway.

      • hillaryalene says:

        Agreed. Her whole rant about getting a tattoo not challenging you is ludicrous. And I honestly don’t think she can form a neutral opinion when she herself has never had a tattoo. It DOES challenge you, and to most people their tattoo symbolizes something substantial in their life. Not all tattoos, but quite a few of them. Also while I’m at it, about her opinion on women’s class, I’m sexy and I know it. I don’t need to go get my nails done and spend frivolous amounts of money on frilly clothes and shoes to feel that way. I have nothing against someone who does, but I don’t feel the need to do that. The girl that wrote the article could really use some lessons on class before she goes out preaching about it. Class is not the way you look, but the way in which you present yourself. Something that a gym membership isn’t going to change.

      • Cindy says:

        I also only have one tattoo after swearing I’d never get one(don’t like needles). My tattoo is a gothic cross with angel wings & a halo. I got it in loving memory of my only child who passed away last year @ the age of 22. I feel his spirit is with me more now. I plan on adding more to it on his birthdate & deathdate. It’s one of the best & most meaningful things I’ve ever done.
        RIP Jeremy Robert 3/29/88-5/13/10
        May you sing with the angels knowing you are loved.
        Love, Mom

      • Pam says:

        Well said, Kelly.

      • Christopher says:

        I only want one tattoo. It’s a full back piece that is going to have smoke rising out of a scar on my back and form into a Phoenix from mid back into my shoulders. It is my way of reminding myself of all the crap that has happened within my life, that I’ve lived through. Like my house burning down when I was 7, coping with suicidal tendencies when I was 12, living through a 65 mph car crash at 21 that should have killed me and the doctors had no clue why I was A) Alive; and B) not a single bone in my body was broken. I will test my physical pain tolerance to have that tattoo to remind myself of my experiences if I ever feel down that there is nothing I can’t rise up from. I’m sure there are a lot of Tattoos that women want to get that mean a lot to them, and this article does nothing but degrade them.
        Way to go Lisa Khoury, I think you’ve proven our point. Don’t get a “trendy” tattoo that means nothing to you. Get one that means something to you. Hell, even the Great Pyramids had Hieroglyphics on their walls that told a story. Oh and weren’t those structures TEMPLES OF WORSHIP?

    • Jayme says:

      You’re amazing.

    • Kristal says:

      My tattoos do bring me happiness. They mark memories & events in my life. They’re reminders of my growth & I am beautiful with them.

      With that being said, I’d expect the author to look like she spends a little more money making herself look classy/dolled up… Less frumpy. But that’s just my opinion.

      • Absolutely!! Is dying your hair, getting fake nails glued on, plastering make up all over your face not also “vandalism of your temple that is your body”? If tattoos are, then this should be too. See, I can be a narrow minded idiot also! LOL.
        My tattoos mean the world to me, YES they made happier, and YES I do feel they improved my life. My gym membership does not make me feel good about myself, it makes me feel fat and lazy. My tattoos make me think my arms are beautiful! I would not have changed those decisions to get them for the world.

      • Lora says:

        I totally agree with Kristal…..i just got my first tattoo a few years ago and then another about a year after that…they both have very special meaning to me that include my husband and children. Actually getting ready to get another one. I can cover them so ppl dont see or i can uncover them for everyone to see. I love summer time b/c when I wear my bikini I show them both off! I love my tattoo’s and get many compliments on them! This little girl looks to be what about 18 or 19? I suggest she live life for several more years and grow up before judging people (women) with tattoo’s. I have a gym membership, I exercise, I enjoy dressing up and looking nice, I am a wife, mother, grandmother and nurse and I am satisfied with my body and my tattoo’s. Of course then again I don’t need to please or win the approval of anyone else b/c what I choose to do with my body is totally my business and noone else’s. So little girl keep your opinions to yourself b/c US WOMEN with tattoo’s don’t really care what your opinion of us are!!

      • Rachel says:

        HA! My thoughts exactly!

    • Stephanie says:

      ^Exactly what I was thinking Ashley!!

    • Taylor says:


    • Aimee says:

      Completely agree. She has NO leg to stand on when talking about getting a tattoo. I’d rather be the drop dead gorgeous tattooed woman I KNOW I am than the clueless, socially derprieved person she is!

      Disprespectful, degrading…worthless wrtting!

      • Tara says:

        Well said!

      • Harmsway says:

        Agreed Aimee! I would like to point out that some of the most creative, beautiful women I know are canvassed with art. They also happen to take care of their bodies and have amazing fashion sense. They are artists, musicians, scientists, philosophers, models and amazing mothers who happen to help disabled Veterans like myself. Where would the world be without diversity? Everyone plays a part in the world good or bad regardless of their appearance choices. I choose to view or acknowledge someone based off of their integrity and actions rather than how they choose to ornament their body

    • Daniel says:

      agreed. i don’t even have tattoos and its easy to see that is bigoted bs. i mean wow, this is some impressive crap. hard to believe, not worth the time it took to read.

    • shauna says:

      So, this makes me so angry .. I go to the gym I wear amazing heels I get my nails and my hair done, I wear trendy nice clothes, I have an amazing job and a Masters Degree I work in the federal court system, men drool over me, men swoon over me, I have class, I have morals, I am a mother, a daughter. a granddaughter, I vote and dont litter, I drive a 50 thousand dollar car thats paid for that I bought …. AND….

      I have OVER 200 hours of tattoo work on my body, I am pierced, my ears are guaged, and I am respected.

      This woman is telling our children it is not OK to be themselves and be individual and personally it sickens me.

      Judge not least ye be judged … God is watching (yes I believe in God people with tattoos dont worship the devil)

      • Dmadds says:

        you are rad. hands down. The girl who wrote this article is clearly an idiot with no view of the world but her own.

      • Alison says:

        even better than the first response. nothing but respect for you, lady.

      • Nicole says:

        Rock on, sister. Right there with ya. Master’s Degree, career in higher education, support myself… And working my 6th and biggest piece. This poor excuse for a writer doesn’t know what she’s talking about… and clearly, from the looks of her photo, doesn’t practice what she preaches, either.

      • Amen. The world needs more inspirations like you in it!!!

      • Jenn says:

        I agree with you 110%. I do not have any tattoos (yet 😛 ) but I am an extremely open-minded person. It nauseates me to know how judgmental and close-minded our society still is. We cannot judge people right off the bat by their appearance. Especially about their level of education and/or religion. Also, ones appearance has absolutely nothing to do with their personality or their ability to be a good individual.

      • Christine says:

        Thank you. I don’t have tattoos but I do agree with wht u said.

      • randi says:

        Shauna’s comment!!

      • Jennifer says:

        @shauna Now this is incredibly well said. and your awesome.

      • hillaryalene says:

        Amen! Class is a presence, something that girl will never have.

      • Jessi says:

        This….this right here.

    • Four N says:

      After thousands of years of people practicing the art of body modification, I am glad this woman has finally set the record straight. Tattoos are obviously a passing trend and a senseless way of expressing how “cool” you are. Religion, spirituality, and individual creativity be damned, let’s all go get our nails done at the mall. Oh, and since we live in the most tattooed generation of all time, make sure you hide your tattoos when you make this trip to the mall. You don’t want Ms. Lisa Khoury to think any less of you than she already does…

    • Nicole says:

      Seriously… because what REALLLLY challenges me and leads me to self-growth is getting my nails done and being ogled at whilst wearing high heels. What happens when you get your nails done? Ahuh.. you get your nails done, and that’s it. Just like this moron has to say about tattoos.. at least there’s reason behind why people get them. What story do you have behind what fucking color you painted your nails that week? What meaningful thing do you have to say about the heels you chose to wear this morning?

      Either whoever wrote this article was just out to majorly troll, or people are much, much stupider than I thought. No one can be that stupid or ignorant though, really.

    • I agree 100%. I have one tattoo….and yes, it did teach me something and has lasting meaning. It taught me that although I am petrified of needles, I am capable of sitting for 3+ hours for my tattoo without going into a panic attack.

    • Ssejors says:


      This article is DISGUSTING.. Ive never read anything quite as offensive

    • Kevin B says:


    • Katherine says:

      I agree with Ashley on this one, It’s your body, and your life. you should roll with the punches the way that you’ want to live it not the other way around. Everyone has different styles and they express it through whatever they want. if they want to get a tattoo, than so be it. I’m one of those people who don’t have a tattoo , but than again, I’m not against or judgmental towards people who do. People who have tattoos on their bodies, I like to call them walking art. Some of these tattoo’s they have are absolutely stunning, and beautiful, as you just said, we are all naturally beautiful to begin with, what’s wrong with adding more?

    • chelsea says:

      agree completely !

    • alicia says:

      agreed!!! this woman knows nothing about what people can get our of a tattoo. everything she said before ‘nothing comes out of getting a tattoo’ is exactly what alot of people get from getting a tattoo.
      she probably saw a woman with a tattoo and thought it was her duty to tell all women what they should be doing with their bodies,
      she needs a good talking to from all the classy women with tattoos, cos believe me, there are thousands!

    • Mary says:

      Agree with Ashley!

    • james davis says:

      Boooooooooyah! Dish that shit up on a platter:D beauty is an eloquent woman with confidence. My heart yearns to meet, for I can correctly use their they’re and there. Our children will grow to become literary gods amongst this rubble of garbled sentences that are ever increasing in this fast food nation. . Call me, boo!

    • Briana says:

      It’s the way she wrote it. She wrote it in a way that kind of makes her sound unintelligent.
      It is written in a way that looks like it is attacking people, and its based solely on an opinion. As a matter of fact, she makes a statment like her opinion is a fact.

      “I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.”

      If i was an 18-21 year old girl and I read that, I would despise her. Right off the bat.
      If she is concerned with women vandelizing their bodies, well then you probably should have wrote an article concerning women having promiscuos sex.

      This article isn’t going to make some 19 year old be like, “Holy shit this girl is right. Fuck tattoos. I’m just a rebellious asshole.”

      For some people it’s who they are, some people love art, their body is a canvas.

      I live in South Florida. Huge spot for tattoos, and people get them for all different reasons. Old women, young women, smart women, dumb women.

      People can still be elegant. and besides, it’s the 21st century or what not. Elegance is a past-time. Elegance has lost its elegance.

      “She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things”

      I’m sorry, but shoving my foot into a heel is not one of the finer things in life. It’s actually really bad for your foot and can cause long-term damage.

    • Britt W says:

      THANK YOU! Took the words right out of my mouth. I have a tattoo. ONE. It’s nothing large, it’s hardly noticeable, but it means a great deal to me. “But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth?” To answer these questions: Yes, I am a happier person, not just because of the tattoo, but because of what it represents to me. It HAS challenged me as it is a reminder to be a better person all around, thus leading to self-growth. How closed-minded of this person to assume that all women should do what is typical and expected.

    • cher says:

      i am decorated with the names of my grandmother, grandfather, mother and deceased dad. i have my wedding band tattooed on. i choose to pay homage to those i love and what i value: my family. if this doesn’t live up to your perceived notion of class, my feelings won’t be hurt, i am grateful to not have anything save for a gender in common with you. take your own advice: go back to the mall. and the gym. you need a makeover. here’s a helpful hint: you should start from the inside first.

    • Amen Ashley, well said.
      This article is just so dumb…go get your nails done, buy new trendy clothes and buy a gym membership and that is supposed to “challenge you” or help you to “learn new things about yourself”..ugh, garbage

    • marjean says:

      This god dam ugly ass bible hugger should really consider shooting herself between the fucking eyes.

      I mean really take a look at yourself. It doesn’t look like you straighten your hair, put make up on, or do anything implying you’re a “beautiful creature”. “I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.” Just because you don’t have the balls to be any of those doesn’t give you the god dam right to call us women with ink “classless”. You have to be out of your fucking tree. How is getting fake nails and chemicals put in your hair any better then getting ink in your skin? I can tell you why. I have 11 tattoos and I am proud of everyone of them. I invested my money wisely into something I will bring to the grave with me. The plus side is being able to tell my kids, and grand kids the wonderful stories behind them. Every day I wake up, I get to look at beautiful works of art on my skin. “But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it.” Every time I get tattooed I walk out of the tattoo shop with a little bit more confidence. Every time I go to my appointments, sit down with my tattoo artist, I learn something new about him or myself. It’s challenged me in it’s own little unique way. The pain you go threw during a tattoo can’t be explained, it can only be experienced. After the last line is finished till having the tattoo on you for years, the experience never ends. Get your head out of your asshole and open your fucking eyes.

      • kara says:

        LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!!! As woman with more tattoos than I care to count lol i could not have worded it any better myself =) Thank goodness for people like us!!!

      • EddieTheRez says:

        Well fucking said Marjean,

        I’m a bloke that loves women with tattoos. I always find women with tattoos more interesting as they have stories to tell, they tend to have lived and have some special reminder of someone or an event as their ink.

        People such as ‘Liza’ have no understanding of tattoos or their meaning to people, their opinions come from a small mind which, unfortunately, seems to have an inverse relationship with their big mouth.

        The article makes for trash reading and I struggle to believe that this came from an independent publication of the University of Buffalo. An article such as this belongs in some trashy tabloid newspaper, alongside some celebrity gossip that nobody reads.

        To all reading this, I hope this finds you planning more ink! Please don’t be put off by some “god dam ugly ass bible hugger ” (Thanks for this Marjean t’shall be used now for the rest of the day!!) and remember all the gym, yoga classes and hair dyes can’t fix the ugliness of these types of opinions!

      • Heather says:

        while I totally agree with the gist of your response, the call for her to kill herself and the constant swearing only feeds this naive girls’ ignorant ideas. Yes, this is an incredibly ignorant article, she obviously has no clue and is most likely being fed this crap from her mom and or grandmother. I also agree that she needs a serious lesson in reality, class and elegance. But I think all of that can be achieved without someone threatening violence and what not. I have several tattoo’s, they are an extension of my personality and I plan to get many more. I am totally appauled that this young ‘woman’ thinks that doing superficial things getting her nails done and going to the mall or gym make her a classier woman. Her article takes us back to the 50’s, when women were still struggling for their right to be equal to men in so many ways. She might as well have said women belong in stockings, heels, a dress and an apron, in the kitchen, not working or having any rights of our own. And yes, it is hilariously ironic that she is so incredibly plain looking and doesn’t look like she follows her own ‘advice’ here. I won’t be so hateful as to call her ugly or unattractive. But she definitely doesn’t live up to her ‘idea’ of how women should be. She has a lot of growing up to do, and I certainly hope that she learns to open her mind and her heart to all that life has to offer. (which is much more than fake nails, gym memberships, high heels and the mall!).

    • jason says:

      that was better than well written ashley! could not agree more! even if i’m just some heavily tattooed scumbag tattooer!

    • Penny says:

      completely agree Ashley!! I rememeber every tattoo I ever got and love them and the story they tell and I couldn’t give a flying f%#k what shoes are on my feet as long as they do te job they are intended for lol

    • P.P.R. says:

      I, personally, do not have a tattoo and have no interest in getting one. With that said, this Lisa Khoury is an ignorant girl and needs to educate herself on the origination/reason(s) behind tattoos. For instance, there have been findings of tattos going back as far as the New Stone Era.. *grumble* I am a woman who believes in self expression, however one chooses to do so.

    • Cazanobia says:

      I think you hitt the nail on the head there miss Ashley:)

    • Nicole says:

      scream it loud sister!

    • janine says:

      Hear hear!!!

    • shianne says:

      that is the best responce i think this “article could have gotten 🙂

    • Natalie says:

      You might just be the most liked person on this blog right now. I am so angry by these comments. As a woman who is heavily tattooed this is so insulting and degrading. Normally negative responses tattoos don’t rile me. But this, has mightily annoyed me. Utter rubbish? That would be your article. Because God knows you would never say it to my face.

    • Ana says:

      I agree!!!! For one why is the author only talking about women and two last I checked some temples have engravings too so this whole “Your body is a temple” is a load of crap

    • Linda says:

      Nothing wrong with a Tattoo. I have 5 small ones. They are pretty. Get a life Miss Perfect. How dare you put us down for having a Tattoo!!!!

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    • cooties says:

      girl looks like a more masculine version of skrillex. who does she think she is. my girl friend has tattoos and they look great on her. going to the mall and buying shoes has to be the most vapid alternative to getting a tattoo. the paris hilton generation.

    • shauna says:

      Agree. 100%. This little girl is judgmental & totally clueless about tattoos & the meaning they have for some. I wonder if she has pierced ears?

    • Daisy says:

      Completely agree with you. This is UTTER Garbage. She obviously has played into the role as the pretty little house wife that can do no wrong. Self expression is all that matters. People express themselves in many different ways. If you want a tattoo then get it. Others dye their hair. People do piercings. To each their own. Telling these younger girls to go out and get a gym membership plays into telling them that they have to have the perfect body and would not be socially excepted if not. This is a world where people live on being able to express themselves freely. Women with tattoos are just a beautiful as women who don’t have them. SHEESH !!! Keep this girl away from my kids. I don’t want my girls to grow up thinking that they have to impress everyone around them. They need to be able to express themselves whatever way they want too. We are Strong women. We have come a long way in this world to be able to do whatever a man does. Let’s hold our stance and Show them what we can do.

    • Beth says:

      I could not have said it better myself! Awesome!!

    • Alex says:

      AMEN! Haha!

    • Couldn’t have said it better.
      This girl is nothing more than a sophomoric fool of a college kid who finds herself way too interesting.

    • bettiepeg says:

      I felt I needed to respond to this as well. I’ve sent her an email requesting an opportunity to do a point-counter point article with her. Here’s to hoping she’s in.

    • Chelle says:

      Absolutely agree! I plan on getting a tattoo in memorial of my mom who passed when I was five months old the day I turn 18. So now having a permanent memorial of the person who gave birth to me on my body but passed before she got the chance to raise me isn’t classy? Like hell it’s not.

    • Heidi says:

      Amen !!! She’s a superficial, hypocrite that needs to shush her mouth !! This article is the biggest bunch of BS , this girl needs a huge cup of STFU !!!! Maybe she needs a tattoo of someone’s fist across her forehead! ;). I am an elegant woman, with many tattoos that I flaunt the hell out of !! 😉 They are expressions of my life, my trials, tribulations, pain, happiness, memories, etc.. And God knows the last thing we need is her slanderous , bullshit, racist comments!

    • mark says:

      ashley you are amazing

    • K says:

      you all sound like fools 2 me.

      Tattoos are self expression?
      a need for attention?
      be honest with yourself for just 5 seconds.

      I’ve got a tattoo. They are a a joke.
      They are the reverse progression of human evolution.
      They are tribal, and primal.

      • Claudia says:

        that sounds like what your tattoo is to you “a need for attention”….if u don’t like it get it removed …quit bitching

      • hillaryalene says:

        And that is YOUR personal opinion. Just because your tattoo doesn’t mean anything to you doesn’t mean that every other persons is a joke.

    • Natalie says:

      I just had to share the email I just wrote to that idiot publisher:

      “First of all, I want to begin this email by saying I have never written someone to tell them how horrible their article is, but in this instance my conscience would not allow me to simply write a snarky comment on Facebook. Your article is not only hypocritical and misogynistic, but ill-conceived and unresearched.
      I wholeheartedly agree that women are naturally beautiful creatures, however, it pains me that there are still members of my gender who see us only as vehicles for male pleasure. Did it even cross your mind that are girls (and not just lesbians!) who are in no way concerned as to whether or not guys drool over them? And, of course, you follow your altogether faulty initial premise with the outdated concept of “class”. Have you not noticed the worldwide movement rallying against the top one percent? (ahem, that’s Occupy Wallstreet, if you haven’t figured it out.) Equating goodness with social rank is as foolish defining someone solely by their race, gender, or sexual preference. Not to mention that how you define an elegant women is just downright silly. She flaunts her body and and goes to the mall? Really?
      As for you stance on tattoos, humans have inscribed their experiences on their skin as both milestone and rite of passage for centuries. I encourage you to talk to just one person who has tattoos. Having a tattoo does make us happier people. A tattoo will cause us to learn something new about ourselves now only during the rite of receiving it, but every time we look at it and reinterpret it’s meaning. In this way, it also challenges us and leads to self-growth. It releases negative experiences and always reminds us of the good ones.
      So, when my grandkids ask about that red phoenix on my back (I suppose if I am the kind of grandma who walks around with her back exposed…). I’ll tell the story of how I watched a city I loved be destroyed by a hurricane. How I also saw people with heart and dedication put their lives back together only to build something even better – like the phoenix being reborn from the ashes – and how I always carry that story and many others with me, on me, every moment.”

    • dan says:

      I don’t remember when I bought my shoes but I recall victory when I wore them the hell out.
      Sole separation like a firestone.

    • Kelcey says:

      What I find to be funny about this is how she states that we need morals and values, as if people who have tattoos DON’T have any. What a ridiculously unaccurate assumption and stereotype. I’m not sure that the author is aware of how many different people actually have tattoos.And I absolutely LOVE how she generalized women as getting tattoos in a way that suggests she percieves women are getting tattoos to attract men? Haha, I have ONE tattoo on my shoulder that I got after a bad relationship to remind me to never compromise my values for anyone. And you know what when I am 80 I highly doubt I will be showing my wrinkled back to anyone (I’ve personally never seen my grandmothers bare back), nor will I care that it will be wrinkled and faded. When your 80 everything is wrinkled and faded.
      Dear Author:
      If you don’t like tattoos, don’t get one.
      Don’t lump millions of people in a ridiculous group because of a way they choose to express themselves. Who made you the moral authority on any issue?
      I’m not an athlete, and I don’t get my nails done, and I don’t spend a bunch of money on clothes or face. I don’t enjoy doing those things,and if you are going to argue that you were blessed with natural beauty: you should list things that don’t involve conforming to the magazine and fashion standards for women. You write this article under the assumption that everyone tattooed is going to regret it.
      Just an FYI: I don’t have any regrets, and I never will. They are a waste of my time.

    • fugue8812 says:

      Perfectly said, though seriously if she’s going this far apparently it’s still okay to pierce everything in sight. Since, there’s no mention at all of that being bad.

    • Jess says:

      Great response back Ashley!

    • Joseph says:

      Says the lady who goes to the mall and buys shoes and new hairdo’s. Okay ladies, I get it. Some of you love going to the mall with your girlfriends and getting your nails done and buying overpriced bullshit made in China to help your low self esteem, but guess what? I’ll tell you what! All women are not created equal. To each his (or her) own. Tattoos have been around for thousands of years. THOUSANDS!!!!!!!! Guess what hasn’t? Macy’s. So go shove everything you just said about how tattoos are trash and get a damned makeover that won’t mean shit tomorrow. Thank you. Ranting is finished. P.S. to the lady that wrote this piece, you are not attractive. No amount of makeup or hair dye can change the fact that you are close minded and have a very jaded sense of how the world works. You are and always will be ugly.

    • Liz says:

      Thank you for posting what I was thinking. When I’m a granny, I’ll be proud to show off my wings. 😉

    • Lola says:

      Thank you! Perfectly well-said. I am in 100% agreement.

    • bill seleno says:

      as I was unable to post I wanted to share my email that i had sent to her.

      Please return to writing in your diary and saving everyone the trouble of having to stumble upon your mental vomit.
      Thank you.


    • Claudia says:

      i am speechless ….in fact i had to close the original article because it was so upsetting …i was brought up to be accepting of others but people like her make it extremely difficult. *ugh narrow mindedness*!!!!

    • Zoe says:

      Totally agree. You obviously have no idea what it’s like to be a successful tattooed women, like many of us are!

    • Dunkelsidhe says:

      I’m applauding your reply!

    • Chris says:

      It’s classist too, in a way, and terribly unaware of the importance of tattoos in certain cultures. I will have no issue explaining my tattoos to my kids of they ask about them, and the morals I will impart on them will include not judging the value of another person on their appearance and what they put on or in their bodies.

    • Jessica says:

      My thoughts, exactly, after reading this. She might as well get a sex change and start beating women. Does she honestly find woman-kind’s role in society to ‘hold the world’s beauty’?! Are men not capable of being physically beautiful? I’d prefer future generations of strong, independent, inked ladies than sad girls with daddy issues who define themselves by physicalities and superficiality.

    • prettyprincess says:

      Thank you so much for being awesome! This is exactly what I was going to say :> I don’t have a tattoo- but lot’s of my friends do – male and female- and honestly, who is anyone to judge anyone for wanting to get a piece of artwork? I think that there are bad tattoos out there, but if it has meaning to someone, then why does it bother you? No one is forcing you to get a tattoo….

    • You couldn’t have said this any better. She speaks of class, yet a woman with class would never pen such a outlandish and closed minded piece. Hypocrisy at its finest.

    • Jennifer says:




    • Yeah, What Ashley Said… I love how people are so invested in their opinion being the only way. You don’t like tatoos? Don’t get one. Easy. Why this means you should insult people who do like tatoos and so… wait for it… Do get one (or one million) is beyond me.

    • roxyfeathers says:

      bravo ashley!

    • Lex says:

      A more vapid bit of trash I haven’t seen in ages – Seriously? “An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.” Like being a boring tool with no individuality, creativity or ambition. This tattoo hater is a Christian evangelist trying to backdoor the “message”. Yuck.

    • Karolyn Hanna says:

      Well put!

    • Ashley; amazingly written.

    • Renee says:

      Ashley, I couldn’t have said it better myself. This Lisa woman mentions the words classless and worthless!! In my opinion, people who judge others are classless and their judgements are worthless. Especially if they have no clue as to what they are talking about. All of my tattoos have meaning to me and they represent something about myself. I am proud of my ink. Like the saying goes, “some people like to hang their art, I choose to wear mine.” It is called “FREEDOM”, She needs to get a life!

    • Tony says:

      People need to realise that if your body is a temple and you are it’s High Priestess/Priest then you get to choose the manner of worship and decor not some stranger from a different belief system. You don’t visit a lovely old church and go lets rip out the vaulting it looks tacky do you?

    • Alura Dye says:

      Rather than completely bash you and what I HATE about you and your descisions and your way of thinking and how you look…. I am just going to argue my point, beacuase that is what a classy girl does. I do not need to belittle you to do so.
      Having said that, youre point of view is infuriating!!!!!!! You wanna talk about up bringing having to do with this? What was your upbringing? Did your mother take you aside and tell you everyday to discriminate against everyone different than you? Great up bringing. You didn’t get a tattoo. Congratulations. Tattoos are not for everyone and I agree with that, but to say a girl has no class and is making a mistake by getting them is 100% wrong. I am a christian. I am not a devil worshiper because I have tattoos. I do not loose respect for myself because I have tattoos… maybe others who are judgmental and close minded and have tiny little brains that are inconcievable to the idea of art do. Those people can stay far far far far away from me. I am a people lover, and anyone who is going to discriminate against me and question my character simply judging by my tattoos are IGNORANT. You might as well say people with dark skin, or people with a certain hair color, or people with a certain style, or people who believe in a certain religeon. If you truly stand for this I feel very sad for you. This world has billions of people.. over half of which are starving and have health issues. There is global warming going on, FEMA camps killing of people by the thousands… and this is what you care about? Please focus your energies else where. My doctor has tattoos and he saves lives. Who are you to say she has no class and is worthless? NO ONE. You don’t know who people are and where they came from. If you don’t agree with tattoos don’t get them.
      OH AND BY THE WAY.. I am an artists… I think that tattos can be very expressive and beautiful and I do not regret a one that I have. Are women naturally beautiful and don’t need them? Certainly. But you have no given right to classify me… ESPECIALLY if you wanna call yourself a christian!!!! If that were so true this article wouldn’t exist. “Only God can judge me”, not a silly girl with no experience in the real world. i also wanted to let you know that I am yoga certified, I spend plenty of time working on my body, practicing my morals and helping others do the same! You have a nice day now Lisa! Maybe since you’re not off getting tattoo’d you can go practice some ethic. 😉

    • Yepitsme says:

      well said. 🙂

    • JKG says:

      You missed the first piece of sexism in the article: that “women hold the world’s class and beauty in their hands.”

      Really? No beautiful or classy men out there, I guess.

    • Combi says:

      Marry me 😀

      My first (and only) tattoo means so much. It’s a permanent reminder. It makes me happy every time I look at my body in the mirror.

    • RMartin says:

      Ashley – well said!! anyone else want to leave the author a comment like i will be doing…. her email is available at bottom of the article.

    • Blake says:

      @ Ashley,

      I could not agree more. You Absolutely Hit The Nail On The Head With That One. This “writer” is dumb. All there is to it.

    • tat2vixen says:

      i believe it’s the FAT pot callin the kettle black in the name of all that is christian.

    • snakeayez says:

      A freaking men (to the reply). Self-righteous preachy bitch.

    • Well said, Ashley! I couldn’t agree more.

    • Pearly77 says:

      What about those of us that love getting tattooed and also do yoga, run marathons for charity, volunteer, and lead happy successful fit lives? Where does this article put us? Oh no, I forgot, we should all conform to the point of of view of one person that clearly doesn’t know what she’s talking about. This is bull!

    • Emily says:

      So unbelieveably true. AGREED. A completely tactful and appropriate response.

    • Doni Langdon says:

      agreed as well. I would LOVE to know how she can have a solid opinion about something she hasn’t done. I will never get a piercing other than the ones in my ears, because that isn’t me… but I can’t judge others and say that they won’t learn any thing from their piercing. I learn a ton from experiences, including getting my tattoos. Oh, and I am a Christian Conservative. With TATTOOS. Don’t judge anyone based on any grouping of people. Dehumanization starts with crap like this. Everyone is a PERSON and has FEELINGS. And I will not be playing into the gender roles mentioned in this blog either.

    • Wow… this has to be one of most ignorant things I’ve read… she’s claiming that getting trendy clothes or a new hair style “will be a much more rewarding experience” than getting tattooed… from what experience?!?!? She hasn’t even had the experience of getting a tattoo and to compare it to shopping or going to the gym is absolutely ridiculous!!!

    • Tina Bethge says:

      I have to say my body is not beautiful…….but the tatoos on it are.

    • Belle says:

      Your reply is amazing, and “horse crap” is exactly what I was thinking while I read this article. Also, obviously it was a typo but gender rolls sound delicious. xD

    • christiebea29 says:

      Ashley: Great reply!!
      I am seriously dumbfounded with this article by Lisa Khoury. The sheer arrogance and absurdity of it all. It is snotty, sexist, condescending, and juvenile. It should be offensive to not only tattooed women, but to all women and men as well.
      What is her point? Why did the publication even print this? To show how unintelligent, shallow and judgmental their writers are? How old is she anyway? 20? In her many, many, years of experience of men drooling over her during her trips to the mall (because that is what every woman aspires to, right?) she attained the invaluable knowledge of what class (defined as “impressive stylishness” in my dictionary, and boy is that important- it saves starving, jobless people everywhere) is? Hmm-
      What is clear is that the author feels that what IS valuable to spend time and money on is getting our nails done, wearing high heels, going to the mall, and working out. (The FINER things in life indeed!!) So these are the things I should be doing to achieve self-growth as well as true happiness~ maybe even nirvana? Awesome!!! Too bad I have all these tattoos…guess I will have to wait until my next life.
      I am glad she wants nothing to do with tattoos or tattooed people, with our grandchildren questioning not only our morals but our values, too. I’m also sure grandchildren everywhere are rejoicing at her revealing the true higher cause, and can’t wait to be taken to the gym and mall, to find that ever elusive secret to happiness and self-growth!!!!!

    • Skorpio Vixen says:

      Well said =) obviously this woman has no idea of what the hell she is talking about !!

    • Kitsky says:

      Thank you and well said Ashley!

    • Daniel says:

      Tattoos are just society’s way of rebelling against the system? So in a way, directly responding in an opposite way of a gender stereotype is just creating a new one? Tattoos are not about “expressing yourself” unless you tattoo it on yourself, isn’t the tattoo guy expressing himself on you? And by the way Ashely, how many nanoseconds did it take you to think of blaming big corporations? Did you learn to do that from some hipster at the local coffee shop? The most interesting people I know, men or women; do not need some tribal tattoo or a Marilyn Monroe tribute to be an amazing person.

      • Jessi says:

        While I agree that the rant against the corporations are unneccesary and you don’t need a tattoo to be interesting, I don’t necessarily agree that it’s only expressing yourself if you tattoo it on yourself. I designed my first two tattoos. I had someone else draw it because I’m not artistic in the least. But people I didn’t physically put it on my body myself it is no longer my expression? So what you’re saying is that only manufacturers can take credit for the decor in your home because you didn’t create it and the designers merely fashioned it?

      • Frannie says:

        Amazing people can also be people with tattoos… who are you to say it is “society’s way of rebelling” how do you know why someone get’s a tattoo?
        In plenty of cultures around the world it’s their “society’s” view that you SHOULD get them…. Discriminate much?!

      • Frannie says:

        My hairdresser had cancer removed from her abdomen area, she ended up with a significantly large and devastating scar which was a constant reminder of the pain and suffering she went through!
        She designed a tattoo vine, leaves and flowers to cover the scar so that she could look at the beauty of the tattoo and be reminded that there is life after suffering and was not constantly reminded of the pain….. She didn’t do it to rebel against any SYSTEM or Society!!!!

    • stan meares says:

      I think that people forget that we need corporate America. Who else will direct all the dumb girls how to act and dress. Let’s face it that’s pretty much all of them. Without a tramp stamp how will guys know who to talk to at a bar. Without that fairy or butterfly who will we know who puts out at the party. It’s a great time saver. so yes ladies please feel free to express yourself in any way that gives guys that level of comfort of knowing you’re an easy lay…oh and thanks corporate America for all the steroids in chicken and for making clothes that allow women to just be themselves.

    • I agree with you completely. Tattoos are an art form and no, they are not for everyone. I am a good mother, wife, and daughter, not to mention an honors student in college. i encourage my kids to make school a priority, I teach them to carry themselves with respect, and encourage them to always consider how their actions will affect those around them. I also hold a professional job where I have a great reputation. But wait, I have tattoos! Maybe I’ve imagined all of this…

    • whiskeypants says:

      Ashley, whoever you are, I love you.

    • Jennifer says:

      I could not have said it better myself! This woman does not have a clue!

    • joshua hileman says:

      well said…

    • Saundra says:

      Well said!!

    • nicole h. says:

      Well put! What a trash piece of “journalism”! That kind of mentality literally makes me nauseous!

    • Hell, yes. I love my tattoo, and I got it during a very challenging part of my life. And btw, I’m not having kids, therefore no grandkids to worry about. Oh, and I also workout – these are not mutually exclusive. And what the hell does this mean “God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.” I think we should ALL question our values and morals, think about why we do things and determine our ethics for ourselves.

    • jeff linder says:

      I agree that this hack has her head shoved so far up her ass it is not funny in the least.
      Let me just end my retort quick on this.My mother has had 2 tats since i was 5,and was well after marrying my father.She has accomplished more then your ass ever has,and has taught me the value women hold.She does not do drugs and drinks every few years a sip here and there.My wife has tats and is quite the accomplished lady herself,and she does not cave into what others want,but more what she wants.I find body art beautiful ,and on an already lovely female it adds more beauty to beauty.You should really take a look at your column,realize how completely morose you really are,and take your vapid headspace somewhere that appreciates idiocy.:)

    • Here here! Has made me so mad!

    • Not every tattoo I have, but almost everyone, has an extreme amount of meaning, and I’m in love with everyone of them. They tell a story, an experience in my life I never want to forget, a memory of a friend loved and lost, a fairy tale I longed to live when I was a child. I consider myself to be a pretty classy lady, and I have tattoos all over my body. I can’t believe that this woman is saying that females should focus on being trendy and thin instead of thinking outside the box and respecting that wonderful thing we call freedom of choice and speech. I can’t believe this was actually published. Geez.

    • Colby says:

      agreed! What a sexist article, and how incredibly naive and just awful that whole thought process is. So, it’s ok to paint our nails, “doll” ourselves up, change our looks by going to the gym, FLAUNT (her word) our goods, and think we’re goddesses to be worshiped…but getting a tattoo…no, that’s where we draw the line? I’m just making sure I’m actual;ly reading this piece of crap correctly.
      I just hope she lives somewhere out in the sticks where there isn’t a large population, because that way @ least we can blame her stupidity/naivety on simply not being around the real world where this kind of mentality was left back in the ’50’s.

    • Couldn’t have said it better myself… I’ve been tattooing for 15 years tattoos are my life and this bitch is stupid.

    • bphoenix85 says:

      You totally hit the nail on the head. I don’t even need to say anything!

    • Caitlin says:

      I applaud you!!! Couldn’t have said it better!

    • Tiffanie says:

      I absolutely agree to you Ashley. I have my tattoos because they are a memory of something special in my life or something that has been in my life. I never got a band name or anything like that but that is others to decide what they want for a tattoo. Honestly, all of my tattoos make me feel great in the end because if someone walks by me and asks what each of my tattoos mean I would gladly tell them each and every specific detail of my story. My life. My memories. Isn’t that how everyone learns morals and could pass them on? By holding onto those memories to help make a change or an understanding by other people? I agree that it is everyone’s choice whether or not they would like to get a tattoo but for the people who do get them and/or have them, power to you!! I think the strong ones who dedicate themselves to something they love or admire or even learned something from and go through the hours of pain while getting their tattoo is amazing. Don’t listen to what this so called “Editor” has to say….useless.

    • Heather Wild says:

      couldnt have said it better myself. garbage.

    • Bravo! A great response to this claptrap posing as an article.

    • Well said Ashley!

      Lisa, you said my body is my temple, right? Well, my body is my temple and my tattoos are my stained-glass windows.

      And I have class, tact, morals and values and guess what? I don’t go to the gym. I don’t go to the mall. I rarely ever wear high heels. I don’t get my nails done, never have. And I don’t enjoy the finer things in life since money is tight for us. But I do enjoy time outside and at the park with my son. We do find inexpensive activities that we enjoy that make us happy. We sit together every evening and eat dinner together….dinner that I prepared and cooked NOT from a box. We love each other dearly and what others think of us doesn’t matter. We’re happy.

      And those are things that make a woman attractive, classy and elegant.

    • seryelyse says:

      in response to “has it led you to self-growth?” I got a tattoo opposite my self-harm scars. It’s probably saved my life, I’d classify that as self-growth. Clearly something can come out of a tattoo

    • marizol says:

      i was about to exploit in rudeness when I saw that, I´ve got tattoos and they all have a special meaning. That girl is so wrong, what a pity!
      Anyway I totally agree with you!!! AMEN!!!!
      I love tattoos!!! <3<3

    • Let me begin by saying that I am not here to attack you, call you names, or say that you had no right to write an opinionated article for the sake of journalism. The article was just that; your opinion, and you are entitled to one. It does not surprise me that such an article would cause such controversy, nor that it would invoke feelings of rage and passionate self defense in a large group of people.. over 1/4th of the population to be exact. So please do not feel victimized by angry letters from those who have been made to feel misunderstood, morally degenerate, or less beautiful because they choose to get tattooed.

      I have been a working member of the tattoo community for roughly about a decade. We own a tattoo studio. I spend roughly about 80 hours a week immersed in those very people who now direct their anger towards you. It does not surprise me that a people who choose to express themselves through art on their skin would also so vibrantly express their distaste for your article. I do not condone these actions, but I do understand deeply the hurt that some inevitably felt. I only wish to provide perspective.

      What you find meaningful is undoubtably going to be different from some others, thats what makes us all unique. Just because you personally do not find personal meaning out of a tattoo, does not mean that others wouldn’t, or shouldn’t for that matter. I think you might even be surprised how many people do have deep sentimental meaning attached to the images they choose to wear forever. Tattoos often help provide closure when dealing with a loss… a small token to carry forever so that for them, a bit of that lost loved one will always be with them. Tattoos can commemorate the birth of a child, the celebration of a marriage, a simple token of love and loyalty, or even a permanent reminder that you are not your f*ckin khakis. Tattoos can be used to cover up embarrassing scars, even stretch marks, offering women a chance to rid themselves of something that makes them feel self conscious, or ugly. A good tattoo can be the difference between a one piece and a bikini, a source of confidence, and for those women, that feeling IS genuine. It is satisfying.

      We had a young girl come into our studio about a year ago. She was 21 years old and had never in her whole entire life worn anything but long sleeves. She was a beautiful girl, but when she was a toddler, she had a pot of scalding water dumped over her chest and arm, and has spent her whole life covered in large burns. Understandably, this made her feel ugly. And she hated answering questions about the burns. She she spent her whole life covering her scars, and hiding herself from the world. She came to us humble, and expecting little… she had been through tens of thousands of dollars worth of painful surgeries to try and be rid of the scars, and nothing worked. She ended up having her whole arm tattooed in a beautiful asian sleeve, and when that girl walked out of our studio, wearing a tank top out in public for the first time in her life, every single person in that building was literally crying for joy.

      So yes, I would say through my experience that to many, tattoos can make you happy. It can enrich your life, cause self growth, make you feel beautiful, and even young again (we tattooed a 93 year old woman because before she died, she wanted to feel young again one more time). For many, getting tattooed is life changing and monumental. To them, it is genuine. And I am genuinely honored to help serve them. Because a tattoo can be so much more than a perm or a new pair of freakin pumps.

      These people are no less elegant, nor intelligent, nor classy, nor morally virtuous, than say, you are. They just view things differently than you do. I am 27, college educated, beautiful, wealthy, charitable, involved in my community, mother of 2. And I am tattooed, not vandalized. I appreciate my body, and just because I choose to decorate mine, does not make anyone morally superior to me, nor vice versa. So please choose your words wisely before you choose to offend and ostracize an entire group of people that you do not really even understand it seems. Go to to see pictures of the burn coverup done at our studio, so perhaps you might also find a bit of beauty in what we are so vehemently defending and protecting.

    • BRITTANY says:

      straight up. im not sure she knows what class truly is. i could go to the mall and buy some “trendy” new clothes with long sleeves and im pretty sure youd say wow shes got class because you wouldnt actually see my tattoos. get to know a person for who they are first not their appearance you ignorant twit.

    • P90Fan says:

      Well said, Ashley.

    • kelly says:

      i absolutely agree! i was appauled when i started reading this. im shocked she even attched her picture and email address to this. i would be embarraseed to write this. my first thought was i hope to god she doesnt have children ever…especially a young girl. good luck to that poor insecure thing. was a happier for having gotten a tattoo? well i can tell you i was happier the day i got my first tattoo in memory of my late friend than the day i bought a new outfit to go to the bar in and get grabbed at by guys. but at least i was flaunting my assets right…my beautiful god-given natural assets. read a book lisa. you need to .

    • Frannie says:

      Also agree… If she does not have a tattoo, even if she did, who is she to tell anyone that they get nothing out of a tattoo…. It’s quite frankly an insult… particularly to those of us who take great consideration thought and possible healing from the process of it… and result (not to get too DnM)
      I personally do not get any gratification from going to a gym, to me it is a waste of money and no real gain, but I’m not going to tell the person next to me that…. “it’s just not necessary”…. As far as I’m concerned my tattoos have enhanced my body and they are part of me and represent periods of time in my life and other aspects of ME…
      I pay once and it’s with me for life… to remind me of the things I should embrace and appreciate.
      This would also be VERY insulting and racist towards cultures that tattooing is part of their history and life. It is a religion, a representation of their journeys etc…. only we ourselves can make judgement on what is or is not meaningful to us in life.. not someone else!!!!

    • Danielle says:

      AHHH, exactly! The writer is clueless and frankly I am surprised someone like this could call themselves a news editor. Little to no researched information, all terribly biased BS. A prime example of what occurs in “news” today.

    • Emily K says:

      Please tell me you sent this to the email address provided for this waste of breathable air. I really couldn’t put it any better myself.

    • emma says:

      i take offense to this…everyone modifies, beautifies in some way…going to the gym, getting a hair cut, new clothes aren’t permanent “improvements”…if we choose to spend money on ink instead of temporary accessories then so be it, its all in what suits us. my children and grandchildren, i hope understand the value of the decisions i make for me that are not and will not be hindered by ignorance, sexism or degradation of artistic value in life. everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if a womans body is a temple to you then so be it but fact rather then opinion, you never just “get” a tattoo, fact rather then opinion, gender roles are just stereotypes and fact rather then opinion, id rather be a living, breathing memorial and art piece and be happy then spend my life trying to be as beautiful as a woman is “supposed to be” classy or not. .

    • Riri says:

      this is totally sexist. Not all girls need to (or want to) “go to the mall and shop”
      Also, a tattoo may not benifit you, but it doesn’t harm you.
      I find tattoo’s are a great way to express yourself and I haven’t even gotten a tattoo yet.
      Completely sexist -.-

    • Cheyanne says:

      You go girl! Tell it like it is.

    • Amy White says:

      Well-stated Ashley! from a successful, secure ,physically fit, multiple-tattooed lady who avoids “going to the mall with her girlfriends” at all costs

  2. If you have tattoos you must hate yourself. Well that’s an interesting and stereotypical way of judging a group of people. Our Mothers didn’t love us enough either. Speak not of things you know nothing about lady.

  3. Erin says:

    “But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo.”
    Am I happier because I believe in what I have done? Yes! I love my tattoos. They are a part of the story that is my life. Some have deep meaning to me, some are just images I like, but most importantly, each tattoo has a story or a memory behind it. Who are you to judge what is beautiful or not? Have I been challenged? Have you thought of the woman who has undergone a double mastectomy? She is a survivor. She is a warrior. Maybe she decided to adorn a beautiful chest piece to celebrate and beautify her temple and relish in her victory. I, like many, have a tattoo that represents my spiritual beliefs. It is forever apart of me and has served as a constant reminder to treat others the way I’d like to be treated. Ms Khoury, maybe you should get something to remind you to treat others with kindness and understanding. Maybe than, you could reflect and see how much you have grown. I understand, tattoos are not for everyone, and that is fine. But my decisions about my body are not made to make you happy. They are made to make me happy. I am an educated woman. I am a mother. I am an Emergency Room Nurse. I am a good person. I am tattooed. You know what I think is truly classless? A woman with the power to reach thousands of people through her pen has taken this oppurtunity to put others down instead of using her gift to spread love and acceptance.

  4. Erin says:

    I have forwarded my response in an email to Ms. Khoury. I encourage you all to do so as well. I will share her response, should she have one.

  5. Diana Sanches says:

    What a CROCK! I love myself, I love my body andI love my tattoos. Get a life!!!

  6. Judy Holly says:

    Judgmental! Tattoos are a form of beautiful art. And mine are classy and I consider myself a classy lady. I can wear pajamas or a ball gown and still be classy tattoos or not.

  7. Kacey S. says:

    The only context in which the word “classless” applies to in this situation is the writer of this article. Not only is this completely and utterly horrifically close-minded, it’s also incredibly sexist. I can not believe that this woman believes that a woman with a tattoo could potentially cause younger generations to questions their morals. If anything, because most tattoos have stories behind them, lessons can be passed down generations… It’s people like this who cause women to be looked at as lesser people. I agree that classiness originates with women, but this article also contradicts itself. I have tattoos. I’m also entering a career which is dominated by men. By no means am I less of a person because I’ve decided to get tattoos. By no means will I allow to be treated any less… I don’t care who you are or what you do, if you judge someone based solely upon their exterior before even getting to know them, YOU are the only classless piece of work worth mentioning.

  8. Library Diva says:

    I have no tatoos and think this article is stupid. Any valid point she may have had about considering your ink carefully is lost under the sexist claptrap. Really, so in order to be ‘elegant,’ your idea of a good time MUST be cooping yourself up indoors at the mall and wasting all of your student loan money on ‘lavish, trendy clothing’ (hint: that H&M skirt you’re about to buy with your student loan money that will fall apart after you wash it twice will wind up costing you more like $60 than $15.) It’s sad that young women are still buying into these beliefs.

  9. Bneetneves says:

    correction, only some hold the ability to turn heads, you? not so much. Its a personal choice to get tattooed, and if a woman decides to decorate her body with a tattoo, I say go right a head. Im a female tattoo artist…and I have a lot of tattoos, from head to toe. I flaunt them proudly and I would change a thing.

  10. Brad says:

    I think that…this…is…bullshit. Nothing is as sexy as a girl with a tastefully done piece of art. And how is decorating with makeup and paint any different than with ink, except permanence (uh, that’s where taste comes in, and this chick obviously doesn’t got it).

    • Aimee says:

      Well said Brad! Everyone of my tattoes tells a story about me, my life, my challenges, my experiences. Obviousy not the shallow way this woman wants us to deal with our lives. However I prefer to show my story in my ink rather than succomb to society’s idea of what we women need to do to “look beauitful”! She’s nuts, that’s all!

  11. Ron says:

    I find this article judgemental and overall pretty ignorant. To say that women with tattoos lack beauty and class is false. How a woman chooses to decorate her temple says nothing about what is inside. The author of this article has taken her assumptions and lack of life experience and projected it onto an entire category of individuals. Where else have we seen that? In this case it is just as prejudicial.

    I would rather date a fully tattoed goddess over any troll with the author’s attitude. Bet on it.

    • Dawn Rose Ellis says:

      Right on! I think it’s a shame this woman seems to think keeping up with the Kardashians fashion sense is more elegant than the attitude in which she faces life with.

  12. xGregx says:

    I know some of you have sent emails, but I encourge everyone reading this blog to do the same. I’ll cut this kid some slack because she’s obviosuly in college and trying to express herself, but there is no need for her to be insulting people people she has never met. This article is so disrepectful towards women that it makes me sick. I wonder if she has a gym membership?

    • Jessica says:

      I’m pretty sure she needs to save her money up for some zit cream…LOL

      • xGregx says:

        HA! Dont forget she needs to buy funky outfits at the mall and cut her hair in fun, but socially acceptable ways. That adds up too. She also has very stylish glasses. I THINK PEOPLE THAT WEAR STYLISH GLASSES ARE MONSTERS AND WILL EAT MY GOD LOVING CHILDREN!!! Oh wait, I wear stylish glasses too. I guess I’m just a classless hypocrit.

      • Eric says:

        That was one of the first things I thought of when I got to all of the “women are the most beautiful things ever” rants. She should get a clue and look in the mirror, she obviously doesn’t fit that category, and with all of the bullshit statements she provided, I have no remorse in saying so. She should really just stick the crusty corner of the library and not venture out in public…

    • Aimee says:

      Does she get her hair cut in fun, stylish fashions? I didn’t notice…must have been an older picture!
      xGregx…thank you for sticking up for the real women!
      I too wear stylish glasses…we don’t eat your God fearing children…another misconception! HA!

  13. Jessica says:

    And she mentions “GOD”…Once again religion is the base for all biases against people. It is disgusting to say that the last thing “GOD” needs…Is she his messenger?? Do she understand the MEANING of tattoos? Obviously not. Everything our WESTERN culture is based upon, goes against GOD. So until she can take religion out of her argument, her argument is null and void. Tattooed people are beautiful, artistic and creativative. I hope she has fun living a boring,selfless life. Hopefully she has fun with “GOD” by her side.


  14. Jenn says:

    What a perfect waste of the brief amount of time it took me to read this craptastic article. Lady go schedule a salon appointment, charge up your credit card buying trendy clothes, ruin your feet with your stilettos, and bake a cake. Whatever you do, stop writing garbage.

  15. Steve Burnside says:

    People’s tattoo choices do not need to have any meaning to anyone other then the person who has the tattoo. Keep your ignorant comments to yourself. I bet you are still active in your church youth group aren’t you? This is typical church bull$hit that they all spew. And like you said, all women can turn heads…in your case it’s to say “oh man, see that pig?”

    • Rob says:

      Tell that to the people with the Tasmanian devil on their shoulder.

    • Jill says:

      By saying “they all spew”, this statement is committing the same judgmental crime as this woman. I’m not defending the church, but it’s this type of rhetoric (putting down lifestyles that you’re not in the practice of living) that got everyone upset in the first place. Hate the player not the game.

  16. Vincent W. Lattanzi says:

    As a tattoo artist myself , and married to a beautiful, tattooed and CLASSY wife , I find that your opinion is offensive. I agree that you are entitled to your opinion and I would not dream of stopping you express it.In doing so, now let me have the freedom of expressing mine. You are expressing your opinion in a very demeaning way and also a very shallow way. Discriminating is probably a better word. If that’s how you want to be perceived, then I don’t have to say another word. Tattooed individuals do not discriminate against those of you who are not tattooed( at least the tattooed people that I know). So if your archaic way of thinking makes you feel better, so be it. Meanwhile, the number of tattooed people grow everyday. Soon to be a majority. Hold on to that way of thinking for when you are in the minority. We still won’t ” Discriminate” !

    • says:

      Maybe she’s trying out for the Real Housewives of Buffalo. The frumpy clothing won’t help and the lack of breast implants would disqualify her immediately.

      Tattoos are a personal expression and many are works of art. It’s probably because all she had seen are Tasmanian Devil or other cartoon characters instead of real art.

    • Robin :) says:

      Offensive is right !!

    • Frannie says:

      Fantastic words Vincent, I suspect you are correct in assuming there will still be no judgement!

  17. shea crowley says:

    This Lisa girl is a fucking moron. Who the fuck gave her a writing position they should get their head examined

  18. Michael says:

    A no-name from Buffalo is now relatively well known. She wins.

  19. Pamela says:

    “But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person?”
    Yes, as a matter of fact I am. Every day that I see my tattoos they make me smile.

    “Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself?”
    Yes. Because since you know nothing about why most people may get a tattoo, they have meaning to me. Symbolism. Dedication to someone’s memory perhaps.

    “Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth?”
    Everyday I challenge to rise above the ashes of the bad times (as symbolized by my phoenix tattoo). I have grown in knowing that getting these tattoos were not made based on drunken and rash decisions.

    “Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo.”
    Lady, until you know what its like to have one and why you got it, SHUT YOUR MOUTH ABOUT A TOPIC YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.

  20. Jennifer says:

    What a bunch of horse shit!!! Pardon my language but just because we choose to get tattoos doesn’t mean that we hate ourselves or because our self esteem is low..its our prerogative and it is beautiful artwork!! Just because women have tattoos doesn’t make them a bad person think of it as simply expressing who they are..dnt u know that saying don’t judge a book by its cover?? For some it tells their life story and others its who they are or how they are feeling..I can bet that person who wrote that article has absolutely no tattoos..I’m very proud of my tattoos and if u dnt like them well Thats just too Damn bad!!!

  21. Pamela says:

    One more thing, Let me point out that the only difference between tattooed people and non tattooed people, is that tattooed people don’t care if you aren’t tattooed.

  22. xGregx says:

    Does she really expect african tribesmen who tattoo themselves in spritual rituals to go out and get a gym membership? I’m going to google Planet Fitness and see if they have a location in th middle of the Sahara. This girl needs to get out more or read a book.

  23. Candi says:

    Pretty sure she basically said be a vain, selfish, quasi-whore bag, but don’t get a tattoo cause THAT’S immoral. Also, I wonder how old this person is as her article reads like a 12-year-old’s essay. Basically I’m so offended I could ralph.

    Oh, and I’m terrified of needles and every time I get a tattoo I’m facing my fear and freaking. owning. (win.)

    Questioning someone’s basic moral values based on their skin should be long, long gone by now. I love how some people have instead found hip ‘new’ ways to be bigots.

  24. Heath says:

    “I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.”

    Something tells me that writing this article says a whole lot more contrary to any lesson about values and morals than my tattoos ever would. Worry about the example you’ve set.

  25. Chris says:

    Just sad the writer is so close minded and rather sexist. She probably thought she had good intentions in writing this but hopefully she’ll read the repsonses here and rethink her viewpoint. Sad.

  26. LethalxxxLorelei says:

    I am thinking someone has a tramp stamp and daddy found out, and we need to make up for it….

    either that or she is studying to be a reporter for Fox News.

  27. Steven Partridge says:

    We have a career opening at Fox News! Maybe you should sign up there little girl.
    Obviously, this opinion piece is based in church lady moralistic douche-baggery. Belittling people for questioning morality, really? Are you serious? Without questions, no answers are ever found. Without questioning morality and the religious leaders who purport these things to be true and from their Gods own mouth, we will never be free of the opinions and evils of men who contrive the common morality and mores to suit their needs and lust for power over others.
    You are obviously, emotionally speaking, a child. You have learned little from what Christ had to teach. Why did Christ hang with the hookers, the tax collectors, and the murderers? Because he felt they were the ones who needed his message of love understanding the most. You, on the other hand, wield morality and judgement as a weapon. ever thinking falsely, to yourself, that you are superior to others who have done something different from what you believe is right and true.
    You have failed, miserably. And then to go on encourage people to be the vain, self-centered, and materialistic people that Christ taught and fought against; that is just shameful.
    Enjoy your fifteen minutes of internet notoriety. It is about as worthless as your opinion of people with tattoos.

  28. Ron says:

    “Man, our readership is down. I wonder what subset of individuals who feel really strongly about the things that differentiate them I can write some bullshit about and get our numbers up…..hmmmmmm TATTOOED WOMEN! YEAH!”

    It would be hilarious if she just successfully trolled us all.

    • xGregx says:

      It’s sad to think that even the major news outlets are trolling whether its the internet, TV, radio, etc. Gotta teach them young.

    • Jessica says:

      I forgot to mention, since this article is sexist and all; she’s probably drooling all over David Beckham or those trendy dbags on jersey shore. Since she’s all about being trendy. If she was trendy, she induce herself in a facelift and use proactive since that’s the way to go these days. 😉

  29. Lisa says:

    I wonder if the author understands how it feels to be misjudged (maybe just based on her lmousy appeartance and weight issues….
    Glass houses, my dear.
    I’m sure that she’s intelligent (or at least, educated) and could probably even be a nice person (albeit maybe a bit condecending)…but it still begs the question. Where does she get the authority to judge others, let alone direct OTHERS how to judge others!!
    Jeez louise…just goes to show that buying education doiesnt make you rich in common sense.

  30. SJ says:

    Somebodys gettin’ fired lol

  31. Fucking Appauled says:

    Error number one, not all women are naturally beautiful, sorry if your mom used to tell you that Lisa. Stick to the mall and working on your legs so you can wear higher heals and keep the editorializing to people with a motucrum of talent in the field of journalism.

  32. SidSoulstealer says:

    This author can expect a very in-depth e-mail from me depicting how she has single-handedly embodied the basic definitions of closed-mindedness, willful ignorance and judgemental bias. This was an incredibly passive-aggressive attack on people whom the author doesn’t understand, nor desires to. It’s one thing to ask the above questions in order to gain a better understanding of another point of view, but the way this article is phrased just bleeds contempt and “holier-than-thou, come see the light” embarrassment that social parasites use to make themselves feel oh so much better than everyone else.

    For an editor’s standpoint, this really should have been a first draft, which could have been read aloud to see how it would sound to other people. That could have easily avoided the obvious social graces that were ignored in this piece, regardless of context.

    I wouldn’t have even been this upset had she even used any kind of information or valid references to prove any kind of point (graphs or findings about precentages of people who regret getting tattooed, perhaps?). But instead, she had to go on a self-deployed moral escapade to propagate prejudice against a group of people she has no intelligence or research about. The article just reads like a kid saying the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time; not REALLY knowing what she’s talking about, just spouting out rhetoric that she was told to understand but never thought to question,.

    Ugh…. my brain is spewing bile and rage right now. Everyone has a right to an opinion I suppose, but there are also multiple social faux pais’ that are being committed within this article that prevent it from being anything more than a self-aggrandizing facebook post.

  33. What a dumbass. Well, on a lighter note, I posted an article today on my blog about how I love tattoos, and how I’m getting another one tomorrow. So maybe if you are as pissed as I am right now, checking mine out will cheer you up! 🙂

  34. Trish says:

    Very judgmental, very sad.

  35. Tara says:

    As a middle school teacher, the only value I find in this article is to use it as a model for my thirteen-year old students on how *not* to write well. I won’t however, as her message is potentially detrimental to young, impressionable adolescents; her narrow-minded argument is grounded in sexism. I do not condone my students getting tattoos before legal age, but if I had to choose between one of my female students getting a meaningful tattoo or me dragging her to the locker room yet again for her to change into her gym shorts, (as her mall-acquired skirt is about six inches shy of school appropriate), I’d take the tasteful tattoo anyday.

    • Aimee says:

      Tara, I completely agree with you! As a former teacher, with 21 tattooes and counting, I have questioned what students are wearing these days!
      I’m glad you posted this!

  36. cymbeline says:

    I believe that one should not write about things that they haven’t experienced. She did a great job of making an ass out of herself for ASSuming.

  37. Tim says:

    This is what happens when you grow up with a family that lives in a commune. Closed minded ignorance at its finest. In my opinion id rather be with a woman with tattoos. At this point in my life I actually only date girls that are tattooed. Sorry to the chose minded woman who believes that she can turn heads and that she holds all the power over all of us “weak” men who would crumple at the sight of her calves. Ha.

  38. Kelly Gersitz says:

    This article was written by someone who has yet to experience life. I have 3 tattoes and each one of them has significant meaning. How dare you condemn
    myself anyone else for their life choices. You speak of not wanting the next generation questioning their basic values and morals. I love when my children ask about my tattoes and what each one means. I also let them know that I was 22 years old when I got my first tattoo. It was in honor of my grandmother who was dying of cancer. For this author to state that a trip to the mall or a haircut could take the place of my tattoes, just goes to show you how much life experience she has.

    • john says:

      someone should bully the shit out of this nerd lol

      • jiamei says:

        Nobody should ever bully anybody. They should, instead, patiently share their positive tattoo experiences with her. I think she’s a very young person from a very sheltered environment who hasn’t seen much of life yet. I thought a lot of stupid stuff when I was in college too. Then I went out into the world and learned that human experience is so much more varied than I’d ever imagined. All we can do is reveal our life experiences and the motivations for our behavior and hope we nudge others toward compassion.

    • jiamei says:

      I totally agree with you, but it’s spelled “tattoos.”

  39. Lisa McGee says:

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I have tattoos and I love them. I spent a lot of time deciding how I wanted to decorate my body. And, every one of them has a very specific meaning…TO ME. No one else has to like them because, ultimately, I am the one who will live with them my entire life. Despite the narrow minded judgement of the author of this article, I have to say I am thankful that she appreciates her body the way it is and I personally think ALL of us, men and women alike, should revere ourselves as the beautiful, unique creatures we are…with or without tattoos, piercings, etc, etc, etc. Thank Goodness we are all entitled to our own opinions…this world would be boring otherwise.

  40. heidi says:

    Its people like this with there close minded options that make it difficult fo society to advance in this touchy subject. I bet this lady wears makeup or even has her ears pearced or any othe body modifications ….I love my art work and I we’re it with pride. How is this different from judging by skin color.
    after all I’m multi colored, should I sit on the back of the bus now? Get over your self. What if I told you I’m a lawer and have over 30 tatoos! Getting inked doesn’t make you dumb, I guess just bold and colorful. Thank you -Heidi

  41. Gordon Parmelee says:

    The author of this article obviously has never thought before opening her mouth. She is narrowminded and shallow, as well as being seriously sexist (pretty bad when it is men that are normally stereotyped in this way). In fact, I think the only thing her article has proven is that she has the ability to open mouth, insert foot, and swallow. The piece lacks any type of research, and it is my opnion that she really needs help in writing. As a college student myself, I have seen far better works written on napkin scraps.

  42. Jaclyn says:

    I’m pretty sure this woman’s opinion and article are what’s classless and worthless. Sorry lady but in the hell are you to judge people? No one cares wht you think. And you don’t have power because your an editor. Get a Real job. Your a joke. And for the record I have no tattoos. And you have no place judging people for something you know nothing about.

  43. Jen says:

    Im 38, tattooed, and read this article, and was a little bit flabbergasted. I actually like trendy things, try to go to the gym, enjoy a nice pair of shoes from time to time, dress well, have been employed in ‘professional’ roles; i.e. wear a business suit, etc. so what. If your body is a temple as she pointed out in the article, you have every right to ‘paint the walls’ as you see fit. I don’t believe that we should fire back with anti-religious rhetoric in this case, the writer may not be religious, or even conservative, right-wing, etc, (which I am all of the above, and yeah I watch Fox news too). So personally I think that we should all be careful about whom we judge. I have tattoos. I wear mine with pride. The editor of the magazine in buffalo should have had a chat with this writer and corrected her on her inflammatory writing, unless their purpose was to have an article of this nature written to see what people would say and how they would respond. She has a right to her opinion. I have a right to mine, and mine is to go out and get inked, perhaps head to my yoga class after I pick up a killer pair of shoes at the mall to go with my black business suit and blouse. Hey college student wanna be journalist. Get off your discriminatory kick now because in the real world, that crap does not fly and your article could bite you in the butt when you go for a job in front of an editor of a large publication or magazine who is ultra professional and classy and elegant and conservative appearing: but has a crap load of ink underneath. Chances are you wont get a job at her place. Or any other.

  44. Wow. Sounds like she has to get back into the kitchen to make her man a pot roast, or whatever an ‘elegant, yoga-induced lady’ does nowadays. Pfft.

  45. Courtney C says:

    As a female, I’m sincerely embarrassed to be the same gender/species/race as you. Besides the complete and obvious ignorance in your statement, you’re also very stupid. Saying a females body is beautiful, and then telling women to get a gym membership/change their hairstyle? Contradicting. You sound/look like an asshole. And this is coming from a girl with no tattoos, but much appreciation and respect for them. Tattoos are artwork. Most have meaning, and who’s to say this “grandmother” won’t be telling her grandchildren a great story, on how she got the tattoo on one of the most memorable days of her life. How it’s dedicated to a love one, or something she proudly stands for. You are wrong. SO SO wrong. Please get properly educated. You have a severe lack of common sense clearly.

  46. Samara says:

    I do not agree with the author but, it is her right to speak her mind. Insulting her as a retort is as immature and close minded as her article. As someone who is fairly covered with art, I try and avoid people who feel the same as the author. Truth be told though, the majority of society still feels negatively about tattoos. I have witnessed it first hand. Sadly I conform when needed. I wear long sleeves to a job interview. I cover up when going to certain events. The author may have an opinion which differs from yours but that doesn’t mean she isn’t entitled to it. Let’s all just hope somewhere in her future she meets someone with tattoos that makes it impossible for her to hate us tattooed people as a whole. I for one, hope it is one of her children…..

  47. total bullshit says:

    The author, I think, is completely hateful of beauty diversity– and completely unaware of her own hate. Innocent. However, innocence is no reason to promote her closed-mindedness, nor to allow it to pass without comment. “If a woman is unhappy with her body, go to the gym?” Tell that to every woman who suffers from an eating disorder. Total bullshit. When are people just going to say, “folks look how they look, and that’s swell for them”? What the hell does it matter to this author if women have tattoos? Is she tired of clutching her pearls? total bullshit. She ought to take down her post.

  48. Ginger says:

    Hahahahaha!!! I’m sorry, I had a well thought out and articulated reply but then I looked at her face again and lost it…I wonder what her stance on plastic surgery is because if anyone could benefit..hahahaha!!!

  49. Candice says:

    I think the only classless and worthless thing is her opinion. Shes the one who should be worried about her grandkids, they are going to end up being as closed minded as her. Obviously she doesn’t take her own advise because she could use the gym, new clothes, a brush and some face wash. Ignorance.

  50. doug says:

    Omg so your saying a woman should go to the gym and make her body better but u also say that a woman Is beutiful the way is is y does she have to to to the gym I my self think tattoos are sexy my girlfriend her self has 3 and wants more and I’m behind her every step of her life I think your ideas are so dumb and 19th centrey next your going to say woman should be in the house with kids and not alowed to work. I’m sorry but I think woman work harder then men most of the time hello if they want to get some ink then by all means let them get ink most tattoos have meaning to that person and its things they want to remember for the rest of there life its not like they just get ink put in there skin y don’t you go get one your self and see that they are so much more then what you know about…. So don’t say you don’t like some thing when you haven’t tryed it your self and pull your head out of your ass and see other peoples views and not just your own

  51. Elyn C says:

    wow!!! tattoos mean nothing eh?? well, my first tat is the same one a dear good sweet friend had before he died of cancer. every time I look at it, I remember him. and i have gotten tons of compliments of it. I have 3 tats (so far) but if you passed me on the sidewalk, you wouldnt know it.
    the way I read this article, since Im a woman, im supposed to go and get my nails done, wear make up, and go shopping at the mall for sexy and cleavage showing clothes.
    This chick needs to grow up and get out in the world!!

  52. Wow, I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I thought people with tattoos and others with “alternative” forms of expressing themselves make mountains out of molehills when it comes to people judging them. Now I am not so sure. This is some straight up mean spirited, close minded, bs.

  53. Neal D. Koch says:

    Lisa, that ‘whooshing’ sound is you completely missing the point.

  54. Robyn says:

    It’s people like her that make society what it is….I have one tattoo and was thinking of getting angel wings on my back with my kids names and my grandkids names in them. My son and daughter in law have several and they are definitely more meaningful than a trip to the mall or to get your nails done. This is a prime example of how judgmental and narrow minded our society can be. Next time you write an article you may just want to have an idea or what your talking about before you offend so many people.

  55. Karry says:

    OK, let’s get this straight, you have a one track mind and have only one view of how women should be. That is like the June Cleavers from the 50s, well girlfriend wake up and smell the coffee. Life has changed since then and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Not everyone has to like tattoo’s, but they should not pass judgment on those who do have them. Many people do get them for a reason and they do have special meaning behind why they get them. You my dear have no right to put all women in one group to put ourselvs on display and fancy ourselves up for others. I know several well educated, attractive, proffesional women who have tattoo’s and you wouldn’t even know it. So your body is your canvas do with it what you will, and don’t pass judgment on those that do the same!!

  56. Johnny Love says:

    It is a shame that a young girl should be spreading such hate! I am a manager of a tattoo palour and ordained minister who’s girlfriend is an owner of a tattoo palour and I see all walks of life coming in to get a tattoo. Maybe this author would much rather go back to the time when women were not allowed to make their own decisions! Maybe she would rather be in the kitchen like a “good girl”! Some of the most self made well respected women I know have ink, they don’t hate themselves or have more emotional issues than those without! Your body is your Temple and should be decorated to your own liking! If you want to go to the gym or the mall and make a false sense of pride then, do so! But to condemn those who choose to enhance their beauty with some permanent art, maybe should look with in themselves and figure out why the have self hatred!
    Johnny Love

  57. Helen says:

    To whom it may concern,

    I have recently located your article regarding women and tattoos. I am appalled by the message that this sends to readers. First of all, in order to have a “well rounded view” on how the world perceives tattoos, one must realize that the world does not (for the most part) perceive tattoos as an act spawn from a lack of class. Typically class is defined as an individual who is well-mannered and highly educated. To state that a woman is classless as a result of getting a tattoo, is to assume that she lacks all of the relative qualities. It is also to assume that she might be highly educated and of high class prior to the tattoo, but loses such qualities the moment the ink is inserted into her skin. This is a terrible, TERRIBLE thing to assume. I know multiple women who hold highly-advanced degrees, are positive contributors to our society and who could probably intellectualize at a much higher rate than what is displayed in your poorly written article. All of these women are heavily tattooed. I cannot believe that in 2012, you feel that this type of opinion is valid and worth voicing. One woman responded to your post with an excellent point:

    “This is one of the most sexist pieces of infuriating horse crap I have ever read. Hey ladies, don’t invest any money in a permanent piece of artwork and self-expression, instead go to the mall and play into gender rolls and support greedy corporations and industries that see fit to treat your entire gender as a commodity and nothing more, forcing some media image of who you’re supposed to be down your throat. While you’re at it, BUY a gym membership (no mention of FREE outdoor activities that are proven to improve your self image and connection to the world around you, where gyms typically seek to demean and berate you into pushing yourself to be more socially acceptable looking)”

    You are a woman. You should be sending a positive message, that frees women of the roles in which they were assigned through social definition. This is no longer 1950. Get with the program.

    If you don’t like tattoos, don’t get one.


  58. Donna says:

    Have a wonderful life in your perfect little bubble, with your rose colored glasses. Hopefully reality won’t hurt too much when you finally wake up.

  59. max macandrews says:

    Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo? i guess she is really well-qualified to bestow these pearls of dazzling wisdom since she has… no…tattoos.


    how forward thinking and in step with the rest of society around them these people are!

    a persons capability is not defined by the colours on or in their skin. this is especially true in the modern age when we are supposed to leave behind these stupid, antiquated ideas about what ideas of appearance acceptable or not. judge a person on their merits. if they are clean and hygienic then what the f__k is the problem?

    a tattoo is a much bigger commitment than any religion (belief in imaginary friends supported by books written by people thousands of years ago when slavery and rape were still cool), how so?

    well tommorow i could wake up and decide, you know what i am not a very good buddhist: result, no longer a buddhist. with tattoos, not so. its a big commitment. how patronising to say it does not mean or change anything, how can she speak for people who have actually MADE that choice when she has nothing on her.

    finally, anyone using ‘ink’ to describe tattooing is signalling their recent awareness of the tattoo as a deeply entrenched folk art.

  60. GettingINKEDsaved MYlife says:

    When I was 21 years old I went out and got my first and only tattoo. It is a banner across my chest that reads “You Must Be The Change You Wish To See”
    The day after I got that tattoo I went into a voluntary detox/rehab clinic for the next month. Every single morning and every single night I looked in the mirror at that phrase, and I gave my self no choice but to live by it… to change myself into the person I wanted to see myself as.

    I have continued since then to make positive changes in myself, my life, and my surroundings. I got back into school and finished two degrees. I started eating healthy and gained 45lbs of lean muscle, making me look like a healthy and normal person, not an emaciated drug addict. I have given myself no choice but to live life by the message I now proudly wear on my chest. Had it not been for the cathartic experience of getting inked, enduring the pain and discomfort to brand myself a better person in my future… had it not been for that I would most certainly be in jail, or dead, by now.

    Lisa Khoury, you know not the first thing about this topic, which you are so harshly judgemental. You condemn people with ink as classless, worthless, tasteless individuals… I assure you, the person I was BEFORE my tattoo embodied those characteristics, not the person I am AFTER.


    Do you think your snarky, close-minded and ignorant article can make the same claim?

    • Karry says:

      Those are very powerful words that you have written. I certainle hope that this young girl is reading these posts and is taking into concideration the viewpoints of every individual who has voiced their opinions. As you could see each and every one have a reason to get their tattoos and some were life changing decisions and you should be proud of it!!!

    • Robin :) says:

      now that is love for ur self keep going u can do it

  61. Erika says:

    I have four tattoo’s. Each has serious meaning to me and I have given serious thought before getting each one and I am aware it is permanent; It’s why i got the darn things. Why judge someone who has a tattoo? It isn’t on your body is it? and I thought women were trying make a difference in the world, stand up for them selves, self expression….. HELLO! who cares if they have color to their skin that they put there themselves? Grow up lady and try something daring.

  62. mikky says:

    I feel bad for her that some girl with tattoos slept with her boyfriend, but this is not the way to go about feeling better.

  63. People like this are definitely part of the problem in this country. Nobody has the right to impose their own standards of beauty on others in this manner. This is ethnocentric, ignoring the significance and beauty of countless cultures to which tattoos have profound meanings. Keep this straight, one’s body is theirs to decorate in any manner they wish. People like the woman who wrote this article are the reason it’s hard for free thinking people to get ahead in this world. Someone like this woman would turn me away from a good job because I have long hair and a beard. Morals, lady? How about the morality of minding your own god damned business? I’d date a cute girl with a bunch of tattoos over you any day of the week. In fact… cute girls with tattoos check out my blog and email me and stuff. I’m done with this judgmental sad excuse for a writer.

  64. jacyln says:

    wow… i am completely speechless. you mean to tell me i have degraded myself because i have tattoos that is complete and utter bullshi…. i have three tattoos and i did not get them on a drunken whim it took me years to decide what i want and each one have a meaning that is personal to me and my life. you can not tell me that my kids are worthless and meaning less because thats one of my tattoos is my children’s names and then i have one for me and my sis we were born on july 4th that stands for freedom freedom of choice, freedom of speech and most of all freedom not to have some 12 year old tell me i degraded myself by getting a tattoo. how dare you. people like you are what is wrong with society today. it’s people like you who think i am better then you attitude that need a serious case of wake the f-up. everyone is entitled to their opinion just remember who you are hurting or degrading before you open your big fat mouth.

  65. jaime says:

    Have you noticed the consensus here? Tattoos do have meaning. Tattoos are beautiful, sexy and accentuate not only a woman’s beauty but immediately give respect. Respect that she admires her body and she uses it to tell her story. I have tattoos on my body in the memory of my loved ones that have passed on. I’m 24 and I’m proud to say that ill have them forever as a constant reminder that my sister and my father will always be with me visually everyday for me to show off, and in my heart. Tattoos are classy and you should speak of what you know and not judge others for something that doesn’t directly affect you. For the fact that you think that women with tattoos were not taught “class” is utterly disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself and for even calling yourself a journalist.

  66. Megan says:

    Any way I look at it, this article is an epic failure. I understand if you think that tattoos are something not to be entered into lightly as you will have them forever. But at the end of the day your body is YOUR temple. Maybe a tattoo seems worthless to you, but it meant enough to that person to have it permanently placed on their body. So who are you to judge? I have tattoos and I find a lot of my own value in them. If you cannot understand that, then you’re entitled to your own opinion. But as for me, I’d rather be classless than ignorant.

  67. jillian says:

    Wow. Well, I guess everyone’s entitled to an opinion…even if it’s a completely misguided, naive, close-minded, judgemental one.

    What a crock of shit. Lady, you’re setting us (women) back about 100 years with your frivolous, stereotypical gender role propaganda. Get a goddamned life, please.

  68. Alysha says:

    As a news “editor” you must be somewhat familiarized with the concept of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and of course the idea that women now hold a place in a man’s world (being that you are in a line of work that is clearly dominated by the male gender). Now, I respect an individual’s difference in opinion just as much as the next person. However, I do not in any way respect ignorance, close-mindedness, and sexist individuals. All of which you have proven yourself to be. What you are proposing in your horrifically written article, is that women shouldn’t have a voice. What you are saying to the future generations and more specifically little girls, is that their voice, their freedom to express themselves, and their artistic ability and appreciation should be silenced. Because otherwise, they will be judged and viewed as “classless” by tasteless people such as yourself. I apologize, but I fail to see a difference between what you are outlining here and the basis of women’s rights in the Middle East (or lack thereof). A woman is considered classy not simply based on her appearance, but based on her mind, her stature, and her ability to respect and carry herself with such elegance and dignity. You are clearly none of the above. As a woman and mother, I feel deeply ashamed and embarrassed for you. Morals and values are not worn like clothing. But instead are found within us, despite the clothes we wear, how many times we go to the gym, or the way a person’s skin looks. Just because an individual may look differently than this “perfect mold” in which you speak of, does not mean in any way that they are incapable of holding class or of teaching their own children and their children’s children pure morals and values to live their life by. I love my body; tattoos, piercings, curves, and imperfections included. And I’ll let you in on a little secret of my own: I hold more class than you ever will. I feel sorry for you. You are clearly blinded by a veil of judgment and stupidity, and it’s a shame that you will never see past that. It disgusts me that the world is tainted with views such as the ones you’ve so generously exemplified for all of us.

    (Don’t worry, a longer version was sent to her as well)

  69. Kevin pape says:

    Excuse me miss… Classless and worthless? How can you judge what is Of worth to someone? I agree women are beautiful and elegant and does it matter to me if a lady chooses to express herself through body art… No. The beauty of life is the right to choose especially what affects our bodies. I agree that some people get tattoos for the sake of having them; but if something truly has meaning it is ones right to fufill that desire. I respectfully disagree with your opinion. I see more and more these days people not willing to look outside there own views. You cannot simplify ones freedom and plight for expression quite frankly so simply. Have somone depth and be multidimensional in your ideas, people are becoming so one-sided. Look at life for more than one angle because situational possibilities are potentially infinite. I once again respect your view to pursuade the easily influenced to not trudge towards a potential permanent mistake but not everyone is doing it for the reasons you portray

  70. Elexa says:

    Wow, you’ve really embarassed yourself here, Lisa. Aside from your illogical, thoughtless and completely contradictory argument, you’ve offended a lot of people. I really can’t imagine being so void of emotion that I dismiss the struggles, triumphs, memories or even just the interests of other people – regardless of the form in which they have been expressed – as classless or pointless.

    I am a cancer survivor. I have a tattoo on the inside of my wrist that reminds me every single time I see it how lucky I am to be alive today. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes I wish I could forget it. But usually, I’m so grateful that it’s there because even after my experiences, I need to be reminded how precious life is. Everyone finds catharsis in different ways. Unfortunately, I’m not a shallow enough person that all my problems can be solved at the Galleria Mall. I hope you never have to know what I mean. But until you do, please keep your unintelligable judgements and poorly written, entry-level college thesis to yourself.

    — Elexa

  71. This article has astounded me. My husband, who is neither a woman or tattooed was insulted.

  72. Jayme says:

    Do we ever live in a world of skewed morals! 3 years ago I took my mom to get her first tattoo, and I got my fifth with her. It was a bonding moment. We had different artistic pieces tattooed on us, but used the same colors. I will never forget this afternoon and every time I look at the artichoke on my arm (Yes! An artichoke!), I think of my mom.

    You know what my mom’s roommate said to us when we got home? “I can’t believe you did that to your bodies. I would NEVER do that! I am a religious woman and it’s against my morals!” Later that week it came out that she had been having an affair with the husband of my aunt (my mom’s first cousin). In defense, she said, “Well, it’s not my fault if someone else’s marriage is failing!” Perhaps not, but you are in control of and responsible for your actions.

    Getting a tattoo hurts no one. It is a memory of a moment in time, of a loved one, of an adventure. It is a piece of art that reminds you of family, friends, your life, your loss. And morals have nothing to do with it.

    If this author wanted to make a point about class, perhaps an argument about the difficulty in finding a career when covered in tattoos would have been a better approach. But a completely biased uneducated opinion (not argument) on the art of tattooing instead of shopping and being uber-feminine comes off as sexist, naive, amateur, and ignorant.

  73. this article is total BULLSHIT……i bet this writer indeed HAS NO TATTOOS whatsoever so who is she to judge how classy a woman is based on permanent body art? I am a mother of two young children and all of my tattoos have meaning. Yes our body is a temple but decorating with meaningful art does not degrade it in any way. The way a woman chooses to show off her body is her choice and if tattoos are a way of expressing who we are, then why judge?

  74. T. Merrill says:

    The Renegade Book Club

    It has been said a thousand times in as many ways
    That the body is a canvas,
    But since I play at being a writer,
    I think of it, rather, as a blank page.
    And even as I sit to write these words
    I am thinking of a new story
    To be scrawled in living ink;
    And even as you sit to listen this,
    I can remember the pain
    Beneath the carven image.

    When did you get it?
    Who did the artwork?

    A rite of passage, a secret handshake,
    A culture diverse despite persistent images
    Of bikers, anarchists, rebels, and hippies.
    We tell these tales to one another;
    Countless interpretations of the same page
    For every line and shade has a story to tell,
    Each bearing witness to the paths of our lives
    Etched in black ink on blank skin, indelible.
    There is no easy edit, no revision, no retraction,
    Just the precise story mulled over for days, months.

    What does it mean?
    How many do you have?

    We gather in corners and coffee shops,
    Doorways and offices, in stores and on streets,
    Connected by something that is different for all,
    But still binds us in blood and needles,
    Like some renegade book club.
    Talking of things that separate us from the scared,
    the disinterested, the confounded.
    I don’t know what others see when they read
    This story-filled page…but like any good book club,
    It is the discussion they inspire that binds us.

    What was your first?
    When I got mine…

    And the stories go on and on…

  75. Ramona Gonzalez says:

    Wow! First I must say Ashley and Erin, well said. I find it amazing that Lisa, in her infinite wisdom at twenty-nothing years old has decided she has the right to decide what is okay for every woman to adorn her body with. I would bet the money that she has spent on clothes, shoes, make-up and jewelry far exceeds what I will spend on tattoos in my lifetime.

    I am a proud graduate of UB, a professional, a 45 year old inked woman who has served her community for 27 years. As such this is what I take special issue with: Lisa, you are supposed to be a responsible journalist. You used your ability to reach others to degrade women who have engaged in uplifting experiences that mean something to them. You speak of “class”, when you committed the most classless act in the most public manor. Learn from this Lisa. Use the opportunity you’ve been given to elevate women, to support women and to embrace the beauty in all of our choices!

  76. Tanya says:

    My email to her (If you haven’t sent her an e-mail, please do, she should really hear from some eloquent modders):

    This is probably one of many e-mails you have received or will receive regarding your piece “Why Put a Bumper Sticker on a Ferrari?” (which, by the way, was originally coined “You don’t put a bumper sticker on a Bentley”). I could copy and paste your article here and comment on it line by line, laying out the ways in which you degrade women, unfairly stereotype people with tattoos as having bad values and morals (consider for a moment the respectable occupations of the tattooed people pictured here: ), and promote the blind and never ending consumption of products and clothing as an attempt to feel better about ourselves…but I won’t waste my time doing this. I won’t spew negativity at you either, as I’m sure that your opinions are simply the result of your upbringing and societal conditioning to believe that tattoos and the people who wear them are ugly. Many people *used* to think the way you do about tattooed individuals, just like many people *used* to discriminate against African Americans and women before the Civil Rights movement. But that was before we as a *civilized*, *classy* society decided that we would look past people’s outer appearances and search for the value within them before judging or discriminating against them. Tattoos aren’t just graffiti on a body. Tattoos are a beautiful way to memorialize a lost loved one, or to “reclaim” one’s body after a sexual assault or cancer battle. You may not see their inherent beauty, but the people wearing them certainly do. Tattoos are very personal, and I know that mine each represent something very meaningful in my life that I am proud to wear on my body. Just because you are blind to their value doesn’t mean it’s not there. Think twice before you write another hate article about a group of people who, in the age range of 18-40, make up about 40% of the American population. While you spend hours at the gym trying to get thin, and then hours at the mall spending all of your hard earned money to try and dress “classy,” I’ll be decorating my body with beautiful inked adornments that will make me smile for a lifetime without forcing me to fit into some mainstream mold created by corporations who just want my money at the cost of my self-esteem. You do your thing, and we’ll do ours. We won’t judge you. Now do us a favor, and stop judging us.
    If you’re interested in opening your eyes even more, please read the comments posted here:

  77. p00p says:

    I’m regretful the location she lives in is even posted – it makes the whole city of Buffalo (containing a large quantity of relatively reasonable people) look ignorant.

    I’m also confused about her relatively shallow sexist post when looking at her picture. In return, those people are generally obnoxiously physically fit appearing, in the aforementioned ‘trendy clothes’, and possibly plastic surgery laden. For someone talking about all women needing to be in a gym, she doesn’t look too thin herself. Similarly, her clothes look basic; Not elegant. To add, she’s not particularly pretty. Would any of this normally matter? No, not at all. But if you’re going to expect everyone to be a rail and wearing designer clothes, she’s not making a particularly good poster child for that concept.

    People should adorn themselves aesthetically in whatever makes them the proudest. Sure, it makes me cringe to see the “got drunk last night and got a tattoo” tattoo or the “i’m getting my whole body outlined because tattoos are cool right now” tattoo… But for every single cringe, there’s at least 10 more tattoos I’ve seen that are beautifully done, with personal meaning and well thought-out. It’s a fantastic means of self-expression as far as I’m concerned.

    Other view points should be posted as you say above, but they should also be well made points from the other side of the spectrum. It doesn’t seem as if she made a point aside from her personal opinion of them not looking ‘classy’. So, I guess to her, art on a wall: classy. Same art on skin: not classy.

  78. Bonnie says:

    I just wanted to say that after reading all the comments that I’m so happy I’m not the only one that we personally offended by this “article”. As a tattooed woman I am proud, beautiful, and every bit as “classy” as any other women. A true woman knows that she doesn’t have to bend to the rules of society and live up to other peoples norms to live a positive meaningful life. It’s a shame this girl doesn’t understand that.

    And don’t worry she also received a lengthy email from me as well.

  79. Lexi says:

    What gets to me about this is how she says “Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it.” No, that’s not it. My tattoos have made me grow, forced me to think everyday about my actions, my memories, and who I am. One tattoo is for the family I havent seen in 4 years because I left the country and can’t go back. The other tattoo reminds me that something good comes from all the bad and that I can control my life after I was molested by a family member for years. Everyday I look at those pieces of art that I DREW MYSELF and remind myself that I can move forward, that I can become the person I want, that I will always hold my family close to me no matter what. Everyday I grow a little bit and am challenged to live up to the images and words inscribed on my body so I can become a person that I like and that I want to be. Saying that all tattoos are worthless, to me, is an insult to the person I’m working on becoming.

  80. Boobtats says:

    I think our author might have missed the point. I was anti tat for a long time, until I met my girl. I have none, she is a beautiful canvas. No fake bullshit, just straight up personal art and momentos. What better a place to display tribute to your loves, stories, and memories.

    Dont be a cliche and get some bullshit trampstamp (if you want one there, well, rock it). Put up a chestpiece, backtat, or my personal favorites wrists and feet.

    Besides the fakes, for me its something that spells self confidence, drive, and cause.

    Ill probably get a few, but I havent found something I feel strongly enough about to get it done. Maybe a 2 ft Cessna 172 on my back, and all the wind formulas on my forearms.

  81. Marisa says:

    I was very shocked when I read this article. What really offended me was the comment that tattoos are classless and the presumptions and judgement that come along with that. Everyone gets tattoos for different reasons and they are in fact free to get those tattoos for those reasons. I am an educated professional who has a gym membership and has done yoga. I also have 4 tatttos I chose to get my first tattoo when I was 31. I spent a great deal of time putting together what I wanted to represent me because I knew it was going to be on my body forever. So much more thought has gone into the 3 other tattoos that I have, as well as the ones to come. Lisa please don’t judge people by what they choose to put on their body. Maybe if you took the time to get to know people and the stories behind their tattoos you will learn much more about them and maybe a little bit about yourself.

  82. Sarai says:

    So, let me get this straight. A woman is not a real woman unless she appreciates her body, right? So what about women, like me, who have tattoos that remind them of things that they have overcome, like rape? Somebody else didn’t CARE that I appreciated and took care of my body, and took advantage of it – I have a tattoo that reminds me each and every day that I was strong enough to overcome that attack, and instead of looking at my body as something that was used, abused and discarded – I look at it as a piece of art. While I’m not covered, I’ve got a lot of tattoos – and I have a lot of piercings, though most of them are hidden away. So, what’s the purpose, you ask? Well – I wanted them. My idea of beauty is not the same thing as yours, which is apparent – does that make me less feminine? Absolutely not. Do I still get my nails done, my hair done, work out and carry around expensive handbags and have expensive shoes? Sure do. I also like video games, fishing, drinking beer and watching baseball and hockey. Does that make me less of a woman? Hardly. Do I think that tattoos or piercings make me more attractive? …no. Not at all. I think my MIND makes me attractive. I think the fact that I am educated, can speak my mind, hold an intelligent conversation, support myself and my family is probably more attractive than the fact that I can fill out a shirt nicely. Furthermore, what do you know about what “God” knows? I mean, I’m sure you probably have a pretty clear view of Heaven, considering how high of a horse you’re sitting on right now. You cannot define sexy – it is a FEELING – nor can you POSSIBLY believe that, for ANY reason, standing in judgment of the way that other women define sexy and how they are somehow beneath you, makes you BETTER than those women… because you know what’s NOT sexy? Being a judgmental twat.

  83. shelly says:

    That article reminded me of the adults in Charlie Brown…..blahblagbkahblahblah. that about sums it up. Class is how a woman CARRIES herself…something she obviously knows nothing about based on this classLESS article. I have more class in my tattoed toe than she has in her entire body. For someone who is soooo judgemental on how other women should look, maybe SHE should try some makeup, new clothes and the gym….

  84. Alli says:

    has anybody emailed this girl to tell her how incredibly daft she is?

  85. HELLO. WE as woman fought for how long to get any sort of rights!?!? IF I WANT A TATTOO AND OR PIERCING I do it. I do not regret any sort of art I have done to my body it is a piece of me that is individual and has reasoning behind it. If anything my body was beautiful before but is MORE beautiful with the art I have on it. This article is unbelievable..

  86. Mary says:

    Wow really? Well being a female and a tattoo artist I guess I can say this article pisses me off!! So I guess plastic surgery and paying thousands of dollars shopping is classy but getting tattoos aren’t. I meet some of the most classy women working in this industry! Tattoos aren’t only a self expression but tattoos also help women who may have had breast cancer and has to have a mastectomy and gets a nipple tattooed back on. Yea she has no class right?

  87. Aubrey says:

    I am not a blogger. Nor have I ever posted one until this point. Personally, I have no tattoos. I have contemplated with the idea of getting one, but always seem to decide against it. That is my own decision…as it would be if I had chosen to get one, or a dozen on my body. I understand her point of view and believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, there are better ways to express them. Attacking others is not the way to get a point across…. The author made that mistake first. Let’s not all gang up on her and teach her how to be “open minded” because in the end we are all our own people. It is not up to you to enlighten her.
    If you have the goal of name calling and sabotaging the author of this article,
    Then you are just as I G N O R A N T yourself.
    LET IT BE.

  88. Cory says:

    This was posted in the same publication, same day. Either these articles were done as “conflicting opinions” by staffers, or one of these two journalistic women knows the difference between “bias” and “opinion”.

  89. Dani says:

    I am a believer that everyone has their own opinions and has a right to voice it, its our constitutional right to, but now I’m going to voice my own. i disagree that if a woman has a tattoo she isn’t classy. I guarantee there are many women out there who have tattoo’s who may be some of the classiest people out there. This girl is trying to make it sound like women with tattoos are white trash or something, and that is crap. And i seen in one of the comments on here where someone said people with tattoos are still a minority but soon to be a majority, but im pretty sure tattooed people are a majority, there are just many people who have them where they can be concealed by clothing, but tattoos are a wonderful way to express yourself, and its a beautiful expression of art, i didnt read anything in this article where she was bashing the mona lisa or starry night, some of the most wonderful paintings in museums, tattoos are art, just on a different canvas. and if we are going to bring God in the mix, God says not to judge others, and thats what she is doing right there, she is judging everyone with tattoos, and thats not “Godly” and noone has the right to judge others, when they themselves have not experienced the thing they are judging. “he who is without sin, cast the first stone,” John 8:7, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Matthew 7:1. before she wants to be Gods “messanger” on anything, maybe she should read the bible. thanks, think ive said enough 🙂 everyone have a nice day

  90. Erin says:

    More ignorant statements made by a naive child. Next article, please.

  91. Aaron says:

    It’s not vandalism. It’s decorating. Deal with it.

  92. Davi says:

    Lisa Khoury is free to judge bearers of tattoos as classless. Alternatively, those who bear tattoos are free to inspect her writing and opinions closely, and deem them as poorly written and half-baked. If Khoury really wanted to create this image of class, elegance, and sophistication for herself as a writer and most importantly, as a woman, she would have (1.) taken a much more diplomatic approach in stating her feelings about tattoos and those who don them, (2.) based her thesis/article on something more substantial than sexism and dated gender roles, and/or (3.) not have written the article at all. Perhaps Khoury was assigned an editorial piece and thought this subject was suitable for such an assignment, or perhaps, she is simply as tasteless as her article. Whatever it may be, it has always been my experience that those who discuss class and shake their heads at those who do not have any usually don’t have any themselves. Thank you, Lisa Khoury, for reminding people through your inadequate rant why they shouldn’t let others dictate how they feel about their images, their lifestyles, and their bodies.

  93. Ashley says:

    Saying tattoos are in fact not meaningful is complete and utter bullshit. I’m one prime example of someone who’s life has LITERALLY changed because of getting something as “little” as a tattoo. I wore nothing but baggy boy t shirts and baggy pants due to the hated imperfections of my own body. Not once did I wear a tank top. I covered my body up as much as possible during the spring and summer. Not until a year ago was I able to get out of my imperfections and start believing I was beautiful, with or without a tank top on. This beautiful piece of art on my arm symbolizes the beauty I have for myself now, and the hardship of living a miserable life of self-consciousness. I no longer believe my arms are too fat to wear revealing clothing in the summer, and I no longer feel inadequate. I’m curvy, and I love myself. We all have our fat days, but I will NEVER regret having this piece of art on my arm, inspiring the love I now have for myself and my body.

  94. Kevin says:

    This is extremely hard to take seriously. A woman shouldn’t get tattoos because she is beautiful enough as is? Therefore, they don’t deserve the right to do what they desire to their own body, and are discredited if they do decide to get tattooed… What I think this is, is a girl who is inept to the art and culture of tattoos.

  95. Amanda says:

    First if all I understand you have your own opinion. However, you mean to tell me that the tattoo I have of my daughters footprints is degrading ?? REALLLY!! It woul be a better use of money for me to go purchase a pair of heals and get my hair all done up or maybe even get my nails done ?? Umm no thanks !! I am a single mother of a beautiful 3 year old little girl, I have raised her on my own since day one. I have a full time job, and I am a member of a Non-profit Motorcycle organization, which raises money for things like Ladies First, Battered Women’s Shelters, Ronanld McDonald House, and Mt. Siani Hospital ! These are just a few of the organizations, but I have no class right !? No class because I have a tattoo ?? I see plenty if girls in their heels, little dresses, with their manicures and their pedicures, and do you know where thu are most of the the time, on the corner of the street!! Probably waiting for their next trick ! I’m not saying this is always the case, and sure some people do have vulgar or inappropriate maybe even offensive tattoos, but that also is not always the case. Having tattoos is not degrading, and it’s always the people who don’t have them who have the most to say abut them!

    I would much rather spend money on something that will last forever and express something about me, then go to the nail salon and get my nails done so I can try and impress people and look like the girls in the magazines.
    And getting tattoos does bring me happiness. Those who have tattoos are the only ones who could truly understand that! Saying you don’t like tattoos and you will never get one is fine. But saying it is degrading for a women to get one is just complete BS !

  96. Danielle says:

    What this article is really about is clearly the author’s insecurities and (most likely) desire to have tattoos but some sort of fear is stopping her from doing so. Tattoos don’t mean any woman is classless, classless is telling a woman she is because of some exterior image. I am a guitarist, I don’t get my nails done, guess I am classless. I also don’t go buy shit to make me feel pretty, guess i am classless. The ignorance of this girl and obvious very strict upbringing (which is not her fault) has molded her into a very sad, uninformed woman who feels her worth is by how good she looks and not what’s in her heart that matters. Sad really. I hope she finds true happiness one day.

  97. Arinn says:

    i sent her the following email:

    as someone who is open-minded (not to mention heavily tattooed), i found your sexist, judgemental anti-tattoo rant quite disgusting! how can you assure women that tattooing is not a rewarding experience, that it is classless and worthless, and that going to the mall is better? have you had the experience of getting a tattoo? what about piercing your ears? does that also count as degrading one’s ‘body temple’? or is it an acceptable form of body modification because it has been mainstream in western culture for the better part of a century?

    “Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it” this sentiment is so completely off-base. many of us get tattoos as reminders of good times in our lives, or of values we hold in high regard. on top of that, all my tattoos have improved my body image–i am adding pieces of art to my body! i’m making it more beautiful to look at–how is that any different than your argument of ‘go to the mall, get a haircut and dress in trendy fashions’?

    your argument that women’s tattooed bodies are less appealing to men than untattooed ones is absolutely fallacious. as a tattooed woman, i’ve spent the last seven years of my life with no shortage of willing partners! i have never gotten tattooed because i was trying to attract a partner, but it has not kept any men (or women; i am queer) from getting up close & personal. not to mention the idea that tattooing makes a woman’s body less beautiful; as a tattooed woman, i have modeled for over 30 different photographers, done video, runway, magazine and calendar work.

    your article was full of ridiculous assumptions, sexism and closed-minded opinions. perhaps you need a little bit more life experience & perspective before you start judging people so harshly on their appearance & how they choose to decorate their bodies! have you ever heard the saying ‘don’t judge anyone before you walk a mile in their shoes’? it may be a common aphorism but it’d be worth your time to meditate on its meaning before you lash out and say ridiculous, judgemental things about large groups of people.

  98. Becks says:

    I’d rather spend money on tattoos, not shitty clothes, malls, manicures, or gym memeberships.

    • Becks says:

      Wait, does this mean men who have tattoos are classy as fuck? Hehe.

    • suzanne says:

      This has got to the the stupiest piece of crap I have ever read!!!! Listen if this writer does not have the nerve to get a tattoo and cannot even pull off having one with out looking stupid that is not any reason to have this opinion and if so to share it! I have a lot of tattoos and yes they are all satisfying, they all mean something to me, I love them. One is for my son with Autism and I look at it every day to keep me going. So this article should just be put through the shredder and have an educated writer, write an article on this subject. I am an Emergency Room/ Trauma Room RN and save lives for a living and I will tell you those patients could care less about my tattoos. So get a life writer of this crap , get out in the world, get educated and stop writing such crap. I’m embarassed for you. For the women with tattoos , good for you love yours like I love mine and we are all amazing women!!!!!!

  99. Rob says:

    I find myself an aging product of the late eighties and late early nineties. With that said I’m one of the few that came out “unscathed”. That’s right, at the ripe age of…..ahem, 34, I have no tats or piercings to speak of. I am now the MINORITY of said era. Im the ORIGINAL one to escape without falling into an addictive trend. And for that I’m proud. Don’t get me wrong, your body is a temple, a canvas, YOUR domain and means of expression and I will NEVER judge class on such….. But society (must I point out we are ALL a part of like it or not) judges us based on our physicality.
    For those with tats who find offense to this article, way to think life through. For that with tats that don’t find offense, way to be comfortable with yourself and your choices. All else, side with something you meandering troglodytes.

  100. TS says:

    Well, I love my tattoos and how they fit perfectly with my curves like a painting flowing perfectly on a canvas. AND Last time I checked I still have a gym membership and buy nice clothes every once and awhile- didn’t know if you had tattoos you don’t do those things either….*face palm*

  101. Steven Sitzman says:

    So. I read this article. I’m embarrassed for the writer of thi article for not only being ignorant but also being flat out wrong. Some of the most beautiful woman have tattoos. As a writer you are living in the past. Today body Art is beautiful, it helps woman and men like myself express ourselves. Gender stereotypes; this proves houses not a compassionate journalist. You are narrow minded and frankly, and I know it hurts to hear, but you are nowhere near the definition of beauty. Thanks for being ignorant.

  102. Amy says:

    So the tattoo I have on my arm that I got the day I decided to stop cutting doesn’t have any meaning? It hasn’t changed me or made me a better person? There have been so many times since I have gotten that tattoo where I have wanted to cut, but it’s there to remind me that I can get through it and it will get better.

  103. Rob says:

    IF you truly believe what you are saying, then really, Women should also not wear clothes, put on makeup or cover up there “temples” in any way what so ever…

    Thank god people with your mind set are dying out….

    Bring on the new generations! 😀

  104. T-roy says:

    Just so we’re clear here,,,,ladies with tattoos are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  105. I’m 51 years old and got ten (big) tattoos. There’s not one of them that isn’t a marker of something important from my life. Screw her, I really don’t care what she thinks.

  106. Cupcakes says:

    Its absolutely fine if someone is against tattoos. But how can you write such a disgusting and offensive article about something so beautiful? Have you ever looked up any artist whose worth his salt in this industry? Brandon Bond? Guy Aitchison Den Yakovlev? Paul Booth? Joe Capobianco? Do you even KNOW what art is? You obviously have never had the pleasure of receiving a tattoo, I can only assume from your obviously misguided thoughts on the matter, therefor rendering what you have to say on this topic moot.
    You sexist twat.
    This isn’t the fifties anymore, sweetie. Women are not so compliant or meek, but though we choose to express ourselves through artistic outlets, and that does NOT make us less of a woman, person, or take away our class.
    ‘Your body is your temple, don’t ruin it.’ , is the basic message you’re sending to women (and women alone, apparently), am I correct? you show me ONE FUCKING CHURCH that DOESN’T have decorations on the walls, stained glass windows or sculptures, and I’ll stop getting tattooed. When the Church stops spending money to decorate, I’ll stop DECORATING MY TEMPLE.
    Can someone learn something about themselves from their tattoo experience?
    You bet your right tit they can.
    Do you know how many young eighteen year old girls I have tattooed? They come into my shop nervous, scared, but overall determined and hopeful for a beautiful piece to solidify one precious memory or another, but they leave with confidence. A sense of wonder that they were able to sit through something as scary as getting tattooed for the first time, they were able to take that pain and not give up and have that end result forever.
    To think that nothing comes out of a tattoo is just complete bullshit, and if there wasn’t a picture of that dope’s face at the top of this page, I would think this were a joke. A bad one at that as well. Not only is this article poorly written, but its subject matter is yet again another stab in the dark at the tattooed masses from a self-conscious woman who herself seems to have issues with her self image. Stop telling us women who we should be and how we should treat our bodies. I’ll put $10 down right now in saying that every tattooed female here now is beautiful, smart, and morally sound.

  107. Katie says:

    Her editor should be appauled. An opinion piece, regardless of it’s innane pointlessness, represents the publication in which it is featured. I cannot believe that such a credible university as UB that is built on the idea of equality and expression located in a town that is bounding with artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and other creative individuals would ever allow this. How could you in good faith ever think that completely disrespecting ANYONE would be the subject for an acceptable piece?

  108. Lindseyx716 says:

    I have never been so sick to my stomach while reading something.

  109. Aj says:

    What a crock, now I am a male and females turn my head. Tattoos aren’t bad, they display what is dear to us, state opions. The one thing I don’t understand how this wanker is going on about a body being a temple and carving ink into it yet no mention of plastic surgery, breast augmentation, tummy tucks and other invasive surgery, I guess they are sanctioned. Get inked, show your pride and what’s dear to you, people that judge tattoos are just too shallow!!!

  110. Corey Murphy says:

    This is the most ignorant thing Ive ever read

  111. ‎”I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.”

    I’m Sorry, but my kids will love with enough conviction that if they so choose, will see no problem with immortalizing it on their flesh. Values & Morals are not taught by speaking, but by learning and watching as we grow, by people who empower us to believe in the impossible and strive for better all the time.

  112. Chantelle says:

    I despise malls. I can’t stand the feel of pancake batter on my face. I have my hair trimmed and dyed every month in a small, local salon where I do not have to sit in a some self proclaimed “high class” salon/spa with fake men and women running about, gossiping about their last clients husband sleeping with his secretary, or the colour technicians drinking habits…etc, etc…..all with phoney, made up smiles on their faces calling me “hun” or “sweetness”. Only to wonder about my flaws that will be discussed when my back is turned. I love the outdoors and find it far more gratifying taking my children hiking, fishing, canoeing, walking my dog around the block than paying someone to mold me into something society thinks I should look like.
    I am marrying the man of my dreams next year. He happens to be a very talented, well respected tattoist. In the 4 years we have been together I have accumulated some of the most beautiful pieces of art that I am proud to display on my body. It is not a statement. It is not a point to prove. They are works of art, beautiful art. My tattoos do not define who I am. They don’t tell my life story. They are pictures. And they are personal to me.They accentuate my own beauty. I am a beautiful person. What makes me beautiful? My comapssion, my understanding, my open mind, my lack of judgement onto others, my ability to see beauty in EVERYTHING.
    Elegance comes from inside. It is in how a woman moves. How she walks into a room, out on the street. How she looks at others and pays attention to others stories. How she speaks to others and how she carries herself. Not in her clothes, her make up, her hair or her skin. Elegance is not material. Elegance cannot be purchased. Class and elegance is NOT casting judgement publicly.

  113. linda says:

    My son is a tattoo artist and that is what he is an artist. His art is not on canvas but on skin. I am proud of what he does. You clearly need to take your head out of your arse, go out into the real world. You have no clear knowledge of art in a different form. So maybe you should stay in the dark ages…

  114. Duff says:

    You know what the difference between people who are tattooed and the people who aren’t? People who have tattoos don’t give a shit if you don’t………..

  115. Laird says:

    Wow, I find this article insulting to both women, and art. I am shocked that someone can be so pathetically fascist in this day and age. If you don’t like tattoos, then don’t get one. How dare you criticize others for exorcising their right to be free to express themselves. Who the hell are you? NO ONE.

  116. amy says:

    I would like to express my disappointment that someone in the 21st century could be so closed minded. 

    As the wife of a tattoo artist and someone who has multiple tattoos,to ME, my tattoos are an expression of myself and I believe that they make me more beautiful.  

    I have heard people say time and time again, “what is that tattoo going to look like when you are 70!?”  In all honesty,  who cares.  I am alive at 70 and no ones skin is going to look good whether tattooed or not. 

    My tattoos are my artwork that I carry with me everyday, all of which have a memory and a meaning to me. 

  117. Jessica Lund-Rodriguez says:

    So in other words we are not supposed to alter our bodies, is that the point of this article!!! Well then dying your hair, getting a new hair cut, wearing makeup, getting your nails done, plastic surgery, tanning, working out, etc should not be done either as they are all modifications of the body even if some are not permanent!! I would much rather get tattoos and bless MY body with art that is permanent!! Yes I do feel better when I get more ink, I feel more like I am at home in this body, it to me is rewarding, it is something that means something to me and I would much rather have ink on my body than have fake nails! To say it is not beauty in completely untrue and if that is what people think then they have no appreciation for art at all! It is not about being a rebel, being cool, or proving a point. To me it makes me feel whole, like I was missing something previously. If people understood the history of tattoos maybe people would have different thoughts on the matter! Ancient tribes and such marked their bodies with ink to show steps in life, the tribe they were in, the ranking in that tribe etc, most people I know who are heavily tattooed have a story to their tattoos much like the steps in life! Do research, learn about things, and open your mind, I am not saying tattoos are for everyone but judging those who have them without understanding any of it is just ignorance! If these are our temples we should be able to decorate them as we see fit!!

  118. amanda patterson says:

    You know what class is not appearance. its the person with a respectful. out look . on how. you present yourself as a person. class is looking past judgement. class is speaking up when necessary and being quiet when necessary. and you’re right our body’s are our temples. it has nothing to do with rebellion. its taking a blank canvous and turning it into something unique. I don’t say anything about ugly cloths that people wear I don’t judge people who wear glasses or wear ugly hats. did you know that ratios derived from a spiritual culture. that they game from people that were in touch with God. and also used it for symbolism. for greatness amount their people. are you going to tell them they have no class. I’m a women and I have. Class. just because I have tatoos doesn’t mean I don’t. it means I’m an individual that speaks about her life through art. and I think you’re to pompous for your own good

  119. Courtney Mates says:

    I’m a woman. I’m a hairdresser. I dress to suit my style and comfort, i go to the gym 5 days a week, I ice skate as a hobby, write literature and have numerous well-respected qualifications. I regularly get my nails done and visit the beauty salon because I work hard, and want to spend my money on things I enjoy. If I wear a matching peplum cut, chanel suit and louboutin heels, if I’m toned, healthy and grateful for the lifestyle i’ve created would you see me as a role model? On an instant glance would you say I suit the stereotype as a powerful, independent woman?
    I bet so.
    What you don’t know, is that underneath my clothes are many tattoos, on my thigh, ribs, shoulders, and half of my left arm and behind my ear. I have both of my ears stretched and on a day to day basis, wear skin coloured plugs.
    In my own personal opinion, I think this reported represents none of the womanly attributes she describes. I certainly would not say her body is toned or that she spends her time enhancing her ‘natural beauty’. Her body certainly is not a temple and she has no right whatsoever to comment on the lifestyle of other women.

    Not only do I find this reporter extremely hypocritical but I think she is offensive, naive and completely fucking outrageous for assuming that myself, along with the millions of other tattooed people are self mutilating freaks.

  120. regina rossa says:

    Class , really comes down to social grace. It is possible to have integrity be honest, kind fair and even tempered, yes even beautiful and have tattoos. This author is very young and extremely nieave however her opinion is valid for herself, she should never be tattooed, she is perfect as she is. There are millions of people in the world that have tattoos that you would never suspect. Smart funny beautiful literate and socially graceful people. I suppose the author of this post has been exposed to a certain type of person she sees as pea-cocking for the masses. there are many different reasons to make this decision for your own life. i would venture that less than a third of the tattooed population does it to be sexually attractive or gain attention. most of the tattooed people i know in the world DONT want attention. they have work done by amazing artists, sometimes traveling the world over for a specific artist. these people are proud and hardworking. you have to be, good tattoos are not cheap and cheap tattoos are not good. my body IS a temple i love my body. i havnt always. i look at the parts of myself that i have hated and fixated on in my youth in an unhealthy way and have found peace finally in a CHOSEN incarnation of beauty. sure beauty is subjective but how can i project confidence to the world around me if i dont feel beautiful or proud? i am proud of the work i have. i have earned my own respect and admiration, the world around me sees me hold my head high and holds me in higher regard for it. The world is a large colorful diverse place and sadly becoming more and more homogenized. There is more than one kind of attractive and certainly we cease to make progress as a people if we are only attracted to or tolerant of one image of beauty. Class is a state of mind not a color of gloss .

  121. Ciara says:

    You are way outta your league here girl…my tattoos have taught people of my faith in myself and the ones I love…shows past and present times and ties in my life…yes there are people that are gonna say they’re distasteful and judge others because of them but they forget that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, only God can judge me, and everyone has a skeleton in their closet that someone somewhere dislikes…get over it n move on

  122. Sandra says:

    No amount of “getting my nails done, wearing high heels to accentuate my legs” or “enjoying the finer things in live” shaped me like experiences that led to my self-growth that led to my wanting and getting my tattoo(s) to commemorate those lessons. Please, stop objectifying women as precious little princesses. What makes a woman beautiful is her strength and her freedom…to choose to do whatever she wants with both!

    • Sandra says:

      and for the record I have a gym membership, I get my nails done and I wear heels! Stop being so narrow minded, stop playing small. Be a woman. A real one.

  123. dave says:

    If this article doesn’t scream narrow mindedness, I don’t know what does. First… there is a pretty cliche yet popular phrase that would sum this up perfectly. “The only difference between tattooed people and non-tattooed people, is that tattooed people don’t care if your not tattooed.” Now although there is an exception to every rule. I’d say this holds pretty true. Also, modification of ones self is not that black and white. Anyone who does anything at all to their appearance is modifying their body in one form or another. Although to the vast population, a tummy tuck, a nose job, or even breast augmintation, is exceptable… all are just as permanent .. but it’s hard to argue that someone forceably breaking your nose for cosmetic reasons, isn’t a Tad bit barbaric. To me a tattoo is nothing more than a choice to hang our art for all to see No matter the images. That my friends is true pride. A man who body builds is pushing his body beyond nature and is modifying his. appearance in doing so. There are always going to be people who view anything you do taboo. Someone, somewhere, feels that an 18year old living on his or her own is barbaric (Italians ). So having said all this I feel that passing judgment onto others is not only wrong but ignorant. That is all. Have a wonderful day! (Grimbaldus thetattooguy Norman)

  124. Jennifer says:

    Prejudice comes in many packages…. your article is one of them.

    Hopefully…with you being a college student you are able to understand what that means

  125. Celestia says:

    ma’am, i do believe you should immediately STOP writing such awful and rude things, about which you do not understand. i’am a PROUD woman who plans to decorate my temple with as much meaningful and life changing art as i possibly can! i’am terribly sorry you’ve never had the experience of being tattooed because if you had, then maybe you wouldn’t feel the need to write such sexist, idiotic things that could very well LOWER a woman’s self-esteem because you are a stereotypical, narrow-minded, society driven hag! who obviously doesn’t know anything more about life than what you read in Cosmo! your writing is also childish, and poorly written.
    thank you.
    OH and one more thing, before my tattooes, i didn’t like my body, but now my body is decorated and beautiful.

  126. Deanna says:

    The presence or absence of a tattoo or multiple tattoos on a person’s skin has nothing to do with class. Class is about attitude and behavior, and it’s clearly something you DON’T have. Grow up and quit being so narrow-minded.

  127. Sofia says:

    Dear Lisa,

    I’m sorry, but I will have to disagree with your opinion about tattoos. I do not think that one with tattoos lacks morals. Please keep in mind that morals are a set of values, which vary from culture to culture. If ones culture sees tattoos as a beautiful thing, why would ones young become confused about morals? Besides, it all depends on how children are raised. It has nothing to do with whether or not ones family members are tattooed. Seems to me that your claims are contradictory. I see tattoos as expression. I love art, therefore I chose to freely express art on my body. I see it as a collection of things that I love, and things that represent me. I am well educated, beautiful, and a physicist. Do you think people will frown upon my tattoos? I think not. If they do, then they are obviously shallow, self-absorbed, and someone I would have no interest in dealing with.  
    If you haven’t noticed, class does not have to do with looks, but rather, what’s inside the person. How can one claim that tattoos make one lack class? 
    I personally think that it is tasteless of you to categorize all tattooed women. I’m sure that there are things you favor that we tattooed women do not. Do you see us bashing you? No. So please ask yourself, who really lacks the class?

  128. Loma says:

    This is the email I am sending her:

    I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.
    Ladies, I know you’re at least at the legal age of making your own decisions, but before you decide to get a tattoo, allow me to let you in on a little secret. A secret you may have not fully realized yet thus far in your life. What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures.
    Seriously, though. Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands, because – as corny as this sounds – we hold the world’s beauty.
    But something girls seem to forget nowadays, or maybe have not been taught, is that women hold the world’s class and elegance in their hands, as well. So what’s more attractive than a girl with a nice body? I’ll tell you what: a girl with class. Looks may not last, but class does. And so do tattoos.
    An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.
    //So what you’re saying here is that the tomboy, the woman who prefers jeans to trainers, the woman who doesn’t go to the salon or can’t afford to, these women can’t be elegant or classy? How about a chef, or a nurse? Women in these professions often can’t git their nails did but they’re not elegant as a result? I notice you don’t list politeness, posture or self-confidence among the traits an elegant woman has. Nor do you list politeness, empathy, caring, nurturing or intelligence. She enjoys the finer things in life? Such as… expensive wine? Dating and making the man pay? Hair rollers and aprons? You mentioned that you know it’s the 21st century, yet I bet feminists he world over will be foaming at the mouth at your outdated, stereotypical view of what elegance is. I expect I should dig out my cocktail dresses and wait for a man to come and pay the bills?//

    But marking it up with ink? That’s just not necessary.
    I’m not here to say a girl should walk around flaunting her body like it’s her job – that’s just degrading. Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you have been given, not permanently engraving it.
    Can you get meaning out of a tattoo? Arguably. If you want to insert ink into your skin as a symbol for something greater than yourself, then maybe you are proving a point to yourself or the rest of the world.
    //You said in the previous paragraph that women should flaunt their bodies; but not like it’s their job? That’s nonsensical. You could argue, and indeed many do, that make up (remember that cosmetic tattooing exists, such as eyebrow tattooing, or eyeliner tattooing) are engraving your body I get the difference between permanent and non-permanent – but, if you want to be pedantic, a tattoo is not strictly forever – laser removal exists. I know! Exciting! Additionally, I wonder if you have pierced ears; piercings are another permanent ‘engraving’ – even if you take them out you will always be left with a scar; just like if you have a tattoo removed. Piercings are using a needle to modify your body – what’s the difference? Oh, that you can’t buy sparkly, glittery tattoos with diamonds in them. Sorry – I mean your man can’t buy them for you. //

    But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.
    //It has been mentioned many times in comments and emails to you but it bears repeating. Many women get tattooed to help them get closure or inspiration after a tragic event, or a deeply meaningful or happy one. I have seen a woman who got a tattoo on the spot where her breast had been removed after cancer. Is this meaningless? Tattoos to commemorate a dead loved one, or a beloved new baby? Meaningless? An inspirational quote to give the wearer hope and strength after a rape, or overcoming an attack or abuse, meaningless? A tattoo to show your love for your partner, meaningless? Tattoos obtained during service, fighting for country, being at death’s door, meaningless? Song lyrics that changed your outlook, literary quotes, a favourite flower or tree or a traditional piece of art from your cultural heritage, meaningless? Myself and millions of people would disagree with you, actually.//

    Invest your time, money, and effort into a gym membership, or yoga classes, or new clothes, or experimenting with different hairstyles if you’re craving something new with your body, not a tattoo.
    //Yes, the pursuit of fashion, fleeting and intangible, originally instigated mainly by men to mould women into more attractive models for their (the men’s) gratification? Corsets were considered elegant, they gave women a comely and socially acceptable shape – and they mutilated women’s insides causing illness and death. Lead based facial make up which killed their wearers? Western cultural norms that dictate a woman should be hairless and smooth and delicate? Can’t you see that you are perpetuating the kind of female self-image that leads to eating disorders, body dysmorphia, depression and isolation? Yoga, by the way, is not just an exercise but a form of meditation. It’s become trendy as an exercise plan but sadly thats because of people like you, who like to stamp every last bit of spirituality out of life. New clothes do not make you beautiful or different, and putting emotional value in them can lead to ugly, ugly personality traits – judging people on their appearance, what they can afford to buy etc. Clothes are important as self-expression and for the social tribe system we live in; however intelligent people would never judge someone’s morals based purely on the way they dress. You wait for actions, you wait for words. //

    I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.
    God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.
    //I know many tattooed women, all of whom are classy, kind, intelligent, moral and elegant in my – and most others’ – eyes. Morals have nothing to do with what you do to your body. A new hairstyle or outfit will never be as rewarding as knowing your own mind, living outside of the shallow western pressures we live with, and choosing to adorn your body (I like to think of tattooed people with beautiful work as walking art galleries) with something deeply meaningful, as outlined above. To me, and millions more, telling women to use clothes and heels and hairstyles and make-up and body-flaunting is deeply immoral. What kind of message will it be to pass your daughter, that class is based solely on appearance? You could have said, for example, studying and reading and learning makes you elegant – a well-rounded, intelligent woman in trainers is just as elegant to most as a dolled-up fashion plate. You are just wrong on this one.

    finally, I’d like to add that this piece is sexist, narrow-minded and needlessly inflammatory. It’s a shoddy piece of journalism, and I would be complaining to the press commission had this not been cleverly filed as Opinion. Nice move. Your opinion is valuable because it is yours; I only thank the cosmos that most people are clever enough to see the endless and obvious contradictions, stupidities and bigotries in this piece. Tattooists are artists; some of the work you can see on a person outshines most modern art. Women are beautiful in all shapes and sizes and with tattoos or not. By writing a piece like this, you are degrading not only women but an entire art form and industry; and not even in a clever way. I read pieces like this and you can see why we have so many problems with our world; because people like you are given a platform from which you can reach people, spread your outdated and badly thought out ideas. I would rather tattoo a dildo on my face than think like you; and for that, I will always be elegant and classy.

    I hope that reading the opinions, emails and comments on your piece means you will rethink what it means to be a woman, a tattooed person and a moral person. This religiously-based, 1950s era ‘moral guidance lecture’ is way off the mark, and potentially extremely damaging. You’re pushing an agenda of judgement based on someone’s looks – surely you can see that this is wrong?


    Loma Morant//

  129. like i totally feel shopping trips to the mall are like sooo enlightening and wonderful for a woman. *giggle*giggle* im so ready to go out and spend a whole day in a crowded mall around a bunch of like trampy dressed women who like to spend their husband or baby daddy money. like how shallow do you need to like be? like you know? yea so i have tattoos. you know what it says about me? i am a good mom wife and citizen. not a criminal. just because i paint my body instead of my face with makup doesnt mean you are better than i am.

  130. Jenn says:

    Wow, what an extremely ignorant and judgmental piece. I’m even offended as someone who doesn’t have tattoos, but I sure as hell admire and appreciate good ones on other people.
    I also love how she talks about women wearing heels to make their legs looks better, while she is totally ignorant to the fact that wearing heels can cause many foot and joint problems later in life, whereas tattoos don’t negatively impact the body.
    What a piece of garbage this is.

  131. Nicholas says:

    Dear Lisa,

    Hello there! I know you are on a whole ‘nother intellectual plane as me, and the eloquence in your words is astounding, for sure, madame…But if you could, just for a few moments, come down off your pedestal and level with me.

    Now, disregarding your self-righteous and pretentious demeanor, which already make you extremely more unattractive than most women with body modification, such as tattoos, I have a few questions from your article:

    You make a bold statement: “Women are naturally beautiful creatures”. I say bold, because I made the mistake of glancing at your picture before I read the article. “Beauty” is defined as having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see,hear, think about etc, or delighting to the senses or mind. It is the “excellence” of its kind, very pleasing and satisfying.

    Now, this is what intrigues me – you say you are a beautiful woman, naturally, and you cause heads to turn – that you hold the world’s beauty. I hope, for your sake, you realize that the standards of beauty (and yes, there are standards) do not apply to a creature such as yourself. I apologize for giving you this harsh reality check, but hear me out.

    You say “An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body”, yet follow it up by allowing the women to pain her nails, dress up in trendy clothing, go to the gym…Do you not realize how self-refuting that is? Those are all forms of body modification – changing your “natural” look…And hm, why would one do that? Let me answer for you: To please men.

    But, alas, how could this be so, when us women are the most amazing and beautiful creatures on earth: Why should we have to look as good as we can and act as classy as possible, for such lesser creatures like men?! Here’s the answerL You are not magnificent. You are not some special creature with a temple that deserves worship. We are all human beings, one step up from a monkey…Very vain and greedy creatures, narcissistic to the maximum.

    You make the statement ” I’m not here to say a girl should walk around flaunting her body like it’s her job – that’s just degrading. Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you have been given, not permanently engraving it. ”

    Your definition for “Improvement” is not only flawed, but extremely narrow-minded. Many women would rather have beautiful works of art adorn their skin, than a firm stomach and flexibility from yoga. A woman’s body is just that- HER body. She has a right to do with it whatever she wants, and for you to make the claim that going to a gym is more fulfilling than adorning your “temple” with decor is just ignorant.

    One of the last things that you say is how tattoo’s will cause children to question their basic values and morals…are you kidding me? I’m assuming you have a GED, at most, consider how exceedingly outrageous and ridiculous your statements sound as this article progresses. Body modification has nearly nothing to do with morality – I know a hundred tattooed women who have more class, self respect, and intellectual fortitude than you do in their little finger. Women who give to charity, who help those in need out, and who deserve the highest respect.

    I would like to close with a statement similar to yours,

    God knows, the last thing this world needs is more pretentious, scornful, and ignorant bigots to propagate disrespect towards one another. I hope, for societies sake, you don’t breed any spiteful spawn to follow in your insignificant footsteps.

  132. Aoife says:

    Surely class comes from feeling good about yourself, being sure of who you are and being genuinely comfortable in our own skin? Not every single person is going to go about getting there in the same way; personally going to a shopping mall, getting my nails done and walking around in ridiculous heels sounds like my idea of hell. I would look uncomfortable as hell and I sure as hell wouldn’t look classy. Or perhaps, shock horror, some women go to the gym regularly AND have tattoos? I love the tattoos I have, they mean something to me and even if some people might think they’re disgusting or distasteful, I wouldn’t change them for the world because they’re part of who I am.

    I’m all for people having their own opinions, but voicing it in such a disrespectful and offense way is just out of order.

  133. Wow. That’s really all I can say. Wow.
    I am a woman, I have four tattoos and about to get a half sleeve and I am damn proud of them. I’m still a girl. I still go shopping and hang out with my girlfriends. Sometimes I splurge and get my nails done. If you were to look at me, you probably wouldn’t even know that I had tattoos. I go to church, I live a respectable life, I’m married…pay the bills, work and go to school. I’m classy and you would never even guess I had tattoos so does that still make me not classy?
    Each of my tattoos means something important to me. Even if I don’t tell you exactly what they mean, they are not just senseless splotches of ink on my body. They are memorials to past life events and reminders of bridges I’ve crossed.
    This “woman” can not sit here and tell all of America that tattoos are classless. What about men? She didn’t mention men getting tattoos at all, so it’s okay for them because they are not classy….right? I don’t think so.
    She will be receiving an email from me as well…

  134. Kelly says:

    I cannot even believe this “woman” had the nerve to write this. First who is she to pass judgment on class and elegance. I have met plenty of people who are classless and tasteless and they don’t have a single piece of ink on their body. Ink does not define you, it’s a form of art and expression. I have never been turned away by a man or rejected because I have tattoos, plenty of our models, musicians and actress’s in the industry have tattoos and I think when they walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes or at the Grammy’s they look beautiful. This girl sounds shallow and judgmental, where is her class? Classy people would know you do not judge on outward appearance and you see people for the inside and how beautiful their soul is. She need’s some serious life lesson’s on how to be a lady. Also, I am a Christian, I am a big believer in my Jesus Christ and I love him and guess WHAT HE LOVES ME TOO, I’ve never been turned away by the church or by God because I have tattoo’s, my body is a temple and I treat it as one, this girl I can tell is a Christian and is the wrong kind, she give us a bad name.

  135. Joe Di Marius says:

    All due respect, and I mean this with the utmost sincerity: you’re a complete and total moron. Do you still think “colored people” should sit on the back of the bus? Hi; it’s 2012 America, not 1950’s Alabama. Maybe you should move to a place like my state of California and actually see people living their lives each day in liberated fashion, not constrained by hypocritical douchebags who tell you homosexuals will burn in hell, while they’re fucking male prostitutes on the sly.

  136. Veronica says:

    I have three far. The one on my wrist is my grandmothers name. It is my way of keeping the memory of someone I love very much with me for the rest of my life even though she may not be around to see it. I know I am beautiful with or without tattoos. I do not need to go shopping for “attractive outfits” or high heels (which I hate to wear) to feel beautiful. Just like Ashley said (first comment): I will always remember my first tattoo and everyone after. Especially if they have an important meaning to me. Shopping for clothes to make myself looks as society wants me to look is nothing special. Lisa, maybe if you took more time to get to know people and to understand the meaning of their tattoos you wouldn’t be so quick to judge them.

  137. Nina says:

    this article is repulsive.

  138. Shilo Van Tatenhove says:

    For many of us, tattoos have nothing to do with physical beauty, they have everything to do with commemorating our accomplishments, paying homage to people, events, and spiritual matters that are important and integral to the person we have become. As you have said, class does not fade, and having pride in, not the surface beauty that you espouse but, the person you are is infinitely classy. I can’t believe any woman in this day and age would promote such blatant consumerism as a path to “class”. Your views are close minded and sad. If I didn’t pity you so much, I would be disgusted.

  139. Craig jackson says:

    Wow here i was thinking i was an equall to my brothers and sisters regardless of what i wore or adorned myself with or had hanging between my legs but thanks to this article i now know my true calling a penis with a wallet you stupid person do you even know how sexist and offensive that blog sounds you are everything thats wrong with the way we think today your lucky this wasnt an actual news article or you would be branded a facist good day

  140. Rav says:

    Class comes from within. I have many tattoos and everyone means something to me.

  141. smack this b- that cant see beauty in the world says:

    i was very annoyed by this article, there is nothing wrong with tattoos. i hate labels on clothes, shopping gives me panic attacks. i was with an abusive man for almost 2 years. he contently told me that if i didn’t wear enough make up it wasn’t good enough, or that my clothes were always too baggy or the wrong style. i used to get back handed for my opinion. i got my first tattoo while i was with him, he was gone for the weekend(military drill day or some shit) i went alone with the design for my wings that i had made when i was in my early teens. no one was with me, as my wings were being done i felt a new hope spread over me, i spread those wings soon after and left him. i didn’t know why i stayed but as my tattoo artist was doing her magic, she talked to me, and the realization of where my life was and where it was going came into light. if i hadn’t gotten that tattoo i don’t know what i would have done

  142. Vicki says:

    I am shocked, that someone with no artwork of her own feels she has the right to criticise other women… Especially one who is preaching that instead we should be spending our money on clothes that go out of fashion once every three months and also, from looking at her, does not pay much to have her hair done or on make-up, or on clothes, or apparently on any of the other things we should supposedly ‘worship’ our body’s with, I myself have lots of tattoos and can honestly say that it hasn’t stopped mens heads from turning as far as I know but honestly? I can’t say that I would care if it did, I do this for me, I go to yoga too, and meditate, and care for the environment, I recycle… I don’t spend all my time at the mall giggling with a bunch of girls as I’m too busy going to conventions of art, or listening to artists show off their music…. With my beautiful, classy, tattooed girlfriends!!

  143. Serena says:

    well I have two tattoos one is covering a very horrific situation that I was in … as far as if i got self satisfaction..Oh yes mame I did !! an did i learn something yes I learned that some that looks so terrible can be turned into something beautiful an as far as what my grand kids say well it awhole better to explain a tattoo than to tell them there grandfather was undiagnosed paranoid sczophrenic an almost killed me by stabbing me 16 times so as far your bull shit in this letter, you have no idea what your taking about an maybe you should open your eyes to the real world… JUST SAYIN

  144. Danielle says:


    Upon reading your article based solely off opinion, I must agree to disagree with it entirely. It’s okay to have an opinion, however, classifying all tattooed women under the same category is unfair. Not all tattooed women are classless, brash, and lack morality as you claim. Not all women get tattoos to rebel their parents or society or try to prove something. I myself am a tattooed woman and I definitely do not lack class or manners. As a matter of fact, I’m a beautiful woman with self confidence and an intelligence level that my fiancee happens to find damn sexy. He adores my body art as well. I have manners, I’m well spoken, and none of my tattoos are outbursts of rebellion or point proving. My tattoos are an extension of me that many people fail to realize.

    You stated, and I quote directly from your article, “But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth?” As a matter of fact, yes I am a happier person with my tattoos. They are beautiful pieces of art that will forever remind me of the day I got them and why I got them and I will never for one instance regret my decision. I have some tattoos that are already several years old and simply looking at them brings a smile to my face and a light to my eyes. Has the tattoo caused me to learn something new about myself? Yes. How? It has shown me the amount of pain I can withstand to my body, pain that is temporarily physical but leaves a lasting impression, like the pain in life. If my body and psyche can withstand the mental pain of a tattoo, then I can learn to withstand the pain of life and go through it and know that it is only temporary, and the wisdom that I will gain from the experience will be eternal. Has it led me to self growth? Yes. How? One word, responsibility. When you receive a tattoo, it becomes your responsibility to care for it to make sure it heals well and you prevent infection. It has also taught me patience because the healing process tends to be rigorous.

    So while your mind is closed to the possibilities of what any kind of body modification can do for a person, I’ve let myself be enlightened by my choices. As for morality, I have a set of moral standards that are very high. I do believe in a God and I believe he, not you or anyone else, is the one to judge me. My morality stems from the teachings of my parents and the willingness to do right for myself and for others. Having tattoos does not make me an immoral person. Are there tattooed persons who are immoral? Yes, I won’t argue that, but it’s not just to classify all tattooed persons in that category.

    Last I checked, I adorned my body for me, not for anyone else. If I’m going to “do for myself” as you keep insisting women should do in your article, it won’t be by flaunting my body to the opposite sex or bettering my appearances for them. I would be doing it for me, myself, and I. Body modifications of all kinds for me are a part of my spirituality and I gain personal growth every time I receive a new one. It’s sad that narrow minded people like you exist when the possibilities of meeting so many different characters and walks of life are right at your fingertips and computer screen. I hope you read my words carefully and change your view on the tattooed community. Do you have to like tattoos? Absolutely not. It is your right to have a formed opinion to whatever you feel is right and no one can take that from you. I hope, however, that you will change your classification of people and grow to accept the life choices of others instead of criticizing them and telling them what they should do, especially with their own flesh.


  145. Aaron Nash says:

    You could make the same arguments against getting a puppy. Did you even do any research? Plus you fail for using the word ‘nowadays’.

  146. suze says:

    I believe you are.missing the whole point. You clearly are against body modification. But telling.women that they are not classy if they have tattoos is well …unclassy yourself. Many people adorn themselves in many ways you are bringing women back to the 20’s saying we should be the way you state in your article ..women either have class or they dont. You can put a dress on a pig it’s still a pig. Some of the most classiest ladies I know have ink. You reference morals what morals teaching by.judging?? Next.time think before you speak its unclassy to judge

  147. Jamie says:

    Wow, this is an amazing piece of crap opinion! Telling young women to invest in over priced clothes made overseas by starving children. Buying from a local business and supporting the economy and the united states of America is a bad idea. So the basic idea of this piece of work is to influence young women to buy clothes, get their hair and nails done, go to the gym and wear heels? You have to be fucking kidding me! I would much rather see my daughter having respect for herself while having tattoos and dressing in whatever makes her comfortable. With this said how many women do you know that love to wear 6 inch heels and get dressed up everyday? I have respect for myself as a kickass women, I love tattoos, I shoot guns, wear what I want to wear and have self confidence. Oh and I’m way cuter than your materialistic fake ass, who is destroying the minds of our young women.

  148. Fallenindust says:

    I love it when people use the body is a temple line….. cuz really think about it and how many temples are barren and void of decor and art??? yes you body is a temple decorate it how you see fit 🙂

  149. Eddie b says:

    If you don’t like or agree whit tattoo… Simply don’t do it on yourself!!! Let the people be what they want… Because they let you be what you are… Greetings

  150. michael capone says:

    Thats why i get tattooed. To keep a barrier between those of us actually living life and those just judging it. And by the way your not beautiful inside or out. You should heed your own advice and go directly to the galeria (mall in buffalo) and pay some over opinionated bitch like yourself to decide what you should look like. Probably involving multiple magazine covers. Spoon fed life. Lol

  151. how do u like it , making assumptions about something or someone (s) u dont know and have no idea wat ur on about, u have and are entitled to ur opinion, but please for ur own sake , keep it to urself,

  152. Letisia says:

    For all of your talk about beauty, class and elegance, about not vandalizing “the temple [one] has been blessed with,” about appreciating it, flaunting it, about going to the gym, dressing in “lavish, fun, trendy clothes,” about enjoying trips to the mall” with girlfriends, about accentuating ones “legs with high heels,” about getting your nails done”—all PERSONAL perceptions of what constitutes beauty (class, fun, elegance, etc.)—you fail to recognize the obvious.

    Beauty is entirely a matter of taste, a matter of perception—it is a nothing more than a social construct. This might still have been an interesting article about one person’s perception—yours, had you recognized that fact. But when you say, “marking it up with ink? That’s just not necessary,” you reduce yourself to ignorance, to someone who has not lived enough, or perhaps simply has never attempted to view the world or humanity through any lens other than her own.

    Considering all of the world’s cultures, all of the beauty contained individually and collectively, all of the characterizations of beauty in societies throughout the world—in societies where, just as one example, women wear neck rings in order to elongate their necks because this is what, in their view, is considered beautiful—it seems incredibly unfortunate to me that anyone’s views would be as limiting as yours.

  153. Dawn Rose Ellis says:

    I feel incredibly sorry for the author of this article. I couldn’t imagine being so closed minded and judgmental of others. I am a proud mommy of three beautiful, intelligent children. I have class, I am beautiful, I am elegant, and I have tattoos. I wear my tattoos proud, and my children are proud of my tattoos. I take care if myself and have style without blowing exuberant amounts of money at the gym, or keeping up with The Joneses. I am just as comfortable at a Rob Zombie concert as I am at a Black Tie function. My growing collection of tattoos in no way makes me less of a woman. Nor do I think everyone needs tattoos. It’s a personal choice. True elegance doesn’t come from a $200 pair of heals, a $2000 purse, a weekly manicure, or a gym membership. True elegance comes from the way you carry yourself. True elegance comes from accepting peoples differences, and respecting others for who they are (not what they are) A truly elegant person wouldn’t be so bigoted to write an article in attempts to demean women with different ideas of beauty. But, I must thank the author. No article has ever made me more proud to be me.

  154. shauna says:

    So, this makes me so angry .. I go to the gym I wear amazing heels I get my nails and my hair done, I wear trendy nice clothes, I have an amazing job and a Masters Degree I work in the federal court system, men drool over me, men swoon over me, I have class, I have morals, I am a mother, a daughter. a granddaughter, I vote and dont litter, I drive a 50 thousand dollar car thats paid for that I bought …. AND….

    I have OVER 200 hours of tattoo work on my body, I am pierced, my ears are guaged, and I am respected.

    This woman is telling our children it is not OK to be themselves and be individual and personally it sickens me.

    Judge not least ye be judged … God is watching (yes I believe in God people with tattoos dont worship the devil)

  155. Robin :) says:

    People are so closeminded they cant see when people are happy with them selfs and if they do see it they bitch b/c they are not happy. I am a happyer person b/c of my tatts they bring back the wild days of my life that I have moved past and they tell me every day that I AM A BETTER PERSON TODAY and I LOVE MYSELF and I MADE MY LIFE THE WAY IT IS and I WILL KEEP GOING ON WITH MY CLASSY SELF !!!!! Even if u dont like it !!!!!!!! My mind is not as good as it used to be so I need a reminder every day !!

  156. MJ denton says:

    Who died and made ms Khoury God? What self centred egotistical claptrap. As an intelligent (2 university degrees) health professional with tattoos I find this article apalling in today’s (non puritanical) society. Grow up ms Khouri and stop believing you have a right to be the arbiter of morality. Your ‘values’ like your article disgust me!

  157. Elizabeth says:

    This article is just downright ignorant and sexist. Who has the right to say what someone should do to their bodies? I understand that this is an opinion piece, but in this case keep your opinions to yourself. People don’t just ge tattoos to be rebellious or whatever. People use them to express themselves or to commemorate something important or tragic in their lives. Who are you to say otherwise and make people feel bad for their own PERSONAL choices? Write aout somethin else

  158. Thinkink says:

    There is nothing classy, elegant, or attractive about a person that insults and belittles others.

  159. Haha This article came up on FB while I was looking up places to go to get my next tattoo!

  160. peter tyler says:

    People will never stop getting tattooed. My client ratio is 70% females ages 18- 30. People get tattooes to beable to express there selfs not to be judged. But that’s alright. After wasting my time reading ur lame opinion on what other people should do, I realized that after judging a very big culture you should get a tattoo nerd.

  161. Dan says:

    This woman has some serious issues and not liking tattoos is fine but when you read her value system and her options so to speak…. denigrate yourself into a fricking object barbie without any sense of individualism or self identity…. Ok then thanks for the lesson in ethics and by the way every single one of my tattoos has meaning and all are part of who I am and turn on the light within and be happy in your own skin…Thats real beauty….

  162. courtney says:

    I would just like to say that I’m not sure she should be able to make these comments she even said herself if you don’t have a tattoo your the ones with the strongest opinions on getting tattoos. Well I’m a women with 2 tattpps and the best part is no one I have then unless I’m in a bathing suit so the btattoo are for and have more of a deep meaning because I thought about what to do before getting them so I didn’t just get them to show them off and I still hold my self to a higher class of women because I still carryy myself that way and I still treat my self as a women such as getting my nails done or shopping at the mall and not one person judges me for my tattoos cuz their for me not other plus I also thought ahead so my tattoos aren’t out in the open that way people can’t judge me on having tattoos
    Thanks just wanted to share my opinion

  163. I have half a mind to write this Miss Lisa and point out how she’s being so ignorant. But in the same breath, I also know she’s probably gotten tons of emails regarding this article and is just deleting them as they come in. This hurts my very being.

  164. Lindsey says:

    Obviously this woman is close minded and lacks a well rounded education and life experience. She clearly does not understand the meaning of class in it’s entirety. Class is not solely bassed upon a womans meens to buy expensive clothes or join a gym and FLAUNT her body! Class is far more than appearance! Class is shown not only by the way a woman takes care of her personal hygiene but also the respect she has for herself and others. A classy woman knows how to carry herself in a respectful manner, knows how to treat others with respect and leaves the judgment aside.
    I am a woman with a very fair amount of body ART. I do take care of myself physically and mentally. I don’t judge others on their physical appearance nor do I call someone classless when they choose to make different physical decisions than I. And despite my array of body art the most common comment I receive from people is in regard to the amount of class I do have. Tattoos are not a question about ones morality. But, it seems that those without are those who show their true colors when they cast judgement on others who are not afraid to express themselves with the art. To the woman who wrote this article: Tattooing and body modification has been around since the existence of man, far longer than your religion has been. Body modification is imprinted in our dna. It has been used to show our status in society, the leaders of tribes, the passing of and entrances into phases of our lives.Tattooing now may be diluted in the spiritual sense but I assure you that bearing a tattoo is far more than just wearing some ink and it definitely does not take away ones class. I would be happy to show you personally what a true classy woman (WITH TATTOOS) looks like. If you doubt me, come see me. I would be ecstatic to sit for an interview and teach you a few things.

  165. Andy Barrett says:

    Does this woman not wear make up, or shave or groom herself? wear nice clothes, I mean if women are already perfect as is, then you should just be able to roll out of bed and make no improvements.

  166. Chris says:

    I’m all for tattoos and whatnot but some of your reactions here are on jesus freak level. everyone needs to calm down, yeah she wrote horribly incorrect things but relax and move on.

  167. amymy says:

    Okay. Clearly this ridiculous point of view comes from a narrow mided piece of crap. What gives you the right to judge people for what they believe in. Like does this girl have her ears pierced? Because that’s body modification…does she paint her nails that’s not ‘natural’ so unless you have experienced what every person who has a tattoo has been through…don’t judge. And how dare she think that because I personally have a sleeve, a chest piece, tattoos on my legs back and wrist makes me an immoral person who will have a rough time explaining morals to my grandkids…well you know what? When they’re old enough I’m goign to have them read this insane, untrue, rude, and thoughtless article and tell them never to be a person of such low caliber. Everyone says never judge a book by its cover…then what the hell right does this superficial valley girl have to pass judgement on everyone. Here’s the thing do you go to the museum of fine arts and shit on all the artists for expressing themelves in meaningful ways to them? Probably not. Why doesn’t anyone who agrees with this go buy the book ‘ink inc’ then we will see just how many ‘rebellious’ low lives get tattooed. Take a look in the mirror. You might not like what’s there after all that.

  168. Stacy says:

    I think the most important question to raise here is just, “who is she to judge?” Why is she better than anyone else? I get that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but judging someone and making that public is a whole other story. There is nothing “classy” about judging ANYONE.

  169. Jane says:

    Queen Elizabeth has tattoos and she is classless. So many Royals have tattoos and they are classless. Thank you for shedding light on this. Great well rounded editorial. It shows you truly did your research on the matter.

  170. mamacta says:

    You really dont have a clue do you??…Tattoos are beautiful. Just because a woman has ink does not make you less classy than the woman without ink…..what would you do if by chance you had to be wheeled in the the ER for a life threating operation and your female surgeon had tattoos,,,,,well now,,,,,does that mean she has no class,,,,I guess it would be better that she be late for your surgery because she had to catch the latest sale for those Jimmy Choo shoes???

  171. mamacta says:

    In the future do some interviews with people who have tattoos and maybe you will have a different opinon..

  172. Rebecca says:

    i’m sorry but if im an old lady running around showing people my nasty old wrinkly back tattoo, or wearing something that would reveal it then there is something much more wrong with me than simply having a tattoo! LOL

  173. Dave Paul says:

    I am a PhD student who is writing his dissertation on tattooing. I will write a response piece to this and have it posted by Monday. Thanks for bringing this to our attention! You can see more of my work at:

  174. this person obviously didn’t do ANY research on tattoos.

  175. kitty says:

    This is utterly absurd. what does your skin have to do with having class? I cant wait to tell my future generations the stories behind my ink. You might as well tell a woman with psoriasis that she’s not classy for the simple fact her skin is splotchy.

  176. Brandy says:

    As a tattooed woman I would have to disagree with you. I have been called classy on many occasion and I’m well educated. I value my family and friends and the memories we’ve had. Each on of my tattoos represent them or a memory. I enjoy each one. They reflect who I am and the people I love. So I would have to say you are mistaken and closed-minded. Prude. Boring. Not classy is how I would describe your article.

  177. Mandy Wise says:

    There is nothing as devoid of class quite like narrow-mindedness. And you really shouldn’t let your mind wander–it’s MUCH too small to be left outside by itself.

  178. kirsten says:

    Get a grip man seriously. Although some tattoos can be meaningless and stupid, a lot of them are beautiful and full of meaning. I have several tattoos and I can say to you that I honestly DID feel better walking out of that parlor. Yes, there is a lot of personal meaning attached, but it should not be considered an exception. Tattoos are a work of art, and if you disagree- cool. You don’t want tattoos, fine. No one is judging you from the “tattooed community”, so lay off. Keep your ignorant and retarded editorial to yourself.

  179. Liz says:

    I would love to know exactly what she thinks is so much better about wasting your hard earned money on ‘trendy’ clothes than tattoos. There’s no reason (other than the fact that her views are obviously the complete brainchild of the society we live in which values status and wealth and calls it ‘class’) why any of the things she listed are any better for your personal wellbeing than a tattoo has the potential to be.

  180. I don’t have tattoos, but I have no problem with those who do. Live and let live- some body art is absolutely stunning and meaningful to the person, which is great. Just think out your body art before you do it because your choice of body art will likely last a lifetime. What’s cool when you’re 20 might be a total embarrassment when you’re 60.
    Sometimes people make decisions regarding body art that they regret later. My grandfather wore long-sleeved shirts all the time regardless of the temperature. I didn’t find out why he wore the long sleeved shirts until he was in the nursing home, close to death. He had horribly inked tats of what were supposed to be girlie pics on both forearms that he’d gotten in the Navy (WWII) and he always hid them because he was so embarrassed by them. My son thought it was cool back in high school to gauge both ears to 7/8″ but now that he’s trying to further himself in the automotive industry, the big earrings have become a liability. Some potential employers haven’t taken him seriously because of the earrings- even though he is an intelligent person and a hard worker.
    It’s easy to pass judgment, but better to look at the whole person instead of condemning them because you don’t like their body art.

  181. Dave says:

    I am certainly not drooling over you – so that was a bold statement.
    Second – women should be able to do whatever they want with their bodies. This is a lackluster attempt by some college kid trying to make a point in her college paper

  182. Jessi says:

    Thank you. Thank you so very much. I am so disappointed in this woman. Way to go ahead and roll back the wheels of progress.

  183. Jess says:

    This is so incredibly insulting. ALL of my friends have tattoos and they are pretty, confident and intelligent women. Stop being so close-minded- you are doing more harm than good for the femine movement and women in general. Try acceptance instead of judging something you do not understand.

    “I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.” What about the tattoos that HAVE meaning? My tattoo matches one my father has, we went together to get the tats. So not only do I have this amazing memory of sharing that experience with him, I think of my dad everytime I look at it. My father and I didnt have a relationship for 20 years of my life and now we do, so the meaning of our matching tattoos is deeper than something you can understand. And when my grandkids ask me about my tattoo, I will be happy to explain the meaning behind it with pride.

    As for classless, I am college educated and work within corporate America. My tattoo is in Latin. Classless? I think not. If anything, YOU are classless for passing judgement on a wide group of people under the cover of “women are beautiful.”

    Talk about ignorance at its best. Good luck with life after college, can’t wait for you to spew your opinions to your future boss and have her show you HER angel wings on her lower back.

  184. Dear Lisa,

    I’d just like to thank you for this uplifting and informingly pointless article on demoralizing self expression.
    Let’s go through a few things, shall we?
    Oh, and before we start…. Keep in mind that I am not a ‘writer’, as you are. I cannot, and will not have perfect punctuation and grammar throughout this grouping of delicious words.
    Thanks for listening, and let’s begin!
    I will start by letting you know that I am ashamed to say that you and I are very much alike. And if by very much alike, I mean we both have vaginas and shitty attitudes, then yes – you are a god damned idiot. This is the worst representation of a woman that I’ve seen/read in a LONG ass time. I am guessing that you do not have any devil’s spit engraved into your body…. (what? ….. that’s what you think it is, no?) If by the tone of my words you haven’t realized it yet; I have tattoos. Many, many tattoos.
    I need to ask you a quick question. What do morals, have to do with tattoos? We know morals as a type of distinction between right and wrong. So, it is wrong to get a tattoo? Who made up that rule?
    If I’m reading this article correctly, what you’re trying to tell me is that I simply cannot have any class, sophistication, or elegance if I have tattoos, or any other sort of body modification. Let me quote you….
    “An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done”
    So let me get this straight….. Instead of showing off my appreciation for permanent artistic expression, I should go walk around the mall with my gal-pals and buy “trendy” outfits while showing off my legs to complete strangers? Oh, don’t worry though… they might like what I’m wearing.
    On that note, please don’t shame women for ‘working’ their bodies. Women should NEVER slut shame. I don’t care if you’re getting paid for it or not, bitch – that’s their prerogative. It’s NOT degrading to make a living, any way you have to. It’s degrading for people like you to write shit like this in some repetitious and hypocritical newspaper article.
    Ok. Moving on.
    Tattoos, and the meanings behind them. WHO GIVES A FUCK. Tattoos don’t need meanings. The end.
    Moving on again.
    I quote you again, sunshine-face…
    “But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo.”
    :: sigh :: Good grief, girl. In the words of Kuato, OPEN YOUR MIND. I mean.. clearly you’ve been left in the dark at some point. Not everything everyone does has to have this holy-mission accomplished-righteous-FINALLY I’VE DONE IT – meaning behind it. Just, live and let live, baby.
    And there you go again with clothes. CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES. What is your obsession with trying to make woman go out and buy new clothes. Let me ask you this, Lisa…. are you really a happier person? Has this shirt or pair of pants, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of buying an outfit….
    Sounds real silly, doesn’t it..
    Dumb dumb.
    Close to the end here!
    So, you want kids I bet. I also bet that you think it’s a woman’s’ duty to have them. I gathered this by your assumingly ignorant comment about my “future grandkids” and how my body will affect their lives.
    You know what I say to that? Fuck you. Fuck you Lisa, and fuck your undoubtedly ignorant future spawn as well. How about we move on from this bullshit….k? I am a woman, and It is my right to choose my life, and whether or not I want to bring another into this world. And if I did create said future human baby – It is also my right how I raise them, and the MORALS I fill their empty little heads with. Not everyone is like you hun. Not everyone had a fucking temper tantrum when Mattel came out with ‘Tattoo Barbie.’ Ohh… oh, shit… did I forget to mention that? BARBIE…. Perfect, clean, pretentiously beautiful, BARBIE – went out and got a god damned tattoo.. Can you believe it?

    Ok, ok… I’m ranting. But let me just quote you ONE last time…

    “God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.”

    IF I ever have to explain to my kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighbor’s kids, or anyone else for that matter – WHY I have a red-tailed hawk permanently painted on my thigh, I’m pretty positive that anyone’s little predecessors would most likely question, accept answer, and move on. They won’t have you there, rambling on about some idiotic retail therapy way of life. There is not going to be some generation UPROAR over everyone’s mom and dad having a fucking tattoo.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love shopping as much as the next person. But let’s face facts, Lisa.
    Times are-a-changin’ People change. Generations change.
    Get over yourself.

    Oh, one more thing……
    I hope your children, if you CHOOSE to have any – have a more open-minded approach to life. They’ll appreciate it a little more than their mother.
    Get at me with comments. I’d appreciate a little input.

  185. amberrose says:

    this article is shit. first, look at the writer…really? you do nothing you wrote in that article, you don’t look like you work out, and you definitely have no sense of style with your choice of attire and that tired old hair cut. i personally think tattoos on women are beautiful, when properly done. (no, not angel wings on your lower back–in our culture we look down at shitty tattoos and placement as well)I am a woman with a lot of tattoos and i do not and will not ever regret a single tattoo They are beautiful pieces of art etched forever on my body. i think it accentuates my features and makes my body, honestly hotter–i turn heads even more now. you’re only young once and only have this youthful skin for so long. so, when my grandchildren ask me about my tattoos i will be able to tell them able my wonderful bad ass youth; and still hand them life lessons.

  186. Vanessa Bragdon says:

    I have tattoos covering my hands and fingers and many all over my arm and leg. My ears are stretched to over an inch. If our body is our temple then I can decorate it how I choose. We are considered social deviants because we have artwork on our body that is meaningful and beautifully done? Maybe she should also understand that the tattoo artists who do these pieces work extremely hard and put lots of time and effort into placing these pieces of artwork on others. They are genuinely talented and creative and have families and lives just like this woman does. And I’m sure some of them are currently making more money than she ever will.

    Some of these artists are respected all over the world for the hard work and dedication they put into this craft. Yes they are on you forever. Yes they cost money. But would I rather spend a thousand dollars on a handbag that I’m going to use once or get “fake” nails put on? No. I’m going to get a beautiful tattoo to look at every single day and be happy that the money I spent was well worth it.

    Many woman have their ears pierced, the bodies tucked and tied all over. Fake breasts that most of the time are way too big and completely unnatural looking. They are social deviants as well.

    I don’t care what she has to say. She could talk garbage like this all day every day and it isn’t going to change anyone’s mind. She should be more accepting instead of judging what she does not completely understand.

    People have been getting tattoos for hundreds of years. As a right of passage, to celebrate their life in the military, or maybe just in remembrance of a friend or an event. And we will continue to do so rather she likes it or not.

    And trust me. I don’t need a new dress or a Gym membership to get any man that i may want.

    All I can say is anyone who wants a tattoo needs to do research and find an artist who is capable of providing you with something you won’t want to remove later on. You get what you pay for and you definitely won’t get a nice piece of work in someones dingy basement.

    Tattoos are becoming more acceptable every day. And maybe this girl should do a little more research before assuming anything. She clearly does not know anything about it.

    She can continue to be a judgmental person. See how far that gets you. And I’ll go on being who I am. A lovely, well educated, beautiful, heavily tattooed woman.

  187. Enigma says:

    I think shes one of them highly judgmental christian types. Which means her opinion really doesn’t matter because where ever its coming from is silly and outdated and hasn’t been open enough to evolve.

  188. Jason MacK says:

    Maybe if you invested more time and energy focusing on girls who have eating disorders who are swallowing hand fulls of diet pills every day to keep up with societies perception placed on woman these days the world would be a better place? No? Here’s the flip side of your hateful coin. Did you ever think that maybe a nice piece of artwork adorned on the body of a girl who wasn’t blessed with the genetics of Pam Anderson might make that girl feel better about herself? You’re a very close minded individual which is why you’d never understand the tattoo culture. You sound like a very dull individual. You obviously have plenty of improvements that you could apply to yourself. I suggest you take action on that before preaching to others what they should and shouldn’t be doing. Good luck, you’re going to need it.

  189. reed says:

    Boy are you single minded and seemingly overly religious. While some people do ink for that reason, most of us who truly believe in them give serious thought to each one we get, the each hold a meaning to us. Be it my grandparents memorial, or my cats memorial. A true tattooed person always knows they are also artwork, maybe not on a canvas but art non the less.

    Now people have opinions, reporters are supposed to be neutral, a trait you don’t show in this article. So a reporter you are not. This is my opinion like it or not but at least I have all the facts, something you haven’t shown to have or care about.

    If ignorance is bliss, then there are alot of happy people in the world, and you are seemingly happy.

  190. Jared says:

    You’re judging women who think one way when you think another. Same goes for them. If you want to be open, why not accept them for who THEY are? Different strokes for different folks. I personally don’t care either way; as I’ve dated both kinds. Calling them mall-goers and trend followers seems a little ” pot calling the kettle black.” If you attack them, it just gives them more fuel for fire.

  191. Celia says:

    Does wearing trendy clothes challenge you or lead to self growth? Or mean something of value? Or is it a form of self expression?

    Who are you to say that getting a tattoo is worthless. Some see it as a form if artwork. Just as one might individualize their hair color or personalize a makeup style.. only tattoos go a step further and express inner beauty, feelings, emotions and creativity. And while in many cases tattoos can be trashy, I have personally seen works of art greater than any painting from Monet or DaVinci.

    Your article is extremely pointed and largely ignorant. To judge ones “class” based on desire for personal expression… Its sad to see such a close minded view published. You obviously do not know what true “beauty” is.

  192. BENNY BREEZE says:


  193. Natalie says:

    I read an article about women with tattoos(I myself have them)and their professions. There is a woman on the west coast somewhere that has some major work done on her. And I think she is a rocket scientist or physicist. Something along them lines. And she is very very beautiful at that.

  194. Zoe says:

    This is the most judgemental piece of crap I have come across in sometime.
    Good job insulting thousands of women across the world.
    Question: are all the African women who tattoo themselves for their tribes also wrong?
    Women have choices now a days like you say, and this degrading article just shows how much you obviously ‘care’ about the female race.
    P.s the whole ‘get a gym membership’ thing, you should consider taking up your own advice.

  195. jessica lee says:

    I have pretty much all my arms done. And everything I have put on my body has been for a specific point in my life. From losing my father to celebrate good times. This is my canvas and I choose to do with it what I want. I know that the older generation will never understand it. But I have never been called trashy. I have been admired for my choice in how I express myself. And have inspired others to do the same. So please do not assume that we are all trashy. Because when you assume, you know what that makes you.

  196. Angela says:

    I am a heavily tattoed woman, and I feel beautiful. That’s all that matters.

  197. Corinne says:

    What I take away from this article is that being materialistic will make me a better person but choosing to express myself by getting a tattoo will leave me graceless and without class. It is distressing to read a piece so full of ignorance. If we want a better world for future generations, we need to be able to treat each other with respect and tolerance. Who cares if some people like tattoos? In this day and age I think there are far more important issues to be concerned with. Such a shallow attitude about the choices other people make is not going to improve this world one bit.

  198. Kalie May says:

    I am not going to sit here and put this women down for her own opinion, because we are intitled to them and that makes us different. Growing up with two beautiful sisters, I constantly battled with my body issues. Never skinny enough, not pretty enough, wrong kind of clothes. Never once did I feel like I was pretty enough, because I didn’t wear the brand name clothes, or have all the “in” trends. Because that is what the media tells us, society brainwashes females into thinking that they have to be skinny, have to be blonde with blue eyes, a small chest size, and long legs to be beautiful. I’m 5’5″, I wear a size 13, have a 40D chest size, brown hair brown eyes, and HATED the fact that I stood out. I felt like a dandelion in a field full of daisies.

    At 18, I got my very first tattoo, just a small piece on my inner wrist to cover a scar of where I had cut myself because I was unhappy due to my body issues. The tattoo is the symbol for beauty. Because I finally realized that not looking like everyone else makes me different and being different is the only way to be. Now, I love my body, and there is nothing that I want to change about it. Because this is the way I was made to look, this is what makes me beautiful…not changing myself to fit into societys mold of what a women should look like.

    Since my first tattoo, I have gotten 10 more and each and every one of them have a deep, personal inner meaning to me. Maybe some people don’t understand why I have gotten them, and that is okay. Because honestly, I could care less if you agree with what I do to MY OWN BODY! Because to me, my tattoos are beautiful and I am beautiful. I don’t need to be beautiful to everyone.

  199. sarah says:

    I have four tattoos, most FULLY visible on my forearms and wrists, and I work as an architect in a professional industry where an entire subculture of people who are professinals accept and admire my work… this makes me SOOOO mad I cant even express it.

  200. Jessi says:

    I hate shopping. I got my nails done once when I was 14 and it was a bonding thing with my sister. I don’t want kids. I don’t like wearing skirts or dresses. As far as my tattoos go, back piece specifically, I’ve gotten nothing but compliments on it. Random people have commented positively on it including a female security guard at the Art Museum and a random older gentleman on the train that does not like tattoos. But you know what, it isn’t beautiful. It is just marring my body, my “temple.” You know what, I smoke and drink and I’m pretty sure that does way more damage to my “temple” then putting some permanent ink on it. As far as meaning goes, I have my father’s ashes in one of my tattoos. Go ahead and tell me that’s worthless.

  201. jennie says:

    Plenty of people without a tattoo lack class and morals…
    Stop judging people for how they act/look/clothes they wear… More important things in life than complaining about what people do with their bodies.

  202. Kelly says:

    What a waste of my time reading this article! Really?!?! So you have no opinion of men with tattoos but women who have them are classless??? This article was classless!! It’s fine that people who don’t have tattoos are entitled to an opinion or to say they don’t like them but don’t judge those of us that have them when you know nothing about us! Has it ever occured to you that we get tattoos not to make us feel better about our looks as you may think but as a remembrance or special meaning something or someone has to us??when my children are old enough to ask me what it is and why I have it I will tell them what happened to 4 members of my family and this was my way of keeping them with me everyday. Tell me again how this goes against morals? It’s a form of self expression! It was how I coped with my loss and YES it does help! So wait…are you now gonna say “oh well that kind of tattoo is ok” ? Gimme a fricken break you are nothing but a hypocrite! Every tattoo no matter how big, small, or multiple or not has special meaning and don’t ever judge any of us before you know OUR story!!!!!!

  203. becky says:

    it may be rude to assume this but i seems like she may be a very sheltered child with a very religious and male dominated sexist family

  204. Anna says:

    This is biggest load of bs I’ve read. You want to write a story how bout how our young girls r constantly pressured to b thin or to have the nest clothes money can buy. Sweetheart I am very successful woman whom is employed by one of the biggest cellular providers and I also hve multiple tattoos. I am no less elegant or powerful than anyone in my position. I am mother, a wife n my tattoos ha

  205. Tom says:

    Do you have any tattoos? You obviously know nothing of the culture or lifestyle of the tattoo industry. What gives you the right to tell people what they can and can’t do with their bodies? Not liking tattoos for yourself is fine, but it’s close minded people like yourself that give us a bad name. Of course you’re entitled to your opinions, but instead of making uneducated assumptions about something you have NO CLUE about, maybe you yourself could do a little research next time before attacking an entire group of people. Nothing is more attractive than a beautiful girl with well executed, beautiful tattoos, and I’m sure a whole hell of a lot of people agree with that! Sounds to me like someone is a little unhappy with their own appearance…

  206. Body Piercer says:

    My girlfriend has NO tattoos, NO piercings, nothing. Yet, she agreed this article is rubbish. She’s my girlfriend, even though I have tattoos, piercings, I even have my tongue split, and yet, she loves me. I’m a body piercer, I hang out with tattooed and pierced people all the time, yet, my girlfriend treats them with the utmost respect, and they treat her the same. She doesn’t see us differently. If anything, she prefers to hang out with us, rather than with her judgmental friends, who always bash on us for being tattooed. We’re not all troublemakers. Most of us have our lives together. We are not all bad people. I pray every day, I donate money to my church, the Father there is always happy to see me. We talk about our day and he has never once said anything hurtful to me. People like Lisa make me sad. Sad because we’re misunderstood, and the only ones who will understand, are people within the modification community. My girlfriend spends more time at the tattoo shop I pierce at more than anywhere else. I wish people were more open-minded, and not so quick to judge us.

  207. Elizabeth says:

    A woman’s class is not in her appearance…not in her high heels, her hair, her clothing, her nails, her tattoos or lack thereof…it is in her attitude. It is in the way she treats others and the way she treats herself. It is in how she feels about herself and her perspective on life. I would say, judgement is certainly not a part of that.

  208. MizzSanguine says:

    Another “holier than thou” rant from an ignorant writer. Don’t knock what you don’t understand (or haven’t tried yourself), and the writer clearly is lacking an understanding of body modification. Some people get enjoyment from the gym or having their nails done, then there are the ones of us who gain enjoyment from the process of becoming walking works of art.

    By saying that women of class flaunt it, get their nails done, go shopping, etc, she clearly has never stepped outside of her cozy little space under her rock. Being classy is not 100% looks, it’s mostly all about how you carry yourself and even more importantly your manners. Someone who is poor and wears ragged tattered clothes can be just as classy as someone who wears $500 high heels with designer clothes and jewelry.

    On top of that, does the writer not realize that part of being classy is not opening your mouth if you have nothing intelligent to say? And, that being classy is the exact opposite of what she showed herself as being by (1) writing such a sexist article, (2) judging/condemning others publicly, (3) stating that to be classy you have to flaunt it when in reality that is the opposite of classy, and (4) writing the article to convey that women are nothing more than sex objects in which looks mean everything. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t most people trying to raise their daughters to find happiness in things other than just their looks and not trying to blend in with the herd, but to stand out and shine in their own way regardless as to what the rest of the herd is doing?

    She needs to stick to writing on topics in which she fully comprehends instead of ignorantly writing about topics in which she can only make biased speculation based on her own beliefs instead of research and fact. Maybe if she had done some research she would have learned that many women in positions of power have at least one tattoo. I guess in her opinion those women would be classless even though they are doctors, lawyers, senators, and more.

  209. Max Aguilar says:

    Lisa sounds like a smart girl, but if she thought about what to say before she said it or maybe didnt say anything at all she would sound alot smarter. Tattoos are cool! and I do look cooler having them but I didnt get portraits of my two sons on my hands becuase I thought it make me seem cooler then I am! I did it because I Travel and when I travel I miss them, I miss them alot! so having them there with me make me feel a little better 🙂 Class? have some class? if someone percieves any one of my really well done tattoos as tasteless and unclassy…..I would’nt care! they’re for me and they’re not for you! Vandalism can be alot of things, I think that even when someone gets a tattoo thats hatefull or that premotes a negative idea isnt vandalism as much as it is a bad investment thats all. theres good and bad investments and there are worse things to regret than tattoos! believe me… that being said I dont regret any of mine. I do regret getting a membership to the Gym because, well……I dont go the Gym! and when I do get old and fat Ill have some really, really cool tattoos! hahahaha. Im a tattoo artist and a father first, I love my kids and they love my tattoos 🙂

  210. Mandy Thompson says:

    I dont have any tattoos because I choose not too, but what you just stated in your article was very ignorant my dear. Grow up and learn to step outside the box.

  211. Buzz says:

    I have tattoo’s and my fiance’ does too, with a chest piece to boot. She takes amazing care of herself and her image, she’s a freakin bombshell, and one of the nicest and classiest ladies you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting!

  212. joel says:

    I am wondering who gave this editor a job. I am thinking she flaunted “all her stuff” with needless ” EXCESSaries” (spelt wrong on purpose). Obviously she is one closed minded individual. Use sex to get ahead and. Wear less close if you got it like that. Not impressed by the article. I hope you get fired for writing garbage

  213. Rick says:

    Wow! The comments are in fact a 1000x more informative than the actual article. It tells me that people with tattoos come from all walks of life (something we knew but perhaps those without didn’t). The days when it was only bikers, sailors and soldiers are long gone. “Mother” surrounded by hearts or roses have been replaced by “In Memory”, Religious Icons, landscapes and scenes of fantasy. People become loyal to their artist (I know I am) or try different artists so that people looking at their body can tour the images like an art gallery. While I am not myself an artistic person I have a great love of art and this form allows me to look art wherever I go. People like us will never let a close minded, shallow person such as this to mock us, our way of life or our freedom of expression. One thing I noticed is that her article is also poorly written. It’s not just a specious argument, it has grammatical errors also. Her Journalism teacher should have proofread her story a little closer. Spellcheck does not mean fix all!

  214. Tiffany says:

    So what were supposed to sit around and want what you say we should not have? to be envious of those who have them? as a little girl my mom always told me that people would try and convience you out of something you wanted because they were jealous or to chicken shit to do it themselves. did you know its a sin to be envious of others? its a sin to judge others? by saying that women arent classy or beautiful because they have a tattoo, because we “vandalize the temple she has been blessed” that is judging. If God thought that tattoos or body piercings were wrong and we should not do them then he would not have given someone at any point in time the idea to do it. Did you ever think of it that way? look at any type of tribe, they have their faces and bodies tattooesd and pierced for religious reasons. and to address the “we gain nothing from tattoos” i gained many things. i have 2 tattoos, one is for my son and the other is for my mother and my aunt. and on top of that; i proved that i am strong enough to do what i want and not belittle someone else because they will and i wont. so before you start to say that us women should not get tattoos ask yourself this. “why can men get tattoos, but its not classy for a women?” men and women have equal rights and if a guy can get tattooed then guess what? so can i!

  215. File this under “Evidence” in the case against college for all. This girl should be taking tolls on an interstate, not writing for a university newspaper. The writing talent just isn’t there.

  216. Elle Sexton says:

    Amazing. So not only does the article read like it has been written by someone barely out of junior school, but someone who automatically assumes that women with tattoos cannot be intelligent, classy, respected OR attractive.
    I get so bored of fighting my corner on this, when people ask, for example, how I’ll look on my wedding day, or even if I’ll find someone to marry me (with a pitying look on their faces).
    As a matter of fact, I looked just fine in my wedding dress. Classy, and beautiful, and like me, because it would be utterly stupid to hide my tattoos. Believe it or not, my husband, my family and my friends know I am tattooed.
    I’d much rather spend my money on something I get to keep than a throwaway handbag, a pair of shoes. Sure, I buy those thigs too. But they’re not what define me. Just like my tattoos aren’t what define me either.They’re a permanent reminder of the art I love. And I get to wear it. Every day.

    To coin a phrase, “I get it. It’s the 21st century”. You’re sexist, you’re vehemently sticking to archaic gender roles, you’re close minded, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome” – Lisa Khoury, are you sure YOU realise it’s the 21st century?

  217. **sorry posted before this but forgot to link it to my facebook**
    So what were supposed to sit around and want what you say we should not have? to be envious of those who have them? as a little girl my mom always told me that people would try and convience you out of something you wanted because they were jealous or to chicken shit to do it themselves. did you know its a sin to be envious of others? its a sin to judge others? by saying that women arent classy or beautiful because they have a tattoo, because we “vandalize the temple she has been blessed” that is judging. If God thought that tattoos or body piercings were wrong and we should not do them then he would not have given someone at any point in time the idea to do it. Did you ever think of it that way? look at any type of tribe, they have their faces and bodies tattooesd and pierced for religious reasons. and to address the “we gain nothing from tattoos” i gained many things. i have 2 tattoos, one is for my son and the other is for my mother and my aunt. and on top of that; i proved that i am strong enough to do what i want and not belittle someone else because they will and i wont. so before you start to say that us women should not get tattoos ask yourself this. “why can men get tattoos, but its not classy for a women?” men and women have equal rights and if a guy can get tattooed then guess what? so can i!

  218. Linz says:

    This is clearly written by a person who is narrow-minded enough to believe the way they live their life is correct. A tattoo is a personal choice just like getting your ears pierced yet because that is accepted in her social environment she would not consider the implications of such in other cultures. To assume women have tattoo’s as some sort of sex symbol represents a naive attitude gained through self interpretation rather than seeking the opinions of those who get a tattoo. Furthermore, to argue that women want this reaction from men at all suggests this is a person who should not speak for women or preach to them about how to behave. She may want men drooling over her but to assume girls with tattoos do is a massive preconception she has constructed from her stereotypical schemas! I know many professionals who have got tattoos or have chosen to get them later in life as a symbol for something they believe in or a personal experience this writer would have no knowledge about. Body art has been celebrated in a variety of cultures for years. To assume in the twenty-first century we should pry ourselves away from something we feel represents us and our life in order to retain an appearance of a particular social class suggests we have a far greater issue than the tattoo; but one of attitudes towards those in different classes and the assumptions people try to enforce upon them. If Lisa feels this is a matter of appearing “cool” she already has a stamp across her forehead. Narrow-minded.

  219. Oh good lord that girl Lisa (the original article writer) is a zombie. Conforming to what other people think is why there is such a social epidemic in this country. We can’t just live and let live, we have to tell everyone what we expect and think, and if they disagree, we eat them alive with our words. Instead of writing articles about useless subjects like tattoos, she should consider maybe writing something use full. Maybe teen suicide, bullying in schools, drug awareness… something based on facts and statistics and not personal opinion. Even tattoos have facts and statistics such as training, artist style, machine mechanics both creating tattoos and now removing. Tattoos that are cosmetic, not just art. (Older women who get their brows tattooed on instead of having to draw them on each day, I’ve seen it many times, even eye liner tattooed on the inner eye lid…. they say its better for your eyes then drawing them on each day.)

    This girls must eat her own material up like an elephant who eats peanuts. (Her “targeted” audience being the peanut.) Every time the elephant wants a peanut, it lifts it trunk. It become routine, and thats how the elephant is successful. Keep in mind, once the elephant learns the routine to receive a peanut, it requires very little thought process to get what it wants. There’s a word for this, and its lazy.

    All she has to do to get a peanut is belittle people’s personal style and belief, and bam. The article sells.

    As a writer myself, I would rather be known as someone innovative, who encourages the reader to think rather then to tell them what to think, but what do I know? I have tattoos and I’m unprofessional.

    At least I’m not a circus act.

    haha. Peanut.

  220. Mr Fun says:

    “But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo.”

    Why should it lead to anything? Who cares? It’s not an office job. There is enjoyment in life in the form of taking a punt, taking a risk, getting outside your comfort zone. It’s exciting. A certain amount of ‘only live once’ attitude goes a long way toward getting you the happy life that you speak of, whether it’s a tattoo or a cycle race. Live a little.

  221. Classic NYer says:

    Is anybody else confused by the insinuation that it will be difficult to teach morals with angel wings tattooed on one’s back? I don’t get the connection.

  222. Anna says:

    Anyone from UB (including myself) could tell you that The Spectrum sucks, so please bear that in mind. I have a tattoo and I honestly forget about it, even though it takes up most of my midsection. I wish there was such thing as a tattoo that lasted only 5 years because I’m kind of bored with mine already. Let’s all face the fact that most 18-21 year old college students DON’T make the best decisions. And if you think you know everything, that’s a pretty good indicator that you have no clue. Maybe she’s trying to prevent a lot of mistranslated asian character “tramp-stamps”? Take a walk around UB for about 10 minutes and you’ll probably see that this writer is plagued with a lot of horrible decisions in the permanent body art department, as well as the fashion and dating departments.

    In a fairly botched way, the writer is trying to tell the women of UB that they are beautiful, without ink, and that slapping some tats on you is not going to make up for whatever might be lacking inside. Self-improvement is going to make you classy, not just getting tattoos because that’s the thing to do these days. That being said, if you think that getting a tattoo qualifies as self-improvement, then go right ahead. The female figure is beautiful from day 1, to both males and females. I’m a straight woman but I can plainly agree that women are attractive and beautiful in a way that is hard to explain. An elegant tattoo can enhance a figure or likewise, a thoughtless one can detract from the original beauty.

    Name calling and bashing only makes YOU look childish. If you can’t take someone else’s opinion in stride, think twice before you call them “narrow minded.”

    • Nicole says:

      You should have written the article then. Because the author’s suggestions for “self improvement” lack just as much merit as a “tramp stamp” or any other MEANINGLESS gesture. And that’s exactly the point.

      And the writer is not “plagued” by other people’s choices, whether they be dating, body art, or fashion… who is she to present the “right” viewpoint?

      It would be one thing if she was suggesting that anyone who is ink-minded (and apparently yourself included if you are “bored” with your tattoo) really think about the permanence of the art, the symbolism, not to take it as lightly as say… a trip to the mall.

      Her “point” is convoluted by her suggestions as to what DOES constitute beauty and self-worth, making her suggestions just as baseless as meaningless tattoos.

      And if the publication “sucks” and “everyone knows it” why doesn’t she do her duty as a writer to turn that publication around? She preaches finding something meaningful to do with your life… maybe that’s what she ought to do.

      But someone needs to teach your writing staff how to execute an editorial that won’t come off as biased, baseless, and useless.

    • Ren says:

      This commentary was insensitively written, and thats why there is so much negative response to it. It isn’t her opinion of tattoos which is offensive to me, it is her opinion of what it means to be a woman which is.

      I do agree that name calling isn’t the best response to what she has said, although, I think that the people who are calling her names are doing so because she did accuse tattooed women of being classless. You said it was “fairly botched,” which it is. And unfortunately she will have to pay for the reprecussions of letting her fairly botched article get published. No writer can expect to say or do anything this offensive and not have a response from the public, it’s just unfortunate she has to learn it this way.

      In the long run, I think most people on here would agree that it is fine to dislike tattoos, and even try to persuade people not to get tattoos (she is not the first to do so). I have many tattoos, and she isn’t the first person to disagree with my opinion on my body modification. It is simply that the approach was sexist, and reads in a way that she almost expects women to fulfill this typical feminine gender role which many women believe they are better than.

      In her commentary, women are being portrayed, as nothing more, than as a necessity in society to “…hold the world’s class and elegance.” Essentially, ignoring behavioral tendencies of what it means to be classy, and simply focuses on the superficial, physical aspects– I believe that is why it is so offensive.

      As much as I like to think that the world is moving forward and encouraging women to be more than a physical prop, it is a daunting when I see a woman speak so cheaply about the importance of physical appearance. Using women getting tattoos as a representative for “a generation questioning their basic values and morals,” only shows how narrow-minded our society can still be.

      The most disappointing factor, is how she is not only a woman condemning other women, but she is young. To see a girl of my generation being so shallow, as to what women are capable of despite physical appearance, simply brings me shame—as both a woman and a young adult.

  223. Jessica Thompson says:

    The most important beauty is the beauty you see in yourself. If I believe I am beautiful, with or without tattoos, it does not matter what others feel about my outward appearance. My body is my temple and if I decide to decorate my temple, so be it, I have to live in it. I understand the opposing perspectives but generalizations should not be made about all women. We do not all enjoy shopping with our “girlfriends”, now do we all enjoy hanging out at the tattoo shop with the bros. To each their own, but never generalize for all women. Appreciate yourself, and accept what others appreciate in themselves.

  224. Becca says:

    I will start off saying I understand tattoos are not for everyone. I have many friends and family members who would never get a tattoo. That is because of their own opinions that have nothing to do with mine, and that is fine. I work as a tattoo apprentice and i have 11 tattoos. I have my college degree, I do not live off the government and I have never touched drugs. As women we are beautiful creatures… I believe that everyone has the ability to be a “beautiful creature” not just woman, but this has nothing to do with looks or if they are inked or not. This article says nothing about inner beauty or how you present yourself. So you are saying that we turn heads and make guys drool from our looks. I would rather have a guy drool over my personality rather than my looks…. I can’t tattoo my personality. There are many elegant women who have tattoos. There are many successful women who have tattoos. There are many married women whose husbands didnt marrying them because their tattoos or lack there of. No i was never taught to be elegent and be a proper women in society. I was taught to be myself. This is what I will teach my daughters as well. So whats more attractive than a girl with a nice body? A girl with brains, a girl with self confidence, a girl who is REAL rather than a photshopped model plastered on MTV, A girl who knows how to present herself and treat others well, and a girl who knows who she wants to be rather then be whats acceptable. Looks do not last, class and tattoos do , which is the first true statement in this article. Who is to say an elegant woman cannot “vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body”? If that is a matter of religion than so be it, everyone is intitled to their beliefs. To say that its a matter of class is ridiculous. I do appreciate my body, but i should not have to flaunt my body for people to drool over me. I should not have to go to the gym to be a size zero so people think im beautiful. I should not also give a shit what people think of my body, my hair, my lack of heels, or my trendy clothes or the fact that I have tattoos. If i went to the mall, did my hair, did my nails,wore heels than I would be a liar. Think of how much better the world would be if girls took all that superficial bullshit money and donated it to charity. Thank you for teaching me a lesson in self confidence and inner beauty. Having a tattoo doesn’t make me a happier person, it has to do with me expressing myself and liking tattoos. I should probably be more productive and go to the mall though. Who says tattoos are to change lives? There are people who have the tattoo lifestyle and people who get tattooed… BIG DIFFERENCE. I feel that this is a very closed minded article with little confidence and a very twisted view on the meaning of life and every aspect of that. So I am apologizing to you because you are the one who obviously needs to self esteem boost.

  225. Slinky says:

    Let me just say, *** you. I love my body so much more with my tattoos. I have something on me I love. Something others think is beautiful. You get great things out of getting a tattoo. You don’t deserve to know those things.

  226. Kim says:

    I think you may need a higher education.

  227. JILLian says:

    “God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.” Um really? Cause her basic values & morals seem a little off to me. She also claims that as women “we hold the worlds beauty”. True & meaningful beauty comes from the inside & being mean is ugly. This girl doesn’t seem to be holding anything but hate & a grudge. Hopefully hers eyes open after this & she sees how wrong she is & then maybe her heart can open up to accepting others for who they are. I accept her for being an ignorant jerk & hope she finds the perfect over priced pair of heels to show off her pedicure while she spends the day & her money on her “classy” self at the mall, cause THAT’S what life & being a women is about after all.

  228. tanski says:

    This is absolutly the worst thing I have ever read. This is is our generation not our parents. This is how we express our selfs I couldn’t even read all of. The artical this girl has her head so far up her a$$ then anyone I hve ever met and I hope she reads this. You have no clue as to what your talkin about. I have one inch plugs in my ears and covers in tats. Its a form of art and expression and if you can’t deal with it then you probably shouldn’t step outside your house in the small town suberbs orturn on the tv. Get a life seriously

  229. Holly Hagan says:

    I have gotten tattoos to cope with death & to celebrate life and love. they help my grow but also help me remember some of the best times in my life.I am a mother and a wife with 11 tattoos and counting and i seriously doubt that by me having them will make me any less devoted to my family. I have to much Class to judge anyone for their opinions or views on the world but obviously this Author is somewhat lacking.

  230. stegosaurus says:

    Oh man, I say ignore her! This woman is obviously not a deep thinker, not a writer, and not a person who has any respect for women who think/act slightly different than she. She’s just not worth anyone’s time. She writes crap like this and people get all up in arms and then people think she’s important. She’s not important.

  231. Shutterblade says:

    If you collect and hold onto clothing and shoes to remember things. You become a hoarder, or end up on a makeover tv show with the nation saying, “what happened here?!” emotional attachment to THINGS is an actual problem. Tattooing is an ancient art, going back far beyond any of our lives. It’s not some new fad. People have marked themselves with ink long before Chanel and Gucci were a thing sweetie. Should everyone run out and get tattooed? No. Should you write an article about something you have neither INVESTIGATED or EXPERIENCED? No. (( one sided, uneducated journalism at it’s best ))

  232. Hana says:

    Dear Lisa,
    Although I respect your opinion and honor your right to it, I feel that you may be terribly close minded.
    I would like this letter to concentrate on your last line in your article: “God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.” I feel personally offended by this line.
    Are you inferring that mothers and fathers who have tattoos are bad parents? Or are you questioning a DNA mutation resulting in diminished morals and values in the offspring of these people? I am actually interested, and would love to hear your scientific evidence supporting your statement.
    What I am taking away from this article is not morals and values, but intolerance and disdain for people based on outward appearance. It is your preference as to the company you keep, however I don’t believe that just because someone decided to get a tattoo, they now all of a sudden will raise gang members and hellion children void of morals and values.
    In reading your article I was overcome with a feeling of sadness. This is because I felt that intolerance was a thing of the past and that our society as a whole was moving forward, especially with the new generation of tattooed and un-tattooed people working together with people of all different races to come together and voice tolerance, acceptance, and good will towards man.
    But at the same time I want to thank you. Thank you for writing such a close minded article that brings me back down to Earth and helps me realize that there are people out there who will not teach their kids tolerance. They will not teach their kids acceptance. Their children will be void of basic morals and values that this world so desperately needs. Thank you for reminding me to teach my children that it’s not what outside that matters most, it’s what’s inside, and that you must accept everyone for who they are, close minded or not.
    I accept you Lisa. And I accept your opinion. I also accept that I can’t change it. But I hope you will try to look past external appearances so you may provide your children will good morals and values. I hope one day our children are friends, and I won’t look down on you for not having tattoos.

    Thank you for your time and best wishes,

  233. josh says:

    So… Saying that women with tattoos are classless but I hear you say nothing about men… Ummm I find tattooed girls very attractive and plus my girl LOVES tattoos and she is FAR from being “classless and worthless”. I may not have much to say on this cause I am not a women but, if my girlfriend, sister, or future daughter (when becoming of leagal age to get them) ill f**king buy them one.

    That is all.

  234. Haley says:

    Pardon me, but fuck all of that. Complete rubbish. You have completely turned ass backwards to think that about art. And that’s what it is, Art.And self expression. Id rather get a tat any day than feel as though i should wear high heels to “accentuate” my legs and hang out at a lame ass mall with my “girlfriends.” That’s quite far from being considered classy.And lazily put.To be classy, is to be yourself without being trashy in some way.And there are alot more women dolling themselves up that could only be viewed as gross.. IF you want to live in the fifties and not be able to express yourself as an individual then go for it. But tattoos are beautiful expression of ones self.
    all i got out of that article was how you feel that a women’s looks are all that she has. And that’s not even correct for you. “An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.”
    Uh, what? SO its okay to paint your nails, go to the gym,change your hair color, buy alot of clothes no one gives a fuck about, wear high heels, ” But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo(transformation to high heels and extensions), for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo(OR changing your hairstyle) . You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive,(going to the mall is productive apparently), and you see results.(Like painting your nails and finding a guy that will put you down if you don’t act like Betty Fucking White for the rest of your life.) That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink? Think about what you say! Especially if your a publisher! People obviously read this shit and it offends them. And if you don’t care about that matter, then quit your damn job and do us all a favor! (Half of this are words directly from you.Which is shameful.)

  235. Shandy says:

    I’m pretty sure I rock my chest piece as a well deserved badge of accomplishment that represents the 24 hr labor and then birth of my son. To say this tattoo means nothing is a joke. Everyday it reminds me of the love, sacrifice and devotion I have for my child. Aside from that anyone with a tattoo on their chest knows that its not the greatest feeling in the world while its being done but at the end you have a beautiful piece of art that you CHALLENGED yourself with by getting. 3hrs of work beats an hr or two at the gym or mall any day.

  236. Nicole says:

    As a blogger myself, I would like to point out one thing that was overlooked (and rightly so, given how infuriating this piece of drivel is)…

    “I really hate posting things like this…”
    No you don’t. You want to express an opinion (and one that is obviously not popular), knock yourself out. But don’t act like the world just NEEDS you to do this great service of providing a “well-rounded view” of how body art is perceived.

    If you’re going to take a viewpoint, then take it, perhaps acknowledge that it’s likely going to piss a lot of people off, and make your point. But don’t posture some “if I must then I must” facade. Your close-minded essay was already hateable. But perhaps, if done properly, readers might’ve still tried to respect you for it.

    By the way, I teach college-level composition (and am a professional writer and editor), and I can tell you that this is anything but well-rounded. Again, you are clearly not the voice of all women, nor are you a spokewoman for elegance. Because if you were, you’d have found a far more elegant way to express this opinion (to which you have a right) in a respectful, well-informed, and elevated manner. Not only are you insulting to our gender, but you are also insulting to our profession. Your words should be carefully selected, crafted together to say exactly what you mean them to represent.

    Just like my tattoos.

    • Nicole says:

      AHAHA. My bad. I was so angry, I didn’t realize the article started after the photo. But I still stand by my response….

      Must be all the ink-poisoning in my brain. 😉

  237. I could write an elegant response spelling out how bigoted this article is, but I’d rather just spell the word bigot in all caps.


  238. Katt says:

    As somebody who has the incredibly cliche angel wings, I will tell my grandchildren that I got them to remember the daughter I lost before I had their mother/father.

  239. Aya says:

    Reading this makes me want to get another tattoo at this exact second. My body is a canvas, and I should be allowed to decorate it as I please. If a guy defines my class by ink being on my body, then he’s not worth my time.

  240. CeCe says:

    Having your own opinions about tattoos and body modification is peachy. Duh, that’s what makes those of us who have tattoos so awesome. But going so far as to call something like tattooing, that has and had, across the globe, such a broad range of aesthetic, ritualistic and social applications classes is idiotic. On top of that, Khoury’s only argument is that ladies should be ladies and do lady things. So, the only things available for women to better themselves, she says, is through beautification. Such a narrow definition of female beauty is disgusting, especially for a young woman in America today.

  241. Joey A Duffy says:

    This is a load of bs, just because a woman decides she wants to get a tattoo does not mean she is destroying her body. Not to mention the fact that this is being extremely sexist saying its ok for guys to get tattoos but not for women. I have 11 tattoos and every single one has a meaning to me and I dont regret a single one. Also just because we get tattoos does not mean we are unhappy about our bodies or that we need to go to the gym, atleast when we spend money on tattoos it is with us forever as appose to buying clothes or going to the gym which is only temporary. Maybe she has some deep seeded issues that she feels she needs to put down woman with tattoos, but personally I am the same person I was before tattoos, just now im more colorful and memorable 🙂

  242. Will says:

    Wow, who gave this girl a blogspot? Biggest load of tripe…

  243. Ryan says:

    “What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures.”
    I wish I could avoid a mirror as long as she has…

  244. Dan says:

    Let’s all remind ourselves that calling this girl a “news editor” is about as accurate as calling her opinions “well formulated” and “not a rant, born from the mind of a toddler.” I’m sure the University of Buffalo’s Spectrum gives the New York Times a run for it’s money on subscription numbers, but we’re basically dealing with a glorified blog here. A blog is a soap-box for anyone with access to a computer and a need to be noticed.

    That being established, Lisa describes an elegant woman, strictly based on physical appearance, which I’m sorry to say Mrs. Khoury, shows your immaturity and lack of world experience. I’m sure any woman reading this will agree, that grading a woman on her worth or class, by appearance, is doing nothing but a disservice for women’s rights. Whether you are a fan of tattoos or not, anyone reading this article can see that it was hastily written by a person with no ability to see beyond their perimeter of ill-informed opinions, with no proof or argument to back of these bigoted assumptions.

    Do us a favor Lisa: Between your next psych class, and trying to figure out which pair of eyeglass frames truly express your level of entitled, narrow viewpoints, try to take a moment and realize that there’s a good chance your opinions are complete shit.

    ps- I’m a guy with a lot of tattoos. Why do you care?

  245. I rather spend my money on tattoos, seriously. I am not paying $500 for just shopping or whatever shit you mention above. Stop discriminating against people with tattoos. Just because you can’t have one, doesn’t mean that any other women can’t have any. Just grow up.

    p.s: FYI, I am a teacher, and my kids love my ink and so did their parents, my boss and my family too.

  246. Sierra says:

    Tattoo’s build confidence for some, so clearly the one getting ink is gaining something. Expression is important. I just love the last sentence of this article. I’m sure you’re invisible friend would want you to make poor judgments of “his creations.”

  247. mohr says:

    Ye we are women but you don’t have the right to tell us what we can and acant do with our bodies. Tattooing is a great art whether your an artist or someone who has tattoos.but don’t degradde sometihing just you dnt like it or think its unattractive

  248. kayla says:

    You say be happy with the body we have and don’t ink up or modify it. Well, cutting and coloring your hair is modification. As is getting your ears pierced or getting your nails done. Hell… Working out is a form of modification. Modification is changing anything about your looks and body. You get your hair done, work out and pierce your ears because you like the way it looks. Same with tattoos. Who is to say what modifications are and aren’t acceptable. Your close minded th inking really makes me sick. Class isn’t determined by appearance. It determined by attitude, and Your attitude towards others is lacking.

  249. maendy says:

    “Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.”

    Ummm…does the author HAVE a tattoo? How does she know that nothing comes out of getting a tattoo? People get tattoos for MANY different reasons, be it a right of passage, a memory, artistic expression, etc. People fear what they don’t understand…and apparently they also write ridiculous rants about things they don’t understand as well.

    People ask me if I regret getting so many tattoos because of the way they are apparently viewed on women. I always say, “Hell no. Someone’s gotta change the world.”

  250. Mr Fun says:

    First, she says “What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures” and that “your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us.”

    Then she tells you to get a gym membership.

  251. kate says:

    If this young lady doesnt have any tattoos how can she posibly speak for those of us who do (as to the meaning or how they make us feel).
    And if she does have any tattoos then shes a hypocrit.
    Thus, this essay has nullified its self.

  252. Laird says:

    The responses (for the most part) have been more intelligent than the actual blog post. Great job kids!

  253. Jessica Alderman! says:

    Lovely way to enforce stereotyping into our children’s minds. Yes, go to the MALL. Yes, wear high heels. Yes put on tons of make up. Because, children, THESE things are what’s going to define you as a person. NO WAY!!!!! I am a 37 year old mother of 2 very respectful kids. I have intelligence, style, sophistication and most of all… CLASS. I also have 13 tattoos. The art you decide to put on your body has nothing to do with CLASS. Your character, persona and ATTITUDE define whether or not you have class. Therefore, one can safely assume that the author of this article has absolutely NO CLASS whatsoever.

  254. Dana says:

    I don’t know what bothers me more about this article, her demeaning summary of a very large scope of people world-wide or her ridiculous reference to “classy” being a girl strutting around a mall.

    My own children are raised to be proud of themselves for all that they are and all they choose to believe in. What upsets me is that I have to also teach them that these single-minded people exist and are permitted to summarize and judge others freely. It is up to my children, with their strong values, to ignore people like this Lisa Khoury.

    I feel sorry for this close minded fool.

  255. Kara Brothers says:

    My response:

    You are ignorant, and a hypocrite!

    Obviously you have a very poor self image, or you wouldn’t feel the need to try new hair styles, buy new trendy clothes, wear high heels to accentuate your legs (probably your best feature so you try to show them off), or get your nails done to improve your self image. Please explain to me how shopping, getting your nails done, or wearing high heels cause you to learn something about yourself, challenge you or lead you to self growth? Oh wait, they don’t. They are all TEMPORARY fixes for an underlying self loathing! Oh, and for the record, they aren’t really productive either, unless your goal is to spend all the money you possibly can and still hate your outward appearance when the novelty of the new item wears off.

    In contrast, people with tattoos are self confident enough to not feel the never ending desire to improve their outward appearance through temporary adornment. Instead, they are confident enough to show their individuality and personality by getting a tattoo that tells a story of who they are, what they like, what is important to them, etc.

    Oh, and for the record, I was very happy after getting ALL of my tattoos, because they all mean something to me. My next one will be a portrait of the first cat I got after moving out of my parents house. She died in 2007 after sharing my life for 13 years. Now THAT has meaning, and is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Will you cherish those fake nails, or that trendy outfit you spent way too much money on, in 50 years? I doubt it!

  256. Amanda birtley says:

    This is the biggest load of crap I think I have ever heard. Not all women get tattoos to be rebelious or anythin in that nature. Some get them for memorials or for inspiration. The way I see it, some women put on tons of make up and expensive clothes to feel pretty and express themselves, and others get tattoos. And for the stuck up ones who think they can throw their worthless 2 cents in what other do, well they obviously have no real lives. And would rather critisize peple with other views just for a little feed back. Please, find something better to do than try to tell others how to live their lives. And live yours…

  257. Tattooed lady says:

    I find it hard to believe that a woman with NO tattoos fully understands the significance or meaning behind getting one. I also find it offensive that as women we should bask in a (false) knowledge that we are gods gift to man. Furthermore as a woman, who does not cite male sources; how does she know what men want? It seems as though she “Michael moore’d” this article, shoving unbacked right wing views on us. This article pushes bigoted tunnel vision views on vulnerable young adults.

  258. NavyWife says:

    The email I sent to Lisa-

    Please let me begin by thanking you for your article in The Spectrum. I really appreciate when people use the opportunity to express their freedom of speech that my husband fights for in our United States Navy. I however could never let myself do his job because I put all of my efforts into raising our 3 children, but I am a certified EMT and am proud to say that I have saved lives in the time that I spent working in the field. We are a spiritual family and enjoy a close relationship with God. Despite our busy lives we spend a considerable amount of time helping others in our community and through our efforts hope to show our children, and as many other young people that we can, what it means to be an adult with morals and respect for ourselves since we believe that those are things our society is lacking. Also, we are regulars at our local gym because it’s important to us to promote a healthy lifestyle for our children. I have to admit that also, I am quite the fashionista when I have the time and money to spare on it. My husband appreciates that he has a wife that can turn heads when we are out in public and that makes me proud. It’s probably time I admit to you that I do have a few tattoo’s, as does my husband. In fact, they aren’t even tattoo’s that I can hide very easily. You see Lisa, I have my neck, arm, side, legs, back and feet tattooed. As for my husband, he has his chest, side, back, and full arm tattooed. Let me assure you that they aren’t just silly no meaning tattoo’s and I will proceed to explain just a few of the most important pieces of art that my husband and I both carry. My husband had been previously married to a woman who was also serving in our armed forces. Tragically, she never came home from her last deployment and as a tribute to her my husband tattooed his back in a memorial piece for his late wife. On his chest, he has artwork that represents our children and his relationship with God. On his arm he has a collection of pieces that represent the things he’s accomplished in his military career (a tradition that goes back long before our generation of soldiers and sailors). As for myself, I have my leg tattooed with a piece of art that represents the love for my children. My left foot is tattooed with my married last name and the right is tattooed with my maiden last name which I had done with my father. The artwork on my side represents my marriage and the love I have for my husband and the difficulty of being married to a man who serves in the military and therefore spends so much time away from his family while fighting for our country. I should probably also add (just in case my messgae is misunderstood) that we are good people. We have never been commited or charged of any crimes, in fact the only real trouble I have ever been in was a single speeding ticket. But I think I am straying from my original point… I am genuine in my appreciation for your article. When the time comes I even plan on using it as a teaching tool for my children when they are adults and want tattoo’s. It’s important for people who make the commitment of putting something permanent on their bodies to understand the opinions on the other side of the wall because it will be something we endure for the rest of our lives. Especially as long as judgemental, sexist, narrow minded voices are free because of people like my husband. I would never wish for it to be any other way either, because people like you make me proud of who I am and how I raise my children. Thank you again Lisa and please have a good day. God bless.
    -Hannah Perritt

  259. Samantha says:

    I don’t know whether or not to vomit because of the disgusting points made in this article, or bang my head repeatedly against the wall because women have gone BACKWARDS in terms of what we have earned as far as self respect and our place in society. Didn’t we fight for years to NOT be seen as sex objects? Haven’t we fought for years to earn our place in society to be able to work just like any other man and not be treated differently? Why is it acceptable for us to continue to emphasize how important it is to be “beautiful” when many women and girls are KILLING themselves in the image of beauty? Wouldn’t time be better spent when time was spent allowing women and girls to do what THEY feels make THEM pretty, not what would make OTHERS consider them pretty?

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We are sovereign over our own bodies. We dictate what is pretty to ourselves. We dictate what is classy, beautiful or gorgeous. And that definition applies to us alone. When we begin drilling it into girls’ heads that we need to conform to other standards, that’s when we lose individuality and unique beauty. To call someone classless and uneducated because they have tattoos is not only ignorant bit disgraceful.

    I have 8 tattoos and counting. 13 piercings and still planning on getting more. But I guarantee you if you see me on the street you would never know I had any of them. Wearing a t shirt and shorts, you see NONE of it. I am the TOP in my district at my job. I have a FULL academic scholarship that was earned on my merits alone and I continue to work hard to keep it. Would you consider all of that nothing because of my ink? Really?

    Would you pass me over on a job because of the tattoos you CAN’T see? Because on the outside I’m just like everyone else – but you know, tattoos interfere with my work ethic and determination. My tattoos have shaped me into who I am, given me the opportunities to thrive in my fitness, job, and modeling career. I dare you to name many other 19 year olds that have done all that I have and still call them ignorant or classless.

    Your job is to educate and inform the public as a journalist. Get your act together before you ruin generations of girls. The damage will be irreparable.

  260. Andrew Jackson says:

    So what she is saying is this: Having a tattoo means you have zero morals. Shopping for clothes “Clueless” style, burning money in the mall and getting your nails done makes you a better person than someone with a tattoo. Going shopping, going for yoga lessons and prancing around a mall helps you grow as a person.

    To quote Kryten from Red Dwarf “Oh, for a world-class psychologist!”

    I’m sure women around the world who read this idio are thanking you for setting the Women Movement back back by 1000 years! Women are human being and just like men, they have every right to do as they please! Who are you to belittle ANYone for wanting or having a tattoo? And how dare you insinuate that having a tattoo will make your kids dysfunctional! I think you have some deep-rooted issues which you need to discuss with a counsellor or someone qualified in the treatment of mental health issues, because if you think someone is so defective for having a tattoo then you really need to get back on the same frequency as the rest of the planet. What else do you believe in? “The better the shoes, the better the person”? “Friendship depends on who much you spend a month on getting your hair done”?

    To be completely blunt, opinions are like an attack of wind: we all get but that doesn’t necessarily mean we want to hear them. Andit would be best if you kept your silly little mouth shut.

    I’d rather spend a lifetime with a lady with a tattoo (which I am going to do…getting married soon!) than with a nasty-minded, air-headed bimbo who has nothing in common with those of us who have better things to than spend our live in the mall.

    Good luck with your future. I’ve a feeling you’re going to end very lonely, unless you manage to find a partner equally as obnoxious and incredibly stupid as yourself.

  261. Deb says:

    Dear Ms. Khoury,

    I appreciate you providing your perspective on what you believe regarding women and tattoos.

    However, I respectfully disagree with some of your basic assumptions, which appear to be based on observation rather than experience. People always say that you should try to walk in a person’s shoes in an attempt to gain some insight. It’s not always easy, but in this case, I would highly recommend it.

    I am 35, have two degrees, earn over $110,000 a year, work as a scientific director in the pharmaceutical industry, and I have most of my body covered in tattoos. I’ve worked on a billion dollar cardiovascular drug as well as million dollar + accounts. I’ve worked with some of the top cardiologists in the world. I also go to the gym. And by gym, I mean martial arts, which I have practiced for 8 years. And when I say gym, I mean up to 20+ hours a week at the gym on top of a demanding career. I also own my apartment and am financially secure. I also enjoy climbing mountains as a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenge and experience. Oh, I also like getting my nails done and can afford to enjoy the finer things in life like leaving for a last-minute trip to Thailand for two weeks or spending $150 on dinner for myself on a regular basis or spending $250 for an in-home massage.

    As for getting meaning out of a tattoo? Yes. The experience of choosing to mark my skin has forced me to be responsible for my own decisions. This is something most Americans are not willing to do. The experience of getting tattooed has also taught me fortitude even in the face of discomfort. Getting tattooed has also taught me to overcome my fear – of not knowing if I could or could not do something – which has translated into all other aspects of my life from career to getting in the ring as an amateur fighter to summiting the top of Kilimanjaro to planning a 3 week expedition to attempt to summit Aconcagua at over 22,000 feet above sea level. It has also taught me patience and tenacity and commitment. I don’t know many people who would commit to waiting a full year for a back piece to be completed over 10 sessions and 40 hours. I don’t know any people who would be willing to wait a decade to get a tattoo. I don’t know many people who would be willing to wait even 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, months for an appointment. I would also say that having tattoos has taught me to be more comfortable in my own skin. It has also taught me that I should never judge a book by its cover. I have met a great number of people from various walks of life who you would never know had tattoos – doctors, lawyers, scientists, etc. Getting tattooed has also taught me to NOT live a life as dictated to me by others. I can create my own path. Getting tattooed has also taught me the value of being adventurous and open to new ideas and experiences. I also have a greater appreciation for art given that many of these tattooists are talented artists in their own right. Oh, and did I tell you that I appreciate my body much MORE with tattoos? I actually think it’s so much more interesting to look at – a living, breathing piece of art.

    As for tattoos imbuing people with questionable morals and values, I’m not quite sure where you’re going with that. Although my life may be condemned by some, and unusual by the standards of many, I say please and thank you more than most. Oh, and I barely touch alcohol, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, have never been to jail, and have never had a child out of wedlock. I also use my turn signals when driving, hold doors for people, give up my seat for pregnant or elderly or people with disabilities. I also helped raise money for the American Cancer Society by running the NYC Marathon. I also donate money to animal shelters and various other causes. I guess I must be doing everything wrong?

  262. Tracey says:

    I hope that life and experience lead to one day the author re-reading this article and laughing at her naiveté and judgemental, narrow mindedness.
    As a woman who was abused I am uncomfortable “flaunting my body”.
    Does a haircut, manicure, or new outfit give the self growth or learning that she feels a tattoo lacks?
    When was the last time someone asked for the story behind your clothing choice?
    Tattoos can have deep personal meaning or can just be an appreciation of art, why should they be justified to anyone else?
    If women are naturally beautiful beings why does she then encourage them to go to the gym, have their hair, nails and make up done and wear high heels to make their legs look better?
    I do have many beautiful tattoos, my family and children love me and my art.
    I don’t go to the gym, I dance for fitness and pleasure (yes I pole dance I’m sure she has an opinion about that too). I eat clean, I’m vegan, I adore and adorn my temple, I am proud of the struggles that it has overcome and the beautiful children it has given me.
    I will not abuse this woman for her opinion, I will remain classy and suggest only that she grows to understand people are all different but this does not make them of less value than others.

    • Tracey says:

      Also I showed this to my grandparents who are holocaust survivors, they laughed and said that this must make the identification tats they were given make them classless. Yes lady your opinion is winning.

  263. Emma Blake says:

    What an absolute ass. I have just finished writing my thesis on “Western Women in Tattoo Culture: A Progression from the Circus to the Norm”, for which I did a lot of research, including conducted an online survey to get statistics and people’s opinions on women with tattoos in modern society. She needs to head on back to the 50s where she came from. The 1,000 responses of my survey tell a completely different story to the one she’s telling, which I assume she’s done no research whatsoever for. Seriously though, her article makes me want to go to the mall with my girlfriends, where I can get high heels to accentuate my legs, and get my nails done. :/ Sexist much?

  264. vicky says:

    What a crock of bull.

    I am a woman, I have tattoos, I am proud of them, I love them. They are a part of me, they show others who I am and remind me of who I am, to stay strong and carry on.
    You have no right to judge anyone

    Nobody looking at me would ever think I would get a tattoo, but I have 2 so far, each meaning something to me.

    I suppose you don’t have any piercings then seeing as that is also body modification, so I would suggest taking them ear-rings you have in out.

    I know plenty of women who are covered in tattoos and they love them, tattoos are a part of them. Do not dare judge someone else because of how they decide to live their life or what they decide to do with their bodies; ‘The problem arises when you cast judgement on people who you don’t know and tell them what they are doing is wrong’, well love this is what you are doing, judging people on how they look and you are telling them what they ‘are doing wrong’.

  265. Samantha says:

    I have met this woman. Not this woman specifically but the mentality. I am actually a throw back to the 50’s. I’m a stay at home mother raising 5 girls. I cook, clean, cloth diaper, volunteer, and believe in God. My children are respectful honor roll students. I do not drink, smoke, or partake in drugs. I’d like to believe that I am teaching my children to be moral productive members of society. I am also heavily tattooed.

  266. B.Grizzly says:

    I sent her an email just to let off some steam:

    Dear Lisa Khoury,

    Allow me to start off with a quote by the great Confucius “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”

    I read your recent article entitled “Why put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari” and I basically threw up all over my keyboard. Did you seriously take the time to write an article about how tattoos are classless? I’m going to take the time to write a response now.

    You have some interesting points in your article that I wish to challenge. So please stay open minded, I mean, you did publish this article in the free world.

    Numero Uno (that’s number 1 in Spanish)

    “I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.”

    Is this a fucking facebook status? Great way to open your article Ms. Assistant News Editor. Let’s just grab an entire gender and place them into a stereotypical group really quick, you just ruined your credibility.

    Number 2
    “A secret you may have not fully realized yet thus far in your life. What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures.”

    As giraffes, puppies, horses, manatee’s, we are (dramatic pause) naturally (dramatic pause) beautiful creatures. Shut up, shut up, shut up. This is the point that I wanted to just punch my computer in the face.

    Number 3
    “Seriously, though. Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands, because – as corny as this sounds – we hold the world’s beauty.”

    That guy wasn’t drooling over you, he was drooling on you. And you don’t hold shit but a biased opinion.

    Number 4
    “But something girls seem to forget nowadays, or maybe have not been taught, is that women hold the world’s class and elegance in their hands, as well. So what’s more attractive than a girl with a nice body? I’ll tell you what: a girl with class. Looks may not last, but class does. And so do tattoos.”

    I would love to see your cited sources claiming that women hold these features you speak of. Last time I checked this was a team effort. And I love classy girls, in fact, in the real world (college is not the real world) you will meet some extremely classy ladies, even some that you have aspired to be, have a tattoo. And you wouldn’t even know. Right here is when you should have paused, and put yourselves into the shoes of the entire culture of people you are about to criticize. Moving on….

    Number 5
    “An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She FLAUNTS it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.
    But marking it up with ink? That’s just not necessary.”
    Notice what I highlighted above? We’ll get to that in the next paragraph. Basically what you are saying is this: “a so called elegant woman should be materialistic, close minded and most likely a gold digging whore if she truly appreciates her body. And there is no way you can possibly do any of these things if you have a tattoo.” Girl, do you even know where the gym is? Because I bet you there’s a chick there with a tattoo that would love to meet you after saying all that shit.
    Number 5a
    “I’m not here to say a girl should walk around FLAUNTing her body like it’s her job – that’s just degrading. Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you have been given, not permanently engraving it.”
    Notice what I highlighted. Flaunting, you just advised that every girl needs to flaunt the temple that is their body. And then you said it was just degrading. You know what’s degrading, having someone like yourself pass judgment onto woman with tattoos.
    Number 6
    “Can you get meaning out of a tattoo? Arguably. If you want to insert ink into your skin as a symbol for something greater than yourself, then maybe you are proving a point to yourself or the rest of the world.”
    We’re about to learn today. Let me tell you a little story from an article I read once,
    One unremarkable day at my former place of employment, I was helping a member pick out furniture for his living room when I noticed a small tattoo on his inner wrist. This gentleman was a very clean cut, suit-and-tie kind of guy, classic style, with nary another tattoo or piercing in sight. The tattoo was a thick, black outline of the number 88–of course I had to inquire. “I never thought I’d get a tattoo,” he told me. “I was always pretty against them.” When I wondered what changed his mind, he told me that he got the tattoo in honor of his best friend, a woman who had died in the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. She had worked on the 88th floor of Tower One, and was in it when it collapsed to the ground.”

    The point I am making is that a tattoo isn’t a “bumper sticker” a tattoo is a work of art that only the owner knows the true meaning of. So before you go around and pass judgment, why don’t you interview a few tattoo owners for the meaning of the art they have.

    Number 7
    “But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.”

    I just recently got my first tattoo, and it helped end an amazing chapter of my life. Over the last year I have been promoted two times, received a generous salary and I am now an important asset to a real company. This was all earned through incredible hard work and dedication, long nights and early mornings. I soon found out from a local Native American that I’ve had a power animal that has been guiding me, what is this animal you ask? A bear, a bear represents Strength / Introspection / Stamina / Renewal / Healing, Dreaming. Well guess what, I got a fucking bear tattoo on my shoulder. And every day that bear reminds me that if I continue to work hard and believe in myself, I will succeed. I don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about it, because it is MINE (but no one fucks with the guy at the bar with a grizzly bear tattoo). How about the beautiful lady whose mother just died, she gets a tattoo to remind her of the person who brought her into this world, to help her when times are tough. Are You going to instantly call her un-classy and insult her too? Put yourself in her shoes.

    “Invest your time, money, and effort into a gym membership, or yoga classes, or new clothes, or experimenting with different hairstyles if you’re craving something new with your body, not a tattoo.
    I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.
    God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.”

    You should consider investing your time, parent’s money and materialistic effort into a damn gym membership. Shit, I’ve seen you on campus, you ain’t anything special. How the FUCK can you compare YOGA with a god damn TATTOO. I can’t wait until my grandkids ask me about my tattoo, because there is a lesson to be learned with it. Sounds like you just wrote this article out of hatred for one person who recently got a tattoo, how about instead of insulting millions of woman you go out and experience the real world.
    End the article by bringing God into this, really classy. Let me tell you something, our entire generation, as well as every generation before us has questioned their basic values and morals. How the hell is getting a tattoo even contributing to that. The last thing our generation need’s is a judgmental newspaper editor if you ask me. I hope journalism isn’t your major.
    Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
    Have a great day,
    B. Grizzly

  267. jlynn86 says:

    Being a strong, smart, beautiful, and yes oh my god tattooed yet very classy woman I find this article repulsive. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but for this writer to tell woman that tattoos are “classless” shows her lack of class. We are all beautiful and what we choose to do to our own “temple” is not something to be judged by anyone. Talking about men drooling and fighting over us, getting our nails done, losing weight, and buying the newest trendy clothes just shows how materialistic this writer is. It’s unfortunate that she felt the need to bash her fellow woman with judgment instead of embracing the fact that we now live in a culture where being”drooled” over by men is not our first priority. We are not all mindless idiots in need of a man to give us attention. If that’s what makes her happy that’s great but don’t use your talent and opportunity with writing to cast out judgement on the beautiful tattooed women of today. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  268. Valerie McKeon says:

    Im so offended by this! What are we….in the 1950s? Majority of people now have at least one tattoo. I have 10 and I’m proud of every one of them. They all tell a story of my life. It doesn’t mean I’m trash or men don’t find me attractive. If people don’t like them then turn the other way.

  269. Mayndi says:

    This article is ridiculous!!! I have tattoos and I didn’t get them bc I was trying to rebel! I’m a young professional and work in downtown Toronto. I am quite classy, tattoos and all thank you very much! I feel to basically insult how we look is awful. It’s our choice, and people choose tattoos usually for a significant reason. I am actually offended that someone That appears to be educated and intelligent would have these views and to voice them in such a way! Whatever happened to accepting others and loving everyone for who they are. I dislike bring stereotyped and judged! Perhaps next time you write an article you put a
    Little more thought into it!

  270. noneya business says:

    no one would drool over you that’s for sure. woman with Tat’s are sexy, and i am sure many have more class than you will ever try to have. negative opinions spawn negative opinions back….. …….. action…. reaction….. no one wants to read anything from prude wanker.

  271. Jack Morton says:

    The Tattoo is the mark of the soul. It can act as a window through which we can see inside, or it can be a shield to protect us from those who cannot see past the surface, So Remember people beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Having tattoos does not make a woman any less of a woman. I’m married to a strong tattooed/Tattoo Artist woman and when I married her she had no tattoos I loved her without and love her with. When she started getting tattooed I saw a change in her she became more self-confident and more independent she went from the moth to the butterfly. MY tattoo wife is very hard working woman who owns her own business that she has earned. Judging someone because they are different show’s people the kind of person you are we all have our own journey in life so make it amazing.

  272. This woman is speaking about beauty yet she looks like she fell out of the upside down syndrome tree.

    This is what I understood from her article: “I don’t like tattoos and if you have tattoos, you’re ugly and stupid. You’re better off spending money on other trivial things like hair styles and gym memberships.”

    Go spend more money on beauty products, gym memberships, and lingerie. Yeah! That’s it. Let’s teach our children to be constant busy bodies spending away to fill the void in their souls instead of being happy with what they have and what they have done. Some people like to accentuate themselves with different accessories. Some like shoes, some like jewelry, some like tattoos. Personally, I love tattooed women.

  273. Robin Heffner says:

    Before you go and make an article about the way people look and using then term classy.. Get your brows done so they don’t look butchered. Wash your hair with a decent shampoo and conditioner, not some 99cent shit And get a trim. Find some glasses that actually fit your face frame. I may be tatted up and pierced but if my picture was next to yours, I sure as hell would own you in who looks classier.

  274. matia trottter says:

    Trendy clothes, a cute haircut, and a gym membership = class
    Good to know

  275. Rachel McCabe says:

    This is obviously coming from someone that does not have a tattoo…Having tattoos (4) does not make me classless in any way. We are in the year 2012 and tattoos are accepted so its about time that you accept them too! And im sorry, I drool over men, not women! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, thats why it is YOUR opinion!! And please, tell me again that I am classless!

  276. Ali says:

    I am not quite sure if you simply wrote this article to receive some type of backlash from the tattoo community which you could use to further fuel your spreading fire of hate, discrimination and pure idiocracy, or if you simply are a hateful person. Who are you to label people as classless and worthless? People with tattoos are not “asking for it” when it comes to getting dumped on by others, they are simply doing to their bodies, as they like. After all we do own our own bodies do we not? You are simply prolonging an idea of hate; you speak of people getting involved in Yoga when the key to Yoga is love and peace, not this rhetoric that is frankly disgusting. I will not lower myself to your level of filth and try to degrade you or cut you down, that would be classless. In the future I wish you and others of your mindset to have vision of everyone’s individual self worth.

  277. Tiffany says:

    This all leads back to closed minded people. They can just keep it to them selves. Do they see us judging them because they DON’T have tattoos? I didn’t think so. This makes me so irate, that I just don’t even know what to say about it. I love my tattoos, they all have meaning to me, it adds to my character. If you looked at me you wouldn’t even know I have any. Because none of them are visible. But yes I will show people because they are meaningful to me, and its something for me to be proud of. Its just like religious people, We don’t judge their every move because they believe in there own religion do we? I just hate how judging people are, we don’t judge you so how about you stop judging us. we do our thing and you do ours. I don’t think that anyone in this world needs to be exactly alike!!

  278. Verónica Castellanos says:

    Something productive… classy, meaningful… like a mani-pedi, or better yet a trip to the mall! The most elegant of temples!
    Wow. All this time I’ve been covering myself in these meaningless, ugly, all around tacky tattoos because I’ve been unhappy inside when, instead, I could have put on a pair of leg accentuating high heels and called it a day! ignorance truly is bliss

  279. LisaBooth says:

    My tattoos are for me, not anyone else. I don’t judge you because you don’t have a tattoo, why are you judging me because I do? Grow up – the real world is filled with people that have all kinds of different ideals about how women should look, throwing this article out there just tries to undermine women and their choices. Who determines what is beautiful? Tattoos are art and a commitment to yourself not a subject matter for you to twist and degrade and make tattooed women out to be ugly. Go get one, then write about it and see how you like being judged by some random dick who thinks their opinion is worth vomiting all over a magazine.

  280. Claudia says:


  281. Coyer says:

    For one – Beauty and Elagence is in the Eye of the Beholder. If you see beauty one way someone way see it another, you can’t say that tatto’s aren’t classy when really …. it takes more then looks to be a knock out!!! I understand that you are prolly “seeing it the way you were raised” but … let me tell ya’ you shouldn’t be able to say what’s beautiful and classy when you yourself aren’t even close to there yet. Last time I knew today’s day n’ age wasn’t about being “Edgy- and cool” I thought it was about “Changing for the better” and leaving the Steriotypes at bay??? Being a well rounded person is what makes someone truly beautiful. Being able to say you’ve faught cancer, have a sleeve, do work for the community … and still have a life of cystic fibroses to fight. – I’d like to know how thats’ not beautiful and or classy or even mature??? I’ve got some beautiful pieces … they rep. some of my greatest moments … they were done at some of my sickest and most dark times. Without them … I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Living through the Steriotype is what its about…. Having an addictign personality .. and holding it together with poise – I’d rather call that Class then “which Fork do I use” ……. Maybe you shoudl second guess your profession as well …. because giving advise when you’re not even close to being open minded isn’t really the rout I’d have chosen ….

    So if you could .. Explain to me what Elegant and Beauty is … ??

  282. codie says:

    This is just another example of ignerence at its best. She mentions god, I believe the bible states love they neighbour maybe she should try loving her neighbour and letting people live there lives the way they want. We don’t judge her for practices, why judge people who get tattoos? You don’t hear the tattooed members of society condeming the untattooed.

  283. Married mike says:

    Funny thing about turning guys heads is that it is all about the sex appeal and what attracts that man and Im sorry but my newly married wife has 13 or more tattoes and she is the sexiest woman in the world to me and some of that attration is because of how sexy her tats look on that temple of a body its an attraction thinG and a religious thing and yes sometimes a statement thing and there lies the beauty, its OUR CHOICE AS PEOPLE TO DO WHAT WE WANT.And why do the ugly women in the world get affended tats would help them maybe be more attractive.

  284. Lauren says:

    This is quite possibly one of thee most closed minded dumbest blogs I have ever read. I am a registered nurse, a college graduate with a professional job. I am 27 years old and have many tattoos. There seems to be this great debate about tattoos and their meanings. Guess what? Not all tattoos have meaning. Some of it is shockingly – just art. Who is anyone to say that I am not allowed to decorate my “temple” with art. That goes the same for makeup or high heels to accentuate my legs. This is the 21st century. We have better things to worry about. I never look at my tattoos and roll around in self pity thinking “why did I do this to myself?” and I never will. When I am 80 I will proudly show my grand kids my wrinkly old road map of tattoos. Shame on you for judging a book by it’s cover.

  285. philly mcgurber says:

    I can’t stand people who say things like this, you can have your own opinions but judging someone before knowing them is wrong and we all do it time to time. I could judge this editor by her picture but I won’t because I am classy. I have tattoos because it’s apart of who I am, its self expression without saying anything.

  286. nicole says:

    This article is total crap! If tattooed women are not attractive why are there entire genre of the sex industry just for tattooed/body mod girls? Not because nobody likes it. As far as the tattoo experience not being meaningful, challenging, or inspiring would be better left to those of us who have tattoos to decide. I can tell you I have had no deep life changing experiences shopping for clothes. My tattoos are meaningful to me and that is why I got them not to send a message to the world. They tell a stroy about who I am and my life experiences. I have my amazing life story documented on my body forever and I will tell my grandkids about all of them! I can wait to have such meaninful talks with them. I doubt I will tell them about all the clothes in my closet and where I bought them. This article is the opinion of a vapid little immature girl who sounds full of judegment and lacking in life experiences.

  287. Webwitch says:

    Extremely narrow minded and judgemental……All the tattoo’ed women I know have class, dignity, confidence and an appreciation of fine art.

  288. erica says:

    She refers to the age olds aying that our bodies are our temples… has. Anyone ever been to a temple that doesn’t have artwork representing its beliefs or history?

  289. “And you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals”

    I sincerely hope I will not be shirtless while trying to teach my future grandchildren life lesson on values and morals.

  290. Lauren Ashley says:

    I guess I’ll just start right from the first sentence…

    “I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.”

    I don’t think she could be more sexist if she tried. So, women are the only ones who must be held accountable and be “classy” in your definition? And they get tattoos simply to be rebellious and to prove a point to OTHER people? I don’t think she could have written a more condescending hook.

    But what’s funny is she describes women who get tattoos are seeking attention, trying to prove a point, attempting to be cutting edge, etc… But then she writes this…

    “An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.”

    There are so many things about this segment that infuriate me. First, I can’t believe this person (and others in the world) equate “class” to how much one fits their particular gender role and feeds the media! Since when were parents teaching their kids that “lavish” material possessions and what you can afford make a person?

    I’m not going to deny that there are shallow things in the world that are desired and I’m not going to insist that women stop getting their nails done and start jogging outside, but it’s all about balance and how much weight you put on the frivolous things in your life. If I’m not happy with my body or I’m feeling down on myself, I might get a manicure, I might treat myself to a bit of shopping, but all of that, in no way, makes me a decent person. I realize all of that is trivial and that there are other things I can do that provide way more long lasting, healthy benefits.

    “Seriously, though. Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands, because – as corny as this sounds – we hold the world’s beauty. But something girls seem to forget nowadays, or maybe have not been taught, is that women hold the world’s class and elegance in their hands, as well.”

    I know this is intended to be uplifting and empowering for women, but all of this goes in one ear and out the other when it’s surrounded by the other ignorance I’ve read. First of all, beauty is not exclusive to women. Secondly, yes, men are visual people, women like to show off, some men eat it up… But when it comes down to it, most of the men I know are way more interested in a woman’s personality, not in how much money she spends at Macy’s.

    “…At the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.”

    This entire piece is so poorly written and the writer is so LITERAL with her approach that it’s hard to not write a condescending response. Not to mention, I highly doubt any actual research about the culture and history of tattoos and tattooing was done in preparation. Apparently the literal act of sitting in a chair and enduring needles poking into flesh is supposed to magically make someone into a good person. For me, it’s not all about the physical act, it’s about the emotions behind it. A tattoo can be a physical representation of something important or even something silly. Can you not learn lessons, be productive or be satisfied with life if you get tattoos? Apparently not. Yet again, one has nothing to do with the other.

    “I’m not here to say a girl should walk around flaunting her body like it’s her job – that’s just degrading. Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you have been given, not permanently engraving it.”

    Of COURSE a women like this has to insert this bit about women who flaunt their bodies for money in their professional life and how it’s degrading. I wouldn’t expect anything else. You’re not here to say a girl should flaunt her body like it’s her job, but you ARE here to promote gross, objectifying gender roles and a superficial lifestyle in one’s PERSONAL life.

    Also, if you refer back to “Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands” you DO suggest woman should flaunt themselves, but mock women who actually profit off of it. I am an exotic dancer (a tattooed one, no doubt!) and I can’t speak for others in my same profession, but I can say with confidence that my job has nothing to do with how I act or treat people and THAT is what I think class is all about.

    “I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals. God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.”

    What rut does one find themselves in when they have a tattoo and a grandchild….? If someone asks about a tattoo, the usual response is a simple explanation as to why they got it in the first place. That goes for family, strangers, whoever. As far as morals and values go, I intend to teach my children and grandchildren that morals and values are about how you treat people, how you carry yourself, your desire to do better and I surely won’t be promoting ignorance such as this.

    The last thing this world needs is more people like Lisa Khoury, who put weight on all the depthless things in life and who fail to see the importance in acceptance and the most BASIC of virtues, without degrading others.

  291. Andrew says:

    Don’t judge me by the colors in my skin. My body is a “temple”. Most temples I’ve been in have beautiful works of art adorned through out it. What really is unfortunate is that this Ms. Khoury is not beautiful inside or out… And she has been given the power to impart her views to an already fragile society. She is not qualified to speak about morality or self image.

  292. brian says:

    Typical article of a close-minded, facist mental case. She talks smack on people, then brings her “invisible diety” into the article. Religious zealots are a funnt bunch when you see them go against their own “dieties” commands in the book of lies and contradictions….I guess she didnt rwad Matthew: 7-1 & 2……….“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you”

    baaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaa little sheep………..

  293. This is seriously such a sad article! Its obvious that this person was taught these things! I posted this on my facebook ( and the reactions im getting is crazy! i have tattoos from my face to my feet and am fully proud of it! She doesn’t know the reasoning as you can tell she is very socially uneducated! Shopping is elegant not ink! I have emailed this writer and invited her to my facebook to see the reactions this article has caused!

  294. Greg says:

    I’ll keep this article in mind when I graduate from the fire academy, get a job on a fire department to save lives, and this woman ends up needing my help. Obviously I’m still gonna help her, then proceed to strip down to my boxers and show her that yes, even heroes have tattoos.

  295. kourtney says:

    Dear Lisa,
    You may be educated, but you are clueless!!!! Just because you think your something special doesn’t give you the right to open your mouth on a subject where you clearly have no experience!! Tattoos are and expression of life, love, laughter, strength, if anything they just symbolize a point in your life. If you think having your nails done and wearing high heals ( which were designed to put you in the same position as a female dog in heat) will make you happier, maybe your the one who should go get a tattoo and get some life experience.
    MORALS!!!!! What on earth do consider morals. Judgement on other who do not fit your social mold.
    I tattoo, I also work at a doggie day care, and volunteer at a humane society, i love all creature and do not judge.
    Class!! is a person you can stand tall and be proud of what they have accomplished.
    Not what they can write in an article about others.


  296. andy says:

    I always say a truly classy girl can piss in the street. Class has nothing to do with anything you do, wear or say – it’s to do with how you do, wear or say it. You can be a classy punk girl, for example, and to suggest that grace and beauty is something that is reserved for any one particular group of people who act a certain way completely denies hundreds of aesthetic versions of beauty AND grace, not only in the mainstream, but in subculture as a whole.

    Confidence brings class, and classy people do not rule out swaths of society’s beauty just because it doesn’t personally resonate with them.

  297. Liz says:

    I took a few moments to email this narrow-minded little twerp.

    A friend of mine was kind enough to pass along your article on tattoos.

    I see that you consider tattoos worthless and defiling. That’s pretty sad, really. No room for creative personal expression in your worldview? Really?

    I have three tattoos. The first, a Celtic triskelion, is more importantly a copy of a necklace that my father gave to me 3 days before he passed away. It was a small pewter thing, fragile, and I wore it until it broke. I didn’t want to ever be parted with something so precious, so I had it inked on my right shoulder. The second, a knotwork crescent moon, I chose to celebrate my first published piece, on how to choose a safe and reputable tattoo parlor. (You see, I consider personal expression in its many forms vital, and wanted to see people making an informed choice.) It also served as a thematic counter to my triskelion, a moon to its sun. The third, a raven ascending, I chose for its symbolism of wisdom, sacrifice (bringing fire to the Earth at the cost of its beautiful plumage), and because I respect the birds themselves for their remarkable intelligence, creativity, and sense of community.

    These are symbols I wanted with me every day of my life. They are permanently a part of me, and I look forward to explaining them to my children. When displayed, they serve as a point of conversation about things I hold very dear to me. You encourage people to focus on transient things like hairstyles and clothes. How superficial.

    At the end of the day, yes, these tattoos have made me a happier person. They help me teach people about myself. They represent moments of significant life change in a visible and indelible way. The death of my father, the discovery that yes I could sell my writing, the time of my life where I accepted that I could have an inspired life without the bounds of religion. Did they lead me to self-growth? No, I found that myself. But they do serve as reminders of those times, and encouraged me during dark times when I had no one to turn to.

    I hope someday you can open your mind to other means of expression than your own narrow writings. There is a world out there beyond your value judgements, and college is a wonderful time to explore them.

    • Liz says:

      Side Note: I also spend a lot of time volunteering as an official for my local roller derby league. These are women with class, elegance, self-confidence for miles, athletic prowess, mental focus, feminine pride, great senses of humor, and lots and lots of ink. We have teachers, EMTs, high-level administrators, mechanics, artists, daycare operators, small-business owners, professors, and no shortage of advanced degrees. They know they’re worth more than eye candy or mallrats.

      And they’re all reading this. As are my/their friends in other leagues across the country and beyond our borders. Girl’s in for a world of ear-hurt.

  298. Kayla says:

    Instead of judging people for having tattoos you should get off your ass and have some real life experiences and not in a corporate gym or mall. Be an individual.

  299. keegan says:

    Wow! I would rather have tattooes and show them off with pride then have none and be an ignorant sexiest like the person who wrote this article. I have tattooes so i have no class? And when my kids/grandkids ask me about the tattoo on my shoulds I will tell them the story behind and the childhood friends that are portrayed in.

  300. gabriela bunning says:

    if you reply to that that means you care! i dont care what i look like or what i believe anyone can say what they want and its harmless, i know what i want and believe thanksssss 🙂

  301. Derp says:

    When I am a granny my skin will be flabby and wrinkled. So I wouldn’t give a crap what people had to say….wait, just thought of something , I still don’t give a crap. I certainly won’t be teaching my children nor my grandchildren to stifle their individuality either. Big boo to you!

  302. Maria says:

    How ignorant can someone be? It’s sad that in today’s day and age that people are still so close minded. Yes I have actually learned something from a tattoo and it has actually caused self growth. I highly doubt my grand kids will question morals when they see a memorial tattoo on my arm honoring someone who meant so much to me that I chose to remember them in this way. Find something more productive to do than worry about people with tattoos because people with tattoos don’t care that you don’t have any. Get a life.

  303. Maggie West says:

    It seems that this article was written by a young inexperienced girl, who can’t seem to keep up with the reality that women no longer have to be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. She preaches of what she does not know. She tells us women that instead of taking your “temple” and decorating it with art, you should go to the gym, go shopping for new clothes, or change our hair (things she also, judging by her photo, knows nothing about). If going to the gym, shopping, and hair dye is what makes you happy, then I say do it. If getting tattoos is what makes you happy, then I say go for it. This is no longer an era where class and elegance is defined by women looking like clones. Class and elegance is way of being, a not look.

    “you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals. God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.” I won’t find myself in a rut when I teach my children and grandchildren the importance of individuality and independence. And I will have a story and experience behind every tat, and I will gladly share them, good and bad. What I am scared of is this chicks offspring (assuming she’ll have any), and how little her daughters will think of themselves.

    I go to the gym, I shop, I dye my hair, I get tattoos, and I have class and elegance, despite this girls close-minded and sheltered opinion. I think it’s wrong for someone to push what they do not know of on other people. She needs to use make up, go to the gym, go shopping, and get a tattoo before talking about any of it.

    The thing that most pisses me off about this article is how she makes it seem like a horrible decision for a women to get tattoos, but it’s perfectly okay for men to. Let me say that men should have class and elegance too. If Frank Sinatra was a youngster in this time period, I’m sure he would have tattoos or some kind of body art, and he’s a man full of class and elegance!

    Are we ever going to get rid of sexism? I really hope so, because I’m starting to really get tired of being told that having tattoos makes me white trash. Or that I have to learn to cook and clean to be a good wife, honestly if cooking and cleaning is what it takes to be a good wife then I don’t want to be one!

    I am comfortable in my own skin, so comfortable that I choose to decorate it… permanently.

  304. SatansGift says:

    All I can say is wow. Tattoos are beauty. It is permanent art on your body and often symbolizes your love of something/someone or a struggle you overcame. Asking if it led to self-growth is idiotic cuz it does. Tattoos have often been a rite of passage into adulthood, a sacred rite not unlike cultures that practiced body suspension. Its often about overcoming pain to brand yourself with something that holds meaning in your life. Women with tattoos are far more beautiful than these “girls” who spend all their time worrying about materialistic things.

  305. This is the most moronic rant I have ever read!! Getting your hair done and going to the mall is WAY classier? Well pardon me for living my life the way I do. Apparently being successful, classy, and beautiful while having tattoos is impossible. You clearly need to wake up and realize that this is 2012, not 1950, where women are empowered by whatever they choose to do. If that includes tattoos well then good for them. Being “attractive” to men should not include how often you go to the mall, what color your nails are, how high your heels are. It should be about who you are as a person. Having tattoos does not make you classless, being a vain idiot does.

  306. Doll. says:

    How very hypocritical of you, especially saying that women “with class take care of themselves by not having tattoo’s”…clearly looking at your photo. You do not take care of yourself, you look like you have never stepped into a gym or a hairdressers. If women want to get tattooed then they sure as hell can, and I’m pretty sure they do the same thing as these supposed “classy” women, it’s just the fact they have pictures on their bodies. Also tattoo’s can be covered over, so a woman can still look classy.
    Only by clothing and the demure of a woman, can show how classy she is not what she has on her body underneath.

  307. Chris says:

    Tattoos reflect individuality??? Please… all look the same to me…..

    • ladycaptain says:

      since we all have the exact same tattoos. Idiot. And does that mean people who don’t have tattoos all look the same?

  308. Olivia says:

    naturally being not tattooed, and not passionate about that form of art you wouldn’t understand furthermore have no basis for this article at all. who are you and since when did your opinion matter?

  309. jess says:

    e-mail her your thoughts.


  310. Jake says:

    This chick is crazy. You have no room to say half the crap you just wrote about…… FAIL!

  311. Normandy says:

    All my rage

  312. Jenni says:

    From the email I sent to the author of this bewildering diatribe:

    Dear Ms. Khoury;

    I’d like to address some of the points you made in your editorial, in the interest of offering you a bit of perspective:

    “I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.”

    Considering the fact that tattooing and piercing in some form- as a rite of passage and/or for decorative purposes -has been a part of most world cultures for tens of thousands of years, it probably should have occurred to you that being “rebellious” and “cutting edge” is not the only reason for someone, man or woman, to decorate their skin.

    “A secret you may have not fully realized yet thus far in your life. What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures. Seriously, though. Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands, because – as corny as this sounds – we hold the world’s beauty.”

    A gorgeous woman’s ability to make a man behave foolishly is not a secret. This non-secret is frequently the subject of ridiculous makeup/haircare product/perfume/toothpaste commercials and most Tex Avery cartoons. I do have a secret I would like to share with you, though: Not all of us wish to attract men, not all of us enjoy this drooly-head-turning phenomenon nor do we all strive to achieve it daily. Some of us base our self-worth on other things. I may be beautiful, but my power comes from my well-above-average intelligence. My power comes from my self-sufficiency and independence- both financial and social. My power comes from my magnetic personality and my sincere and generous nature. My power comes from my self-awareness and my unshakeable morals.

    These are the reasons that many different kinds of people are drawn to me, the reasons why many different kinds of people respect me, the reasons why many different kinds of people love me, and the reasons why I am perceived as a classy woman and taken seriously by many different kinds of people. Yes, even when I am dressed sexily and having a raucous good time. Even when my tattoos are visible for all to see.

    My power does not now, nor has it ever come from my nicely-formed ass, and I would never want it to do so. Anyone who would approach me (or avoid me) based solely on my rear end, the size and shape of my body, the length of my skirt, the color/cut of my hair, or whatever tattoos I may or may not have is not someone I want taking up my time or personal space.

    “Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself?”

    No, but they do represent things about myself that I never, ever want to forget; such as the fact that I am more than my outward appearance. I am not just the sum of my parts. I have experienced both darkness and joy, and those stories are there for me to see, every day, whenever I need them.

    “Has it challenged you?”

    They challenge me every day to always be honest with myself; to continue to be strong, even when the world seems to be against me and I begin to think that I can’t do it anymore. Some people read one of those “Chicken Soup” books, or even the Bible. I gaze upon my tattoos.

    “An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with….

    “Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.
    Invest your time, money, and effort into a gym membership, or yoga classes, or new clothes, or experimenting with different hairstyles if you’re craving something new with your body, not a tattoo.”

    Is there some reason why a person cannot do all those things you suggest and not also have tattoos? Those activities and being tattooed are not mutually exclusive. You also seem to be laboring under the assumption that women get tattooed only for the purpose of drawing attention to themselves; that for all tattooed women, a tattoo is only some kind of fashion accessory.

    We, as women, are naturally intelligent and more likely than males to mull over a decision before moving into action, taking into consideration possible long-term ramifications. It therefore stands to reason that the woman with tattoos, whom you’ve already deemed foolish and frivolous without ever having spoken to her, probably has an important personal story about her “meaningless” tattoo. One that will make her smile brightly, cry softly, or clench her fist in righteous anger, should you take the time to ask her about it; and in that moment she is beautiful. Now, is that the case for every tattoo on every woman? No, of course not. But I guarantee you that there is exponentially more meaning in the simplest of tattoos than in whatever mass-produced, cookie-cutter, department store dress YOU put on this morning, Ms. Khoury. When I look at your shoes, what can I learn about you, other than perhaps whether or not your feet hurt?

    Wearing heels and shopping at malls are not what makes a woman elegant. Elegance is a frame of mind. It is a certain look in the eye, a way of holding the shoulders and head, a sway of the hips, a tone of voice. It does not come free with a one-year membership to Gold’s, it cannot be purchased for a reasonable price at a local retailer, it is not a color of nail polish, and it is most certainly not writing an article to generalize, tear down, and belittle an entire diverse group of your fellow women.

    • Brittany says:

      This is amazing- I especially loved your last paragraph. Did you get a response? I, too, was infuriated by the article…

    • Megan says:

      Ahhh I love this! I had so many issues with this article.. and you addressed most of them. I feel that all of the “alternatives” that were mentioned instead of tattoos are superficial. Tattooing is such a unique experience, meaningful to most (granted.. not all) who get them. And for real.. do we really think that Angelina Jolie is not elegant in some of those gowns she wears? Psh.. she has so many tattoos and is gorgeous!

  313. How ignorant could you be? Tattoos are a work of art! Believe it or not, most people with tattoos (including myself) have more class than those that dont…you clearly have absolutely NO class because you wrote this article. How could you be so close minded…My tattoo is VERY important to me and makes me feel great. Nikki Sixx my inspiration signed my shoulder and I got it tattooed and everytime I look at it I am reminded that I am beautiful and I mean something… You truly are classless

    • Jacqueline tursi says:

      I completely agree with you how dare anyone comment or stick their nose in the air to anyone who has a tattoo or even multiple Tattoos. Tattoos are a way to express your self an show your love an devotion to a cause or someone how dare this girl even think she has the right to judge people on what they know is beautiful so this girl can get her serial number ungraceful an call that a classes tattoo!!!……. Sophia hello!!

  314. tarahleigh says:

    i think this is ridiculous &tattoos are more accepted these days your opinion is useless

  315. Lutetium says:

    So high heels and nails and other items to change and accentuate ‘this temple we’ve been blessed with’ is okay, but as soon as it’s permanent she freaks out? What about permanent tattooed make up, like lips and eyeline?

    Tattoo’s are worthless huh? My first tattoo of a serotonin molecule helped me out of clinical depression drug free, AND has gotten hired over others in my field of biomedical research by depicting my passion for science. Can your manicure do that?

  316. Paul says:

    Wow this girl is close minded!

  317. deVo says:

    Did someone seriously publish that article? And the University of Buffalo allowed her to post this article under their name? That’s just appalling. That was the most offensive article I’ve ever read in my life and further its anti-female!! I think I saw someone else comment that the alternative to getting tattoos is to play in to gender roles?? That’s the impression I got too!! What I want to know is what was the motivation for writing this article in the first place? Did someone offend her and they just happen to have a tattoo??? Way to slump us all into one category just because you were wronged by one person with a tattoo. Why don’t you write an article about how all black people listen to gangster rap, eat fried chicken, and cant get a job! Because you would be committing the same heinous act of blatant prejudice as with the tattoo article. How ignorant!!!

    • deVo says:

      I could even go further to say that this person would prefer women stop working and pursuing career goals to sit in a kitchen and cook men dinner. Or simply accept sexual harrassment and rape as just the way things are because they are female!!! I’m trying really hard not to drop an F-Bomb here but not only should this Lisa Kohery be ashamed of her self and but so should the University of Buffalo!!

  318. Jon Doe says:

    God isn’t real

  319. Matthew Curley says:

    I personally find tattooed women more attractive but I would never stoop to pass judgement on a women who wasn’t tattooed either. Everyone has a different viewpoint of what is aesthetically pleasing. All the things mentioned in this article that are supposed to pamper a women, respect her “temple” and make her feel beautiful they too are a kind of tattoo. Yes they are temporary, but when a women (like the one this article seems to describe) becomes dependent on those things to make herself feel beautiful how temporary is that really? At least tattoos, though permanent, have the potential to be born from a real sense of personal identity and self-expression, which is far more than I can say about high heels, painted nails, trips to the gym, and makeup. Those things can be vehicles of self-expression, but are more typically a product of personal insecurities.

    There are always problems that arise from passing blanketed judgements on a people’s entire culture. Tattoos have their own culture. Cultures are powerful things. Culture is everywhere in your home, school, church, place of work etc. Culture is linked to our identities, and to judge another person’s culture the way you are doing in this article is tantamount to bigotry and prejudice. It’s very close to judging a person for the color of their skin, their sexuality, their gender, or even their religion. It’s wrong because it’s arrogant and assumes a lot, in spite of what is argueably each of our limited understanding of the world. You may only see this issue as attacking some kind of silly trend, but I’m sorry you are in desperate need of a history lesson. Yeah some tattoos are probably bad ideas, but whose right is it to make that judgement? Not mine and certainly not yours.

    P.S. – My gorgeous wife who doesn’t need a bit of makeup to be beautiful has tattoos. She has tattoos of our sons’ names. Neither of us will EVER regret those tattoos, and when she is a grandmother and she is passing on “morals” and “values” to our grandkids, if they ask about her tattoo, I hope she tells them that one of the greatest values of life is to love something so much that it becomes a permanent part of yourself that you never want to let go. Something you want to tell the whole world about, something you want everyone to see, and something you would never let anyone judge you fore. THAT’s values.

  320. Danna Melise says:

    This article is absolutely disgusting! Completely sexist! Not to mention that body modification has been practiced for centuries. In tribes having body modifications meant a higher status. Look at the tribe of Burma who still practices neck lengthening. And in the Elizabethan fashion they would wear corsets, ultimately deforming the body. And foot binding in China to make feet appear smaller. Do a little more research before you go bashing tattoos because all in all it is a form of accentuating the human form and it has been around for ages.

  321. Christina says:

    This was ridiculous. Not because you find ink on women to be a disgrace but simply because you only think we’re worth our looks..and not even our natural looks. You have flat out said we need to paint ourselves up for men to glock at us. We’re the beauty and elegance of the world but only if we have on fake daggers and foot binders. And no, it is not just about rebellion and being cool. Many people, women and men, take lots of time and thought into what they want inked on them. Would you honestly have the guts to say this to a woman who had a pink ribbon with her mother’s name and date of birth and death on her? If you do you are not only sexist but heartless. Just so you know ignorance is anything but classy, it is feebleminded.

  322. Crystal says:

    Tattoos are not my thing, BUT I don’t trashing people for having them. All of us have a unique way of expressing ourselves. No two ways of self-expression are the same, and one isn’t better than the other.

  323. Cass says:


  324. Gina L. says:

    For note, Lisa Khoury is a left-leaning liberal feminist, and not a bible-thumper.

    She’s one of the counter-culture, and yet she’s inspired more hate from fellow liberal progressives.

    I lol now.

    • Liz says:

      At least she claims to be. I’m sorry, but this was a painful affront to any self-respecting feminist. Classiness is about going to the mall, shopping, and hitting the gym to turn guys’ heads? Bite me!

      Dammit, this girl is seriously tweaking my “DAMN KID, GET OFF MY LAWN!!!” neurons. 🙂

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  326. snmccrthy says:

    get off your high horse. i have tattoos, 8 of them in fact, and i plan on being COVERED in them because i find them sexy. i find them interesting. i find them beautiful. my body is my temple, and i will decorate it how i want. who the hell are you to tell me i’m classless because i have a tattoo? i think you’re classless for being a judgmental human being. i think you’re unnecessary. at least my tattoos mean something. you, however, mean nothing.

  327. C..S. Rhodes says:

    After working in medicine for many years, I’m of the opinion that large tattoos are pathetic. As we age, our skin looses it’s elasticity. The tattooed skin looks like a deflated print balloon. Life flies by quickly. Carefully consider the decision to get your entire body tattooed

  328. Rissa says:

    My grandfather served in the navy and has tattoos from then and never once have I heard a regret. My aunt got one in her forties just recently, not a regret. I know a grandmother with none that said they’re a work of art and she didn’t have a single Tat. Me I’m almost 24 graduate with Magna Cum Laude honors, member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, with 5 well planned out tattoos, getting at least 5 more, and when I explain the hard work and dedication an artist took and used to decorate my body the way I wanted it, I will not have a single regret then, just like I don’t have them now and never will because I am not scared about my differences and I don’t want any generation of mine scared of body art, of any form.

  329. Brittany says:

    “Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it.”

    This piece is very sexist- what about men and tattoos? Additionally, who are you to say that “nothing comes out of getting a tattoo?” I believe that this is the kind of decision that should be left up to the individual to make. If you wanted to convince young women not to go through with the tattoos, you might consider both the negatives AND the positives to getting tattoos rather than slamming the idea altogether. This kind of writing, that seeks to unthinkingly annihilate the other side of the argument, has no place in journalism today. If only if you had admitted that the article was made up of your own opinion, rather than writing as if every word were fact, this may have passed for an academically fair article. As it is, this one should have come with a disclaimer…

  330. Danielle says:

    Didn’t you learn “Don’t judge a book by its cover” in preschool? Wow. Just wow. And written by a woman too? I thought that we were still fighting for equal rights for women. To be able to do the things that we, as women, would like to do (at the same level and on the same pay scale with the same respect as our male counterparts). Thank you for setting us back about 50 years there little miss sunshine. Should we all resign to being barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen (after we spruce ourselves up with fake nails and trendy fashion)? I am a 34 year old female with a full time job, a part time job, 3 kids at home, and a great and stable relationship with my very long term boyfriend. I also have 21 tattoos. I am a respected member of the community, have organized breast cancer benefit shows (my part time job = promoting bands), helped the less than fortunate and homeless, keep a clean house, pay my bills, own my own car, and I am an awesome mom that is trying to teach her kids to be well rounded respectable people. I speak 2 languages, know how to surf, have gone to school, and my main full time job now is helping the deaf community. My tattoos tell a story of my life and they are all beautiful to me. I have never regretted the decision to have them and no one has ever said “wow, there goes a woman with no class” because of the ink on my skin. They are a thoughtful and very well planned group of colorful memories that I find beautiful. My body is a temple, a beautifully decorated temple. I don’t feel like I need to tell you that you SHOULD go get a tattoo because people that don’t have tattoos must be boring and no fun at all. That is no more true than saying women with tattoos are classless. It is a very personal decision and not for everyone. So, I am hoping for you that at some point in your sheltered little life you can learn to love and appreciate yourself so that you don’t have to needlessly and ignorantly attack your fellow humans. Shame on you.

  331. saraelizs says:

    I don’t have tattoos to feel beautiful, and I don’t need them to feel beautiful, I have them for ME, no one else. I could care less if anyone even saw my tattoos, which most have not. I have done everything this close minded b* has said to “invest in”, and I have tattoos– and oh my, I survived and feel wonderful about myself. It’s perfectly fine to not like body art, and to voice your opinion about it, but this girl turned it into a sexist mind f* in saying that women can’t feel good about themselves, and don’t do anything good for themselves, if they have tattoos. She’s either suffering from some serious judgmental issues.. or perhaps a horrible tattoo of her ex’s name on her ass.

  332. Jenna says:

    I have many tattoos, and I have grown as a person and learned from each of them. Some of them have deep meanings, some are funny, and they all remind me of what I was going through at that point in my life and how much I have grown. I love my tattoos. I believe they make me a more beautiful person. This author is so closed minded it is just sad. She makes it sound like women are just here to be looked at, and that we should just go shopping and make ourselves look like the media wants us too. Yet, she doesn’t seem to be following her own advice. Maybe she should go buy some new clothes, go for a run, and most of all, she should get a tattoo!! I find her to be very disrespectful. Unacceptable.

  333. ladycaptain says:

    Get with the times. Society has changed. So change your narrow minded views.

  334. Brie says:

    I don’t wear high heels because I’m tall and they also hurt my feet. I don’t get my nails done because it’s boring and they look better as they are naturally anyways. I can’t STAND going to the mall and avoid it as much as possible. I exercise because it feels good and my job doesn’t allow me to move about for most of the day. Oh, and I have a tattoo. Sorry I don’t fit into your mould of what a beautiful and classy woman should be, Lisa. Then again, I would think that a classy woman wouldn’t create a stereotype of what women should be, anyways.

    Lisa, I’d like to ask you a few things about when you go shopping at the mall with your friends or get your nails done (in your own words): At the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Have these new clothes or nails, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has the shopping or new nails challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth?

    Probably not.

    You are entitled to your own opinion; however, your opinion should not create a stereotype of how someone should be or look. Your opinion has come across negatively.

    Everyone is a beautiful creature, with or without tattoos. Having a tattoo does not mean you will question your basic values and morals.

    I suggest the money that you spend at the mall on clothes, nails, and high heels be used on something more productive – such as writing or rhetoric courses.

  335. Erin says:

    Wow!! Yet another educated fool!! This has pissed me off to my core! I have one tattoo on my shoulder blade, I am a Nurse Assistant about to get my LPN, and Mother of three. My children have wonderful morals and bounderies as young as they are. I am a good Mother, sister, girlfriend and friend, a hard worker and loving soul. My body is still beautiful and so is my tattoo!! Also my little sister is covered in tattoos, she has a sleeve on each arm, behind her ears, on her pelvis , shoulder, lots of places and she is stunningly beautiful, a wonderful Aunt to not only my children, but our other sisters child and soon to be brothers first child.Her tattoos have no effect on the morals of my children, they don’t even see her tattoos, they see her heart and how much she loves them and would do any thing for them. She worked hard and graduated a year early from high school, and has her own office within the doctors office where she works as the office and phlebotimist. She also works at the hospital doing the same job from time to time. She has a heart of gold and her body surely is still her temple. She is in no way classless or trashy or anything else associated with “tattooed people”. I am sickened to know that this world is filled with such ignorant educated fools like this perfect human specimen , or so she thinks . How pathetic and sad. You must really hate yourself to judge others so harshly when you know nothing about them, for that my darling girl you are the classless and worthless. People like you make me sick. Every human born that gave gave breath to is a beautiful creature. Tattoo or no tattoo. You need a reality check! Uggh… not one person in this world is better than any other, we all bleed the same color, so what if some one wants art on their skin , that’s their choice and it most certainly does not make them not classy, you my dear have no class for being so judgmental!!

  336. george sternecker says:

    Are you yanking my chain here, do u really think people do this type of stuff for what u say they do it for. Ok maybe some people do, which is like 10% out of 100. I can tell you this, no I can promise you this one the girls who gets tattoos wants to be reminded of there past, on how there past was good to.them, how happy they felt about. So the only best way to do it is get something permitly marked on you which is a tattoo. And talking yabout class, loom at you your.lashing out on girls who has them and think there lower then scum, first of all out of all the girls and woman I.know and knew was more opinionated people on the planet. Because people like you undermind them at all time. Did you actaully sat down with a female who.has tattoos and asked them question about anything. You proabbly did not, so you assumed that females ruin.there body for the wrong reason. In fact the females I know and talked to got tattoos to.cover up something that they didn’t like that actually made them feel not sexy at all. So before you go saying stuff about.people who looks different compared to you, you should ask yourself one question, how do people feel.about me and say.about me. you any money its all negative bc what you say about other. Just because they don’t live the lifestyle as you are living right now. So now i pray for your sake that this doesn’t get worse as it will now, bc it will, and you will.have tons of angry woman writing to you about this low-life, underminded, atricale. Your just like everyone esle on this planet. Your affraid of being different bc you think being different will get you know where in life.
    But a wait, what.about the woman who has big breast and a beautiful body, wear bikini’s all day just to make a little money. There just like people with tattoos they just want to be treated like a equal. So I’m sorry if your different from them and you cant be as one them.

  337. Sarah H. says:

    …Well, shit. I mean, I THOUGHT that my tattoos would make boys stare at me more, that’s OBVIOUSLY why I got them – not out of personal expression or because they fill me with absolute joy and peace every time I see them. God, I wish I had learned earlier that all I needed was a manicure and heels – could’ve saved myself a LOT of money.

  338. Cat says:

    Lisa Khoury – YOU are EVERYTHING that is wrong with the world. Go back to playing with your barbies. Perhaps you also think that women don’t deserve the right to vote or drive a car. I cannot begin to express how ignorant you sound and how ashamed of yourself you should be.

  339. sarah hiestand says:

    You are an idiot.. what about plastic surgery? Getting your hair done and nail done and buying a new outfit is all modifications to your outside appearance just like a tattoo. Not everyone is a materialistic girl who needs their nails done to feel better about who they are and how they express it. Your article is the wry ignorant and closed minded. Btw you shouldget your hair done and try some makeup. Maybe you’ll feel better

  340. j says:

    For ten years of my youth I was depressed and self harmed. I still have a lot of guilt, shame, and self loathing because of it. I have a horrible self body image because of all of the ugly scars I accumulated. For ten years I never told a soul or let anybody see my legs save for one guy I dated. If someone accidentally saw them I had an arsenal of excuses ready, “I have a rash, allergies”, “I have a skin problem”, “They’re fly-bites” whatever. I never got professional help but I knew I had a problem and went through a lot to bring myself up to where I am now. Last summer was the first time ever my legs were clear enough for me to feel good about wearing shorts. I bought my first short dress, I went to the beach and actually wore a swimsuit, I was so happy. I’m still struggling with this and the situation has gotten worse recently, but I’ve made a lot of progress. I know I can stop. I’m getting a tattoo because I want at least one mark on my body that I can look at and think is beautiful.

  341. Lindsay Reece says:

    Dear Editor,
    Clearly you DO NOT have a tattoo, so who are you to tell those of us women that do have them that we are classless and worthless. I have two tattoos myself and they are both MEANINGFUL to me! One is for my father and one is for a Friend of mine that passes away with leukemia! Why should I only spen my money on clothes and a gym membership to try to fit in with other females like yourself who think that women are nothing but “babie dolls on parade?” I agree, we do hold the worlds beauty, but that DOES NOT MEAN that getting a tattoo is taboo! It is our own opinion and decision to do with our bodies what WE WANT TO DO, and it is no concern of yours or anyone elses. I suggest next time you want to degrade someone because they have a tattoo, you do a little more research on it and figure out why we all have tattooed ourselves. Do NOT sit there and bellittle us just because we chose to get a tattoo. I certaintly hope that you lost your job and are no longer writing about anything!

  342. Jay Purdy says:

    As a Tattoo Artist, I’ve worked on countless people in my time that have completely broken down after seeing the memorial tattoo that they received from me due to the emotional connection they had with the tattoo and the memory of their lost loved ones. How dare ANYONE claim that tattoos are meaningless! The author may be a shallow human being that can solve her life’s distress by shopping, but realistically it will just be a temporary distraction to the issue at hand. Tattoos mark milestones in one’s life, loved ones who have passed/born, struggles that have been overcome, among many other reasons. I have tattoos that have helped me personally get through the grieving process of death. I have tattoos that I look at that remind me of how far I’ve come in life and how much I appreciate where I am today. I also have tattoos that I find to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, making me feel like I’m a more attractive person. I’m not a rebel, I’m not a criminal, I’m an upstanding citizen in this world who has a passion for art and the people who wear it. New clothes and a gym membership will not solve everyone’s quest to be a more attractive person. I also find that I’m easily approachable to most people. How often do people who aren’t tattooed approached by others and strike up random conversations with one another? I believe that tattoos can, in some cases, bring people who normally would never meet or interact with one another together! I have strangers come up to me randomly in public all the time (who don’t have tattoos) that compliment me and love admiring my art. The nice thing about this is that I don’t have to buy revealing clothing to attract people of the opposite sex by flaunting myself. Yes, I am a man, but my tattooed fiance would agree with this. And morals? How dare you assume that because people who have tattoos can’t possibly project the importance of morals on their children or grandchildren. You should be ashamed of yourself for writing such a closed minded article.

  343. Lindsey says:

    Whoooo the hell is this girl, anyway? What exactly is her authority on life lessons? Way to be a judgemental fool, Miss Khoury. I have a half-sleeve that represents the kind of strong, empowered woman that I always want to be, and YES it is far more meaningful than a $20 manicure that will last one week and that nobody will give 2 shits about. Her matter-of-fact attitude in the first paragraph just screams “Boys never gave me any attention and I’ll find any reason to demean other females”. Come on, girl. Who gives a rat’s ass what other girls are doing w