Tattoo Decision Flow Chart

You know, sometimes you just need a voice of reason when deciding to get a tattoo. The people over at ShouldITattoo.com helped us out by creating a very ‘helpful’ chart. So take a glance – but know that if you follow this chart – 9 out of 10 times you won’t be getting any work done.

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3 Responses to Tattoo Decision Flow Chart

  1. Apparently I am supposed to get the tattoo! 😀 Fun chart – I’m glad you shared!

  2. Matt W says:

    hmm, I have mixed feelings about this flow chart. Now I know it’s just a bit of fun, but ‘bits of fun’ can be revealling of prevalent trends and social attitudes. We all know that there are people walking around with some pretty ill-advised ink on show, and we also know that there are people walking around with genuine works of art on show. I have no problem suggesting to someone who is drunk or who is being pressured (by whoever) into getting tattooed to maybe sleep it off or find some better friends or a less abusive situation. I would also be among the first to tell someone thinking of getting the name of the boy or girl they’ve been seeing for three weeks inked on their arm to maybe reconsider that in light of the finite and, more often than not, fleeting nature of personal relationships.
    However, I don’t think that a tattoo has to have a special meaning. It’s fine if it does, but for me it’s far from essential. I look around at artists who do incredible work and I want be tattooed by them and I want to give them as much freedom as possible because I want their work more than I want my idea. The special meaning issue also plays into one of the biggest problems that I have with social attitudes towards tattooed people: that they have to explain their decision to some other person, as if it’s too much for the average human to comprehend that another person did something like get a tattoo without a lengthy backstory to explain it.
    And who gives a shit if it’s visible when clothed? And why should it make a difference whether or not you work a ‘white collar’ job? Not only does that reinforce existing class-based assumptions about tattooed people, it reinforces the class dynamics themselves. If more ‘white collar’ workers had visible ink, it would be less easy to stereotype tattooed people as ‘blue collar’ or working-class. The same type of power dynamic is being challenged in terms of gender by tattooed women who refuse to conform to the historically informed prejudices that still abound in our contemporary society. We need to challenge, not reinforce those power dynamics in terms of class as well as gender.
    Overall, this flow chart is sexist and homophobic, and it upholds highly problematic social attitudes towards class and it does it all through the distorting prism of tattoos.

  3. Louise says:

    Hahahaha – that’s great! Woohoo – I can get the tattoo!

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