The Water Cooler – Do You Have A Tattoo? Do You Hate It Or Love It?

February 11, 2020 12:00 pm · 51 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Do you have a tattoo? Do you love it or hate it?

Talk about it….

Dawg February 11, 2020 at 12:14 PM

I have one of my family coat-of-arms on my left upper arm. I had it done about ten years ago after giving it a lot of thought. I wanted a tattoo that was unique only to me, not some run of the mill tat that everybody else has, so I chose my family crest. I did some research online and found some nice pictures of the family crest and printed it out so the tattoo artist could copy it.
I don’t love it or hate it, I don’t even think about it, it’s just there.

Simonpure February 11, 2020 at 12:20 PM

No needles for this one but I don’t mind if others do. Some are quite charming.

Roz February 11, 2020 at 2:11 PM

Simonpure ~
I remembered you don’t like needle, so I figured you didn’t have a tat.
I’m not brave enough to do one,….but our Daughter has 4 original designed tattoo,…I would have one of hers,….they are charming,.. 🙂

Anon February 11, 2020 at 12:42 PM

I’m definitely hip and cutting edge…….not a tattoo on my body. I lead rather than follow.

Jack Flash February 12, 2020 at 1:29 AM

Said by a true follower haha

Anon February 12, 2020 at 10:51 AM

A follower of what I was born with and not putting some dumba** branding all over my body like a NASCAR drivers uniform.
Nice that u got triggered, that was the intention.

Dorothy February 11, 2020 at 12:57 PM

One son & one grandchild have them. I have thought about it from time to time but decided not to get one.

chuckie the troll February 11, 2020 at 12:57 PM

No tattoo or piercing on THIS troll!

My uncle, who fought in WWII and had tattoos advised against it and I took his advise. Tattoos are like a vasectomy …the reversal costs ten times the initial procedure.

Janelle February 11, 2020 at 1:16 PM

I just got my 5th tattoo last night. I love how it looks, and will love it more when it stops hurting so much.

Ilovepopcorn February 11, 2020 at 1:17 PM

No thank you. I think someday tattoos will be out of fashion. I would never get anything permanent printed on my beautiful skin. Too boring, plus you may get very tired of them. My relatives (two of them married) in their 30’s have them all over except not in their necks or face. They love them. I feel sorry for them, because when they get old they will look ridiculous.

JJ February 11, 2020 at 1:25 PM

I can’t remember who said this:

Me getting a tattoo would be like putting a bumper sticker on a Bentley.

Permanent markers scare me. 🤣

Exit 12A February 11, 2020 at 4:31 PM

I heard nearly the same thing but the high end reference was Ferrari.

Hanne Jeppesen February 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM

No, I’m a baby boomer, the only people that had tattoo’s when I was young was sailors. However my daughter who was born in 1980 has tattoo’s. When she starting getting them after she turned 18 and was out of the house, I tried to explain to her, there very few thing you do when you are 18 you will like at forty, especially things like hairstyle, clothes, make-up, even men at times. She did not listen, big surprise, now she is almost 40 married with a family, a home owner and very responsible in every way including careful with money, however since it was such a point of contention between us I probably won’t ask her if she regrets getting them.

AnonZ February 12, 2020 at 4:33 AM

Now’s the time to ask! I’m sure curious what your daughter would say 20 years later. Are you afraid to find out you were wrong?

KittyWins February 11, 2020 at 1:57 PM

I got a tattoo when I was 31 after a very life-changing event happened to me. My tattoo is a memory of it. No regrets, I love it.

Hanne Jeppesen February 12, 2020 at 10:13 AM

To AnonZ, The reason I most likely wont ask because I don’t think she will be admit that I might have been right. No I’m not afraid that I might have been wrong, I can accept that.

I did some stupid things in my teen-age years and early twenties, being it was the sixties, but looking back at it, can say I regret much, it is all part of our life experience. Of course I’m not confronted with the evidence of my mistake everyday. However many of my daughters friends has tattoo’s as does her husband.

S February 11, 2020 at 2:06 PM

Ain’t my Thang, but To Each His Own….

Cowellian February 11, 2020 at 2:11 PM

No, thank you. I’m not a fan, but your mileage may vary.

Kentucky Derby February 11, 2020 at 2:41 PM

I don’t have any tattoos, nor would I ever get one. If others want one – to each his own. Tattoos make you look hard, even if you aren’t. They look even harder on women. That same tattoo in your 80s?

HONDA BILL February 11, 2020 at 2:59 PM

only have 2 tattoos. the first was with my wife the week we got married back in 2003. we were in lake Tahoe and we got our initials on each others top of arm. she passed away in 2018 and 2 months later I got a memorial to her and her irish heritage. I am very happy to have both.

WhoDat Gurl February 11, 2020 at 3:55 PM

That’s a very sweet sentiment. I’m not really a tattoo person, but I bet it’s nice. Men can be so kindhearted at times.

Darwin February 11, 2020 at 3:29 PM

No idiot marks for me. Way to trendy, they are like members only jackets from the 1980s. Only difference is you could take the jacket off.

Atticus Thraxx February 11, 2020 at 4:17 PM

My blood type back, hip and both thighs. 🤪
Seriously I hear you can’t get into Heaven until you remove them. 🤔

Aunt Barbara February 11, 2020 at 4:38 PM

Nothing more beautiful than flawless pure skin. Don’t trash it up with poison

Researchers have found that tattoo ink can lead to chronic enlargement of the lymph nodes and lifelong exposure to these toxic compounds, because they found molecular changes to the tissue, as well as inflammation.

THE ANIMAL February 11, 2020 at 4:43 PM

I’ve got a bakers dozen, all of them have a meaning to me.thought long
and hard about every one of them,I don’t regret any of them……………

JJ February 11, 2020 at 4:53 PM

I remember being asked if I had any tattoos before I could donate blood.
Do people still get asked that?

Lambie February 11, 2020 at 5:08 PM

No, it would be like wearing the same sweater every day 😉

FlyingSpaghettiMonsterCatcher February 11, 2020 at 5:25 PM

Yes, and I got in Concord in 1988 at ……..was it Cheri’s Tattoo?……..the ONLY place to get a tattoo in Concord at the time……….how many tattoo places are there now??

PESFG February 11, 2020 at 6:33 PM

No, because as others have already said and even though I am not yet a senior, tattoos don’t look good on them. Isn’t having body scars enough?

tara February 11, 2020 at 6:46 PM

I am almost 50 y.o. i have several. i don’t think about them. But, what i do find appealing,…..when i meet someone over 21, who has no ink; they don’t seem like they want/need to be a part of the herd mentality.

caskydiver February 11, 2020 at 6:52 PM

No. I avoid being stuck permanently with something that might be a temporary fad, fleeting desire, or whatever. It is not my thing…OK for others, but if I was asked for advice, I would advise against it.
Print out a beautiful image/picture on a piece of paper with your printer. Looks nice…colors are deep, image is sharp. Now ball up the paper in your hand. Once you straighten it out, the image is all wrinkled and doesn’t look as good as it did earlier. This is like your skin when young vs. when you are older.
Your tattoo may look nice as a younger person, but when you get older it will look like sh*t.

FPN February 11, 2020 at 7:26 PM

I have one only visable if wearing very low cut top. Kinda over the whole look.

Gititogether February 11, 2020 at 8:24 PM

I do. However, I’m out of sync with trends. Got it years before it was a fad and now have had 3 lazerazations to get it removed…

DVC Student February 11, 2020 at 9:22 PM

The same people who are obsessed with fashion and not wearing something too often or for more than a few months… are the same people who have tattoos that they wear every day.

Best way to date someone is by the fad tattoos:
1990s – Barbed wire tribal on their biceps
2000s – Scripture, Tramp Stamp on their back above their waist
2010s – Cluster of Stars, Flock of Birds

And the catch-all for every decade….. a flower. Hahaaa

Gittyup February 11, 2020 at 9:58 PM

I don’t have any and probably would never get one, but I’ve seen some extraordinarily beautiful and colorful ones on other people that were exceptional quality and works of art. My father had a very small butterfly tattooed on one ankle that he got while out with the guys one weekend when he first joined the Army before he was married. As he got older, it kept getting blurrier, and blurrier until you could hardly tell what it was. He always said he regretted getting it. That and the way it degraded with age always impressed me and likely is why I wouldn’t consider getting one.

Martin February 11, 2020 at 10:37 PM

If you’re worried.about.going out of fashion, just get one with disappearing ink. That’s what I do, and I can just get a new one in the same place every year on my birthday.

Jack Flash February 12, 2020 at 1:40 AM

I wonder if you removed the anonymity aspect of the comments if they’d get far less troll like…

I have several tattoos some I regret and some I don’t regret. However in reality I don’t regret any of them, I don’t even think of them. I got one to commemorate the most important person in my life, that tattoo I will never regret. A few I got on a whim with friends but most of my tattoos were only $20 and it was a fun experience. Later I can recover them with something nicer.

As for them looking bad when you’re old, just google old people with tattoos… Assuming you take care of them and have them touched up, they’ll stay nice forever. All these people saying “my so and sos tattoo was all faded and stretched, it looked like a color blob” okay did that person get the tattoo when they were 20 and then didn’t touch it again until they were 60? It’s gonna need to be touched up lol.

HooHaa February 12, 2020 at 8:02 AM

“I wonder if you removed the anonymity aspect of the comments if they’d get far less troll like…”

Agreed – this place is a cesspool.

Everyone should live and let live, especially on something like this.

AnonZ February 12, 2020 at 4:28 AM

I never wanted one until I was 50 and then I did it on my birthday. I don’t regret it, in fact, I have two more in mind that I’m going to get in the near future.

Antler February 12, 2020 at 5:05 AM

I have always thought tattoos to be sad proof that more and more people are insecure and are using their bodies as billboards to advertise a “look at me” psychological neediness. Sometimes there is an accompanying ”I’m so big-bad-tough“ swagger or a hideous haircut or dye job; it’s a true effort for me not to snorfle-laugh at those.
But I do have some charming stretch marks!!! 🥴

escapehatch February 12, 2020 at 8:08 AM

I had a tattoo target applied to my chest during cancer radiation.

Don’t know why anyone would want pain for just decorative purposes. And like the people that got lip injections, it goes out of fashion.

In my youth, the only ones that got tattooed were military so when they found only a body part they knew what happened to good old Joe.

Silva February 12, 2020 at 8:25 AM

I have three small “registration marks” on my chest which are India Ink dots as a souvenir of cancer therapy. It’s kind of surprising how much they stand out on me, at least to my eyes. I think they helped to put me in the right area of the machinery. I can live with them.

The Mamba February 12, 2020 at 8:33 AM

I don’t, I have a few things I’d like to get but it seems like a big leap for me, and my wife isn’t into them. Some of my friends have some really cool ones though, works for them.

Concord native February 12, 2020 at 9:46 AM

Neither myself or my husband have any tattoos. No desire at all.
When our two dons were in high school both said they wanted to get tattoos. They were told that when they moved out and were supporting themselves they could do what they want. So far at age 27 and 30 and no longer at home neither have tattoos. Priorities have changed for them.

The Wizard February 12, 2020 at 10:40 AM

Donald Trump on my back, it’s Yuge !

FPN February 13, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Love it…

ChampagneKitty February 12, 2020 at 11:23 AM

I don’t have any tattoos and am not interested in getting any. However…did you know that our very own Contra Costa Library produced a documentary a few years ago about military veterans and tattoos? It was very well done. It may give you a different perspective on tattooing that you may not have thought about. Here is an article about it, which includes a 6 minute trailer:

And, this is the website to the project itself:

It is absolutely worth checking out.

Kirkwood February 12, 2020 at 11:43 AM

Why do people get tattoos that they can’t see themselves except in a mirror?

ChampagneKitty February 12, 2020 at 12:18 PM

Possibly because it may matter more to the person that others see it than being able to see it themselves. Also, the circumstances in which the tattoos are seen by others may make a difference; I’m thinking in terms of what kind of clothes the person is wearing (or not wearing). Also, the location of the tattoo may have significant meaning. For example, some people use tattoos as a means of hiding a scar, or maybe not so much hiding, but creating something beautiful or artistic out of a nasty and traumatic event.

sks February 12, 2020 at 2:43 PM

I have 3. I am 51, a teacher. Only 1 small one is visible. They are important to me.
At 35, in the middle of a divorce I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. After 3 major surgeries – radical mastectomy, tissue expander and final reconstruction with implants, I was left with a large scar across the middle of my now fake boob. Nipple reconstruction is making a pile of skin and then tattooing color. And they didn’t look all that great. So I decided if I was getting a tattoo anyway, why not make it artistic and meaningful? So, across the scar I have a baby dragon sucking on it’s purple blankie just like my baby girl (who was then 6) used to do. Looking in the mirror prior to the tatt, I was reminded of the trauma and what was done to me. After, I get to look at something I chose to do for myself. I can’t possibly underestimate the importance of that small seeming difference. Since then I have added a breast cancer ribbon on my 5 year anniversary and a small semi-colon tattoo on my wrist in support of people with mental illness. It is an anti-suicide movement because in a sentence a semi-colon means the sentence will continue. The semi colon tattoo reminds us that our lives will continue beyond each crisis. I love my art. I do think it’s smart to put them where they can be covered if the occasion calls for it. But I also think it’s okay to put things on our own bodies that will always be important to us, like for a child. It can be a snapshot into a person. It’s also important to note that people who get tattoos all over their bodies are often abuse survivors who have been taught to hate their bodies and wish to cover them up. It is permanent so the thoughtlessness behind much of the younger generation’s ink is interesting to think about. But it’s ultimately their problem to solve. Their generation may never see it in any of the negative ways outlined in other comments posted here.

Mike Ackers February 12, 2020 at 3:31 PM

I have two and love them. I took the time to thoroughly think about what they would look like and what true meaning they would have for me. The biggest mistake I think most people make when getting one is getting one they think looks cool rather then what the meaning behind it is. I think if you have a strong feeling behind what tattoo you want, you won’t regret getting one. But, that’s just what I think.

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