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Do you think "Tramp Stamps" look trampy?

Asked by jca (35967points) August 8th, 2012

Do you think “Tramp Stamps” (i.e. a tattoo on the lower back right above the butt) look trampy? They were obviously given that name for a reason, by someone that did. Do you?

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CWOTUS's avatar

I think that most tattoos on most people (of either gender) look increasingly “common”.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

My jimmies remain unrustled.

Pandora's avatar

I think it really has to do with the way a person carries themselves. I’ve know people with them that are the salt of the earth and others who it tells their whole story before they open their mouths.
i think the reputation today has more to do with how trampy they really are. It just so happens that many trampy women, feel inclined to get stamped as such.
An example would be a woman who gets a stamp almost all the way to the crack of their butt and then wears the clothing that reveals it all. Rarely will you find that, she is the type of women that belongs to the knitting club, and has a harvard education. If she does have a harvard education, she would know that displaying such a stamp can maybe cause problems. Unless she is going into showbiz. Then it’s probably a tactic to appear cool for clients.

bkcunningham's avatar

I think it would be funny to have this tattoo above my bum. hee hee

AshLeigh's avatar

They look very skanky, but mostly because girls that have them like to dress in a way that shows them off.

YARNLADY's avatar

Not anymore. It used to be the sign of a whore, but that has all changed.

I don’t like tattoos of any kind, anywhere.

amujinx's avatar

I know a few women with “tramp stamps” who I wouldn’t consider trampy at all. Because of the way they carry themselves (and the fact they don’t go out of their way to flaunt their “tramp stamps”) it may come as a shock to some people that they have a “tramp stamp” at all. So, no, I don’t automatically think trampy. How a woman presents herself is how I determine if I think someone is trampy or not.

Ron_C's avatar

Here’s where I’m going to get in trouble again. A few days ago I told someone that desiring to wear a Mohawk for a person over 30 was self-indulgent and immature.

Now I’m going to say the same thing about those tramp stamps. I think that most women have beautiful skin and it is a real shame to pollute it with ink cartoons.

O.K. now everyone can dump on me.

Kayak8's avatar

Amazingly, @Ron_C I agree with you! Tramp stamps, the name fits!

augustlan's avatar

Depends on who’s wearing it. I think @AshLeigh has a good point, about how dressing to show it off can look more distasteful.

athenasgriffin's avatar

I am more understanding of sentimental tattoos, but still, I have a friend who had paw prints with all of her dead pet’s names on her shoulder, and that was weird and frankly upsetting to me, because there were more than six paw prints and that is a lot of dead pets.

And no matter what if I see a very obvious tattoo on someone, the first impression is not positive. I generally think tattoos are a permanent indication of taste level.

That said, I have seen some truly beautiful, intricate tattoos. Any tattoos that are cultural are beautiful to me.

syz's avatar

Usually. (Occasionally I see an artful or thoughtful tat, but not often.)

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

Yes. For the simple reason they are called “Tramp Stamps”.

If I liked tatoos and decided to get one, and was female, I would be aware to put one on my back in that area would be declaring 1 of the following:

1) I am a tramp


2) I am not a tramp, but I will get a tatoo here so that I can argue later with people who say I have a tramp stamp.


3) I like pretty things so very much! That is a pretty design! I want a pretty design on the one place on my body I can never see it!

So the woman in question is either a tramp, or has other personality quirks I may not want to walk into.

wundayatta's avatar

It calls attention to your waistline and your curvaceous figure. It does so deliberately, especially wif you wear clothes to reveal it: low slung jeans and midriff baring tops.

When I see one, it always appeals to me in a sexual kind of way. I don’t know if the woman means that or not. It doesn’t matter. That’s what it says to me.

Is she a tramp? I have no idea. Is it a tramp stamp? Hell, yeah! And it almost always makes me wish I could see more skin. Not that I ever have. I have never in my life become intimate with someone with a tattoo and I seriously doubt that will ever change. I will always be appreciating those tramp stamps from afar. So knock yourself out, ladies! Put on a show. I definitely appreciate it!

And I’ll never touch.

Shippy's avatar

I like looking trampy.

wundayatta's avatar

And I like looking at you looking trampy!

I should talk!

ucme's avatar

I was performing anal on this girl one time & I noticed this tattoo just above her arse, Supertramp.
I wasn’t sure if she was a fan of the band or had questionable morals XD

josie's avatar

I’ve seen about everything, and I have a couple of tattoos. Military stuff ab

But I think “tramp stamp’ is a descriptive name.
To each her own, I guess.
Anyway, not for me.

woodcutter's avatar

Well, yeah. Why else do it? I am the local stamp inspector.

gailcalled's avatar

I would wager that many Harvard grads. have tramp stamps, know how to knit and defy stereotyping.

wundayatta's avatar

@gailcalled If we can define “many” acceptably, I may take you up on that wager. I’ll be easy on you. I’ll say that only 20% (or more) counts as many. If more than 30% of all Harvard grads have tramp stamps, know how to knit and defy stereotyping, not only will you win the bet, but I’ll learn to knit and get myself a tramp stamp.

CWOTUS's avatar

Are you taking gender into consideration here? That is, if we assume that Harvard is roughly 50–50 men and women, are we going to assume that a fair number of men also know how to knit and have tramp stamps? Because I doubt if even 1% of the men meet those qualifications. And in that case, we’re talking around half of the women knowing how to knit and to have tramp stamps. That’s a high hurdle.

wundayatta's avatar

I’m willing to limit it to female Harvard grads.

gailcalled's avatar

Are we including the graduation schools? Business, Law, Medicine, Divinity, Liberal Arts, Dentristy, Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Extension School and the Institute for Learning in Retirement.

That’s a lot of butt.

@wundayatta: Are you volunteering for show and tell? That’s a lot of butt.

I can knit and I married two Harvard grads (same class, as it happened). Do I get partial credit?

CWOTUS's avatar

Hell, I can do ropecraft, I grew up in Massachusetts and I married women. Maybe I should also get partial credit.

gailcalled's avatar

I have just sent out a survey question on this topic to my college list serve about them and their daughters. Our education was the equivalent of a Harvard degree in a school 16 miles down the pike (on route 16).

I will get back to you with the results. I do know that most of the class knitted.

augustlan's avatar

I have a tramp stamp. Does that count? No, I don’t really.

rooeytoo's avatar

I don’t mind a discreet tat somewhere on a body but I don’t understand getting most of your body covered. I have read it is like an addiction, similar to multiple piercings. I must admit I have 3 piercings in one earlobe and 2 in the other, I like asymmetry. And I also must admit I always wanted to have teeth marks tattooed on one of my buttocks. I thought it would be so funny to drop your drawers in any situation and have the tooth marks appear! But alas I am a coward and tats hurt so I never went through with it.

Bellatrix's avatar

I don’t like tattoos generally whether they are on the lower back or not. However, I don’t think having a tattoo on your lower back in itself is trashy. Sheep like behaviour perhaps. I think @AshLeigh is right. It is the combination of the tattoo and the style of dress sense that results in the generalization. I am sure there are plenty of women with such tats who are not considered trashy at all because nobody sees it.

Ron_C's avatar

Well thank you @Kayak8 !

LuckyGuy's avatar

I know a woman who has a yellow Bio-hazard symbol there. No one could accuse her of being too proper.

I’m guessing a decade from now those stamps will encourage increased clothing modesty.

wundayatta's avatar

@LuckyGuy It seems to me that women tend to get progressively more modest in dress as they age, already. Maybe they figure they might as well flaunt it while they can. That is, if they are the type to flaunt, and it seems to me the purpose of tats is to flaunt or show off, although a lot of women here say it’s just for themselves. But why would you put a tattoo where you can’t see it if it is just “for yourself?”

Patton's avatar

The difference between people with tattoos and people without tattoos is that people with tattoos don’t care whether or not you’ve got one. The name “tramp stamp” started out as a derogatory term used by non-tattooed people to degrade women who got tattoos in this area. It’s not that lower back tattoos look trampy, but that people who have an intense psychological need to degrade women decided to use it as an excuse to pick out women as “tramps.” The reason why the term became popular is that tattooed women embraced the name to de-power it. Obviously, it hasn’t worked on some of the stuffier people here.

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