Why Men Don't Get Tattooed

Message from Friend-Man,

I got a tattoo!

I call back and yelp,

Tattoo!! Seriously?

After much detailed description (and a few conversational blind alleys regarding location and image and colour), he admits that it’s a temporary one, ending with,

I’d never get a permanant tattoo!

To which I retort,

Yeah. It needs committment. And the willingness to bear pain. Not a man’s strong qualities. It takes a woman to get one!

He pooh-poohs the idea and khee-khees off the call. But I am tempted to call back and tell him that every single tattooed person I know (self included) is female. Yes!



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Posted on December 30, 2008, in Battle of the sexes, On a lighter note.. and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I really don’t think getting tattooed has to do anything with gender I suppose..however coming back to ability to withstand pain, and making commitments, come on you know this is individual specific and nothing to do with men or women..

    btw somehow I find getting tattooed a little too disgusting..mainly because I have never understood the reason behind it,

    ramblers last idea: Colors

  2. you’re generalising from too small a sample to be truly representative. Most people I know with tattoos are men 😀

    Maybe it’s just Mumbai men who shy away from tattoos 😉

    Gautams last idea: XLRI to host social entrepreneurs’ meet

  3. Unless of course you have seen “the tattooist”, or been to Fiji or NZ or Samoa, you are entitled to your beliefs.

    Tales last idea: Mayawati’s riches

  4. @ rambler: And yet I don’t know any tattooed men – personally that is. But I do know a lot of tattooed women.

    @ Gautam: Bah….shoptalk!

    @ Tale: I haven’t seen it or been to any of those places but I take note.

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