Artwork is artwork regardless of the medium. The skin is our largest organ and it can be a fantastic (or tragic) canvas for artistic self-expression for both the tattoo artist and the bearer.
Tattoos are art in motion. They move with us. Tattoos can have the ability to move our spirit and our emotions, too.
Since I was a young girl, I have been fascinated by tattoos. It is no wonder that at the ripe age of 18 I received my first ink. Two more pieces were added to my collection within a year. Getting ink can be addictive.
Now that I am running free again, I see tattoos on men and it can be an instant “bump” to their sexiness level. Depending on the artwork and its placement, I’ve seen a man’s sexiness level increase by 2 to 4 points (sometimes more). Of course, this is not all skin deep. A man’s personality is much more important than dermal ink.
“Why can tattoos be so damn sexy?” I’ve asked myself. (I am often a mystery even to myself.) Is it the distinction? The commitment? The vulnerability? Designation, similar to a uniform? The (relative) permanence? (after all, nothing in life is truly permanent.)
Tattoos can be a window, like the eyes, into the soul. You can see what someone’s interests are. Sometimes you can see their poor decisions, too, etched into the canvas of their skin.
Another hypothesis is that tattoos represent a warrior’s spirit. In some cultures, the higher the rank and the greater the warrior’s achievements, the more tattoos one earns.
While tattoos are certainly not a requirement for a man to have to be considered sexy, they can certainly contribute to a man’s sexitude, at least in my perception.
(Now a man in uniform with tattoos. Wow! That can be powerful!)