The purpose of this Mature Man forums is for men “25 years old to discuss problems, situations, and techniques UNIQUE to older and more mature men” with notably a key emphasis on unique. The following subject is not a problem or situation but an inquisition into a dynamic which never goes away with age. Why do women love tattoos? If we take a glance at people who have tattoos, they are found to be massively more likely to smoke, be an alcoholic, do illicit drugs, be promiscuous, or essentially otherwise engage in high risk behaviors. Vices is the word. It stands to reason that people who engage in one high risk behavior are likely to engage in other high risks. People who say that tattoos signify only artistic self-expression are kidding themselves. I do a lot of people watching, and reading up on sociology, and I am still shocked by how much one little tattoo speaks volumes about someone. But, this thread is about women who love tattoos and not just the men who have them. To wit, what prompts my inquiry is that I have several tattoos and recently endured a three-hour session for a huge chest piece (Click here for a picture). The tattoo artist, who was the only artist there, was about an hour late starting my appointment and so towards the end of my session, the parlor was rather full of people, such as a group of four young hot chicks. When I finally stood up, turned around, and showed everyone the work that had been just done to me—I swear, every young lady looked like they wanted to fvck me. I am a rather non-descript, skinny, rather friendly, innocent-looking guy—nothing stands out about me except for a shaved head and a GQ taste of fashion. I never get these “Let’s fvck like wild bunnies” looks from women except for, maybe, three times in my life. But when I go to the beach—beach time is almost here thankyouverymuch—and take off my shirt, well, things with the ladies always seem to naturally go smoother. The first time I went to the beach sporting some ink, some girl stalked me into the waves—LOL. About a week before this last tattoo, I went to some bars while sporting a tank top, the first time I ever did such a thing. With some tattoos showing on my arm, things with the ladies seemed to naturally go smoother. A lot smoother. But why? First, I reject the obvious explanation: women dig the art. People with tattoos are driven by deep reasons of the psyche beyond the simple “it’s art” and so it stands to be skeptical that women are attracted to tattoos for the superficial explanation of “it’s art.” I have some rather large, raunchy, obscene tattoos; tattoos done in the original spirit of tattoos; and whilst some are kosher, such as an intricate ying-yang, and whilst they are definitely cool designs, I hardly think “art” has much to do with matters. Here are my educated guesses: 1) The Pain Hypothesis We should all know by now the intrinsic link between sex and pain. Women love jerks; a suprising many women like rough sex; sex is an inherently violent act; many women were physically or sexually abused as a kid and hence they need pain for arousal. Everyone in our society hears how tattoos hurt rather immensely, depending on where and who the tattoo is done; tattoo parlors are not called the house of pain for nothing. The hypothesis is that women (most especially the ones with tattoos) recognize the pain factor and hence are turned on, for here is a man who can take it like a man. 2) The Freak Hypothesis Tattoos are a sign of the inner freak. It is true that people with tattoos tend much more than the general population to be into exhibitionism, fetishes, and promiscuity. It is also true that people intentionally (and unintentionally) advertise who they are by what clothes they pick, what kind of car they drive, what types of music and movies they like, ecetera, and what they do to their bodies. Women know this. After all, they are the queens of reading into everything. The hypothesis is that women say to themselves “Hey, I bet that guy is pretty freaky in bed.” Research studies have indicated that behind closed doors, bizarre fantasies, fetishes, partialisms, and weird sexual behavior are commonplace in contemporary society. Everyone has weird sexual thoughts. Tattoos capitalize on advertising it to the masses of ladies. 3) The Confidence Hypothesis This is self-evident. The hypothesis: Duh, women are drawn (pun intended) to confidence. Those are the hypothesis’ which I have thus far considered. Arguably, a man with tattoos stands out from the crowd, “peacocks” with his skin, which may be true, but I reject that hypothesis as not answering the question. (If tattoos stand out from the crowd, why are tattoos attractive? Because tattoos stand out from the crowd?). As of this moment, I give the most weight to the Freak Hypothesis because that seems to mirror my thought process towards viewing the ladies with tattoos even back when I was a little kid and knew nothing of sociology and abnormal psychology. Why do women love tattoos?