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10th Aug '17 10:32:43 AM Madd
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* Creator/HaydenPanettiere has several tattoos but most of those are pretty discreet, except for "To live without regrets" tattooed on her left side in Italian. Much fun was had at her expense when it was pointed out it was misspelled... although the fact that she hasn't bothered to have it removed (and has even posed topless while showing it) suggests she goes by the message rather than the spelling. [[MomentOfAwesome Which is pretty awesome, really.]]

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* Creator/HaydenPanettiere has several tattoos but most of those are pretty discreet, except for "To live without regrets" tattooed on her left side in Italian. Much fun was had at her expense when it was pointed out it was misspelled... although the fact that she hasn't bothered to have it removed (and has even posed topless while showing it) suggests she goes by the message rather than the spelling. [[MomentOfAwesome Which is pretty awesome, really.]]
2nd Aug '17 5:56:12 PM DesertDragon
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# No self-respecting tattoo parlor will serve anyone who is clearly under the influence of drugs or alcohol[[note]]Besides consent issues, drunk people bleed more.[[/note]], or teenagers without a parent present, and they will also not give tattoos that are extremely difficult or impossible to conceal to people who are not already extensively tattooed and/or pierced[[note]]Head, face, neck, and hand tattoos are generally impossible to effectively conceal and can kill employment prospects in a wide variety of fields, which is why good shops will refuse to give them to anyone who isn't already heavily tattooed and thus presumably employed in a field that is okay with them, and ''never'' as a first tattoo[[/note]]. Many parlors will outright refuse to tattoo minors regardless of whether parents are present/give permission and in some jurisdictions (such as the UK) it's illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 regardless.

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# No self-respecting tattoo parlor will serve anyone who is clearly under the influence of drugs or alcohol[[note]]Besides consent issues, drunk people bleed more.[[/note]], or teenagers without a parent present, present[[note]]Many places refuse to tattoo minors''at all'' and in some jurisdictions (such as the UK), it's illegal[[/note]], and they will also not give tattoos that are extremely difficult or impossible to conceal to people who are not already extensively tattooed and/or pierced[[note]]Head, face, neck, and hand tattoos are generally impossible to effectively conceal under most conditions and can kill employment prospects in a wide variety of fields, which is why good shops will refuse to give them to anyone who isn't already heavily tattooed and thus presumably employed in a field that is okay with them, and ''never'' as a first tattoo[[/note]]. Many parlors will outright refuse to tattoo minors regardless of whether parents are present/give permission and in some jurisdictions (such as the UK) it's illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 regardless.
tattoo[[/note]].
26th Jul '17 3:42:12 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has a particularly embarrassing one. After breaking up with his fiancee Angela, Hodgins is horrified to find [[PapaWolf her father]], Billy Gibbons from Music/ZZTop,[[note]]Not played by Billy Gibbons, he ''is'' Billy Gibbons.[[/note]] is in town. Angela tries to talk him down, only for Hodgins to wake up in the middle of the desert, drugged, with Angela's face tattooed on his arm in scary perfection with the caption "Angela Forever". Naturally, Angela is horrified ("You're ''sweating'' on me!"), but she gets over it after [[spoiler:she and Hodgins eventually make up and get married for real]]. But that didn't stop Billy from doing it again, this time with Hodgins' other arm and Billy's ''own'' face (which [[SarcasmMode should do wonders for their sex life]]).

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has a particularly embarrassing one. After breaking up with his fiancee Angela, Hodgins is horrified to find [[PapaWolf her father]], Billy Gibbons from Music/ZZTop,[[note]]Not played by Billy Gibbons, he ''is'' Billy Gibbons.[[/note]] is in town. Angela tries to talk him down, only for Hodgins to wake up in the middle of the desert, drugged, with Angela's face tattooed on his arm in scary perfection with the caption "Angela Forever". Naturally, Angela is horrified ("You're ''sweating'' on me!"), but she gets over it after [[spoiler:she and Hodgins eventually make up and get married for real]]. But that didn't stop Billy from doing it again, this time with Hodgins' other arm and Billy's ''own'' face (which [[SarcasmMode should do wonders for their sex life]]).face...
26th Jul '17 1:14:58 PM MRAustin
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* A semi-humorous example is the forehead tattoo of the badass mercenary Raven in ''Literature/SnowCrash'', which reads "Poor Impulse Control". What makes this one less amusing is that it was given as a judicial punishment rather than a personal choice.

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* A semi-humorous example is the forehead tattoo of the badass mercenary Raven in ''Literature/SnowCrash'', which reads "Poor Impulse Control". What makes this one less amusing is that it was given as a judicial punishment rather than a personal choice. There's also the drunken hick that the half African-American, half-Korean Hiro encounters who has "RACIALLY INSENSITIVE" and "MOOD SWINGS" tattooed on his forehead - although in that case, the hick seems to think those are things to be proud of. [[OffWithHisHead Briefly.]]
11th Jul '17 3:22:55 PM Antigone3
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* A secondary character in one of Creator/MercedesLackey's [=SERRAted Edge=] novels got a swastika tattoo before the novel started, while his father was in his "race war" phase. He has a HeelFaceTurn during the novel, and in a later novel we learn that one of the first things he did after escaping from Dad was to get the tattoo removed.
11th Jul '17 9:35:02 AM johnnye
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# Tattoos are ''considerably'' more mainstream than they were in the past, leading people to become savvy and avoid this trope;

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# Tattoos are ''considerably'' more mainstream than they were in the past, making tattooed people less of an inherently-funny AcceptableTarget and also leading people to become savvy and avoid to this trope;
9th Jun '17 7:17:54 AM HasturHasturHastur
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# It's becoming increasingly easy and reliable to remove tattoos or come up with cover-up designs;

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# It's becoming increasingly easy and reliable to remove tattoos or come up with cover-up designs;designs, and an increasingly large amount of shops will do heavily discounted or free coverups of racist/gang-related tattoos for people who want to leave dark pasts behind;
21st May '17 4:03:34 PM nombretomado
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* One of the stories of ''WaysideSchool'' has Calvin's dad getting him a tattoo for his birthday. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Mrs. Jewels]] advises him [[DiscussedTrope not to get something he thinks is cool now but will regret later, but rather something he will appreciate for the rest of his life]]. [[spoiler: He gets a potato on his ankle. Everybody mocks him for it, but he likes it.]]

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* One of the stories of ''WaysideSchool'' ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' has Calvin's dad getting him a tattoo for his birthday. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Mrs. Jewels]] advises him [[DiscussedTrope not to get something he thinks is cool now but will regret later, but rather something he will appreciate for the rest of his life]]. [[spoiler: He gets a potato on his ankle. Everybody mocks him for it, but he likes it.]]
18th May '17 9:24:48 PM Linda58
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-->'''Dean:''' We've all been there.

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-->'''Dean:''' [[NoodleIncident We've all been there.there]].
18th May '17 12:45:11 AM angie710
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A comedy trope where a character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin has an embarrassing tattoo]]. It might be shoddily done, misspelled, or show the name of a former love interest. It might be written in a language the wearer doesn't understand (or even read) and thus [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels not mean what he thinks it does]]. It may have been part of a trend that is now DeaderThanDisco. It might be a gang tattoo, or a racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. tattoo that no longer reflects the wearer's beliefs or lifestyle. It might be [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy a tribal design or symbol from a tribe or culture the wearer has little or no relevant connection to]]. It might be on skin that has warped due to age or infection. It might be in an embarrassing location as well. It's often the result of AlcoholInducedIdiocy or [[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb teenage whim]].

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A comedy trope where a character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin has an embarrassing tattoo]]. It might be shoddily done, misspelled, or show the name of a former love interest. It might be written in a language the wearer doesn't understand (or even read) and thus [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels not mean what he thinks it does]]. It may have been part of a trend that is now DeaderThanDisco. It might be a gang tattoo, or a racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. tattoo that no longer reflects the wearer's beliefs or lifestyle. It might be [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy a tribal design or symbol from a tribe or culture the wearer has little or no relevant connection to]]. It might be on skin that has warped due to age age, weight fluctuations, or infection. It might be in an embarrassing location as well. It's often the result of AlcoholInducedIdiocy or [[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb teenage whim]].
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