I have a lower back tattoo, or “tramp stamp,” as everyone else likes to call it. I got it right before my 16th birthday with my mom, who also got one. It was a huge bonding experience for us during a time when we were constantly fighting, and it continues to be a bond for us today.
Tattoos are a big decision. I mean, they’re permanent. You have to be absolutely sure you want this on your body forever. We were both 100% sure so we did it.
But I do resent the term tramp stamp because I think it’s really unfair to say that one part of the body is inherently trampier than other parts. I also have a tattoo on my foot. That doesn’t mean I have a floozie foot, right? And I have a tattoo on my wrist, but I don’t have a slutty wrist. It’s just stupid. Where you decide to get a tattoo is not a direct reflection of your sexual choices.
That said, there are some things I hate about my “tramp stamp” so click through and see what they are!
That People Think I'm A Tramp
First of all, my sex life is my business, not anyone else's. Getting a lower back tattoo did not turn me into some kind of sex-crazed maniac. And it doesn't mean that I got a tattoo to reflect sexual behaviors.
That People Think It's A Target
Having a lower back tattoo does not mean I'm easy or that I'm "asking for it." NO ONE is asking for it.
That People Think I'm Dangerous
Tattoos do not make a person dangerous or angry or violent. I'm really nice, and having a tattoo does not change that one bit.
That People Think I'm Angsty
I did not get a lower back tattoo in order to lash out or prove a point. I didn't do it to rebel against anything.
That I Feel I Have To Hide It
Because there's such a stigma against lower back tattoos, I sometimes feel like I have to hide it. Obviously, I'm not walking into work with low-cut jeans and a crop top. But just in daily life, I'm always aware that people are going to see it and judge me for it.
That I Forget It's There
I love my tattoo, but because it's not in an easily visible place for me, I'm constantly forgetting it's there!
That People Say I'll Regret It
Many people tell me I'm going to regret it one day. But I've had it for 9 years now, and I've never regretted it for a second.
What do you think about tattoos? Do you think they reflect your sexual choices? Do you have any? Tell us in the comments!