Tattoos are as much a form of personal expression as our style. From visually stimulating full arm sleeves to our little secret messages hidden from view, they say a lot about us and truly leave their mark, both literally and figuratively.

Some of our favorite stars are “tatted up” from Rihanna to Lebron James and naturally it is easy for celebrities as they are not under the same scrutiny as we normal citizens who work 9-5. In our personal and professional lives, as exciting as tattoos might be, they often carry a stigma.

Here are some examples of what your tattoos might say about you:

1. Neck tattoos

In the personal sphere, neck tattoos can be unbelievably attractive and masculine, but professionally, they almost certainly scream that you either: do not have a job or have one that is totally out of the corporate world. Sean Combs went on to become a mogul with his, but not everyone can be Diddy.

2. Arm tattoos on women

Celebrities including Mary J. Blige and Angelina Jolie both rock their arm tattoos with pride, but the look can be rather tough and not always inviting.

3. Tiny tattoos in not so obvious places

There is nothing like discovering that a friend or a romantic interest has a tattoo that you have never seen before. It immediately sparks curiosity and makes it all the more special, knowing the message and significance are personal.

4. The dreaded “tramp stamp”

Not sure who originally branded the term, but the “tramp stamp” is here to stay. Your lower back has a great amount of space and is quite conducive to a great tattoo, but its location can’t help but draw all the attention to your rear. If you already have one, there’s not much you can do. If you were considering one, maybe move to the left or right. Not sure if that still constitutes as “trampy” or just a personal preference.

5. Arm sleeves

A person who has the courage and strength to brave hours under the needle getting their arms completely tattooed has to be cool. It is almost like witnessing a walking artwork and it is even better when the designs are vibrant and full of color.

What do you think of tattoos? Do you have any? Do they hold a positive or negative connotation for you?

-Faith Cummings

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