Tattooed Etiquette :: Keep Your Hands to Yourself

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Tattooed Etiquette

Keep Your Hands to Yourself

By: Sara Vodak


As much as I enjoy summer days at the pool, I couldn’t be happier now that “Tat Calling” (get it? Like cat calling) season, or Summer as most people call it, is coming to a close. I have over 150 hours of work on me so it’s hard to not get stopped in public when I’m wearing shorts and a tank top. With each passing year, the “tat calls” get more and more...well...invasive. I’m glad that strangers reactions are more “those are cool!” as opposed to “omg that’s gross!”, but nevertheless people keep finding new and interesting ways to be rude to me in public.

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So hey, if you’re as tired of it as I am, feel free to share this list of basic tattoo etiquette with the worst offenders you come across:

1. NO TOUCHING. I can’t believe I even have to say this, but hey, all bodily contact requires consent, ok? Ask first, and take no gracefully.

2. ASK BEFORE TAKING PICS. We have eyes, and you aren’t being sneaky with that giant iPhone pointed our way.

3. DON’T BE A CREEP. My tattoos are not an invitation for your comments on my body, or what you would want to do it. Pretty much nothing is, so keep all of those thoughts inside, please and thank you.

4. RESPECT MY TIME. While I’m usually happy to talk about my tattoos, if I’m not in the mood or don’t have the time, please realize it’s because I’m a human being with a life.

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What was the strangest “tat call” you’ve ever gotten? Tell us in the comments!

(Mine has to be the time a TOTAL STRANGER asked if I had any in more intimate places...while holding hands with what I presumed to be his wife.)



Sarah Vodak

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