Edited by Amanda Gabriele on
“Might as well be a bullseye.” The quote was made popular by hilarious movie Wedding Crashers, but this terrible tattoo location has been popular for far too long. If you’re not positive of the exact definition of a tramp stamp, allow me to enlighten you with my own take on the phrase:
1.) It must be placed on the lower back. The middle of the tattoo hits the spine, and the rest usually fits between the love handles.
2.) The tattoo’s design frequently has no intelligent meaning. It’s mostly a gross object (heart, butterfly, fairy etc.) placed in the middle of two lines of scribble.
At times, the tattoo is not done well. This is caused by the snowball effect: the artist thinks it’s ridiculous, is laughing uncontrollably and, in turn, probably has a shaky hand.
Tramp stamps are the tattoo equivalent to MTV’s spring break in Cancun. You did it when you were young, stupid and severely intoxicated. But what to think when you see a middle-aged man driving a car with a holographic pink tramp stamp on the bumper? Is it a mid-life crisis or the castration of a pushover dad on his daughter’s 16 birthday? Why don’t you be the judge; I am too over it to think.
Thanks to Caitlin Prarat’s Canon 40D for the epic car photo