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Edited by on October 9 2008 at 1:49 PM

Im Over It: Tramp Stamps

“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:

Im Over It: Tramp Stamps

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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.

Im Over It: Tramp Stamps

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.

Im Over It: Tramp Stamps

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.

Im Over It: Tramp Stamps

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

http://caitlinprarat.synthasite.com/

Story by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.