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Are Swiss accepting of tattoos?

Just curious, how do the Swiss (in general, of course) view tattoos? In the US, it is becoming much more common and acceptable to have tattoos. I would say in my mom's group more have one than do not.
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Old 28.02.2008, 17:58
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Re: The Swiss and Tattoos?

I have seen more tattoos in Zürich than I have seen since I left the town I grew up in, which had a large biker culture. It is mainly amoung the younger generation, but it appears to be part of the scenery here.
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Re: The Swiss and Tattoos?

i have tattoos on my hands, my GF lived here most her life but she tells me that i will find it harder to get a job with them on my hands , hence the first impressions....
but to be fair i have also been told it wont be a problem, so i will let ya know ha ha
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Re: The Swiss and Tattoos?

Depends on your social circle. Certain tattoos might lead to you being stereotyped (e.g. tramp stamps, barbed wire on the upper arm, dolphin on the shoulder blade and other common motifs) whereas others will more than likely elicit interest and admiration, at least from those below, say, 35. The older generation will not be impressed and certain job groups consider it wild and rebellious for men to have an earring or for women to wear more than a pair of pearls.

I'm a bit old-fashioned in many ways and deeply regret having a tattoo done, indeed, a very conservative boyfriend of mine was all for paying to have it removed. Certainly the "only jailbirds and sailors have tattoos" image is gone but I wouldn't want one in a clearly visible place, as I feel I'd be letting myself be put in a box I don't want to be.

Mind you, there is an annual tattoo convention in Zurich so there must be plenty of people who think ink is fabulous!
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Re: The Swiss and Tattoos?

lol, mine are on my hands , letter in between my thumb and fore finger, on both hands 2 on front of wrists and two on bk , but they all have a purpose, example names and date of births on wrists of my children , and letter of my famils second names on both hands,
but that still shouldnt be held against me for any reason england i have no problem with tattoos, not be happy if i get crap here for them,


see yes im young but i know what i want , if i thought i would regret it in later life i wouldnt be having them done,

and for those who do regret having a tattoo done, all i can do is laugh at yas because why want something then not want ,
you dont leave your kids on the road because ten years they start being a little sh1t... lol its life ,,,,
sorry just makes me mad
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Re: The Swiss and Tattoos?

There seem to be enough tattoo and piercing parlors around and thriving, so I guess there are plenty of tattoos too.
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Re: The Swiss and Tattoos?

i have a few and dont seem to get any problems....

Having said that at work it's always long sleeved shirts for me
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Re: The Swiss and Tattoos?

There are a number of hot spa baths down our neck of the woods visited by people from all over Switzerland. All I can tell you is there are plenty of tattoos on display especially among the 20 to 40 year old bracket and nobody seems to care at all but most are small and discreet in out of the way places.
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lol, mine are on my hands , letter in between my thumb and fore finger, on both hands 2 on front of wrists and two on bk , but they all have a purpose, example names and date of births on wrists of my children , and letter of my famils second names on both hands,
but that still shouldnt be held against me for any reason england i have no problem with tattoos, not be happy if i get crap here for them,


see yes im young but i know what i want , if i thought i would regret it in later life i wouldnt be having them done,

and for those who do regret having a tattoo done, all i can do is laugh at yas because why want something then not want ,
you dont leave your kids on the road because ten years they start being a little sh1t... lol its life ,,,,
sorry just makes me mad
Sadly you will most certainly regret permanent tattoos in later life. They will be no longer fashionable and you will be the talk of the old folks' home - a punk hair-cut can easily be changed but a tattoo is more difficult...
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Sadly you will most certainly regret permanent tattoos in later life. They will be no longer fashionable and you will be the talk of the old folks' home - a punk hair-cut can easily be changed but a tattoo is more difficult...
Sadly, for many of us the mohawk haircuts will tend to invert.
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Re: The Swiss and Tattoos?

tattoos are quite popular here and, like earrings, many employers don't actually mind.

Modern tattoos are of much better quality than you'll see on Baby Boomers

But TexasMomma, what's your real question?
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Re: The Swiss and Tattoos?

I assume your question is: Will I have a problem with my tattoos in Switzerland?

Correct me if im wrong...
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Re: Are Swiss accepting of tattoos?

I think this is really down to the individual, rather than a nation. However, as a regular gym-goer in the UK and Switzerland over the last few years, thus being surrounded by naked women in changing rooms, I could tell you without doubt that there are far more tattoo'ed women in Switzerland than the UK.
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Re: Are Swiss accepting of tattoos?

Sorry if I was not clear. I am just curious if tattoos are viewed in a positive light, or a negative one. I know that it various across cultures and generations. I thought it would be an interesting topic, and I am bored at home today!

I do have a tattoo, but it doesn't show so I am not overly concerned about the perception.
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Re: Are Swiss accepting of tattoos?

it all depends really on the tattoos, where they are and how big they are....

I'm in the process of getting my arm sleeved up....its a personal thing and like i said i keep it covered at work....and i dont really socialise with colleagues so thats OK. And if i did socialise with a colleague, they would not be the type to mind...

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Re: Are Swiss accepting of tattoos?

A friend of mine from college, Rob Koss, is a fairly well known tattoo artist in Lucerne, and has been for years, long before I moved here.
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Sadly you will most certainly regret permanent tattoos in later life. They will be no longer fashionable and you will be the talk of the old folks' home - a punk hair-cut can easily be changed but a tattoo is more difficult...
Not all of us get tattoos because they're fashionable you know.
My 8 tattoos (soon to be 9) are part of me, who I am, and I don't give two hoots if anybody else likes them or not.

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A friend of mine from college, Rob Koss, is a fairly well known tattoo artist in Lucerne, and has been for years, long before I moved here.
oooooh, you know Rob Koss? *totally jealous*
His work is amazing, I just wish he didn't have a 6-8 months waiting list
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Not all of us get tattoos because they're fashionable you know.
My 8 tattoos (soon to be 9) are part of me, who I am, and I don't give two hoots if anybody else likes them or not.
Well, I happen to like yours, so whatcha gonna do about it, punch me inna snout?
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Well, I happen to like yours, so whatcha gonna do about it, punch me inna snout?
Buy you a beer instead?
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