You've Never Seen A Tattoo Convention Like The 2017 South Florida Tattoo Expo (NSFW)

Submitted by: fancylad 3 months ago in NSFW


Body mods, music, performance art, bikini contests, fetish demos, cosplay -- the 2017 South Florida Tattoo Expo had it all.
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Male 604
I think most of what we see here is a desperate need to show everyone how "different" they are. All of us are unique in some way but some just seem to need to exhibit it at every opportunity. It's certainly interesting.
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Male 1,535
They're called the unemployables.
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Male 1,299
scheckydamon I have very visable tattoos and I teach full time at a university.
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Male 1,535
lockner01 But unless you have them in coverable locations you'll never work in a public facing business. Sorry but that's how it is. My eldest is tatted up and teaches middle school but if you didn't know her you'd never know because they're not visible.
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Male 1,299
scheckydamon I only wear short sleave shirts.
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Male 1,535
lockner01 And that's fine but you teach in a college. You're not out in the world where if someone is going to spend money with the company you work for, most, not all, people will turn around and go somewhere else. I'm not a tat person but I look at what's under the skin and not what's on it. To each his own but you limit yourself.
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Male 1,299
scheckydamon Fair enough. It may also be a regional thing.  I live in a Maritime area and tattoos are very common.  I know doctors and lawyers with tattoos. probably 90% of servers in bars and restaurants have tattoos, in my area.  

I think content is important.  Having a tattoo of a kitten (I don't have that) is a lot different than a swastika.
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Male 4,383
lockner01 That explains a lot (I kid).
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Male 40,560
scheckydamon LOL.  Lots of companies have a "no visible tats" rule.  So many people at fast food are wearing flesh toned sleeves to cover their bad choices.
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Male 40,560
I have never understood people who take a perfectly natural, perfect body and have to distort, discolour it. Is it to look tough? Or is it a low self esteem thing and they are hiding behind the modification or feel they deserve to be ugly?   

People who go to extremes are a fascinating subject. I wouldn't want my daughter to marry one, but fun to look at. 
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Male 3,775
Gerry1of1 extreme body modification can help people feel like who they really are. the human body is naturally beautiful, but that doesnt mean it cant be used as a canvas. people poke holes through their ears, we all dress in clothes we like and think we look good in, not just to cover up our private parts and keep warm. in other cultures tattoo and body modifications are a way of life. freaks arent ugly, they are beautiful, its often the "normal" ones who are truly ugly. it might be about looking tough, it might be about self esteem, but ultimately, its about what makes them feel comfortable. it may be hard to understand, but remember there are a lot of people who find it hard to understand why a man would sleep with another man. having an open mind never hurt anyone. but i also wouldnt want my daughter to marry one. i wouldnt have a problem with it, i would be happy for her, i would just rather her marry a doctor or astronaut or something that pays well so she will have enough money to take care of me in my old age. if she manages to find a freak with a high paying job then well... i guess i cant complain as long as my retirement home is nice, but i better not end up with tattooed freak grandchildren. i would love them for who they are, but right now we are getting into a third generation that im accepting for being freaks when the second generation doesnt even exist yet. im just ranting at this point.
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Male 40,560
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Male 3,775
Gerry1of1 me being on my high horse about understanding freaks. 

quick jab about there being people who think homosexuals are freaks.

and then a rant at the end about not wanting my future daughter and grand children about not marrying and becoming freaks.
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Male 40,560
You're born homosexual. You choose to tatt or pierce or carve your body. 
You're comparing apples to zebras


and I never used the word freak
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Male 4,383
Gerry1of1 When did you know? Before or after you sired your daughter? No disrespect, just wondering if you knew all along and were just "going through the motions"  or...
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Male 7,840
Gerry1of1 I think a better comparison robthelurker could have used is transgender people, but he wanted it specifically to relate to you.

Though, arguing with enough religious bigots (not saying all religious people are bigots before someone wants to start a flame war) they think in the same regard to homosexuals.

Bod mod people                              Homosexuals
-Feel an urge that some see as unnatural
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-Shunned or looked down on by some when acting on urges
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-Can be a great person, but people will not look passed one thing
check                                                 check

This is coming from someone who has neither gay, nor has any body modifications.

Also, I understand those three points are very general and can relate between almost any two things, but I am just trying to prove a point.  I hope I succeeded at least a little.
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Male 3,775
Gerry1of1 "You're comparing apples to zebras" actually, im comparing people to people.
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Male 3,775
Gerry1of1 im using the word freak. i am not using freaks in a negative way. in fact, if you had read my tldr comment, you would have seen that i said, "freaks are not ugly, they are beautiful, its often the "normal" ones who are truly ugly."

you choose to tat or pierce or carve your body, but you dont necessarily get to choose to be that type of person, you were born to be that type of person. you grow, you make choices, and your life leads you to the person you are. if the type of person you end up being is some one with a tattoo or a bunch of modifications, then thats who you were born to be.
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Male 40,560
robthelurker You are not using "freaks" in a negative way.... okay, try using nigga in a positive way. Or faggot. Or spic or kyke or chinc. 

There are words that hold a negative connotation and it doesn't matter how much you 'meant to say it in a positive way ' "freak" or "coon" or "wetback" are still demeaning derogates. 
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Male 1,299
Gerry1of1 When I was a teen I always liked tattoos but wouldn't get one.  When I was in my 20s I decided that if I turned 30 and still wanted one I would get one.   So I turned 30 and I said to my wife that I wanted to get a tattoo -- she freaked.

So 2 years later we split up -- not because of the tattoo thing.  At 35 I told the story to woman I was seeing -- who is now my wife. So for my 36th birthday, as a surprise, she took me into very nice tattoo parlour and had arranged for me to get a tattoo -- very descrete.

I have a number of scars and 3rd degree burns -- some of which were a direct result of my divorce --  on my right forearms.  I've always hated my forearms. So we talked about it and now I have almost a full sleeve on my right arm.   

I like them -- if people don't like them it doesn't bother me.  
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Male 40,560
lockner01 You had 3rd degree burns as a result of your divorce!!!??? What did you do... Try to burn her at the stake!!!???
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Male 1,299
Gerry1of1 After we had decided to break up 

(ie her fucking other guys while we had 2 children, she was a stay home mom and I was working 90 hours a week)

we didn't sleep in the same room anymore.  So the night after I found out  I put some music on in the living room with a bottle of Cogniac.  We had a gas "fire place" with a glass front.  It was winter .

I awoke with my arm against the glass of the "fire place".  I went up to our bedroom on the 3rd floor and she told me to "fuck off".

I didn't have to work until 8pm the next evening so I did the best to bandage myself up and get some sleep.    

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Male 7,840
lockner01 holy hell, quite a set on you my friend. 
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Male 5,421
Gerry1of1 ~Squrlz hangs out beside Gerry, hoping to hear this 3rd-degree burns/divorce story~
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Male 1,299
squrlz4ever Sorry squirlz -- a lame story.
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Male 5,421
lockner01 Awww. I rather doubt it's a lame story. That said, I totally get why you might not want to recount it. No worries.
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Male 1,299
squrlz4ever it was an apology for you waiting on the back of Gerry's coat tails
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Male 5,421
lockner01 Oh oh oh. I misunderstood. Just read your story above. It wasn't lame. That was good. Worth hanging out on Gerry's coat tails for.
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Male 1,299
squrlz4ever so does that mean it's ok that I have a tattoo?

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Male 5,421
lockner01 Absolutely. The only tattoos I frown on are facial tattoos or misspelled tattoos.
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Male 1,299
squrlz4ever Cool -- but I do respect true cutural tattoos.  If you're part of the Maori for example; or Mike tyson.


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Male 5,421
lockner01 Good catch on the Maori tattoos. I forgot about those. Also, Inuit facial tattoos have undergone something of a minor resurgence recently. So yes: If they're part of your culture, I'm down with it. But nobody gets a pass for tattooing "PUSSY EATER" across his upper lip.
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Male 1,299
squrlz4ever I've heard that some grandchildren of WWII German concentration camp survivours are getting the same tattoos their grandparents were given.
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Male 5,421
lockner01 That provoked a very loud "Huh!" on this end. That's really interesting. Seems like a great tribute to their grandparents and what they managed to survive. A great way to never forget.
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Male 1,299
squrlz4ever I find the fluidity of the meaning of symbols interesting.  It changes from generation to generation.
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Male 21,129
lockner01 This is awesome (except for the getting burned part). Glad you got through it.
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Male 1,299
fancylad Just finishing my drink before going to bed.  Face Tattoos -- sure bad idea -- unless you mike Tyson.  Neck tattoo bad for anyone. Full arms -- it depends on how you hold them.  

I don't think I would get hand tattoos -- at least until I'm 50.

Now -- I know that you're going to say "well what about the bull's eye?, the Chocolate Starfish Prom night, The Tim Horton Special, The Hersey Factory Delivery Door, The Chocolate Banana special, 31 flavours but the only one is in the back, "  you know the anus tattoo.  

Well -- I have to go change the oil in my tractor -- if you know what I mean "wink wink ;)

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