Tattoos and homosexuality

I recently took my fifth tattoo. I love them all and even though I have no sleeves or major inked images on me, only five small ones, they are starting to be a big part of the visual me. People see them and judge.

I have nothing against that and most people enjoy them. But there is one thing that has worried me: do people associate my tattoos with my sexual preference? Do they think of it as gay?

Tattoos as such are not generally or stereotypically a gay thing. But at the same time some may be perceived as gay. And one stereotypical view is that gay people are more open, more free-spirited. Or is it just me who think that people think that?

Anyway, in many ways, tattoos share that same stereotype. Perhaps there’s some truth to it that tattooed people are more expressive. I don’t know. The point is that I worry that people think that I get tattoos because I’m bisexual.

This bothers me. Would I not get them anyway? Is it not my personality rather than my sexuality that makes me want to have tattoos? Or is my sexual preference a part of my personality and the two go hand in hand? I would like to think not, because I don’t want people to think that I get them because I’m bisexual, but at the same time I do think that the two share a big part of my personality. Does that make any sense?

Do you have tattoos, and why? Do you think people reflect over your sexual preference when they see your tattoos?






About Johan Dahlberg

Former journalist, avid traveler and hobby photographer. I run a podcast — The TLI Podcast, check it out on Itunes — and write on "The Longform Interviewer", View all posts by Johan Dahlberg

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