Open Google Images and type in ‘douchebag tattoo’. There – those images are that’s your guide to tattoos you should avoid.
(Just for your information, the Indian version of douchebag are guys who walk around wearing 100 buck Dabangg Ray-Bans inside a mall, spiked hair and fake Ed Hardy T shirts)
Of the various douchebag tattoo cliches, these are my favorite.
Your Girlfriend’s Name
(Before Bollywood goes all “Saifoo” on me, Saif Ali Khan is not a role model. And Kareena Kapoor doesn’t have his name tattooed, either)
A big mistake. What happens when you break up? And if we are quoting celebrities, remember Johnny Depp’s ‘Winona Forever’ (now lasered down to “Wino Forever”)
“No Fear”, “No Regrets” and God forbid, “Only God Can Judge Me” only show that you’re a conformist dolt. Everyone is afraid, everyone has regrets, and your mom, your girlfriend, and society will judge you.
Specifically, the Apple and the Playboy Bunny Logo.
The former is now the world’s biggest brand (and not some indie, hip cult). The latter is the logo of a porn empire. Both add nothing to your personality.
Japanese/ Chinese Symbols
Oriental symbols are so Nineties, and as hip as baggy jeans. And, for people who can actually read the language, they’ll usually embarrass you with the true meaning of the word (A lot of tattoo artists usually look for impressive looking symbols, irrespective of what they mean. Your Mandarin ‘Bravery’ tattoo could just be a Catonese ‘Soup’)
This also includes the yin-yang.
While Dragons don’t exist, I’ll include them (because I hate dragon tattoos.
Don’t even think about mentioning ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. She dies at the end, I hope)
Dragon tattoos are childish, pretentious and stink of wannabe.
Tribal logos don’t mean anything. And I’ve yet to see an actual, authentic tribal dude with a tribal tattoo – just like Chicken Manchurian, they might just be a made up invention.
Without explaining, I’ll also add skulls and bones, nautical stars, hearts pierced with arrows, daggers and other pointy stuff.
If you’re getting a tattoo for the sake of getting one, stick to a humble band around your biceps – if you have biceps. Or words that mean something to you. I’m sure that most MensXP.com readers don’t associate with Sanskrit slokas.