#3 – Tramp Stamps

19 10 2009

It’s not news that a typical bogan is impulsive, vulgar, and eager to acquire gravitas and respect through superficial means, but it’s an important part of why they have such a strong affiliation with artless tattooing. While there can sometimes be a blurred delineation between male and female bogan behaviour, nevertheless there remains some sort of desire for the female bogan to present herself with feminine elements. This is often manifested in the alarmingly liberal application of cheap cosmetics and female fragrances, along with apparel that betrays abundant information about her physique. After initial confusion as to how the female bogan could acquire tattoos while still retaining some semblance of femininity, the solution was found: tramp stamps.

Tramp StampThe tramp stamp is a tattoo on the small of the female’s back, typically between 4cm by 4cm and 10cm by 10cm, though some tribal specimens have been observed that cover the entire rear span of the muffin top. The female bogan seeks not warrior symbols such skulls, flames, or sporting team logos, making the list of acceptable designs quite short. It includes dolphins, butterflies, and love hearts – images that deceptively suggest that the female would make a good mother. Another favourite is Asian lettering. In a notable departure from her usual discrimination against Asian people, she embraces their alphabets to convey lofty ideals such as hope, friendship, and loyalty. Tribal patterns are also permitted, though typically less angular and robust than those found on the male.

Why the lower back? Possibly as a display of plumage whilst getting ploughed from behind, but more likely as a misguided attempt to be discreet. When the female bogan observes herself in the mirror, she typically only sees the front of her body. Lacking the self-awareness to realise that anyone standing behind her is observing the other side, she forms the opinion that she has found the ideal way to augment her appearance without sacrificing her perceived likeness to classier women. Also problematic is the female bogan’s tendency to wear ill-fitting clothing, exposing large amounts of back real estate every time she bends over to belt her recalcitrant children.


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22 10 2009
TH

The highest level of this has to be the name of the boyfriend tattooed on the lower back – supreme bogan art….

13 05 2010
Chrissa

Poor, short sighted decision making by people who think they are “expressing” themselves. Tattoos are just a fashion which will pass, so all that full body stuff going around at the moment will soon look as out of place as the tribal crap from 5-10 years ago.

13 05 2010
James Hunter

chrissa,
tattoos have been round for thousands of years and are still the most common form of art owned by people.

13 05 2010
Chrissa

That’s true James, but that is hardly an argument that tattoos are either good or bad. If people need to express themselves through art, so be it. But if it is low-brow, common or “fashionable” then people such as myself will point that out, regardless of whether it’s a tattoo, tasteless clothing, street “art”, poor music. Anyway, why do these people feel the need to define themselves through cheap art? Why not actions and ideas?

8 09 2010
Thomas

Actions and ideas are fine but so is art, as the Galleries would insist. I don’t like much tattoo artistry but some of it is also excellent. I agree that “fashionable” is a really bad criterion to judge anything by, especially something with supposed longevity like tattoos. However, “common” and “low-brow” are almost nonsensible concepts to throw around. Most of the stuff that Shakespeare and Mozart produced are about as common and low-brow as you can get, and yet it is almost universally recognised for its inherent genius and artistic value. And “cheap” art? Ideas, as you suggest, are the cheapest of all; and tattoos are very often meant primarily to express ideas (usually symbols), rather than the images themselves … just like most good art.

28 12 2010
Sarah

But rather than being a ‘tramp stamp’, the tattooed name of a significant other/children/zodiac is otherwise known as the ‘bogan slogan’.

28 12 2010
p'bee

haven’t heard that term before. i like it.

23 10 2009
snoofy

Don’t forget the tattoo’d anklet or the bluebird or red rose on the ankle (easy way to pick an 80s bogan)

8 03 2011
arch

I laughed after reading this, it is so true. My aunt has a rose on the ankle from the ’80’s and is a model bogan

24 10 2009
Master of Boganry

Arm bands, either celtic or barbed wire, are the male version. Also the Asian character (which I think might actually mean “Closed Sundays”) also does the trick, though lately Hebrew or Arabic text has become the new Asian character. How worldly.

1 11 2009
G

Also known as the “Mount Druitt birthmark”.

1 11 2009
A.T

Nothing beats the small tattoo of something about love in italian on the foot/wrist although they can’t speak a word of italian

1 11 2009
Austrolabe

you forgot to say that these exotic language tattoos are almost always misspelt, adding another dimension to the imbecility

such as this:

http://austrolabe.com/2009/08/23/michael-clarkes-arabic-tattoo/

1 11 2009
Dozer

This is spot on information. The Tramp Stamp is also found on the feet sometimes of female bogans, usually in the form of icons like hearts, stars and even as cute insects like ladybugs.

1 11 2009
Dozer

Italian words on ankles… I agree, they know nothing of it’s meaning “puttana” on the ankle is a classic example.

1 11 2009
bogan

Tramp Stamp – also known as – “Ass Antlers”

1 11 2009
Ptifanny

Where I live in the inner city, all over tattooing is the go. Employment will not be denied based on bizarre tattoos or facial piercings, though your criminal record could be a problem.

1 11 2009
James Hunter

Maybe i have a problem but i think they are hot.

1 11 2009
Android

Nothing sexier than Koylie with a fruit bat flying out of her ass…
I think you do have a mild prob if that turns you on. Are you an illustrated
idiot yourself ? This would explain a lot.. Ever heard of CHARISMA or GOOD
SHOES,,,How about interesting personallity,natural beauty to name a few ?
Seek help buddy, chicks with tatts are not hot,never have-never will be

1 11 2009
James Hunter

well I am sooo sorry that you can not see the beauty in the art and not just the canvas. remember 24% of persons under 35 years age in Australia,have a tattoo so looks like you just delt a lot of loverly ladies out of your world. go to a tattoo show some time and educate yourself. if you can go with an open mind you will be surprised at the variety and tallent of the artand how good some of it looks. Not all of course but then some people still drive holden utes.

12 02 2010
sally

therefore 24% of people under 35 live in Bogan_villa

12 02 2010
James Hunter

and out the front yard:
Bogan-villia
??

Hmmmmmmmmm Must go by Toorak and check if Fiona’s got any Bogan-villia in her yard ??

29 01 2011
Abby

i think that a personal attack on someone becaus they don’t share your opinion is proving that you cannot keep an open mind yes some tattoos are boganish but it doesn’t mean all are what about the indian cultural hand tattoos? and james i am on your side i don’t have a tattoo but if i got one than that is my choice and doesn’t necessarily make me a bogan i just depend on what it is and where

30 01 2011
James Hunter

Abby,
Check my web site ,check my tatts ,they say it better than I can.

11 03 2010
unwritten_on

lol Oh no… I used to actually lived on a street called Boganvillia St…. BAHAHHAHA no I dont have a tramp stamp but based on the other things bogans like, I guess I am a female bogan… lol

1 11 2009
Jorge

I agree with James here.

Not all tattoos are degrading or cheap or meaningless. Do you also dislike people with piercings, makeup or fashion sense? While the tramp stamps are arguably a staple of the Bogan, there is a lot of examples of unique body art out there not intended to impress you, but often have a special meaning to those that display it.

(for the record, I do have a tattoo myself and I’m proud of what it means to me)

3 11 2009
Muz

Of course you like your tattoo. What are you going to do? Admit you fucked up and now have this stupid thing on your lower back that every other man and his dog has got?

It’s like if you spend $5000 for the latest and greatest plasma but it’s a dud. What are you going to do? Tell everyone you were ripped off and you were a fool or pretend that it was a great deal and you’re really happy with it? Exactly.

Like I tell my kids, that new shirt you got last Christmas that you don’t wear anymore because you’ve grown tired of it, well bloody well think very hard about getting a tattoo for the very same reason. Forever is a long time.

Tramp stamp = BOGAN!

11 11 2009
Jasper

Ease up Muz you tight shit

14 11 2009
Jenki

This site is full of them. Wanna be’s who prattle on about bogans hoping it makes them look like they are from a class above or something………….Most seem like uni students who sup on mi goreng 24/7 BOGANS!

11 03 2010
unwritten_on

eh man, im a uni student… mi goreng is very nourishing on my povo budget hahahahaha

12 11 2009
dizzy

well hmmm i’d rather be a bogan than a muzza (melborune reference there) !!!

tattoos are important for whatever reason the wearer deems necessary. i don’t undertand the self-righteous hate some people emit towards tattoos, what is the point? its not like they’re asking you to validate them as a human by having them!

i do agree that some tats are fucking hideous but so are some people. tramp stamps are the most cliche piece of body art next to the eye-brow ring…

and yes, i do have tats, lots of them, and they look way better than you $5000 TV, douche!

12 11 2009
James Hunter

Ah Dizzy, beautifully put

4 11 2009
Lee

That is only the opinion of one small minded fool, our friend android here doesn’t speak for the masses.

5 11 2009
brad

you are obviously a woman pretending to be a metrosexual

11 11 2009
jason

haha what a moron

23 12 2009
SCART

Tatts are like art, some are crap, tasteless, mindless copies for drones that won’t have an original thought from birth to death and others are original creations with strong meanings, great designs, beautiful colours & lines that suit the person that chose them.

Stereotyping tatts is like racism, sexism etc, it’s a lazy way of mass consigning people into a sub-group and pretending they’re inferior to you to make yourself feel better.

Don’t like tattoos? Then don’t get one, but bagging the masses of working class people who choose to take a certain piece of art or designs with them on their journey through life, no matter how cliched or over used you (or I) think that art piece may be, says more about your intolerance than it does about their choices.

8 09 2010
Thomas

Well put, and it’s stereotyping that defines half of the Bogan identity. To me, the North Shore wannabe is no more bogan than the Australian “intellectual” who listens to classic music on ABC because that is “sophisticated” (maybe they even affect a pseudo-British accent when discussing art and music). Almost all Australians are bogans, but it is still funny to satirise the particular type of bogan focussed on here in these pages.
In contrast, you’re not a bogan if you choose your own choices, live the way you choose, wear whatever you choose, listen to whatever music you actually like, whether it be classic music or Meshuggah or Michael Bublé (though I’d be really sceptical of anyone who claimed to like the latter). It’s about being your own person and making your own choices, evaluating life and your place in it with awareness, rather than automatic submission. In fact, it’s possible though very unlikely, that you could do everything that bogans do without being one yourself.

1 11 2009
Bag

I’ve always wondered, do ladies in the many Asian countries have Dick and Balls tattooed as their tramp stamp, and do they tell their friends that it means “the Australian for Love”

1 11 2009
James Hunter

I think they look Hot

8 09 2010
Thomas

Me too 🙂

1 11 2009
Lee

The general consensus as I was growing up was that girls with these tatts like it in the dinger

1 11 2009
berihebi

Group tramp stamps on a hens night.

2 11 2009
Anonymousaurus Rex

Lesser known tramp stamps, tattoo of a cherry on pubic mound.

2 11 2009
goblin

Unfortunately I have a tramp stamp of a goblin on the small of my back. However I am extremely non-bogan. It was a moment of rebellious insanity as a teenager and I freely admit I did it just to say I had a tattoo and to be “different”. Thank God I’m older and wiser now, however there’s no chance of removing the damn thing (at the very least it’s actually a really well done tatt…but it has absolutely no meaning whatsoever….WHY?!)

2 11 2009
James Hunter

goblin,
I bet when you had it done you felt empowered? you were running your life. not the opinions and prejudices of others. Even though you have more mature taste in art now I would hazard a guess that the empowerment has left its mark on your personality that is still evident. Oscar Wilde said “remember thath the only person that you must live with for the rest of your life is yourself” A tattoo is one way that some draw a line in the sand.
I have a large number of tatts , all covered by a tee shirt ,out of deference to the conservative moraes of employers. Still I do not regret any of them though I did start at an age where some thought went into the story line behind the works.
Still bet your hubby loves it? Cause it shows a streek of wickedness in you??

3 11 2009
Well

Goblin! Chances are alot of people will look back at a tattoo they have and may say maybe that wasn’t such a good idea… But at the time it was fantastic? I have a latin quote on my back. Monday to friday 9-5 I’m in a suit, but my tattoo reminds me of everything I wanted it to stand for ten years down the track. Oh

Muz my dad said the same thing everytime I bought up tattoos, guess who actually loves the story behind it and the artwork…. My old man! everyone is tired of hearing the oldies remark how horrible ink is.

3 11 2009
James Hunter

well said well, for sure your old man has a lot more sense and taste then some of the real bogans making comments about things they know nothing about

21 11 2009
??

laser it. i got rid of mine. it might cost, but its worth it. mine was a little star.

2 11 2009
h-bomb

Tramp atamps are 100% Bogan. It doesn’t mean you don’t sleep with them, just don’t bring them home, give your real number or name.

3 11 2009
James Hunter

Munz one of the surest signs of boaganism is a norrow minded parochial point of view Exactly what you are demonstrating. go think on that for a while.

6 01 2013
- p

Oh, James Hunter, why don’t you ‘go think on’ how you’re going to acquire another 5L box of Fruity Lexia from Dogpatch Cellars when you already owe them for the last 50L.

3 11 2009
Matt Balara

Add this one to the list:

In Germany these tats are called “Arsch Geweih”, otherwise known as “Ass Antlers”.

3 11 2009
Jac

What’s it called when you get a tat done and then some bloody celebrity gets one similar and then it becomes a target for bogan imitiation?

5 11 2009
brad

a fabricated explanation for a shit tat

5 11 2009
James Hunter

brad u got it wrong good tatts like mine end up being copied by the celbs cause as we know most of them are under endowed with artistic tallent

4 11 2009
bogankings

If you have any tatts at all you are a bogan. Anyone dumb enough to deface their body with ink or piercing is actually a self-mutilator. This urge comes from very low self-esteem, causing the sub-conscious desire to harm ones self.

4 11 2009
James Hunter

get real nearly every woman has pierced ears probably even your mum .tattoos and boby oiercings have been round in diferent cultures for thousands of years long befor holden utes or eskys or gas bar b qs. go to a tattoo convention the quality of somwe of the art is outstanding if you have the eyes to see and its not all on bikers or bogans . speaking from ignorance is one thing but believing yourself ??

8 09 2010
Thomas

Are you stupid or just a troll? That’s has to be the most generalising set of statements I’ve read for a while. When you drink wine, is that also from a sub-conscious desire to hurt yourself?

4 11 2009
ColinJ

Any time I see an attractive woman with a tramp stamp it depresses me.

Why would they want to deface one of the most beautiful parts of a woman’s body with that crap?

It’s like putting a ‘No Fear’ sticker on a Porsche.

4 11 2009
James Hunter

colin , unfortunately there is no cure for narrow mindness or what i would call boganmindedness !! grow up man join the 21st century its not a bad place.

5 11 2009
brad

colinj is ametrosexual pretending to be a woman…..this blog is fucking priceless!

5 11 2009
James Hunter

colin any one with your narrow mindedness would depress any female wheather she had tatts or not. loosen up and for get the german six pack a no fear sticker will look ok on your nissan cederic though you know give it some class like a good tattoo might help you score with the girls. something original like mum or the namew of your first girl friend.

4 11 2009
Duncan

I like girls with lots of tatts on their arms. They’re perhaps not ones to introduce to your grandparents, but that’s another matter.

This blog post made me laugh a lot!

5 11 2009
James Hunter

I like the arms yep but the full thigh is a real winner for me and any girl with a nice tatt on the neck has real balls and is a winner every time. attitude pluss.

17 11 2010
Mac

Urghh! Does anyone out there believe this lunatic is real. Is it possible that someone who LIKES full thigh and neck tatts on a woman can actually operate a computer?!

17 11 2010
James Hunter

Mac,
If having a view different to your own makes me a lunatic then so be it. At least I will have pleanty of company.
People as didactic , narrow minded and just generally ignorant of the world outside the confines of your clique,realy should go get a bank loan and buy yourself a life.

7 01 2012
John

James, obviously you’re a troll. That’s fine. But how can you know the word “didactic” but still have your post riddled with spelling mistakes. “Pleanty” “befor” “pluss”

9 01 2012
James Hunter

pety pedant

28 04 2011
Roscoe

I’d be a little concerned about a woman with real balls.

28 04 2011
James Hunter

Roscoe,
You don’t know what you are miss-ing !

5 11 2009
drogo

tramp stamps are a deal-breaker. classy, attractive women have no need to imitate men.

8 09 2010
Thomas

Imitate men? When was the last time you saw a man with ass-tat?

5 11 2009
runforrestrun

Michael Clark has all the bogan tatts on one body – ‘Carpe Diem’ some Arabic print on the forearm, missus name on the shoulder, feral diamond earing. Is Matt Rogers a bogan? What about Tommy Lee? or Pammy? or James Hunter?

I agree with Lee… Tatts = Dinger time.

7 11 2009
Lee

To clarify forrest, only the tatts on the small of a girls back was the indicator. You almost sound as though you think everybody with a tatt is so inclined.

17 11 2010
Mac

Clarkies Ex-missus – not missus now. Proves the point?
P.S. Clarkie is a Western Sydney Uber Bogan, the Apogee of Boganista. How Boagn can you get – get rich playing sport and move to Bondi! Giant Bulgari earring and all. Belch!

5 11 2009
James Hunter

runfofestrun, have a look at my web site and then you tell me what you think i am http://www.circusbizarre.com.au

29 04 2010
albert

Hahahahahaha!

That’s your site!
You are a massive bogan!

The scary skulls….ooooh! The reference to Puppetry of the Penis….aaaah!

And those people on the gallery – shit – did you use a job network agency from Frankston, or was it Dandenong, to find such specimans!

That site was the biggest laugh I have had all day!

8 09 2010
Thomas

You’re confusing genres; circus freakiness is independent from bogan, though the two may overlap. Australian “intellectuals” or “hipsters” are mostly bogans too, if unwittingly.

5 11 2009
ColinJ

I remember hearing somewhere (I think it may have been a movie) where some guys are checking out a chick with a slag tag and one of them says something like “She might as well have gotten a bullseye tattooed there.”

6 11 2009
Lee

Two and a half men that was if memory serves me correctly….

27 06 2010
V

Wedding crashers.

6 11 2009
brad

i dont trust a woman without a tat-period

6 11 2009
James Hunter

brad , at last some one who understands the meaning of life. do you like to shave your girls tatt then rub baby oil into it ? realy brings the colours up something sensational.

7 11 2009
brad

um yeh!?,never crossed my mind interesting website you posted

7 11 2009
James Hunter

Brad, Thanks, helps keep me sane

7 11 2009
brad

you da man james

29 04 2010
albert

Hahahahahaha!

That site is your idea of sane?

Oh my god – you’re hilarious!

7 11 2009
Amy

A relation of mine who is a bogan who got a tramp stamp of her own name. (-:

7 11 2009
James Hunter

Maybe she is an Oscar Wilde fan “To fall in love with onself is often the start of a life long relationship”?

7 11 2009
anti tramp

god i hate tramp stamps
seems all these westie bogans go to Baaaalii and get a tramp stamp while getting their hair braided.
all the kids these days look like they smoke glue.
crooked trucker hats, lip and eyebrow piercings, lowered Utes and computer hunchback backs.
I will never date a chick with a tramp stamp
i have the same contempt for them as i do the mongs with jeans halfway down thier bums showing undies.
lets be honest here, they are all going to regret it in ten years, you can take off flared jeans, hypercoloured t shirts and other shite fashion accessories from years gone by, but you cant take off a tat.

7 11 2009
James Hunter

antitramp, hope you wear a burka or something similar when you go out doors sos to hide your narrow mind and predjudices

7 11 2009
anti tramp

you see a bloke or a chick with a tat from a distance and it just looks dirty, just looks like dirty scribble.
on of the worst bloke ones is the copycat biggest loser tat that looks like his mates have held him down and gone to town with a fat black texta up his neck.

7 11 2009
James Hunter

The sensible people keep them out of the sun and their best ones ,like all mine, under clothing .Look at what the sun does to surfers and other sun lovers . Skin is had it. same with car dashboards. me my tatts are works of art so I treat them that way.

8 11 2009
Lee

I think our young friend anti tramp here has some underlying issues.
Let it out mate, talk about it dont be embarrassed.

8 11 2009
James Hunter

Lee, well said

8 11 2009
Lee

Thank you James.
A fella I used to be friends with got the living snot kicked out of him by a very attractive young lady with tattoos after he grabbed her backside for the fourth or fifth time at a party. He was really pissed, she was a black belt ninja of some description.
Ever since, he has had an irrational loathing for tattooed (spelling?) women.
Perhaps our mate anti tramp had the same thing happen. Perhaps anti tramp is infact the very same bloke!

9 11 2009
James Hunter

Lee,
If he is not the same bloke maybe should have? I know a loverly “Suicide Girl” in Newcastle with more then enough tatts and I doubt ant tramp would go three rounds with her.

10 11 2009
anti tramp

haha, Newcastle is the home to bogan tats, big screen tv’s and ending sentences with the word but.
i probably already have gone three rounds with her if she does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. But i dont need to prove myself matey.
how small the world is.
doesn’t change the fact that tats look shit, look like some trampy westie scribble.
Who do you expect to be impressed with your tats anyway if you keep them hidden?
why not just get a UNIT t-shirt if your a fashion victim.
tats are scars that you bought from a shop.
bogans try to say they mean something, bullshit, there’s no story behind a tat besides you sitting around on the lounge with extra 300ml cans of woodstock discussing what would be a cool tat.
Now you are one of the shit looking people.
congrats.

10 11 2009
brad

you wish you anal fool

11 11 2009
Lee

Hush, junior.
Seriously you have some serious issues there.
Just to throw in the fact that you do brazilian jiu jitsu when it really doesnt have any relevance at all to the conversation is as bogan as it gets, matey.
Why not join an MMA stable and call yourself a cagefighter if you want to be a fashion victim? That seems to be the trend these days with a lot of people involved in any discipline of martial arts.

12 11 2009
dizzy

hahahahahahaha! yeah $10 says this dude hasn’t got the faintest clue in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu… total fucking twat!

12 11 2009
James Hunter

Dizzy, Thats what I was trying to say but Im too reserved sometims

10 11 2009
James Hunter

Brad, Well said.
You know what they say? “Why keep silent and have everyone think your a fool when you can open your mouth and put it beyound all doubt ? “

11 11 2009
James Hunter

Lee, your on the money lots of people do martial arts training and the general philosophy taught is not to brag about it .Rather to take it on board as part of a mature life style .

11 11 2009
sceptic

Tattoos were rebellious in the 60’s and 70’s. Today they are just fall into the realm of mainstream body decoration. Most of the images or text I see on people’s bodies are just too pedestrian and too derivative to fall into the realm of art. The same can be said for piercings – which are simply fashion accessories.

8 09 2010
Thomas

Slightly true but only slightly: tats have a long, long tradition, and for the last couple of millenia, it was big in Britain (to take one strand of Australian heritage), in waves of culture but independent of class. Often, it was to signify relationships or identity, and this is also true today, even when it is just a fashion statement. Rebellion of the sort that you are talking about is mostly fashion and partly other sorts of identity. Certainly, most tats obtained on impulse, and maybe even most tats all in all, are poor art and not worth keeping for life, but there is still a lot of worthwhile tat symbolism and art. The most important factor to distinguish the good tats from the bad is whether your tat is off-the-shelf or something that actually means something to you; whether the tat is for show or for yourself.

11 11 2009
James Hunter

Well my back is covered with one tattoo which is a copy of a painting that hangs in the Smithsonian Museaum in the states.It is a depiction of creation from primevil ooze up to the three races of mankinf,asian,negroid and caucasian. So it is a copy of a renowned work of art and it has a deep meaning.
so like Iv said before to this site,those that know nothing of tattoos go to a tattoo show and educate yourselves then feel free to coment.

29 04 2010
albert

Every word you utter makes you a bigger and bigger bogan!

What about before anyone is made, in the name of education, to go to some bogan meeting of who has the most ridiculous inking, you go finish your primary school education and learn how to spell?

Or am I being narrow minded?

11 11 2009
Michael

It’s interesting to see that boguns try to emulate anti-authority alternative types but in a totally unoriginal way. Where once the tattoo was a good indication of a person’s background, eg: sailor, criminal, circus performer, wharfie or even an alternative arty type ( the latter having usually quite unique and original artwork). Now we see every Cheryl, Norelle and Katy with a tacky angel, heart, fairy (usually on the shoulder blade) and of course the welcome mat at the base of the spine in the form of agressive tribal stylings – not even in keeping with the culture of the person. That’s why a bogun is a bogun – making one unoriginal, boring and cheap.

11 11 2009
James Hunter

Interesting comment Michael I started getting tattoos at about the same time I became involved with the cabaret circus/freak show genre. Never thought about it much but most of the people in the industry that I know have tattoos. Probably as much because they are artistic individualists as anything.
Certainly not through any desire to conform with anything and certainly not because of “boganism”

29 04 2010
albert

Amazing. It never occurred to you that by trying not to conform to anything, you copied the ideas of the freak show brigade…and conformed to them!
Ahhh…. there’s nothing like a person who copies everyone else in their peer group in order to become an individual.

11 11 2009
DW

Tattoo’s on women look disgusting no matter where they are. Why ruin the skin you will have for the rest of your lives. What might look nice now, how will it look when you are 85 and all old and wrinkly

11 11 2009
James Hunter

Probable like an old nice tattoo. Bit like love.” better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all”

12 11 2009
dizzy

this is my favourite anti-tat argument! you know something, we’re ALL gonna look shit when we’re 85, but until then I’m gonna look fucking awesome.

12 11 2009
James Hunter

exactly who cares what we look like at 85 or 75 might not even get to 65 so go enjoy while you can

1 12 2009
Snoodle

Love it. Truly, I think it’s a great attitude to have. Live life while you can. Memento mori.

14 11 2009
Tipintipin

As if you are going to care about a notch of ink on your skin at that age. Burried beneath the wrinkles and liver spots.
Getting a tattoo isnt serious business

11 11 2009
Kay

Don’t forget to accessorize with facial and other body piercings.

11 11 2009
James Hunter

I didn’t ,I have a blue cubic zirconia in my labret (lip stud for the uninitiated)

12 11 2009
Kristine

I am a non-bogun…. actually I represent all kinds of opposites. I’m a classy private school mother, drive an audi and a merc, swear like a trucker, do muay thai, can get along with 18 year old boguns and 60 year old ceo’s… and I have a tatt that has meaning… At the end of the day i reckon there are no rights or wrongs… the only thing to do is what suits you personally without trying to fit into any box or make anyone else fit into any box. Whatever makes you happy.

12 11 2009
dizzy

sage words Kristine… if only there were more people in the world with your attitude =)

12 11 2009
Lee

Amen.

8 03 2010
rofl

all tatts have a ‘meaning’. Are you sure your not a bogan and kidding yourself? I reckon you were a bogan gold digger and married for money. Nowhere you mention how you make your money or how much debt you have for your ‘classy’ family. Me thinks hubby is rich and you are very bogue. Did he knock you up accidentally then had to marry you?

31 03 2010
graph

Nope. You are a cashed up bogan.

8 09 2010
Thomas

Great to hear! It sounds as if half of the anti-bogan bogans on this thread could learn something from you…

8 09 2010
James Hunter

Thomas,
Good for you , actually I suspect more then a few of the antibogans are if not out and out bogans at least closet bogans. Take Pete Babe for instance, read his postings and you can draw your own conclusions.

24 11 2009
Kathy

I have yet to see a tatt that looks as good as the owner thinks it does. I actually prefer tatts that have been thought out as to placement on the body and what will accentuate the body. I have no particular love for little pictures on skin – if the canvas is the body, the art should suit the canvas. Something that would look better in a square frame will never look great on a body.

Tramp stamps look better than a lot of things, but no I would not get one and yes, it has become a mark of bad taste – particularly because it is a fashion and all fashion ends up trashed at some point.

8 09 2010
Thomas

Lots of tats are poor art and incongruous with their “canvas” but there are still good tats.
Once-fashionable tats are in bad taste if they were obtained for their fashion-value; however, “bad taste” is never a good reason for not getting anything, just like “good taste” is never a good reason for getting something.

27 11 2009
Jeebus

“Possibly as a display of plumage whilst getting ploughed from behind, but more likely as a misguided attempt to be discreet.”

I love this blog so much.

2 12 2009
James Hunter

I realize that this blog has just about run its course but I must say what I find facinating is the finly tuned balance between ignorance and arrogance that a lot of the contributors exhibit.

10 12 2009
Melvos Love God

Gotta love the term “ploughed from behind”

11 12 2009
James Hunter

the term “ploughed from behind” sounds like the sort of thing a bogan would use ??

16 12 2009
A Shoe

I would like to have a page dedicated to “The Southern Cross” in tattoo or sticker form. This seems to be a massive hit with all real Bogans, but seems to have left out of the list.

16 12 2009
James Hunter

I would like to have my tattoos stuffed and mounted when I die as inspiration to future generations.

29 04 2010
albert

Good idea. Which fat tattooed balding cliche are you?

One more question. Do you all smell as bad as you look like you should in the photos on your website?

28 04 2011
James Hunter

albert, you would not be able to smell us above your own shity smell.

19 12 2009
Gman

I have also heard reference to “arse antelers” anyone esle heard this expression …? and what about the bogan tat on the back of the neck?

23 12 2009
Big Jamie

I once had the extreme pleasure of meeting a boganette with the a tramp stamp that read ‘deeper, harder, faster’ in calligraphy style script. Uber bogan but hey at least she was honest.

29 12 2009
Kamalika

“Possibly as a display of plumage whilst getting ploughed from behind”

Fucking hilarious.

19 01 2010
TheLoadedDog

Dear tattoo wearers,

Please don’t get so defensive. I respect your right to ink your bodies. Please respect my right to point out that it makes you look like knuckle-dragging, slack-jawed, hyperyokels from Planet Cletus.

That is all.
T

29 04 2010
albert

Well said

8 09 2010
Thomas

It might make tattoo-wearers *look* like that, but you’d be the bogan to judge them by their looks.

19 01 2010
James Hunter

to the “Loaded Dog”
Well Man I realy hate to guess what kinda load your carrying but to have such an egocentric view of your own values and inteligence make me suspect that you have recently changed your medication.
My advice would be :get back on your meds;seek medical help; avoid high buildings and sharp objects;try to have a friend with you at all times.
If I am wrong and Medication abuse/misuse is not the cause of your psychosis then my dear friend it is you who are the knuckle dragging ,slack jawed.hyperyokel. I would not involve the planet Cletus. It has done us no harm.

22 01 2010
Not a fan

I do not have tattoos. I believe anyone who thinks, oh I am empowered by getting someone to draw on me is so shallow and lacking in any self awareness as to negate pretty much any of their argument on said activity (please read this comment carefully it is not a dig at people who get tattoos in general). They are art for sure, Mcdonald’s is also food I don’t eat that shit either.

Just because people have different tastes to your own doesn’t make them closed minded. Just because you feel the need decorate your body with art to cover the skin you are in does not mean others who do not follow suit are uptight and prejudiced. I love riding mountain bikes, I see them as beautiful objects and works of engineering art. Would I get one put on my face, arm, leg, back, ass, or other body part? No, perhaps a poster on the wall or sketch one or two myself.

Tramp stamps are so clichéd, “tribal” scribble at the bottom of your back is not empowering or artistic, almost 100% of the time it is just another ill thought out fad jumped on by rebellious and vacant youths following the latest trend.

Two of my good mates are tattoo artists, they don’t think everyone needs a tattoo, they certainly don’t dig on tramp stamps. But then they aren’t closed minded.

26 02 2010
ant

Tatoos are rough. Rough people get tatoos. I look at these enourmous tatoos on young girls, and wonder how they’ll look on flabby wrinkled arms when they’re 70. Heck, in just a few years the colours will have faded, and the lines will be blurred.. a few more years and they’ll be dabby purple things.

3 04 2010
Edna Focke-Witte

I would have to disagree with you on this one ant.
I have numerous tattoos on my arms, legs and back and I certainly am not rough.
All of my tattoos mean something and I do not wear clothing to show off my tattoos all the time like I see a lot of these Bogans do.
Most people would not even know that I have as many tattoos as I do because they are not for anyone else. They are for me. This is the problem that I see with these bogues getting tattoos nowadays. A fair bit of the time they are trying to impress other people with their tatts. Not much thought has gone into it and they do it because they have become popular and everyone else is doing it.
I have a quote on the small of my back written in “old English” and I am now embarrassed by it due to the sudden trend in these tramp stamp sluts.
I got mine done years ago when there was no such thing as a tramp stamp.
These wankers have ruined it for the rest of us!
I also don’t care what my tattoos will look like when I am 70 because everyone gets old. Everyone will have wrinkly arms and I don’t flash too much arm now even, so I doubt I will be doing it when I am older.

24 03 2015
Bob

Actually Australia is a bad place for tatts longevity as the UV light index is very high – so the inks will inevitably fade and bleed if in exposed position to natural light. For simple example leave a news paper on dashboard of car for a week and see what happens to the (vegetable) inks used in them, they will fade out quickly and a strong blue will be what remains dominant. Same principle with tatts, and the coloured inks will fade at differing rates, those bright yellows and greens etc now popular will go first.

Those big thigh tatts on girls currently fashionable will look the worst of all in ten years time, faded out on expanding fleshy thighs.

31 03 2010
graph

James Hunter. This board is an avenue for us normal folk to pass judgment on arse clowns like you. Please stop trolling and piss off.

31 03 2010
James Hunter

graph, you be ignorant and arrogant how very bogan
somebody give the man an award

2 04 2010
XXX

I am a brazilian waxer by trade and 90% of my clients have back tatts. Needless to say, I am in Boronia, a bogan heartland!!!!

3 04 2010
chubbybloodfart

The difference between people with tattoos and people without tattoos is that people with tatts dont care if you are NOT tattooed.
opinions are like A-Holes.
everyone has one.

I am personally waaaaay more offended by the fake tit brigade.
talk about shallow and tacky, how about devolving your whole eXistence to one piece of your anatomy. and taking 10-20 K out of yor kids mouths to do it.
pathetic.

3 04 2010
James Hunter

Chubby,
Yes everyone has an ass hole and opinions are very similar as in a lot of cases they stink and a lot of people do not understand how best to use them !
As for the tit “enhancmants. the bimbo should talk to some of the naturally bit tits who go off to have them reduced to avoid the phusical discomfort and the constant pervy looks.
Mind you If they took 10/20K of the necks of the no neck monsters then that would be a good idea.

7 08 2010
Dgusten

But isn’t there a massive correlation between bogans who get boob jobs and those who get tramp stamps? So aren’t you kind of proving the point that bogans like tramp stamps?
Personally I don’t really like tattoos at all. I’m not saying that tattoo automatically equals bogan, but more often than not tribal tattoos, southern cross tattoos and indeed tramp stamps do.

7 08 2010
James Hunter

Dgu,
I would suggest that you spend an afternoon or three visiting tattoo parlours and observing the wide cross section of people that come in for a wide selection of art .then you may be able to know of which you speak.

3 04 2010
James Hunter

Edna, Hear,hear. All of mine are covered by a tee shirt and there is a story. The ones on the front are all Australian animals (thats where we are) the background is Celtic knotwork (cause thats where my families came from) and my back is the story of evolution from an original in The Smithsonian (thats where we all came from). unfinished yet is the left side where I plan a sailing ship (thats how my rellies got here) and the right side is to be a raunchy angle( my take on one possible popular destination).

Who cares what it looks like if I get to eighty ? I wont.

29 04 2010
albert

Oh. You’re the fat guy with stuff hanging off his cock?

http://www.circusbizarre.com.au/gallery_20.htm

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

You haven’t looked in the mirror lately?

You are a bogan.

Therefore you like tattoos.

The case is proven for the prosecution!

8 09 2010
Thomas

Stating it doesn’t prove it. How do you conclude that James is a bogan? Being a bogan is a state of mind; it’s not visible.

8 09 2010
James Hunter

Thomas,
Done worry, Albert is so obviously a wanker. Probably has a degree in economics and does old ladies tax returns.

8 09 2010
Thomas

Haha… nice image 🙂

12 04 2010
Steve

And remember kids, if you’re going to get tramp stamp, make sure you a tramp first.

26 04 2010
Scotty

At the end of the day, some Tatts are shit, some are amazing. If your a fuckwit, you’ll be overlooked by society regardless of what your Tatt looks like. To put it simply, you didn’t pay for it, you didn’t go through the strangely enjoyable pain and for all the ridiculously close minded people posting on here, you don’t have to talk to Tattooed people (that making you more odd than someone with Ink).

I only just got my first one, and it means a lot to me, and I’ve had nothing but compliments from both sexes, “Peace” in cursive with a old style scroll underline, angled across my neck, about 4x9cm, I only had the one parent and she was for most part abusive and misguided who family and friends believed she had serious issues, evidently she had enough to take her own life on my 21st, at 23 I had peace done because she now has it and i have it knowing that. Means the world to me whenever i look in the mirror and that’s all that matters, we all die, we all get old.

love Tatts, always have and plan to continue my story with my canvas as some have put it, i don’t recall who said it but “Why can’t we all just get along”…

21 05 2010
Pete

Check this out for a maxtreme hobby:

http://www.explosm.net/comics/2053/

12 09 2010
14 10 2010
micko

I know of one bogan that has holden symbol for a tramp stamp! No joke!

18 01 2016
Justin Negus

Hey micko, met one too, wondering if its the same one lol

19 10 2010
ROCKETT MAN

I find it pretty funny that everyone on here is having a go at Tattoos and wanting to be tribal or whatever…Im a cleanskin at the moment, but wouldnt rule out getting a tattoo. I see the appeal in them. Why doesnt anyone put up WHITE WEDDING DRESSES…comeone…MOST Brides these days have been “PLOUGHED” 4 or 5 times by 4 or 5 men before getting married…surely thats more Boganish….maybe fireworks at a wedding..how about Gold Coast weddings for people from Victoria. Maybe designer Wedding dresses.

If your not a virgin…then the white dress is lost on you…and no amount of sequins and puffs and white bullshit…will cover up the fact that your a slut.

I think everyone putting this kinda stuff down all the time are lonely, low self esteemed people, who think that thier shit doesnt stink and just becasue they dont do something…they are SOOOOOO much better than everyone…and can cast dispersions about people who do these things.

NO-ONE needs to think before getting a tattoo…something for the rest of your life is a measly 80 years…who cares…its not forever…and I wouldnt be ashamed of doing any of the stuff on this site. What…am I supposed to live my life to the rules set down by this website so people think im not a bogan…I couldnt care less what people think… Grow Up, Harden Up, and for crying out loud…SHUT THE FUCK UP.

19 10 2010
Simon - Glasser at Arms

You sir, are a bogan.

19 10 2010
p'bee

now now, simon, don’t cast dispersions.

19 10 2010
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Love the new moniker!

19 10 2010
p'bee

thanks, it was viv’s suggestion after i helped name his future progeny.

19 10 2010
vivisection

I have been toying with the idea of you adding an h, making it p’beeh? What you think?

Oh and Rockettman – the point is not that only bogans have tattoos, it’s that bogans get tattoos (ie tribal) without regard to relevance or meaning – they steal cultural signifiers and identities and cheapen them. I love tattoos and have many, but think tribal tatts are tacky on anyone who isn’t tribal, likewise, asian characters are tacky on anyone who isn’t asian.

19 10 2010
vivisection

Oh and tramp stamps are slutty, no getting around it.

19 10 2010
Simon - Glasser at Arms

I get the feeling rocketman may be the appearing once only type. Shame.

26 10 2010
Brooklyn Beckham

Tattoos are like Ed hardy shirts- a signal to 25% of the population with style and class to stay away.

26 10 2010
James Hunter

BB,
I take it you mean that the tattooed 25% of the population with taste are asking the tattooless ,with out taste , to stay away ?

14 11 2010
Chrisgeo

It’s amazing how many angry bogans-in-denial frequent this website, and James Hunter is their king! Bow to him and his crown, which no doubt takes the form of faded tatts depicting waves or celtic stylings encircling his massive guns! Chicks surely dig him. Hi James, I look forward to being glassed by you soon.

14 11 2010
James Hunter

Chrisgeo,
before making sweeping generalisations about tatts of mine have a look at them. Just double click on my nane and go to my web site.. Not a wave to be seen.
The front is a wide selection of Australian wild life on a blue sea background with a shadow of Celtic knot work.
The back is the story of evolution from an original in the Smithsonian.
The celtis bit represents where my family comes from, the Australin wildlife represents where I am and the sea is the oceans over which we arrived here. The back (evolution) represents where we all came from.
The two side as yet uncompleted, will have a square rigged sailing ship representive of how my ancesters came across the seas and the other side will be a raunchy cherube reflective of the good things in life and a statement on the uncertainty of the future which may or not have an afterlife.

So Chrisgeo, what say you ?
By the by any time you want us for that special party our rates are reasonable and I can assure you the guests will remember the night. My email address is on the website.
Cheers Baby Hanibal aka the old fat fella.

21 12 2010
Yowie

Much like the difference between the skills it takes to create a unique peice of artwork and the skills it takes to then copy that peice, a tattoo artist once explained to me that there are two types of tattoos: there’s the type thats displayed on the boards at the front and they’re called ‘flash’ designs. They’re common, popular looking pictures and can be seen in pretty much any tattoo parlour anywhere. All the tattoo artist has to do is copy that design onto the flesh. The folks that get these ‘flash’ tattoos are generally people who just drop in to the tattoo parlour, look at the ‘flash’ and decide that they want ‘that’ one, and try to get it done there and then. These folks are probably getting their tatt as a fashion statement, and the odds are that they are bogan.

The other type of tattoo is a custom designed tattoo, and is the equivalent of commisionng an artist to design and create the particular image you want. The folks that get these have already got an idea of what they’re trying to express and usually have at least a general idea of how they want it to look and where they want it placed. They are happy to make several appointments with the tattoo artist and together they will work on the design & placement so that they are both happy with the outcome. The wearer has to be happy, but the artist also has to be happy that his/her artwork is going to be looked after and displayed properly. The creation and design process can take months in and of itself to get it 100% right before any ink is applied to the skin. Because getting this latter type of tattoo takes a much bigger commitment both in time and money and certainly can’t be delivered on a drunken Saturday night blinder, they invariably have great meaning to the person wearing the tatt. As bogans have no sense of delayed gratification nor imagination to think up a design that has some form of meaning to them, it is unlikely that a bogan would go to the effort of co-designing a custom tatt over a number of appointments with the designer/artist and then sit for multiple sessions to get a properly designed, custom built and unique peice of body art when the flash is already there and the “hard part” already done for them.

I don’t have any tattoos myself, but my husband does – and you’ll never see any other tattoo like the ones he has because every single one is utterly unique and deeply meaningful for him. I like the art, but don’t want to undergo the pain, so instead of a tatt, I got my husband’s artist to draw a picture for me instead, and got it framed. It cost me as much as a tattoo – which is fair enough, the amount of work was the same, only the canvas was different.

The ‘tramp stamp’ by its nature has to look similar to other ‘tramp stamps’ otherwise it wouldn’t be a ‘tramp stamp’ it would just be a tattoo on the lower back. Even if there are custom elements, the thing must look like ‘ass antlers’ to be a ‘tramp stamp’ and therefore it is almost *by definition* almost all “flash” rather than custom-designed. And therefore, but my tattoo-artist’s description, they are not creating anything new and expressing themselves for who they are, they are merely taking someone else’s image and claiming it as their own.

21 12 2010
v'visexxxion

Well said. My tattooist also says she can spot a bogan easily and gets rid of them by asking for a deposit – they never come back.

11 01 2011
Louise

Tramp stamp on the lower back of bogan chick at Torquay beach the other day …. black Playboy Bunny …… it didn’t just suggest, but actually SCREAMED, “Tramp Stamp, Tramp Stamp!!!” Lower back – check; about 5 cm squ – check; stolen symbol rather than personally meaningful, well, hopefully – check. Especially when paired with the spray-tan, fake blonde hair, and the cigarette (smoking is currently being outlawed on Victoria beaches thank goodness)……

11 04 2011
Steve

All you tatt lovers should go for a hep C test.

11 04 2011
James Hunter

Steve,
Great to see how a little ignorance still goes a long way.

I suggest you go look at the local council regulations in your area that pertain to “skin penetration” and to premises for hairdressing and tattooing.
Then make what ever comment you still feel you can justify.

30 06 2011
Mike

“Most of the stuff Mozart and Shakespeare produced are about as common and lowbrow as you can get”. Are you f**king kidding me?? Comparing this work to an ass tattoo???

30 06 2011
James Hunter

Mike,
I see where your comming from but the works of Shakespear were indeed aimed at the working class people of the day. Shakespear has only developed highbrow connotations in the modern age .I suspect because most bogans and similar species ,believe anyone who studies ,particularly english and history, are highbrow poofs.

30 06 2011
Peter Thornton

Oh, James Hunter, re. your back tatts: Charles Darwin would turn in his grave in the knowledge that you represent evolution! You represent devolution. And as far as you and your scaly crew representing memorable entertainment is concerned: you are to enduring, entertaining memories what herpes is to a lifelong viral infections.

1 07 2011
James Hunter

Pete Babe,
Hello,hello,hello, what do we have here ? Pete Babe once again trying to be clever beyond his station. Since Herpes is a lifelong viral infection I graciously accept yopu compliment even while accepting that you most likely did not intend it as such .Since the cognative dissonance of a rational discussion would cause you to seek urgent admission to Fletcher I will not accept such a daunting challenge. I have too much regard for the hard working psych’ nurses at Fletcher. Try two asprin,a cup of tea and a good lie down with your teddy bear.

1 07 2011
Peter Thornton

Oh, James Hunter, if you consider using this forum as an supplementary interface to your constant stream of complaints to ACA & TT, then I guess you are hard working. Oh, James Hunter, and by the way, at least I have the right number of chromosomes.

1 07 2011
James Hunter

Pete Babe,
You have the right number of chromosomes , for what ???

17 09 2011
Taariq Hassan

a.k.a whale tails

21 04 2012
Vanilla skin

I have professional, accomplished, patently non-bogan friends who have succumbed to the tattoo craze in recent years. Not in a “SuperMax” bogan way, but in a subtle manner, on an easily hidden portion of their anatomy and with a personal design. Nevertheless, I am certain that this ill thought out, distinctly Gen-Y craze will soon run out of steam. Most bogans may not notice or care, but I predict that there will be a great number of people, bogan or otherwise, who will come to “rethink their ink” in the very near future.

Alll I can say is that Dermatologists who sub-specialise in laser tattoo removal are going to make serious bank…

24 06 2012
Moby

This is the worst tramp stamp i have ever seen..
It just defies logic..
http://moby.nzpunter.com/gallery/v/1000DayHoliday/mexico/IslaMujeres/DSCF1968.jpg.html

8 07 2014
rick roota

My chick Tahnya kept saying no to a tramp stamp, but I kept at her to get one done. After some heavy handed persuasion from me and a big night out when I made sure she was liquored right up and got totally shit faced, she said yes. I got the stamp design put on her that i wanted too, to show she’s mine forever and she gives the best head. It’s an upside down stamp above her ass crack in indonesian that translates as ‘i love my belt buckle forehead’ – it’s upside down so i can read it when Tan’s on her knees giving me a blow job (which i like, so its often).

Tan says she’s noticed a difference in the taste and speed of my cum as well – she reckons that i come faster when i’m in her mouth once i spot the tatt and i shoot a bigger load into her sweet hole before she swallows. I’ve even come so much a few times that she’s gagged on it and spat it, which i really hate her for. so now if she ever she spits it out, i go apeshit with her and she knows what she has to do next to please me. i turn her over and make her lick it up, then as soon as her tongue touches the cum on the floor, i ram my cock right up her ass and ream that red hole till its sore. Even bled her a few times while doin it. so this just shows ya that a tramp stamp is much more than some selfish thing a woman gets for her. i even had me closest mate check it out on the quiet once while Tan was sucking and moaning and her eyes were shut – Del’s thinkin of making his mole get one like Tan’s, but not in the same ethnic language.

19 07 2014
James Hunter

Rick ,
I love tatts and I love Tramp Stamps ( though I do not think of them like that)
However from what you say you are just sick.
You do not need a good woman to fuck you you just need fucking by some male gorilla or baboon. Something you be related to.

29 07 2014
Beeky

TBL, I wonder why this is given any air time? Agree, it’s just sick from a sicko.

24 03 2015
Bob

I suggest this site offer a prize – modest cash incentive – to first person who can get photo of bogan Australian with a Arabic language tattoo up the inner arm whilst simultaneously either driving car with ‘fuck off we’re full” sticker or in a tshirt of similar nature (latter has some slogan leeway as long as anti immigrant or muslim, a bonus obviously for both).

24 06 2016
Tracy Tot

lol I remember when we called a love bite a tramp stamp.

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