Are tattoos a turn off or a turn on

do you find tattoos on women a turn on or a turn off and why?
If you're only okay with a few, what's your limit? If none at all, why not? Do you guys have any tattoos ?

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  • Investment Analyst in Research - FI
Oct 19, 2021 - 9:19pm

Drumpfy finally with a good take. Proud of you pal

Oct 19, 2021 - 10:52pm

Drumpfy

Mega turn off!Β 

Maybe a small one in a not noticeable area, that's all!

Like maybe a butterfly in between her toes where she shoots up.

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  • Associate 1 in ER
Oct 18, 2021 - 5:54pm

Casually dating / hanging out - turn on

looking for future wife - mega turn off.. unless she's hot and wealthy enough, and the tattoos are high quality and meaningful Β (not just butterfly tramp stamp)

Oct 19, 2021 - 12:03am

Completely agree. I put it on the same boat as belly rings and nose piercing. It's hot for a hook up but not for a long term partner.

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  • Intern in RE - Comm
Oct 19, 2021 - 12:31am

Tattoo girls are definitely into anal

Oct 18, 2021 - 6:07pm

I used to date this girl with most of her body covered in tats with 3/4 sleeves. From like 10 feet away it looked kind of hot, but she got some of them done by shitty artists and I had mixed feelings about some of the lower quality pieces.Β 

Everywhere all the time though guys and mainly girls would randomly come up to us and say "I love your ink" or something like that to her, which made her think her tats were awesome, but they weren'tΒ allΒ awesome.Β 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Oct 19, 2021 - 2:31pm

Yeah all the celebrities and rappers look super poor.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Oct 18, 2021 - 11:47pm

RichieJc

do you find tattoos on women a turn on or a turn off and why?

If you're only okay with a few, what's your limit? If none at all, why not? Do you guys have any tattoos ?

Turn off, why? Because I find them to be ugly.

SafariJoe, wins again!
Oct 19, 2021 - 12:10am

Super trashy if they're visible IMO. If there's something that you're extremely passionate about and want a tattoo, get it on your upper thigh or another place that's easy to conceal. Also, if you're between the ages of 18-21, give it a few months and you won't want one anymore. A lot of people go through that phase

Oct 19, 2021 - 5:47pm

I think about getting one or two every so often, but never get around to it, but if I do it would be in an area like that so it's not visible when wearing work clothes, or even maybe a tshirt for that matter.

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Oct 19, 2021 - 7:35am

I am kind of old school here but I associate them with uneducated people and therefore it would be a turn off.Β  Β When I see a person with tats all over their body, I am thinking what is this person going to look like when they get much older.

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Oct 19, 2021 - 9:23am

100% turn off, and have ended things with girls before once discovering they have tattoos. It basically shows low impulse control and lack of longterm planning ability, as well as just a bad style sense. Of course the above are stereotypes, but the correlation is absolutely there. If you have tattoos you probably also are more prone to mood swings, less mature, abuse tobacco/alcohol regularly, etc. It come across as trashy, poor, and dumb - similar to exotic piercings

Not to sound all biblical but the human body is/can be pretty beautiful as is. Why mark it with some dumb design

Oct 19, 2021 - 10:28am

Truth may sting but that's what makes it valuable. Sadly most places online where this discussion could take place (Twitter, Reddit, etc.) is full of 'x is beautiful!' no matter what coddling. Which seems nice but doesnt do you any favors.

High value guys generally dont date women with tattoos for all the reasons mentioned earlier.Β 

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Oct 20, 2021 - 12:26am

This is the most sobering take I've ever read on this website. Good for you friend, funny enough, I know everyone deep down thinks and knows this to be the case, but of course, the internet makes it very easy to just "everything is beautiful" the situation and lie.Β 

But make no mistake, this is the perspective that most high quality men hold.

Oct 19, 2021 - 10:31am

Huge turn-on. Girls with tattoos are automatically 25% hotter to me.Β 

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Oct 19, 2021 - 1:27pm

I remember a few years ago seeing a Bentley with a "BUSH-CHENEY 2004" bumper sticker on it.

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn

  • Analyst 1 in PE - Growth
Oct 19, 2021 - 2:23pm

Thanks for this thread. I am actually considering ending things with a girl I recently met because I found out she has a tattoo. And yes, I know this is pretty superficial.

  • Analyst 1 in PE - Growth
Oct 19, 2021 - 2:31pm

Yeah theres more to that. I think it just comes down to us seeing things differently. E.g., I think astrology is dumb, she doesn't and bases all her life decisions on astrology. I am politically more right leaning, but she is as far left as you can get.Β 

  • Analyst 1 in PE - Growth
Oct 19, 2021 - 2:34pm

A tattoo of a tree on her calves. It not even that big but definitely noticeable (the size of a credit card).Β 

Do you guys think I am being a jackass, or should i see past that.

Oct 19, 2021 - 2:33pm

lots of boring squares on this thread - I shouldn't be surprised.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Oct 19, 2021 - 3:12pm

Yeah, a lot of basic bitch guys. I guess that leaves more interesting girls for me!

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Oct 19, 2021 - 3:42pm

Yep. What do you expect though from a forum mostly made up of Vineyard Vine-wearing WASPy college students who've barely spent any time outside of their Greenwich/Martha's Vineyard/White Plains/Stamford/etc little bubbles? My favorite comment so far has been "tattoos make you look poor." Yeah bro, please go tell that to my bonus lol.Β 

Oct 19, 2021 - 4:11pm

haha right on - cheers 🍻 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Oct 20, 2021 - 12:37am

"I'm the exception so everyone else who has one quality in common with me is just like me in the one quality that is convenient for my counterargument"

detrimentally ignorant take

Oct 20, 2021 - 7:19pm

Lol, that's what I'm saying bro. Literally me and most of my military friends have tattoos. I guess all my Special Forces, ACE, Ranger, Navy Seal, Air Force Para, Air Force pilot and etc. friends will all be poor or frowned down upon by some Vinyard Vine wearing square, who's wife gets clapped up by their Β poolboy or doorman. πŸ™„

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  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Other
Oct 19, 2021 - 3:27pm

Disclaimer I'm young and going into finance - I find a side-boob/ribs tattoo of something basic like a cool flower or something dainty very attractive. Somewhere where I know you don't have one but when you're in a bikini or letting loose and I see it then I think that's cool. For guys, I'd say the only people I know who have tattoos are traders, and typically they're good at what they do and not too client-facing anyways.

Oct 19, 2021 - 5:20pm

Reeses

Β Britain's most tattooed woman' covers half her skin with make-up to show what she looks like without ink

Tattoos are hot.Β 

If you are that good looking, why in the world would you need tats? Let your body speak for itself.

Oct 19, 2021 - 8:12pm

I dig tattoos, but people who go this far are probably mentally ill.Β 

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Oct 20, 2021 - 3:47am

Would you seriously marry this? I see one of my fellow buddies with a girl like this I really will doubt their judgement because you can guarantee a divorce will be in the works before they've even got married.

Oct 20, 2021 - 10:14am

The girl with her body covered, I'd give her a chance. Though it's unlikely we'd be a fit long-term. Also, IDK how well all those tats will hold up when she's 40 or 50. The other two examples I would consider if everything else about them was a fit.

Oct 19, 2021 - 4:33pm

Great topic and I'm loving all the replies. To be sure, I'm in complete agreement with the "tattoos are dumb" crowd and I'm far from the only one on here.

Question: I'm just outside the millenial range but its no secret that tattoos are very, very popular for millenials and gen z (and younger). So do you find that this cuts down your dating pool? I'm in a city that, well lets just say that it's not known for it's high education, so as soon as my dating profile has "no tattoos" in it, my chances of finding a match drop to virtually nothing. Do all of you find that too? In some parts of my city, you're the weird one for not having a tattoo and if you want to find a mate, forget about it, you're better off becoming a Bigfoot hunter.Β 

Oct 19, 2021 - 4:59pm

Yeah, tats are pretty popular. There was there really hot girl in philosophy class that had like 15 of them (I know because she told everyone). Even girls I wouldn't expect to get tats have a small one. I go to a state school so perhaps a different crowd than at the targets but it's really common. Even my super nerdy asian friend from high school made an insta post about her new tattoo, it was a nice, anime inspired one but I still didn't expect her to get it.

Oct 19, 2021 - 8:17pm

Reeses

Yeah, tats are pretty popular. There was there really hot girl in philosophy class that had like 15 of them (I know because she told everyone). Even girls I wouldn't expect to get tats have a small one. I go to a state school so perhaps a different crowd than at the targets but it's really common. Even my super nerdy asian friend from high school made an insta post about her new tattoo, it was a nice, anime inspired one but I still didn't expect her to get it.

Asian AND tatted? OMG, I would freakin' LOSE IT.Β 

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Oct 19, 2021 - 5:12pm

You're only as good as your options allow you to be. To some, wanting a girl with a college degree or a girl who doesnt have a baby from a previous relationship is difficult and cuts down their dating pool because they themselves cant command women with those qualities in the dating market.

If you find that it hurts your dating pool then you really have 3 options:

Option 1 - Be single, struggle with dating, and just complain about the quality of women/men these days (as you get older youll see plenty of people fall into this group). In the road of life this is basically just sitting still and staying put.

or

Option 2 - learn to be ok with it and remove it from your criteria. 'Settling' as some call it, but not really because if you were truly settling then you could trade up from this person easily.Β  This play isn't bad since you still get companionship, love, all that jazz and it's generally pretty easily. Another large swath of the population opts for this route. In the road of life this is just walking through a sunny field

or

Option 3 - Improve yourself until you can date women who meet that criteria. If you live in rural craptown that may mean move, though in any decent sized town youll have successful / top tier people. This is the option less traveled because it means work, which people hate, and brutal self reflection, which most people cant do. It's tough when getting turned down by a woman to look in the mirror and realize you aren't good enough. But by doing so you will be able to control your fate. Maybe you need a better job, maybe you need a better personality, or more interesting experiences - likely you could also add some muscle or lose weight. Whatever your shortcomings may be fix them and trust me you'll reap the rewards.Β  Very few go down this path as in the road of life it's more akin to climbing a mountain. But it's worth it

Oct 20, 2021 - 6:44pm

lolΒ 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Oct 19, 2021 - 8:36pm

My gf has two tattoos. One below her boob and a more recent one on her calf. They're both pretty hot on her despite being nothing sexually related.

Before dating her I had some more "conservative" opinions about tattoos, but now I realize that, like many of you, I just had a nice long stick up my ass.

Oct 19, 2021 - 9:31pm

The prestigious folks over at WSO will obviously say they look trashy and poor. There's almost zero deviance in the way people think around here, it's a hive mind. 95% are boring, conservative virgins that only care about their own image and how other people perceive them.

Oct 20, 2021 - 2:58am

One definitely doesn't see fukcing nobility have them, so tattoos definitely have a poor people vibe. So why on earth are they perceived as cool? It's just that 95% of the people here are don't come from the rough part of the town. Nothing else.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Oct 20, 2021 - 3:19pm
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that only care about their own image and how other people perceive them.

Because tattoos definitely aren't a way for retards to try to express their trashy personality to the outside world, right?

Oct 20, 2021 - 3:25pm

HuskySized

most of the time it signals poor impulse control

You're an idiot dude - you can't generalize the permanent markings people put on their body. Some have poor impulse control, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will hastily get a tattoo.

For one of my tattoos, I had a stamp chiseled into marble of my name in ancient Chinese. I didn't decide to get it inked on me for 5 years after that. My tattoos are meticulously planned and took years of deliberation. Poor impulse control? No dude.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Oct 20, 2021 - 12:44pm

Pizz

Turn off unless the girl wears a revealing blouse that shows side boobs and it has tatoos around that areaΒ 

If da manΒ Pizz says it is a turn off, ya gotta listen and take note.Β 

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Oct 20, 2021 - 12:33am

For the guys saying that the tattooed women are "more interesting" or "cooler" or whatever, it assures these women that they'll always have their fans. But internet enjoyment aside, you'll find that in practice this "painting the human canvas"Β millennial view, like with over 90% of the generational catchphrases that get spewed online, are simply romantic witticisms that sound great to type out on an anonymous forum or put up on a Instagram caption that no one ever reads or takes seriously, but will fail hard as reality hits.

Over the long term these women's behavior is very self-correcting, just look up all the correlations between tattoos and pretty much every avoidable behavior you want to avoid in a long term partner.

Yes, "correlation does not equal causation," yet another theoretical perspective that severely fails to hold up in reality; as a quick heuristic, always assume correlation = causation, it'll work out more times than not. They're called stereotypes for a reason.

Oct 20, 2021 - 1:58am

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Oct 20, 2021 - 9:36am

Tattoos are not bad on a young chick. No girl over 40 looks good with a tattoo, for the simple fact that tattoos don't age well. So, if you're marrying a 25 year old with tats, ask yourself what that tattoo will look like in 30 years. I'll give you a hint, it will look terrible, no matter the person.Β 

Oct 20, 2021 - 11:06am

Deviating from the pack here but I definitely see it as a turn on. I see tattoos akin to how one may view spices on a dish. If done right it can definitely add flavor (or in the context of a girl boost her appearance). If done poorly, you wish there was no spice to begin with.

To me "done right" means that the tattoos need to be done well and look nice, not just got to fill up space. Also, definitely would prefer tats contained to the arms/legs/back. Face/neck never looks good. Front is difficult to get aesthetically right although it can work.Β 

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Oct 20, 2021 - 7:40pm

Tattoos look fine on buff guys. Skinny/Obese with a tat looks awkward on guys imo.Β 

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Oct 20, 2021 - 1:28pm

It depends on the context of the tattoo, but still likely a turn-off.

If a potential partner (1) was in a military unit, (2) went into combat with said unit, and (3) got a simple shoulder tattoo of the platoon/company/battalion/etc., I don't think that's a turn-off.Β 

However, 99% of tattoos I've seen aren't like that and have dumb contexts (e.g., a heart-tattoo with 2 arrows piercing it because "my ex cheated on me twice" or a spider-web tattoo because "I'm a seductress"). These tattoos are an absolute turn-off because they indicate a lack of (un)common sense as well as poor judgement.

In any case, the above is for dating/marriage. For less permanent engagements (e.g., one night, 4 or 5 nights, etc.) I'm pretty agnostic.

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