Men: Just Say No to Lower Back Tats

December 20, 2011  |  

If a lower back tattoo on a woman is a tramp stamp, what is it called when you see the same thing on a guy? How about a warning sign that he’d much rather date your brother than you?

Lower back tats got their name because women who have them are either always wearing skimpy clothes to show them off, or the body art is always “accidentally” peeking out of at the top of a pair of low-rise jeans or bikini bottoms. This little peek-a-boo tactic gives women an excuse to drop their bottoms even lower or lift up their tops when a man asks to see the tattoo.

Now picture this same thing happening with a man.  There is nothing even remotely swexy or straight about a man teasing us with a little crack peep show or lifting up his shirt in a strip tease motion just so you can see his lower back. If shirts are coming off—I want to see upper back, pecs, and biceps. And if a man has a shirt on that’s short enough to show some ink there, I don’t think you have to ask much else.

It doesn’t help that the go-to example of a man with a lower back tat gone bad is Shemar Moore. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a beautiful specimen of a man but his sexuality has been in question for about as long as lower back body art has been labeled a tramp stamp. You know who else has a man stamp? Ray J. ‘Nuff said.

The “v taper” at the bottom of the spine can be one of the best parts of a man’s body. For the sake of that hotness and heterosexuality, men need to keep this canvass bare.

What’s your take on male tramp stamps? Yay or nay?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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