Are you rocking a #GayTattoo?
You’ve got to be careful with tattoos. They can look amazing, but something that seemed like a really cool idea when you were 19 may not seem so amazing when you’re 35.
Here’s a few simple tips:
Make sure you get a professional tattoo artist to do it.
Start small and build your design over the years.
Avoid names or anything that you may change your mind on.
Avoid any parts of your body that are going to stretch.
We like to keep an eye on our Twitter feed for examples of some of the guys who are getting their #GayTattoo game just right.
To be honest, most of our Twitter feed is filled with sex-positive guys who like to show off every inch of their bodies. We’re happy to lean into that. We’re happy to lean into that hard.
Here’s some of the tattoos that have recently caught our eye.
Alessio keeps it simple – you don’t see a lot of ink on his body, but he’s got a cool arrow down his right forearm.
Andy has opted for a fair bit of ink – he’s got some shoulder detail and some really impressive wings across his back. The eye-catching one though is that Andy has his name tattooed across his lower back. It saves time on introductions, or could be a helpful reminder in case you need to remember which name to shout out in the heat of passion.
Beaux has his tattoos strategically placed – a band around the right forearm, his left collarbone, down the side of his rib-cage. It’s clear that he’s thought about them, that they mean something to him. It’s a relatively restrained approach to body-art.
Boomer has embraced his body as a canvass. There’s a lot going on in the ink department, but it totally works from every angle.
Brock has gone for some really distinctive tattoos – the stars on his upper chest and the birds flying down his arm are quite distinctive, but he’s also got some smaller, eclectic artwork that is worth spending some time admiring.
What’s the appeal of a tattoo?
We caught up with Spencer Charest to try and get to the bottom of it.
What was the first tattoo that you got?
It was a little circular tatt, on my right arm. I got it to cover a keloid scar.
What is it about tattoos that you like?
The ability to choose what I do to my own body. It’s a powerful form of autonomy.
Is there a specific inspiration or story behind each of your tattoos?
They’re thematic — earth, wind, fire, and water. Plus some recent additions. I’ve had them all done in Vancouver — four different artists.
At the moment there aren’t any plans to get more, but I never say never.
Did it hurt getting your tattoos done?
I don’t feel it much. I slept through my back tattoo.
What sort of reaction from guys do you get to your tattoos?
I get way more interest from men now — it’s changed the way that they perceive me. The tattoos give me more power.
Do you regret any of your tattoos?
I regret nothing.
What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about getting a tattoo?
Start with a big one — most people regret the size of their first.
Are you into guys with tattoos?
Do any of these guys catch your eye?