This has been a really interesting topic for me and I truly appreciate how everyone has their own different views on this.
I donít have any tattoos myself, but itís not because I donít like them. Iíve actually thought about getting one or even several quite a few times. For me itís always just been a matter of deciding what I would actually want. I think my issue with tattoos is just the way some people get them. For some people itís a compulsive behavior, for others itís a coping mechanism. Some people fall into peer pressure and others have a bad habit of falling for fads. If there has been serious thought and planning into a tattoo and it has meaning that will be relevant in a persons life for the long haul, I think they are great.
SisterMilkshake, ďlater in lifeĒ is actually a big part of my concern. My WS is young and has a beautiful body right now. I canít help having these images in my head of us being together when we are older and wanting to dress up in nice clothes and go somewhere fancy and I personally just donít like the look of fully exposed large tats in a situation like that, not to mention depending how well she ages and takes care of herself, those tats could look pretty terrible down the road. Also your comment ďWouldn't it have been better if our WS's reconsidered our relationship and decided because their spouse made a lasagna with four cheeses they would end the marriage first instead of cheating on us?Ē really hit home! Thank you for you wisdom and support!
So Iíve seen a lot of opinions all over the place on this topic ranging from ďitís my body and I can do whatever I want without anyoneís permissionĒ to ďwe are in a relationship and should respect each otherís opinions.Ē Pentupís comment ďI really like cats. My h does not. We do not have a cat. I could get one, but I respect that they make him uncomfortableĒ pretty much sums up my stance on the situation. I donít want to control my SO and tell her what she can and canít do, but I do want to be in a relationship where my opinion matters, and does have an effect on the decisions my SO makes.
A lot of people on here have been asking about the ex paying for her tats while she was out of town. The ex was not one of my WS multiple APís (that I know of). She describes their relationship as just extremely close friends that always have looked out for each other and helped each other through tough times. I have always been weary of this because he has been willing to drop everything and drive across multiple states to see her on a momentís notice, and was obviously willing to pay for her to get two tattoos. This incident happened a while back, before dday, but during the time of her affairs. It was not completely swept under the rug. She knew I was upset about it, we talked to our MC about it, and she said she would never do anything like that again without at least discussing it with me first. Well only a few weeks ago, after dday and during what could have been the beginning of R, she did it again. This time it wasnít a tattoo but a piercing in her lip.
There are people on this tread that have stated that it is their body, and they can do whatever they want to it, anytime they want, without having to ask for permission. I donít have a problem accepting that type of mentality on the subject. It is your body and you most certainly can do whatever you want with it. That is obviously the way my WS feels on the topic. There are obviously SOís out there that also donít have a problem with this way of thinking and donít mind with their SO comes home with a new tattoo or piercing they werenít told about. I just happen to find myself on the other side of the fence. I want to be with someone who does ask, consider my opinion, and is willing to bend a little for the sake of the relationship.