Beauty And The Beast, a weekly dating advice column with Kendra Cunningham and John Powers
Fan Mail Question of The Week:
Kendra & John,
When should you show your tattoo to the person you’re dating? How many is too many?
I’ve got no issue with tattoos.
…but I do have limits to what I’d consider appropriate. Yes, it’s your body and you can do whatever you want with it… but if you’ve got an office job it would be smart to keep them out of plain sight. That magic mushroom growing out of your ear could be excessive if you work in customer service.
My limit is probably 5. If you have more than that, you may be an addict. Once I dated a young lady with 20-something pieces, and some were quite large. As an artist I appreciate the creativity of your body canvas, but it’s important to use discretion. These things will be part of you forever. A grandma with a butterfly on her ankle is cool… skull on her back, not so much.
It’s good to talk about your body art when getting to know someone. If its something you enjoy, you should find out if your person enjoys it too. I consider it a 3rd date conversation. Once you start peeling off layers to share each others’ ink… things could get heavy.
I used to have a thing for Amy Brown art. She drew a lot of pixies. There’s something very sexy about pixies… with their pointy ears and sly mischievous grins. A girl I knew noticed a few prints around my apartment, and then decided to get a pixie tattoo. That’s just too much.
…and if you’re gonna get a tramp stamp, be creative and get a dart board!
Ask me anything… I will answer.
Beauty: Kendra Cunningham
Being the bearer of a tattoo, it has never occurred to me that I should disclose that information to a potential lover. I figure, once they see my tits, antiquated opinions aren’t on the forefront of their minds. That’s me being overly confident about my breast power while at the same time, planting a seed of interest in the minds of the readers (for more on my breasts contact me directly or talk to anyone who was ever a part of the Boston break dancing scene, they can tell ya).
So I don’t know when you tell someone, when they ask or when they see it, I guess. Do people really have strong opinions on tattoos nowadays? I can see being against a neck tattoo although I once saw a super hot guy with one and thought “Neck tattoos are pretty cool, actually”. Sex appeal overrule, is what I call it. I can say “I think full body tattoos are too much” then I meet someone who smiles at me crooked and laughs at everything I say and guess what? He’s covered in tats. Suddenly I’m thinking “I hope this guy didn’t spend all his money on tattoos because I can’t bang another broke dude” .
Personally, I am intimidated by guys covered in tattoos. I have a preconceived notion that they are super sexual people. I automatically assume their Mexican street thug inspired flank tat came with a fluffer. Plus they have to be insensitive. Tattoos are painful. If you keep going back for more, maybe they aren’t so painful to you. Or maybe you don’t feel pain at all. I like a man who experiences emotional distress. They’re more relatable. And I have the ability to hurt them once in a while.
Honestly, I’d be afraid to try to play head games with a guy covered in tats. Next thing I know he’s sitting around with his tattoo friends talking shit about me and waallaa Kendra Cunningham is nowhere to be found but there is a new BBQ pit in the back of Tyrone’s Tattoo Palace.
Free dogs for the fluffers.
Thanks for listening.
Kendra is a stand up comic living in Brooklyn where she owns a super comfortable bed. She spends most of her time wondering where the hell her sugar daddy is and hoping he didn’t settle.