- Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:32 pm
Beginning in the late 1990s the lower back tattoo became popular, especially among young women. Lower back tattoos are often oblong in shape, following the slope of the back on either side of the woman's spine. The lower back tattoo is body decoration with the intent of emphasizing sexual attractiveness. Generally, a lower back tattoo will be designed to emphasize the shape and curvature of the female figure.
While such tattoos have become increasingly popular and accepted in recent years in many parts of the world and especially the west, they remain an object of derision in some quarters. Detractors consider lower back tattoos as suggestive of promiscuity and an indication of Raunch Culture. In the United States, they have been pejoratively referred to as "tramp stamps", an expression which was also used in the movie Wedding Crashers. In Australia, they have been given the slang term of "arse antlers". 
Several attributes of lower back tattoos have made them popular. While the lower back is not the widest area of the human back, it has abundant space for a large design, and horizontal tattoo designs can be worked easily. Another advantage is that the lower back is less likely to stretch and distort due to minor weight fluctuations, thus reducing the likelihood the tattoo becomes warped and faded. An additional consideration is that while a lower back tattoo may be easily revealed by casual clothing or during intimate moments, it may just as easily be concealed by conservative clothing as circumstances require. Lower back tattoos are often displayed in conjunction with halfshirts and bellyshirts (also called crop tops) designed to expose the midriff, and low-rise jeans that are worn low around the hips.
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