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Tramp Stamp: The Lower Back Tattoo

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The Truth About the Lower Back Tattoo

Let's examine the Tramp Stamp. Many women are getting them; many guys are drooling over them. The lower back tattoo, also known as a tramp stamp or ass antlers, is wildly popular.

Since so many people are getting the lower back tattoo, we must ask...have tramp stamps gained any class over time? Have they become acceptable for "good girls"? In a word: No. Ask any group of guys, "What do you think of a girl with a lower back tattoo versus a girl without one?" You will quickly find your answer.

Pop culture has embraced the tramp stamp. But then again, over time, pop culture also embraced the mullet, flannels over t-shirts, parachute pants, stirrup pants, leisure suits, and virtual pets. Hindsight is 20/20. The difference is that these items could all be thrown out or changed. A tramp stamp is yours until it's a gramp stamp!

(Photo by dolar)

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Tramp Stamp Poll

Hmmm....some telling results. Take a look at the difference in opinions between men and women.

From the Urban Dictionary - Tramp Stamp Terminology

In case you haven't heard them all, these are the terms often associated with the lower back tattoo. I won't put the definitions here, but feel free to also look up bullseye, target, and splat tat.

  • Ass Antlers
    A type of tattoo, usually worn by women, on the lower back and branching upwards from the buttcrack. From the original German "Arschgeweih".
  • Tramp Stamp
    A tattoo on the lower back of a female. Denotes the perceived correlation between having a tattoo in this location and being sexually promiscuous. The larger the tramp stamp, the more promiscuous the female, goes the common lore. Popular designs incl
  • Whore Tag
    A small tattoo usually located on the small of he back of a female. They can be located elsewhere on the female body, but to qualify it must be something very generic like a ladybug, flower, or a design.
  • Santa Cruz License Plate
    Tattoo on a women's back above her booty
  • License Plate
    A tattoo located above the buttocks, generally spanning from one hip to the other.
  • Alley Tag
    A lower back tattoo on a hoop-earring hood rat (a girl who sleeps with various men in the neighborhood).
  • Butt Antlers
    A tribal tattoo on the lower back of a somewhat skanky female, another term for tramp stamp. A milder form of the phrase Ass Antlers.
  • Whale Tail
    The whale tail is the shape formed when a thong or g-string rides up high over a womans trousers. Often accompanied by the tramp stamp.

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Here is some of what people are saying about Tramp Stamps including some message boards with many opinions listed.

Lower Back Tattoo Designs

The Muffin Top

Often a accompanied by the Tramp Stamp are the Whale Tail and the Muffin Top. Some women even sport the trifecta!

Learn more about the Muffin Top:

Your Opinion on the Tramp Stamp

Do you think people consider a lower back tattoo to be an indication of promiscuity?

Ass Antlers

The creme de la creme

These girls not only went for the tramp stamp. They went specifically for the ass antlers. This flaring upward shape is where the the name "ass antlers" derived.

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Temporary Tramp Stamps

When the weekend comes and you want to act like you've got tattoo, then try on one of these temporary tats. It's got all that trashy style, with none of the lifelong immense regret.

Be Informed - Choose your tat wisely....Think about it first!

Don't just get drunk and get a tat - know what you are getting into (and why). And for God sakes, don't pick something trendy...trendy will soon not be!

Tramp Stamp Barbie?

Classy Classy Classy!

Yucky, Yucky, Yucky

Under no circumstance is the male tramp stamp ever appropriate. We can't even call it a tramp stamp. What shall we call it instead?

Asshole Accent?

Teabag Tag?

Butthead Brand?

Unmanly Marker?

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Tramp Stamp Designs

Random Act of Kindness

If you know someone who is considering a lower back tattoo, perhaps you should send them this link. They are free to make their choice; their life and their body is their own....but they should have all the facts. This is how people REALLY view them.

Tramp Stamp Vids

If you don't already know Beth and Val, then this is a great intro to what they do.

What I think...

With this page, I am not trying to be judgmental towards all people with tattoos. I am talking here, just about the tramp stamp, not other well thought out, well designed, and well executed tattoos.

I am simply using the terminology that is out there, and not trying to shy away from it. If you have a lower back tattoo, then you knew these terms (or for god sakes you should have) when you got it. It was your choice after all.

I am not against tattoos. I simply feel that girls with this particular type of tattoo are sending out a message to the world, whether that is their intention or not. If that is the message they want to be sending out (for the rest of their lives) then fine...more power to them. But, if they think that this is just what everyone is doing, and that it is just something cute, then they should hold back.

Regardless of what everyone with a tramp stamp feels about it, this is how other people react when they see it. If a person can read pages like this, and still chose to get a lower back tattoo, then it is right for them.

How can I make a page like this?

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What do you think of the tramp stamp?


WinWriter on September 28, 2013:

Couldn't agree with you more. I think they're ugly in that location.

Namsak on September 10, 2013:

It's not the tattoo - it's the woman it's on!

Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on September 03, 2013:

No tats on me, but to each their own.

anonymous on June 19, 2013:

I got my lower back tattoo 14 years ago prior to being termed as "Tramp Stamp" which I absolutely hate. The reason I decided to have it placed there was because I knew when I had children that was the only place that wasn't going to stretch and it would only be visible to my husband, not the world. So after 2 pregnancies my tattoo still looks great.

shewins on May 27, 2013:

Tattooing the lower back became very popular among young women before it got that name. Plenty of nice girls got them. Tattoos on every part of the body are common on both genders and in all walks of life. People may think the presence of a tattoo tells them something about a person, but they are wrong. FYI, I don't have any tattoos.

MasterDripper on May 18, 2013:

women with a lower back tattoo can be sexy but it is not for wll women...cheers

anonymous on May 10, 2013:

I got my Tramp Stamp after I found this lens! If you can handle the "slut-shame" that comes along with this tattoo you will love it! (I would do it again without hesitation.)


Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on May 08, 2013:

It is not how I react. I wouldn't assume someone with a lower back tattoo was a tramp, neither would I call it a tramp stamp. Some of the ones above were very attractive. I think everything depends on how they're worn, and how they are shown off.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on December 31, 2012:

I may be a little old fashioned, but I think tattoos in general are monumentally unattractive, and a huge turn-off.

BrainDroppings on December 06, 2012:

I have 3 tattoos and my wife has 11. None of hers are "tramp stamps" but I've seen some lower back tattoos that I really liked, and some that were just slutty looking. Depends on the design, placement, and frankly the girl that it's on. Great lens BTW, made me chuckle

Deadicated LM on November 06, 2012:

To each his own.

MrMojo01 on August 24, 2012:

Nice lens, I think a tramp stamp looks very sexy on most women.

Asher Socrates from Los Angeles, CA on August 17, 2012:

Time for a new lens! The trend now has moved around to the rib stamp! I think it sounds better anyhow.. Thanks Asher

KReneeC on August 04, 2012:

I think its just another area where people place a tattoo! I didn't want mine in the middle of my back, I wanted it on my lower back! And I'm sure nothing of a tramp! When I see other women that have a tattoo there I think it's beautiful! Tattoo's are just another way to express yourself. Unless the tattoo actually says, "HEY, I'M A TRAMP", then I wouldn't assume they are!

Nicole Pellegrini from New Jersey on July 21, 2012:

I actually think it's a shame that lower back tattoos have developed such a negative connotation, and such a sexist and derogatory name. (Ie, it's totally fine for men to brag about being sexual but any woman who wants to promote her sexuality is automatically a "tramp" or a "slut". It's kind of sad to see that still the case today.) I don't have any tats and I'm not actually generally a fan of them, but I actually do think a lower back tattoo can be one of the most attractive possible, especially given a woman's body shape and curves. I wish it wasn't yet another way that men (and other women) now choose to look down on other women for their choices with presenting their bodies.

YogaAngel on June 30, 2012:

"The lady has a tramp stamp" Frank Sinatra

Spiderlily321 on June 18, 2012:

Interesting lens. I always thought it was funny that people called lower back tattoos "tramp stamps". I don't have a tattoo there but I know several people that do. I don't believe that everyone that has one there is promiscuous. There are also several promiscuous people out there with zero tattoos! Lol.

Great lens. Thanks for sharing this

anonymous on June 15, 2012:

@anonymous: I agree whole heartedly. I have a tattoo on my lower back and I love it. I'm going to get part of it covered up though next month because I want to add a little bit to it. Anyway, there is no correlation between tattoo placement and sexual promescuity.

hntrssthmpsn on June 10, 2012:

This is hilarious. 'Round these parts, the "Tramp Stamp" is referred to as a "Santa Cruz license plate."

tricomanagement on June 08, 2012:

great information - did not know the term but I think it fits

bensen32 lm on June 06, 2012:

First nice fun and informative lens.

Second, of all the ones I have seen they all look trashy or just bad art. Personally I don't find them attractive at all.

K Bechand from NY on May 12, 2012:

funny !

pcgamehardware on May 11, 2012:

Cool web page and informative too. :) Nice work

tomthiessen lm on May 02, 2012:

Wow...a guy with a tramp stamp... *shakes head in wonderment*

anonymous on February 06, 2012:

Sorry for the typos in the previous email, e.g. (tattoo and correlation).

anonymous on February 06, 2012:

Sorry for the typos in the previous post. Actually should have used "tattoo", not "tattoo".

anonymous on February 06, 2012:

This entire discussion about what tattoo placement actually means is ridiculous. Just as some people like to adorn their body with jewelry or makeup, others prefer more permanent adornment. Choosing to decorate your body with color has no corelation to a person's sexual activity (or lack of it). I have gotten 3 different tatoos at different stages of life, over a 30 year period (including one on my lower back). During those 30+ years, I've been married, in a committed and monogamous relationship. I also know many other women for which the same is true. Why not judge each person for who they are and not buy into stereotypes put forth by others?

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on January 12, 2012:

Make darn sure the person who does your tattoo is a professional -- then have fun and go for it!! Good lens!

Chocolate Pickney from Jamaica on January 08, 2012:

Would want one, but can't build the courage to stand the pain to get it done

JohnMichael2 on January 07, 2012:

they're cute and attention getting...

writerkath on December 26, 2011:

I think this was an excellent lens, and wish it was here during the days I worked with many young people (primarily women at the time) who were struggling and on TANF (aka Welfare).

If you knew how many of them had these types of tattoos - and other tattoos you would believe it. I always wondered how they could keep affording tattoos when on TANF but that's another story...

I remember one young lady coming in to see me in tears because she got a tramp stamp at a party (PLEASE people... Do NOT get tattoos at a party!) and it was so awful. Black and smeared... She didn't know what to do. It was seriously the most botched up job I had ever seen, and the "artist" clearly was NOT an artist.

My biggest concern that day was her health since she didn't have the tattoo done by a professional. But the point is, it honestly seemed then (and still does) that many people get tattoos without truly thinking about what they're doing.

Like you said above, if, after reading and carefully considering what you presented in this lens, the person still feels good about getting this tattoo, then by all means, go for it.

Like I used to say to the people I worked with: "Just remember: They don't wash off, and laser removal can be very costly."

WebWriteGirl LM on December 03, 2011:

"gramp stamp"..o was a fun and interesting lens. Personally, I don't believe a tattoo defines who a person is. It's good though to consider the future before inking I think...such as pregnancy..etc..

anonymous on December 03, 2011:

Tramp stamp is a term for branding not having a tattoo on the lower back. Many different types of people have tattoos I know someone with one on her lower back who is a far cry from promiscuious.

miaponzo on December 03, 2011:

Wow.. like you said.. maybe intentional or maybe not.. that is not a great place to have a tattooo.. actually.. for me.. none are.. Blessed!

Morgannafay on October 19, 2011:

I never even thought about the lower back tat until I read this page. It was a very entertaining read, but I will have to disagree and say what I already said up yonder in the dual. To each their own ;) I also got a good chuckle from the possible names for dudes lower back tats. A hole accents? LMAO!

anonymous on October 10, 2011:

like looking at them, wouldn't want my wife, sisters, or mom to have them. Gave this lens a 'thumbs up'.

Tagsforkids on October 04, 2011:

I know I'm probably in the minority, but I don't like tattoos at all. My daughter always knew how i felt, and she respectfully waited until she was 18 to get two of them. Fortunately she got it out of her system, and prior to getting married, paid a hefty fee to have them removed. I won't say people do not have the right to have them, just not for me!

katemiya on September 25, 2011:

I think with some of the tattoos, like Kanji, the location of the tattoo has to do with grounding since the base of the spine has that meaning.

The issue isn't the "tramp stamp" so much as anyone with a tattoo in a location of the body people on the street generally shouldn't be seeing. Not sure why the lower spine tattoo got dubbed "tramp stamp" and not tattoos women would get on their breasts.

cheech1981 on September 20, 2011:

this is just a matter of everyone's personal opinion, but i have never really been attracted to a lot of tattoos. a small tasteful or creative one can be appealing, but especially when people are putting them all over their neck and i've even seen some on people's faces...personally i find it to be a turn off

Echo Phoenix on August 31, 2011:

no tramp stamp for me but I once considered the Mattel ~stamp on my ass as a political statement against the subjugation of women and idealized barbie doll imagery in our society;)

Showpup LM on August 29, 2011:

I'd never thought about the surgery aspects. Good information here.

cducky on August 19, 2011:

GREAT Lens! You have a lot of really good links and information!

Rankography on August 18, 2011:

Great lens. Enjoyed all the lovely pics and videos.

KimGiancaterino on August 13, 2011:

I can't get the "gramp stamp" visual out of my head. That alone should make most women think twice about it. And I do agree ... tramp stamps are not so good looking on men. Yuck!

cocktailsexaminer on August 11, 2011:

I think it would be entertaining to get "tramp stamp" tattooed on one's lower back... especially if a man got it.

imagen247 on July 23, 2011:

lol, back when got mine not many women had "tramp stamps." getting tattoo there was simply so I could hide it when I wanted to hide it and show when I wanted to do that.

orange3 lm on July 15, 2011:

Great lens!! I agree, No Male Tramp Stamp....ever! haha

Jereme Causing from Philippines on July 13, 2011:

I don't like any tattoos at all.. we believe that it does not look so clean at all

CarynJSwift56889 on June 30, 2011:

good totaoo, maybe there are a lot of people want to have it

phoenix arizona f on May 24, 2011:

Overall, I think that tattoos on women can be sexy if done right. Personally, I think that the 'arm band' tattoo on a man is possibly the worst tattoo idea ever known. If you're going to get a tattoo, why not make it something creative and unique?

mahimattphoto on April 26, 2011:

I don't prefer them but more power to the individuality of people. I love that people can find different ways to express themselves.

anonymous on April 17, 2011:

a trampstamp is just a tattoo, nothing more. the only ones who make it anything more are men who can't get the girl. men say women are sluts because they got turned down and feel a need to justify their failure to get her in bed. funny how a male slut is a stud and a ladies man, but a woman who gets what she wants is a whore. we have wild oats to so too. after all, how else are we going to be able to fake orgasms with lousy lovers unless we have memories of good ones. be thankful your girl was a "slut" or else you'd never be man enough to keep her awake, much less satisfied.

careermom on April 12, 2011:

Good lens. I don't have any tattoos but I live in an area where I can jokingly say I'm one of 5 people here without ink and not be far off. I love good art and some of the pieces are very well done regardless of where they are put. Others are just unfortunate. While I have no interest in having any work done of my own, I can always appreciate something that is well done on someone else.

Kathryn002 on March 08, 2011:

Personally, I don't like them, as I would want a tattoo a place I could see it. Certainly where I live girls would be seen as promiscuous if they got a tramp stamp, though of course not all assumptions are correct.

anonymous on March 06, 2011:

When young, we don't take into consideration what other people may thin all that much and can err in many directions. Food for thought for sure. Oh, to live life with no regrets!

anonymous on December 26, 2010:

When I got mine it wasn't even termed "tramp stamp" yet and I find the term offensive to say the least. Why did I choose to get mine on my lower back? It's a semi-large piece and that was the best place to put it. End of story. To be judged by my tats or their location is so freaking stupid. If someone is going to judge me by it, then I don't need them in my life.

GuyB LM on December 19, 2010:

I got my tramp stamp back in the early 90's before they were popular with the women. Now I deeply regret my decision. I thought my TS said "Tough Guy" in Chinese only to find out years later that it actually means "White Hooker" Cool lens

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on December 17, 2010:

Congrats on making The Best Squidoo Intros Ever list.

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on November 17, 2010:

Personally, tattoos are a major are piercings...and "bikini waxes" carried to the extreme. What the hell are these young women thinking?

anonymous on October 22, 2010:

I've never heard of the term tramp stamp before, but I have to admit it's one of those snappy lines that probably sound cool in certain environments.

I would like to think the way you act not where you have a tatt is how people judge you.

freaknoodles1 on October 09, 2010:

I think what's tacky about a tramp stamp is not so much the location itself but the way it's usually seen only because of a wardrobe malfunction. (As if the wearer of the cropped shirt and low-rise jeans couldn't possibly have predicted the outfit would fail if they attempted some bold, extreme movement. You know, like sitting...)

scar4 on October 08, 2010:

Very interesting topic and informative lens. Thank you for writing.

anonymous on September 29, 2010:

I think they are well good and love them!!

CeleryStalker LM on September 29, 2010:

I'm not a fan of the stamp tattoos usually, but sometimes they look great. Nice lens :)

anonymous on September 27, 2010:

Over time these sort of things come into the mainstream. In the eighties ANY tattoo seemed to be taken as a mark of promiscuity.

Petstrel LM on September 15, 2010:

Like I said in the duel comment - if everyone would mind their own business, a world would be a much better place.

Tarra99 on September 10, 2010:

Ha ha ha....I've never heard the terms "tramp stamp" or "ass antlers"...that's funny...what's even funnier is my neighbour has a set...LOL! Thanks for the giggles!

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on September 08, 2010:

I was just discussing the prevalence of tattoos on young people yesterday. Personally, I just like the way they look on young people. The problem is 20-30 years from now, they don 't have the same look.

tatlover2 on September 07, 2010:

I don't understand why so many female get them. Like the name implied, do they want to be a tramp? It's like saying shoot here! And he scores! lol...

Tonie Cook from USA on September 07, 2010:

OK. You got me with the 'Tramp Stamp Barbie.' Blessed by an angel.

K Bechand from NY on August 31, 2010:

Really, with the reputation, I am blown away by the number of people that still get them ...

anonymous on August 30, 2010:

I'm glad I never got one of these. Luckily these seem to have gone out of style for the most part - at least here in the northeast. This is funny!

anonymous on August 30, 2010:

Cool tatto!

lasertek lm on August 30, 2010:

I do believe that the tramp stamp is one way of expressing ones individuality. Thus, we should just respect those that chose to have them. Great lens!

kimark421 on August 23, 2010:

Great lens. I like a little controversy with my Squidoo now and then.

anonymous on May 31, 2010:

I am 37 married for 17 years with 3 children I got my first lower tat 9 yr ago and added to it 4 days ago. It's not fair for labels to be made of people with Art on them whether it turned out bad or not. there is a different a meaning for every different art.... So do you go in someone house look at the art on the wall and call them a tramp?.

It is what it is..... You are what you are..... The art means what that person wants it to mean. Don't judge cause in the end you judge your self.

anonymous on May 04, 2010:

@anonymous: Yes I love mine and want to extend it. I don't care if it labels me! Do you have one?

anonymous on April 26, 2010:

yes its always sexy to have lower back tattoo...especially when I see a male's lower back tattoo, wow

anonymous on April 18, 2010:

I liked it and have just had one done myself and I'm male! Mine was chosen though for certain reasons and not to be labelled in a specific category. Your site is cool!

Kathy McGraw from California on February 20, 2010:

I guess I'm just old fashioned, but women with tats on their back or elsewhere just isn't my thing. I never heard of a tramp stamp, but some of the ones I've seen with the jeans riding low, and the g-string showing by the tat sure is suggestive. *Blessed* for the originality and the way this is put together :)

anyaface lm on January 31, 2010:

this is a very funny lens! loved it!

Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on January 15, 2010:

Engaging lens on an interesting topic! I didn't know about the term "tramp stamp" but I personally don't like lower back tattoos. I have some artist friends with tats on their arms and/or legs but they are well-designed ones that do not shout out "promiscuous". (:

LowerBackTattoos on October 14, 2009:

Cool lens but...Lower Back tattoos are sexy

Joan4 on October 09, 2009:

I cannot imagine having art added to my body for the rest of my life, but then again, as they say "different strokes for different folks". I do wonder about all these folks at 80 years old and how the tattoos will look then. I just learned the term "tramp stamp" a few weeks ago, and now one of your comments says they are going out of style! I can't keep up anymore! lol

anonymous on September 18, 2009:

Haha Love it.I have a "tramp stamp" but im a married mum of 3.And have been with my husband faithfully since I was 18.I have 5 tasteful tattoos.I love body art.But I agree there are some taking art as a chav sign rather than an artistic expression.Each of my tattoos has a meaning or memorium.Such as a welsh dragon for the death of my father.A blue rose in a celtic design for the death of my son.

A tramp is a tramp and usually most can tell before they even get a tramp stamp.Its not the tats fault,lol.

greenerme on September 11, 2009:

I'm glad I never got one of these. Luckily these seem to have gone out of style for the most part - at least here in the northeast. This is funny!

Kerri Bee (author) from Upstate, NY on September 04, 2009:

[in reply to Kacy] I'm not talking about any back tattoo - just lower back tattoos. How many guys do you know with a LOWER back tattoo? (and that's lower back without the whole rest of the back done) Not too many, I assume. Why? Because they are left to the girls. And why are they left to the girls? Because they are tramp stamps.

anonymous on September 03, 2009:

I think this article is ridiculous. It's a shame that girls can't get a tattoo on their lower backs with out being labeled a tramp. After all these years, equal sex status is still a no show. I don't consider guys having a tattoo on their backs "promiscuous", but then again, I'm not as judgemental as you narrow minded individuals. Grow up and realize that not everything is about sex.

PinayArtist LM on August 30, 2009:

While I don't agree with everything in the lens, I still think you did a great job on the lens.

Lower Back Tattoos

anonymous on June 16, 2009:

A woman has natural beauty. If she adds ink to beauty she will just look silly. And cheap.

seegreen on May 07, 2009:

Interesting, I've never heard it called that before. I like tattoos and I like the lower back tattoo. But it really doesn't matter what you do, someone will attach a sexual message to it. Knee high boots, tight jeans, red coloured footwear, I've heard it all. Just because a man sees something as sexual doesn't mean it is.

Czarque on February 10, 2009:

What an interesting lens - I had never heard of tramp stamp before! I learnt something new today!

monarch13 on October 15, 2008:

I guess I'm in the minority, but I have NEVER heard of back tattoos being called "tramp stamps'. I got mine at age 37 and like I said above, it was a symbol of my love for my deceased grandmother and an acknowledgment that life goes on. I guess I am a bit offended by this type of ridicule. But of course everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Doncarlin on June 06, 2008:

A different subject for a lens, cool! 5 stars!

ElizabethJeanAl on June 05, 2008:

Personally I don't care for tatoos. They may look great now but how will they look in 20 years? How will it look when the antlers 'widen' or start to sag?

Interesting lens.

5 stars


Clairwil LM on December 31, 2007:

Hilarious lens *****

Aika on December 21, 2007:

cool~ worth reading for! 5 stars

Missi Troble on November 14, 2007:

I love it. If you get a chance visit

MaddGamerX on August 06, 2007:

Hi, kab!

You really got an awesome lens on "tramp stamp" tattoos! I got a lot of great info on tats and body arts! I have a lens on the tattooing,too at Tattoo Primer Check it out and rate it for me! Madd Gamer ;)

catch-cheating on July 30, 2007:

great lens, very interesting tattoos

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