I have a sword encirlced with a rose vine and a single red rose on one shoulder and a wooden cross adorned with eagle feathers and turquoise beads on the other shoulder. neither is visible under a short sleeved shirt.
i have no problem with visible tats, unless they serve no purpose other than to offend as many people as possible (swastikas, gang designs, "white trash" across the knuckles, etc) then I think they are just stupid.
I also don't get the whole idea behind tats on black people...especially dark skinned black people. WTF? you can barely see them most of the time.
My two younger sons are black (adopted) the oldest is light skinned ( the kids on his soccer team call him "latte" ) and he says he wants inked. I told him that when he turned 16 he could do it...if he could talk his mother into it. the younger is much darker and thus far has shown no interest.
And since I'm thinking of it...what the hell is with the whole "branding" thing as well? I have seen numerous black dudes with these big brands on their arms. personally I think they look pretty kool and badass but I would think that someone would bring up the whole slavery issue over it.