Having a body art tattoo is pleasing to look at and can be a source of attention for the one who is sporting it. The negative attention behind having tattoos was greatly influenced by the fact that it mostly associated with criminality and bad behavior. It is a common practice for gangs to sport a specific type of body art tattoo as a symbol of membership and identification. It is a common sight in prisons where jailed criminals get tattoos to signify the criminal acts that they have done. This is why persons with many tattoos are easily associated with serious criminals who have lived a life that is full of crime and misdeeds.
Aside from these, tattoos are also link with people who spends most of their lives at sea. Remember "Popeye the sailor man" with his famous anchor tattoo?