Tramp Stamp

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Wed Jul 23 16:12:21 UTC 2008

Late, probably, and less appropriate today, IMHO, given the
number of not-really-trampy females with whom they've found favor.
Me, I'd be more inclined to call one a _too too_, as in "too stupid
a (place for a) tattoo."
(You could even say, relative to another string here, that those who
get tats there have _pushed back_ against common sense!)

        How old is "tramp stamp," the current term for those popular
tattoos at the base of a woman's back?  The earliest I see is 8/19/2004
from the San Francisco Chronicle (Westlaw):  In the Central Valley,
writes Lisa Hayes of Modesto, they call that tattoo at the base of a
woman's spine a "tramp stamp."
        That seems rather late, though.
John Baker

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