Tramp Stamp

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 23 16:54:10 UTC 2008

The Urban Dictionary has it back to 2003. My sister-in-law got her
such a tattoo in 2001, but I, unfortunately, did not become familiar
with the term, "tramp stamp," till some now-forgotten later date.


On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 11:38 AM, Baker, John <JMB at> wrote:
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>        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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