Thirst Traps: Queer Men Love Their Tats

Wednesday December 1, 2021
Originally published on October 22, 2021

Broadway great Irving Berlin once wrote "a sailor's not a sailor 'til a sailor's been tattooed," a song that was immortalized in the film "There's No Business Like Show Business" by Ethel Merman and Mitzi Gaynor.


The sentiment can also apply to many queer men. Like the scruffy beard, tattoos have never been more prevalent in queer culture.

Some even embrace Berlin's sentiments with sailor tattoos, including one of the most famous sailors in history:



Also turning up are a number of tattoos that refer to Divine and the films of John Waters:








And one with a decidedly queer message:


Check out these IGs of queers and their tattoos: