What are male tramp stamps?


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The term "tramp stamp" is a derogatory nickname for a lower-back tattoo that is situated directly above the male or female derrière. The term, initially used only in reference to women, suggests that the tattoo’s placement indicates promiscuity.

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Men typically get these tattoos less frequently than women, but it is not entirely uncommon. For instance, soccer star David Beckham has a lower-back tattoo that reads "Brooklyn," which is his son's name. DJ Pauly D, from the reality show "Jersey Shore," has a "tramp stamp" of his own name.

This type of tattoo gained popularity when crop tops and low-rise jeans experienced resurgence in the early 2000s. The lower back is also a prime location for tattoos because it is easy to conceal under clothing and because this area stores less body fat, which helps the tattoo retain its form over the years.

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