JEFF PEARLMAN

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RIP: The Tramp Stamp

Final night at the Jersey Shore. One thing I noticed this weekend—the infamous Tramp Stamp is pretty much obsolete.

In case you’re out of the know, the Tramp Stamp is the tattoo women get that’s located above the ass. It usually says something like HOT STUFF or CAN’T TOUCH THIS or SIZZLIN’ MEAT. Not all that long ago, the stamps were everywhere—ill-advised branding that a woman, well, liked sex and could be had pretty easily.

Then—poof!—something happened. Here’s my opinion: The owners of Tramp Stamps aged. They got married. Had kids. The Tramp Stamps faded. Stretched. Wrinkled. Shriveled. To be 22 with a Tramp Stamp? Sorta sexy. To be, oh, 40 with a Tramp Stamp? Embarrassing.

So farewell, dear Stamps … we won’t miss you.