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Cultural offensiveness in Greece

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1. Posted by answorth78 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Heading to Greece for the Athens Marathon and I generally like to not be the 'ugly american' when traveling so I try to learn language and cultural offenses before arriving in country. My question is: What is the cultural view of tattoos in Greece? Specifically clowns/jesters (tattoos)?

I have been in regions before where there is a negative stigma associated with body art. Would prefer to do the run in shorts, but do not want to be offensive in anothers 'house'.

Thank you.

2. Posted by jackiechan (Budding Member 18 posts) 6y

I don't think that Greeks would find your tattoos offensive, it' s rather an individual matter whether somebody is ok with tattoos or not. It's not like it is unusual here in Europe to have one.

3. Posted by melliset (Inactive 15 posts) 6y

There is no such type of offense in the Greece. And it depends on person to person. May be some persons in your country also think tattoos as a negative stigma.

4. Posted by Sallyxx (Budding Member 42 posts) 6y

I third the above replies. They might stare at you, they might think you're weird, but they won't be offended.

I trust your clowns are not doing rude things ;)

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 6y

Athens is pretty cosmopolitan. You won't have a problem.

6. Posted by answorth78 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Thank you all for your responses. I figured that it would be open to personal taste and interpretation (like here in the states), but I was unsure of the religious attitude and perceptions within Greece. My encounters have typically been within predominately Muslim countries where body art and modification are seen in a totally different light. I was a bit unsure of the Orthodox views that would be encountered in country.

Clowns are doing nothing rude (if they were, I wouldn't even show them here); they're just there.

7. Posted by Sallyxx (Budding Member 42 posts) 6y

The Greek Orthodox religion is quite liberal, and nothing like Islam. If people disapprove of your tattoos, it will be due to personsal taste, not religious sensitivity.

8. Posted by Athensfan (Inactive 3 posts) 6y

You really shouldn't have any problem with tattoos, there's tattoo parlours in central Athens! Maybe get a new one? :))