Russian Customs
Aug. 17, 2016
Нюбергер Кристофер

I'm American, and have tattoos. I'm meeting my girlfriend's parents in a month in Moscow. They hate Americans and tattoos. Advice?

11 answers
2 years, 1 month ago Álvarez Moisés

Hi, my girlfriend's parents hates americans too, except Canadians and all other American countries as Mexico. So I as Mexican have no problems at all.

2 years, 1 month ago McToade Horné

Q: seriously? take 3 bottles of Vodka to your first encounter - one for each of her parents and one for you. They'll love your American Tats in no time after that initial and essential Russian cultural ceremony has wrapped up. And your poor GF'll see that youve taken on for the team, cementing a lifetime of positive US/Russian relations.

2 years, 1 month ago Andersson Anders

Be careful! They will probably ask you to support the whole family and especially support them financially. In Russia they expect the man to take care of the lady. Prove them your serious.

2 years, 1 month ago Адекватен Рамон

Try to always keep guard (especially at night). To this end, put a piece of a rusty pipe near your bed and try to stay awake as long as possible. Moreover, before entering the country you have to master the art of Slav Squat. I wouldn't be surprised if you need it immediately upon your arrival or maybe even on a plane. Ask your close friend to call you an ambulance after your returning because you would need extensive detox procedures. Pray. Pray a lot.

2 years, 1 month ago Fansler Patrick

I'm sure they don't really hate ordinary American People. But if they're the kind of people that really hate a whole nationality, I wouldn't waste my time trying to win them over. Life's too short to deal with assholes.

2 years, 1 month ago Wright Zach

dude, just be a genuine person. And by that, I mean drinking vodka like a man with your future father in law. Definitely keep a pack if cigs on you at all time, so you can be is point man for all his cigarette needs. He'll accept as his own son in no time. For the mom, just compliment her on her borsch and don't stop eating.

2 years, 1 month ago Coton Chris

well if you are respectful an kind listening to what their feelings are and trying to understand things from their point of view and it may change their view of one American with tattoos! You will most likely be provoked if you start to talk about Politics or religion I would avoid these subjectsc

2 years, 2 months ago Tackett Masha

Brace yourself! I am still easily swayed by my parents' opinions. If you live in America and are going over there for a visit they expect you to bring gifts "gostintsy"

2 years, 2 months ago Smirnoff Alexander

Don't be afraid. Some russians may declare hate, but in personal communication they forget about it. They hate "any american" (in general), but will love "the one american" probably. If you have money, or job, or some property — you can ensure your girlfriend(wife), family. That is really important for russian parents. Tatoo is pointing that you are out of old society norm, but if you have good job — it is OK, you are fit in expectations. College or some education is good too. Big family, knowing your ancestors is good. You can always say "I am american, but my grand-grand-parents from Germany(Europe)".

2 years, 3 months ago Katherine Katherine

I believe their hostility towards Americans is determined by the wide-spread antiamerican propaganda in the Russian mass media. Thus, it's highly unlikely that it has something to do with American mentality or simple American people. Even if so, prove them wrong. Show yourself friendly, polite and intelligent. Treat them with respect. Be a good company, make them sure your relationship with their daughter is serious (without demonstrating your emotions publicly) and that you have promising prospects. If possible, ask your girlfriend about their jobs, views, hobbies and tastes before you meet them. Besides, it may be a good idea to cover your tattoos :)

2 years, 3 months ago Безфамильная Леська

Wear long sleeves, agree to drink vodka and tell them you have Russian heritage. But on a serious note, if you are a decent human being, nationality and amount of tattoos really doesn't matter. In the end of the day, their daughter is a grown up and can make her decisions, and if her parents love her, they will show support no matter what.