Ah, I enjoy etiquette questions of this sort (especially when I get to both ask and answer it):
Q. Mr. Manners, if an attractive young woman wears a low-cut top, showing off a rose tattoo nestled in her shapely cleavage, is it proper to admire this work of body art in an obvious fashion?
That's my short answer. Here's the explanation, and some background.
Recently I went into a Salem business and was approached by a twenty-something female employee. I was immediately distracted from my intended task by a more enjoyable activity.
Namely, appreciating the sight of an artistic rose tattoo that had the good fortune to occupy the nicely-curved valley between her breasts, which were exposed (but not excessively) by a scoop-necked blouse.
Since I'm about six feet tall, and she was considerably shorter, I couldn't avoid gazing at the tattoo and its surrounding busty environment.
I did make a desultory attempt to maintain eye contact with her as she asked if she could help me, but quickly realized that this was going to be impossible. Like a living bobblehead, I found my eyes bouncing back and forth from her chest to her face, which was nice to look at -- but considerably less interesting than the vivid red rose.
I just spent some enjoyable moments with Google looking for a photo of a similar tattoo. No success. This page has some cleavage tattoos, but not the right kind. And the rose tattoo here is way more chest-expansive.
Contemplating the etiquette of the situation after driving off, I decided that my response was entirely appropriate. Such was confirmed by a couple of friends, one male and one female, who supported my reasoning when I asked their opinion.
Which is, that if a woman (1) exposes her cleavage via her business attire, and (2) draws more attention to this part of her body via a bright red tattoo, it would be discourteous not to stare at what she obviously wants admired.
There are, of course, limits.
I'm glad that I didn't whip out my iPhone and snap a photo of her breasts (though I admit this thought later passed through the inappropriate-action area of my male brain -- which comprises a significant fraction of the whole neuronal mass).
Well, I can only speak the manly truth: I enjoy visiting business establishments where the female employees are attractive. If they dress provocatively, that's even better.
Given a choice between being helped by a busty young thing with a rose tattoo showing in her cleavage, and -- gosh, just about anybody else -- you can guess where I'm more likely to take my return business.
(Check out some responses to the question, "Is it rude to stare at someone's tattoo?" No, say the tattooed. Just don't touch, usually.)