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madhatter madhatter 9 years
I used to really want a tattoo and then I started thinking about all the places that I would be limited to in an attempt to cover it up in my 30's and onward. And then, of course, you see the elderly folks walking around with wrinkled up mermaids and shrivled peaces signs, or pregnant women with warped God-only-knows things on their bellies, and it's like, eh, not for me. Power to everyone brave enough to do it though. Especially the big ones, like the girl with the arm flowers.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
I have 4, and I dislike most of them. None of them are by any means distasteful, but I was a very different person when I was 18! I guess I never thought through the permanance of the whole thing. At least I can cover them, except for the one around my ankle. This is interesting though. I never really thought about the "science" behind the permanance of tattoos. I suppose it's the same idea behind why stretch marks don't go away - they are too deep into the skin?
bookgirl bookgirl 9 years
I have two. One on my upper back between my shoulder blades (I didn't want a "tramp stamp" but wanted to cover it for work) and one on the top of my foot. I was able to get the foot done because I have a friend from highschool that is a tattoo artist. He is really talented and made me feel really comfortable.
paperandcloth paperandcloth 9 years
I'm going to start working on a full sleeve in December, and I'm pretty excited about it! The thing is, tons of people in my generation have tattoos, so I won't feel awkward or out of place in my 40's or 50's, and I think this is the first generation that really has that safety net.
suzanne suzanne 9 years
I have one little rose on my butt... it's a great healthy eating tool, 'cause I do not want it to grow into a Big Rose... or a whole bush, back there on my butt. :) I had it done with my daughter... it was a "bonding" thing. :HUG:
kins kins 9 years
econinsf: i want to get my ankle tattoo removed for the exact same reason...although it looks like I'm going to have to hold off for a few years before I can afford it :T
econinsf econinsf 9 years
chancleta- I'm having my tatoo removed by laser treatments. It will probably take about five or so over the couse of a year. My doctor said because my tattoo is all in black ink and very small and my skin is pale (a color I like to call "paste"), I should respond really well to the treatment. The laser is attracted to dark colors and heats up the ink and "breaks up" the ink and your body absorbs it. Gross, I know. My skin is a bit blistered and itchy but not too bad. No worse than the scab when I got it.
simplybe1 simplybe1 9 years
when i went to get my 2nd tattoo, i spent the whole day in providence, looking for someone who would tattoo it to my specifications, and no one would!! i wanted the image on my ribcage, but it was pretty detailed and i wanted it small...they told me it would have to take up my entire side and cost me upwards of $350!! so i left, went home, and on the off chance, called a local artist to just go in and see what his shop was like (my area doesn't have a reputation for tattooists) so to cut to the point, i walked in and he actually gave me a power point presentation on his work. i showed him my idea, and he told me no problem: i can do it the way you want. (and it cost me less than half what the big city artists wanted for it.) it just goes to show: you gotta look around to get what you want! (and hope they make a good impression)
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
I have five tattoo's currently. An eye of ra on my left ankle, and an ankh on my left wrist, well right above actually. I also have one on my right leg, about half of my lower leg but just on one side not wrapped around, it is scales as in reptile scales, a mermaid on my left upper arm and grey scale flames on my right forearm, all wrapped around, that one is still healing but almost done. My response to the pain: I think it really depends on the person, getting the tattoo AND the artist. Three of mine were by the same person and the other two by two different people. My legs hurt, nothing unbearable, I am actually quite a wimp usually. My newest hurt more than I thought it would but was not bad at all. I can definitely say the artist I go to now is one of the best. Everyone I know who i send to him agrees he is very talented and the artwork he does especially the stuff on my husband is AMAZING. I am adding pics to my profile if anyone is interested, give me a bit though :)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I love tattoos. Some places hurt and others don't. I have a sun around my belly button that hurt like no other, but 2 on my shoulders and 1 below my neck that were a piece of cake. I hae a pic on my page to see my newest. It's latin for Love Conquers all. As for parlors, I recommend going to places that you know other poeple have gone to and like their work. Most places that are legit and totally cool with questions about sterilization etc, so ASK! It's your body! And don't just look at the flash art on the wall, ask to see their portfloio. If you don't like their style, try a different artist! Tattoos are great though!!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
econinsf how are you having it removed? which treatment option did you choose?
rubialala rubialala 9 years
None for me, thanks. IMHO, the first tattoo and last tattoo are dumb, but the others are very creative.
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 9 years
I have 3 tattoos and have designed my 4th. Mine are in places that I can easily hide at work. One of which, is on the top of my foot. It took FOREVER to find someone who was willing to tattoo that spot because I was constantly told that it would fade quickly and in a year or 2, parts of it would be completely gone. I went to a VERY highly respected tattoo/piercing shop in Berkeley and was told that its completely fine to tattoo the top of your foot, and anyone that told me otherwise is a really bad tattoo artist. So... 6 years later, that tattoo is still there and is still as beautiful as ever!
econinsf econinsf 9 years
I'm getting my tattoo removed. I've gone for one treatment and let me tell you, it hurts!!! Way more than it hurt to get in the first place. It is a little tattoo on my ankle but I just feel that when I get dressed up it looks tacky. Louboutins and a "cartoon devil" tattoo just don't mix. I see people notice it and try to see what it is when I'm in important business meetings. I'd rather they noticed me and not my tattoo. I got it when I was 17 and paid $50 for it. I'm now 33 and paying $1200 to get it removed. Definitely one of my top ten life mistakes.
lady-T lady-T 9 years
i'd LOVE a tatoo but too scard of the pain!! does it hurt a LOT?
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
That's really interesting. I didn't know much about them. I'm tattoo-less and plan staying that way. But, I was curious how it worked.
smarler smarler 9 years
That's interesting--I always wondered why tattoos stayed even when our skin doesn't.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
It took me a few years to find the tattoo artist and the picture I wanted for my tattoo. I knew it was a serious thing and I didn't want to rush it AT ALL. Also, to keep your tattoo from fading - use SPF 30 every time you have the tattoo exposed to the sun.
Carebear144 Carebear144 9 years
One of the interesting things about getting into shape (after being a bit too big for several years) is the way my tattoos are changing. I have one on my left arm, and it's starting to look bigger and bigger because my arm is shrinking! I have a friend who also had one on his arm, and after he lost about 75lbs, the thing was gigantic and actually wrapped around his arm instead of just being on the outside.
qtpye0831 qtpye0831 9 years
Oops, I made a mistake. I got my tattoo on Feb 14. 2006...and I posted a picture of it in my public album so go check it out if you want :-) Also, there is A LOT behind why it says "Princess" and why I chose to have Tinkerbell. I know it probably comes off as if I'm this little obnoxious college girl who thinks I'm gods gift to the world haha, but no...I think every woman is a "Princess" whereas we all deserve respect from others as well as from ourselves. I have labeled myself as a princess because I am confident, intelligent, and independent...Learning from experience, you can be anything you want to be as long as you don't let anyone stand between you and your dreams. In high school I was told by my guidance counselor that I could not get into college (with an 3.2 GPA) and that I should not bother applying to any of them. Yeah well, P.S. not only did I get into almost all the schools I applied to, but I went off to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, worked hard to get two 4.0's, was inducted into many national honor's societies, and was even offered admissions into their honor's college known as "Commonwealth College," for a chance to be among some of the brightest students, in addition to having the ability to graduate with Latin honors and to complete a thesis senior year. After freshman year though, I decided to transfer and was offered admission from the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware (I even got into their business program!!)..I chose Maryland, have been here for a year and am applying to the business school this week. From what I have been told by the admissions office so far, I have a very good chance of getting in and being 1 of the 250 students selected from a few thousand who apply, in one of the top 30 best business schools in the U.S.....Keep your eyes on the prize and your head held high because in life, anything is possible!! Have a nice day!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Interesting. Always wondered about that.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I've got 2 and I always wondered how they stayed and whatnot! Definitely a form of self expression.
jhuck jhuck 9 years
I've got 4 so far (small and hidden), and I'm thinking of getting a 5th soon. A small broken heart. I'm currently loving and losing :(
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
I am going in TWO DAYS with my roomie to get a new on and add on to one (I have two at the moment) so excited, mine are small and discrete, I think it really is a form of self expression.
qtpye0831 qtpye0831 9 years
Very interesting! I got my first (and last) tattoo on Valentine's Day, 2005. I decided to cancel on my date and made the first spontenous thing I have ever done in my life..memorable....and permanant to say the least. I don't regret it at all and now I have something to look back on as "the dumb thing I did freshman year of college." :-) BUTTTTTTT, I bet when I get pregnant 10 years from now, I probably won't feel the same way when it stretches and becomes unrecognizable..Oh well. Is there any way I could post a picture of it on here?? ~Brianne
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