Tattoos and piercings.

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    Jun 13, 2007 7:16 PM GMT
    Ouch, ouch, ouch. Why are you puncturing yourself?

    Some are sexy but OUCH!
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    Jun 13, 2007 8:24 PM GMT
    Hah, McGay...

    Yes, I think some are sexy...especially on ankles, maybe a few strategically placed. I doubt those whole body tattos will "age" well....

  • atxclimber

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    Jun 13, 2007 8:32 PM GMT
    The only piercing I got that hurt very much was the lip ring. That actually hurt a good deal. I don't recommend it.

    All my other piercings (I've had 8 total holes punched in my face) didn't hurt at all. Seriously, even the tongue piercing. It hurt more when he grabbed my tongue with the little tong thingies, and that was just a light pinch. They all just feel like light pinches, and are over in an instant. Like taking off a Band-Aid.

    They assure me, at the piercing place I've gone in Austin, that genital piercings don't hurt either, and I believe them (although I have no intention of verifying it first-hand.)

    On the other hand, I've heard tattoos really do hurt quite a bit.
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    Jun 13, 2007 8:39 PM GMT
    Oops. I meant to clarify, I meant tatoos, of course.

    And by "strategically placed" I mean sort of what BuiltTnGuy has (my compliments to you, Tennesee).

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    Jun 13, 2007 9:27 PM GMT
    One of my sons has tatoos. He said that they do hurt when you're getting them. They bleed and scab over. I don't think that I'd want anything that permanent and obvious.

    On the other hand, I had one ear (left, because it was politically right at the time)pierced at age 40. Didn't bother a bit. I just got the right ear pierced a week ago because my daughter in law told me that the one-earring thing is so out of style, and that men look better with both ears pierced. I like that look a great deal. The only pain that I've had with the right ear piercing was when the earring fell out and I had to put it back through the hole just 3 days after I got it pierced.

    One kid, in college at UNL, where I just got my degree (yes, at 51), did a series of articles for the "Daily Nebraskan" school paper about piercings. He said that the only piercing that really bothered him was the nipple piercings, because his nipples became so sensitive. (Can you say "permanent hard-on"?)

    Frankly, I'd like to have one or both nipples pierced, but not unless I was totally hard and cut (muscularly speaking, of course). Perhaps a genital piercing on the underside of the tool, but the nipple and genital piercings would be purely for sexual pleasure (can you say "chains and padlocks"?).
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    Jun 13, 2007 9:34 PM GMT
    Is it mutilation or enhancement? Are the two not mutually exclusive, for some?
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    Jun 13, 2007 9:59 PM GMT
    I had a lip ring but i had to take it out after a month, it was distracting me while i was trying to write a 30 page paper. I had it done by some ex-heroine addict who had a bunch of extra sterile needles and we got drunk and bored. Fun times.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 13, 2007 10:48 PM GMT
    I like my men unadulterated...
    but a a nice arm band tattoo is sometimes very sexy :)
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    Jun 13, 2007 11:20 PM GMT
    piercing only eyebrow:D
    tattoo only arm or back
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    Jun 14, 2007 8:19 AM GMT
    Eh I`ve taken out all my piercings they didn`t add anything to me.
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    Jun 14, 2007 12:35 PM GMT
    A "young" lady (50s)I work with said that the cute little butterly on her breast when she was in her 20s, is more like a screamin eagle now!!! lol
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    Jun 14, 2007 1:37 PM GMT
    I have taken out all of my piercings. I had 7 total from the neck up. I now have a tattoo on my foot, and thinking about getting another tattoo this summer. I will say tattoos hurt much much more than a piercing. Piercings are over in a second, whereas a tattoo can take 25 minutes. Then there's my roommate, whose tattoo took 4 hours.
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    Jun 14, 2007 2:23 PM GMT
    i've self pierced, tattooed, scarred and branded and it feels like you're alive and consciously awake. if you know what to expect it helps reduce the "pain" factor and train yourself to accept and get comfortable in situations that you normally aren't exposed to heightens your awareness of yourself and the experience.
    paper cuts can hurt more than a couple of needles because it's an unexpected sensation. see "pain" as another sensation like feeling different textures and it makes it pretty wonderful to get pierced/tattooed if that makes sense. for me the feeling is on par with a long workout and sex, when you've got that elevated "high" / afterglow.
  • bootbrushpup

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    Jun 14, 2007 3:26 PM GMT
    P.A.: hurt when it was done for a few seconds, but incredible fun once healed (can you say "teething ring"... ;) )
    12mm stretched lobes
    25% tattoo coverage - and rising (currently full back and sleeve - 2nd sleeve in progress. Complete design is intended as a 70% coverage Japanese style "suit"). As to the pain, depends on how much fat you have, how much residual muscle tension you carry, and where the tattoo is placed - coccyx/lower spine and the base of my neck where the most painful for me so far, but nothing has been unbearable yet.

    Why do I do it? personally I can't think of anything much sexier than a well toned male body with those lines and mounds enhanced and amplified by beautifully designed and well applied ink. Gives you something to read in bed when there's nothing on the TV...

    Some say the body is the temple of the soul - well, I'm just getting stained glass windows installed ;)
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    Jun 14, 2007 3:31 PM GMT
    I can't imagine getting a tattoo to be stuck with for life. I look back at the dinky barbed wire arm bands done in the 1970's and how dated they look now. Some can be tatted over, some can't.

    I couldn't pick a hair style, clothing color or wall paint I'd want to live with for the rest of my life, let alone body art. Not like you can wash it off or remove it like a piercing.

    I see some tats now that I do think are attractive, the tribal stuff. But in 10 years what will everyone think of them?

    Put your money into a new some new clothes, a piece of wall art or a new tree in the back yard. When you tire of them you can toss them, cut it down or move.
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    Jun 14, 2007 5:31 PM GMT
    I don't think I even want to try a temp tat. Maybe I'll just apply a few stickers and some clip on earrings. I wonder how a clip on earring would look on my nipple.
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    Jun 14, 2007 6:00 PM GMT
    Having multiple tattoos (tribal design on right shoulder that extends down my bicep and a circular ohm tattoo on my left bicep) and a few piercing it is all subjective. For me, it was worth the "torture" to get the tattoos and I plan to get more. Not that I want a body suit or even a sleeve, but I like them very much. The piercings (both ears, and my right nip) I love!

    willing to share pics if reciprocated for other tattoo'd and pierced fellows.

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    Jun 14, 2007 6:45 PM GMT
    I use to have a total of 7 which consisted of 2 in each ear, both nipples and my tongue. Im down to 1 nipple.
    I agree with atxclimber that the tongue doesn’t hurt at all but it does a lot of damage to your teeth. Chips etc.
    The nipples hurt like a mother F@cker. Got both done in 1 sitting and had problems with the second one from the start so I ended up taking it out.
    The funny thing is each time I got something pierced it was because I was suppose to get a tattoo but chickened out cause I was afraid it would hurt…

    They were fun for a time but I wouldnt get anymore or put the ones I do have back in.
  • ramblerman

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    Jun 15, 2007 3:02 AM GMT
    I have had piercings, nipples, ears, frenum (skin on penis just under glans -underside) had a lot of problems frenum during sex, would get VERY irritated. Nipples started to migrate out. Had to take ears out due to work.
    Tattoos on the other hand, I have several--over 75 hours in one(can see part of top on my RH hip) 16 hours in another, 3 hours on a small. Yes some areas of the body can be very painfull but, for the most part, the pain is worth the art work. So take the time to find the right artist & know what you are going to want to live with the rest of your life.
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    Jun 15, 2007 5:37 AM GMT
    I have five piercings, my cartaladge hurt the most, the eyebrow, nipples, and lip were all a breeze.

    I have one tattoo, and I am drawing my next one. I use them as markers of important parts of my life. My first tattoo represents the coming out process, and alot of problems that I faced when I was younger. The pain I had when getting it was nothing compared to the pain the actual events caused.

    Both tattoos and piercings though are in a way addicting, after each thing its how much more could I handle, what pushes me over the edge. And I like the attention I get from having them.

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    Jun 15, 2007 9:03 PM GMT
    If you're getting tattoed, you should really be choosing a piece of art for yourself. It's about reclaiming your body by deliberately modifying it to something you desire..... kind of like working out to get the body shape you prefer.

    As long as that's the reason you're getting it done and you've chosen a piece that suits you (and ONLY you!), it won't matter what it looks like later on.

    I have a one on each bicep, they're sort of H R Geiger inspired Borg implants. I love 'em... they kind of sexy in a disturbing way, which is how I like to think of myself. :)
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    Jun 17, 2007 1:52 PM GMT
    When I consider a new modification, the motivation to get one is never because of fashion/popularity/trends, to me that is one of the biggest reasons people regret getting one. It doesn't make sense to get one for that purpose because those things constantly change in a incredibly fast cycle and modifications are slow to change so the two don't match.
    What I refer to in modification that are slow to change is the technique, style, aging process and new modifications.
    A lot of people aren't aware of the responsibility to your body you have in getting modified and don't understand/aware that to enjoy it, it takes understanding and experience and isn't a throw away thrill for the sake of attention/popularity. Modern piercing for example has a history in the gay S&M scene.

    A lot of people don't think modifications are apart of their lifestyles and I've envied that, for me virgin skin would is too alien of a concept to uphold.

    And Tattooists are grossly underpaid :)

  • Jun 20, 2007 6:58 PM GMT
    Tattoos and body Piercings for me are, as in ancient cultures, an initiatory experience.

    My first piercing was my left earlobe, which my stepmother got for me at the age of 13 for my Confirmation (i immediately stopped going to church after that and had converted to paganism within two years)

    The second was the Right earlobe, which I bought for myself after I turned 18. Partly to complete the set, and partly because I wanted to so something that I couldn't have done on by own before reaching that age.

    Next was my left nipple, which I got the year I started college. I had a BF that had both of his done, and I wanted one of my own. It was also an expression of my "adult" life.

    After that was my tattoo. I had wanted it for my 21st birthday, but it ended up taking till my 23 to settle on a design. It was bought for me by my best friend as a gift.

    Just last december I finally Gradutaed college, and In celebration I got my Right nipple pierced. I thought it made a nice bookend to my college experience.

    I have only one more body piercing that I want, and several more tattoos. But I am saving all of them for specific occasions. This year for my birthday I am thinking about getting another one done, and I know that when I have my body where I want it to be, I will get the bicep cuff I've been designing for the past few years.

    I agree that the people who end up unhappy with their tattoos are usually people who got it as a fashion thing. I am happy with all of my body modifications except for the one that was forced on me (my circumcision). Each one has a personal meaning to me. I am hoping that the next one I get will be even more so, because I want to find a tattoo artist that will do the work in a more spiritual setting. Especially since the tattoo I will be getting next is tied to my spirituality.

    I think how happy you are with your body depends quite a bit on the effort and thought you put into the work, just like with fitness...
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    Jul 28, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    It all depends on the guy. They wouldn't work at all for me, but for some guys, they just work. Still, I prefer both to be in moderation. If it's excessive, it's a turn off. I personally think it's a shame when a guy with great skin and great muscles covers it all up with a colorful mural on his back, arms, or legs.
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    Jul 28, 2010 5:55 PM GMT
    I have one piercing and two tattoos, im planning on another two piercings, and a whole shit load (not all that many just ones that mean something to me) of tattoos, i love the feeling i get after the tattoo is done. And the tingles that i get where the tattoo was done. check out my tat pics on my profile ... the one that has the wings is my first one and i created that one, then the second one is on my right arm and i picked out the colors and a buddy and i got them together.

    I dont see the problem with getting anything done ... but in moderation ... and honestly before you get a tattoo give it a lot of thought, weather its something you wanna be stuck with for the rest of your life, cause a piercing hole will close up after time ... and where you place it too all my tattoos are gonna be places that when i age they will still look nice ... so its all about the person i guess