Tribal Tattoo - Yay or Nay?

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    Dec 05, 2011 7:09 AM GMT
    I've been thinking about getting a tattoo this entire year. I've always been hesitant to get one because... well, you can't take it off. I told myself in the beginning of the year that if I continuously want one throughout the year then I'll get one since it means I've had tons of time to think about it. Well, its almost the end of the year and I have to make a decision.

    I am thinking about getting a polynesian/maori tattoo that will cover my left chest and a half sleeve. its pretty common for polynesians to get these tattoos kinda like this:

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    I don't want it that long down my arm though. It will probably end near my elbow like this:

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    so kinda like this:

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    the design will be more sharp like this:

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    Its coming out to be about $500-700 since its covering a large portion of my body. I need some more input on this decision. What do you guys think?
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    Dec 05, 2011 7:15 AM GMT
    NO! icon_eek.gif

    Don't put any ink on that perfect body!! hahaha
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    Dec 05, 2011 7:19 AM GMT
    Polynesian tribal designs are by far my favorite in tattoos. They're elegant, ornate, and bad ass. I definitely think you would look awesome with such a tattoo. But damn, that price!
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    Dec 05, 2011 7:23 AM GMT
    No, but it's not my body so I have nothing to lose or gain. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 05, 2011 9:03 AM GMT
    No. If you've put it off for an entire year, then it must not be that important or meaningful.

    Did you already find a tattoo guy? If yes, see if he'll draw out the rough design with a Sharpie or pen. Walk around with it for a week and see how you like it. That should help you decide.
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    Dec 05, 2011 9:07 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidPolynesian tribal designs are by far my favorite in tattoos. They're elegant, ornate, and bad ass. I definitely think you would look awesome with such a tattoo. But damn, that price!


    That is not a lot of money for something you are gonna cover that much of your body. I don't like them. It's your bod OP do what you want, just make sure you love it.icon_idea.gif
  • Brick_n_Lace

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    Dec 05, 2011 9:11 AM GMT
    Even though I love nice tattoos there is also something gorgeous about an uninked body. If you must get one, the first one is def the way to go...
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    If you've been thinking about it this long, then I'd say you are serious about it. I just think you are hesitant to get so much ink done the first get-go. Can you find an artist that will agree to do it in increments so that you can get some ink, go home, live with it for a while and decide to continue or not?

    BTW: You have to agree to do the last thing you posted on your blog for 3-15-11 if you get this. AND you have to come to WV to do it! {evilgrin}
  • Hokenshi

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    Dec 05, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    Would be sexy as!icon_biggrin.gif I think that you could really pull off that type of tattoo.

    Ending it just above the elbow would be the way to go; not sure what your job is but it always best to go with something you can keep concealed when the time arises.
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    Tribal tats are incredibly played out IMO.

    It's the same as getting a barb-wire tatt ten years ago.
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    find a design and then take your time finding the right artist to do it. Bad polynesian tattoos are everywhere. Make sure they aren't just re-sizing a flash/stock tattoo so that all the designs are out of proportion. Travel if you have to do get the right artist.
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    Whatever tattoo you decide on, it should reflect on who you are. There is a company called tattootribes.com, and they can actually help in designing a tattoo with elements that have meaning in your life. Check out their website.
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    I like you as-is. Get a t-shirt with that design on it instead.
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:54 PM GMT
    you used to be able to tell someone was old by their vaccination scar... now you can tell by their tribal tattoo.
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:54 PM GMT
    I love that kind of tattoo: the chest into half sleeve. I think you'd look great with it. Do you have an idea of the design though or is it just general "tribal" you're going for?
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    do it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 05, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    xrichx saidNo. If you've put it off for an entire year, then it must not be that important or meaningful.

    Did you already find a tattoo guy? If yes, see if he'll draw out the rough design with a Sharpie or pen. Walk around with it for a week and see how you like it. That should help you decide.


    I thought about doing but I am not sure if he'll actually spend the time drawing it on me if I dont commit to getting it.
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    Dec 05, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
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    xrichx saidNo. If you've put it off for an entire year, then it must not be that important or meaningful.

    Did you already find a tattoo guy? If yes, see if he'll draw out the rough design with a Sharpie or pen. Walk around with it for a week and see how you like it. That should help you decide.


    I thought about doing but I am not sure if he'll actually spend the time drawing it on me if I dont commit to getting it.


    Just out of curiosity, are you part or full polynesian? I'm not a huge supporter of these types of tattoos unless you are, but that's just my opinion.
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    Dec 05, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    Tattoos should reflect a part of you, I say get it since it you have thought about it for an extended period of time and still considering it. It took me 5 years to finally go through with mine. I kept wanting to do it so I knew it was right for me. My advice would be think about where and what you want, will it show in professional clothing? Will you be bulking enough that it was cause the tattoo to stretch out in a way that won't look good? Are you prepared for multiple sessions with such a large tattoo? Will you be willing to skip the gym for a while whilst the tattoo heals (I definitely went to the gym a few days later but mine was in an area that doesn't stretch too much and I wear cutoffs so no fabric was rubbing against mine). Maybe think about it for a few more months or even a few more years trust me better to wait and think then instinct. Once I decided to get mine it was a few days after I said yes that I did mine but again 5 years of thinking about ONE design and never changing it.

    However, get a design that means something to you and maybe you're family. Mine is something my grandmother used to say to me when I was young and feeling down, granted a MUCH shortened version but its something personal not generic and it's a a representation of my Russian heritage (although she would KILL me if she had lived to see me get it haha).

    My mother HATES that I got a tattoo but thought it was sweet I was honouring my babushka and heritage; she said at least I got something meaningful as opposed to my brother who got some Chinese symbol that everyone has. She still wishes I never got it though haha.
  • hockeyguy99

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    Dec 05, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    the idea of a big tattoo like that is pretty cool- I have thought about something along those lines in size for me- its the tribal that I am not a fan of. You can combine a lot of things into one tattoo so they all mean something more to you then a basic tribal tattoo would.

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    Dec 05, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    No
  • daveindenver

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    Dec 05, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    Tribal tatts were cool 10 years ago. Now? NOt so much.
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    Dec 05, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    Due to the size of your desired tattoo, you will have to sit for multiple sessions. You could do your tattoo in two parts. I would ask your artist to sketch a pec piece, keeping in mind you eventually want to connect it to a sleeve.If you don't go further than a 1/2 sleeve so you can still see some definition in your arms.

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    Not necessarily the design, but the placement.

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    End result (maybe?)icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 05, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    BaltBttm saidTribal tats are incredibly played out IMO.

    It's the same as getting a barb-wire tatt ten years ago.

    Exactly. It's our contemporary gay clone look. Just as bad as when all the gays had crispy tans and blonde streaks in 2002, only the tattoo is permanent. Choose something unique and meaningful to you, or wait until there is something if not now.
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    Dec 05, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    hateface saidyou used to be able to tell someone was old by their vaccination scar... now you can tell by their tribal tattoo.


    Or their mid-90s Borg costume.