Having reservations about getting my first Tattoo

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    May 25, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    I keep a list on my phone of different tattoo ideas that I believe I would like one day. I've had this list for over a year and have continuously added, updated, or deleted these ideas. I've never gotten a tattoo before so I'm very cautious about going in and getting my first one. My fear is that I will have something done that I love right now, but regret years from now if for example: I want to put something better/different in a section of my body that's already taken. I see and admire many types of tattoos so I can't be confident I will be into the same tattoos in the future as I am now. At what point did you guys decide to take the plunge? do you wish you had taken more time planning your tattoo?

    Any helpful comments are appreciated.
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    May 25, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    It seems like you have done your homework and have thought about it....so why not? Your tattoos should reflect who you were at this one place and time in your life. So you may or may not like it in a year, but it is nothing to be ashamed of. It is 100% you. To be honest, there are some tats I have that I wish I would have made better or put somewhere else, but I realize there is no going back now, so I accept them. They are a part of me.
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    May 25, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    Choose a design that has some significance to you. Many people choose tattoos that have no meaning or aesthetic value, and they end up hating them later on. I have three discreetly placed tattoos, all of which relate to my life, and I've never regrettted having them.
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    May 25, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    Just say no. I was raised to think tattoos are trashy, and I still think that way.
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    May 25, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    Meh, if it actually means something to you, you won't be disappointed with it man. I got my first one at 16. Then a bigger one at 19. And didn't regret either. And now I am finally going for tattoo number #3 and #4 this summer!
    The only thing you should worry about is how addicting they are icon_razz.gif
    Best of luck bro.
  • calibro

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    May 25, 2012 7:15 PM GMT
    well, black ink is the easiest to be lasered off... so... a panther is what you want
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    May 25, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    they have a new ink that doesn't fade in sunlight, but dissolves instantly under a particular frequency laser. it's painless to remove. tattoos were more permanent than marriage, but now you don't even have to commit to tattoos.

    go figure.
  • Latenight30

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    May 25, 2012 7:22 PM GMT
    I am right there with you. I have always liked tattoo's but been afraid or to 'reserved.' My partner has 7, just got one yesterday in fact.
    I want to do it for my birthday. if I only get one I want to have the experience. My only issue is the art I like could end up big and visible.
    I say go for it and be proud of it.
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    May 25, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    yours fit you well, muchmore. but some tattoos are... unfortunate.
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    May 25, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    Honestly, if you are fearful that you might regret a tattoo, regardless of your current feeling for it, might mean you shouldn't get one at all. Chances are, even if you are completely satisifed now, and going off what you said in your OP, you'll find a reason to second guess it later.

    Until you can truthfully tell yourself that you'd be proud of any specific design even 50 years from now, you're not ready.

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    May 25, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
    dancerjack saidthey have a new ink that doesn't fade in sunlight, but dissolves instantly under a particular frequency laser. it's painless to remove. tattoos were more permanent than marriage, but now you don't even have to commit to tattoos.

    go figure.


    Wow, was not aware of this new ink... but that actually saddens me icon_confused.gif. Tattoo's will lose their meaning and statement that comes a long with it imo. Plus, if people are dumb enough to not actually put thought into their tattoo, then it will serve them as a valuable lesson; think before you do something. But yea, if people want something removable, use a sharpie or don't get a tattoo at all icon_evil.gif!

  • jim_sf

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    May 25, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    The only advice I've ever received about tattoos: wait until you're 30. You'll be less likely to get something you regret, like my HS classmate who got Tigger all over his calf, or my rugby teammate who has Foghorn Leghorn on his shoulder blade.
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    May 25, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    When I got my tattoo, I decided on a Wednesday that I wanted one, booked it in that night for the next day, found it that night, then got it done the next day. The less you think about it, the better. Don't overthink. Let us know when you get it done pleeease
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    May 25, 2012 7:47 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    dancerjack saidyours fit you well, muchmore. but some tattoos are... unfortunate.


    Thanks, sweetie. I miss seeing your posts on the threads.

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  • araphael

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    May 26, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    Andrew152 saidI keep a list on my phone of different tattoo ideas that I believe I would like one day. I've had this list for over a year and have continuously added, updated, or deleted these ideas. I've never gotten a tattoo before so I'm very cautious about going in and getting my first one. My fear is that I will have something done that I love right now, but regret years from now if for example: I want to put something better/different in a section of my body that's already taken. I see and admire many types of tattoos so I can't be confident I will be into the same tattoos in the future as I am now. At what point did you guys decide to take the plunge? do you wish you had taken more time planning your tattoo?

    Any helpful comments are appreciated.


    This is the gamble that comes with getting any tattoo bro. "Make a decision brother, make a decision" as Denzel said in the movie "Training Day" hahaha.
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    May 26, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    please don't, but if you must, get a tattoo of a sheep . . .
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    May 26, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    You could always get someone to do a likeness of your chosen tattoo in henna so it would last for a few months but eventually be gone. At least that way you could try before you " buy". icon_smile.gif
  • vintovka

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    May 26, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    I agonized over the first ones, less so once I had a few, but I still take lots of time to think about new additions. For what it is worth (from a professional tattoo artist of 18+ years) I approach it this way. Look at your body--anyplace you will see repeatedly on a daily basis (the parts of the body you see yourself) are "prime real estate". If you get forearm tattoo and regret it, you're gonna see that fucker every day. Next, take a look in the mirror--spots you see in the mirror and others see without a mirror are next up in terms of visibility, so treat these also with respect. Spots that are not covered by your clothes are bigger decisions than spots that are. If in doubt, start in a place that is not too conspicuous.

    Personally I don't regret any of my tattoos. When I get a new tattoo it seems strange to have something new for about two days, then it's as if it was always there. I think ideally your tattoo is so much a part of you that regret seems unthinkable.
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    May 26, 2012 2:36 PM GMT
    Some great advice already and I agree: make sure you really want it and make sure you ahve a desigen you really like as you will be stuck with it. As a competative bodybuilder I have only a shoulder piece that was done by a guy who is both a tattoo artist and real artist so mine is not only original but it is filled with shading and detail you do not often get...so pick your tattoo artist with great care! My tattoo is a centaur (anatomically correct, of course) becsue they represent the animal nature in man (strength, power, lust) and, specifically in the centaur Chiron, intelligence. It helps for me too that I was born in the Year of the Horse and my name literally tranlates to "lover of horses" and I'm pretty much built like one. So get the tattoo, but be sure it's a very good artist (don't be afraid to ask to see samples of their previous work) and it's a design/symbol you want on you for the rest of your life. (this will also mean you will ahve to stay gym rat too since if you stop the tattoo will sag!)
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    May 26, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    Rules for tattoos I follow:

    - Would this tattoo look foolish when I'm 80?
    - Would it degrade my social standing in the circles to which I belong?

    I am in fact considering a medical tattoo, for my epilepsy. It would go on my wrist, where my MedicAlert bracelet is. Only problem is that there is still no uniform standard for such a tattoo yet. Doesn't do any good if the EMTs don't recognize what it is.
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    May 26, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    Go tattoos! It is important to pick a quality artist that you mesh with. As said before, look at their art beforehand. Also, have someone draw it on your body with henna or washable marker to see what placement you like. Lastly, and most importantly IMO, if you want quality work from a quality artist, be prepared to pay for it. Artists like Vic Back are expensive, but if you see their work you will see why. Happy ink hunting. I think everyone is nervous their first time!

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    May 26, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    A friend of mine printed out what she wanted and taped copies of it in places she sees many times a day: in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom. And she made the image the wallpaper on her iPhone - so she sees it about a hundred times a day. She told herself that if she didn't get sick of looking at it in 3+ months, then she'd get it inked. I did essentially the same thing with my back piece, but I waited about a year (just to be safe).

    Also, don't limit yourself to Google's image database when planning a design. The stuff you print should be reference material that a good artist can take and make something custom for you. There's something tacky about seeing a tattoo on someone that comes up on the first page of a Google image search.

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    May 26, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    Thanks guys.. That tattoo I want does have meaning for me, but I think will also look amazing. I want sort of a spin on the classic yin yang symbol, but more elegant and subtle. I want it of two koi fish circling each other. One black with a white spot on its head and a white one with a black spot on its head.

    Here's a pic thats close to what I want

    yin_yang_koi_by_jenjens_journey-d3fox8i.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 26, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    There's a saying...


    "When In Doubt, Do Nothing"
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 26, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThere a saying...


    "When In Doubt, Do Nothing"


    I would endorse this position...I would keep on considering and the thing to do is to talk to some of your friends that have tats and see whats up with them.
    I keep hearing how much it costs to have them removed as well. I think if you don't approach it with your mind set, you might think it a mistake later.