getting a tattoo

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    Aug 20, 2008 3:34 PM GMT
    I am getting a tattoo and gotten to a limited number of designs and positions that I feel pretty happy with.

    But I am a little reticent.

    I was out at night with a girl from my work and she had a backless dress on and she had a tattoo on her back. When I made a comment she said she is glad she put it on her back so she rarely sees it. She hates it. i saw a guy with a band of scar tissue around his arm from having an armband tatt removed. A friend had a flower long long ago put on him and now hates it and has had it covered by a bigger contemporary design.

    so my question - of guys who have had a tattoo for 5 years or a decade or longer - and are still happy with it and proud to letter people see it - what is some advice or guidance on how to choose a design and location that you will be happy with for the rest of your life?

    and maybe guys who no longer like their tatt - what mistakes to avoid?
  • inuman

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    Aug 20, 2008 3:43 PM GMT
    I think there were a few threads on this but none the less I'll lend my 0.02ยข on the matter.

    I have five tattoos and love everyone of them, the oldest is just four and a half years old and I think it needs to be touched up to give it's flare again but other then that I think that tattoos depending on the place can only add to the person getting one. The tattoo has to be something your going to like and should mean something to you.

    I plan on getting more in the future and I'll probably stop when I feel that I've gotten enough to add to my personality and personal expression. That being said I've seen some bad tattoos, so you might want to look into a lot of things first (you'll have to look through my posts under tattoos, can't remember where or when but I posted a list of things to go through before getting one and also there are a lot of other guys who posted helpful points as well in that thread), also if you feel you want one get a temp. and in a few weeks or days if you don't like the look and or the feel of the tattoo then maybe it's not for you.

    Don't let your friends or family dictate if you should get one or not cause it's your body and not theirs and in today's world it shouldn't matter if you have one or not, at least I hope it doesn't.

    Anyways I hope you get the helpful info. on deciding this and when and if you get a tattoo show us when it's done icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 20, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    Well, I've only had mine for a little under 2 years, but I still love it and still get compliments on it.

    But I didn't choose from designs either, I drew mine myself, so it has meaning for me and me alone. That's what makes it special to me.

    I think it's great if you want to be a canvas for random tattoo's, but to me if you're going to permanently ink your body for life it needs to be with something that holds personal value for you. The other tat's I want are either of my own design, or have significant meaning in my life and I'll get them when the time's right.

    As for placement, that's all a matter of personal taste and preference. Do you want it to be seen by other people? You can choose to put it where you think your skin will retain the most elasticity, or wherever you want really. It's all up to you.

    But don't let other people's mistakes or unhappiness deter you from getting one. Often time people get them when they're really unsure of what they want, or just because "it's cool", or when they're drunk, etc.

    Just take your time, choose wisely, and enjoy the end result =)

    Oh, and put a pic up too!
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    Aug 20, 2008 3:49 PM GMT
    sorry didn't realise this has been done before - will look at the other responses
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    Aug 20, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    I've had my oldest tattoo for about 7 years now. It's on the upper part of my back, between my shoulder blades. Pretty common place for a first tattoo. 4 tattoos later, I still love them all. I'm wanting to incorporate my first tattoo into a full back piece, covering both shoulder blades and going down to my mid-back. Why cover something up when you can just add to it and make it like new? icon_biggrin.gif

    I have drawn all the designs for my artwork, but take the drawing to a tattoo artist and let them redraw it in their own style. Hell, I'm no artist, but this is what they do all day, every day. Have you talked to any tattoo artists in your area yet? Whatcha waiting for? icon_wink.gif

    You say you have a number of designs. Are all the designs drastically different from one another? If not (hell, even if so), maybe you should take your thoughts to a tattoo artist to see what they think, and what they can incorporate into one beautiful piece. If all of the designs in your head are totally different from the others, it's probably not time to get a tattoo yet. My personal guidelines for tattoos are as follows:

    - No armbands. Most of the people I know with armbands got it done in haste, or on a crazy drunken night. Not ideal circumstances to get something permanently stabbed into your body.

    - Have an idea of what you want, and where you want to put it. If you still feel the same way about it a year from now (yes, a whole year, a small fraction of your life), then you're probably going to still want it 20 years from now. Go for it!

    - No names. Chances are you're going to be asked to tell a story by hundreds of strangers that won't care about your story once you start to tell it. I'm sure there's something else that will remind you of them every time you look at it, if you're wanting to honor someone (death, birth, illness, etc) by getting a tattoo.

    - Don't ask someone what you should get. When people tell me they want a tattoo and ask what they should get, I try to convince them to get a garden hose going down their forearm. This is for you, nobody else, to decide. It makes me wonder, are they getting a tattoo just to follow a trend?

    - No tribal. Please help stop this vicious trend. Get something that means something to you. If you were able to convince yourself that the 'tribal' symbol you saw on Blade, or the one you doodled in your notebook, means something to you, you're not trying hard enough.

    - Don't get something done in haste. If you really want to change something about yourself RIGHT NOW, get something pierced. At least then when the novelty wears off, you can always take it out.

    I'd suggest researching tattoos, including the process, aftercare, what is involved in keeping it fresh (always wear sunblock on the tattoo, or the ink will fade quickly. Are you ready to wear sunblock every time you go out in the sun?), and touching up.
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    Aug 20, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    Everything everyone said plus...

    I have an arm band I designed myself about 7 years ago. I wanted a geometric Nordic pattern and that's what I drew using CAD. Then I printed it out in different line weights and widths on transparency so I could see how it would look on my arm. My second tattoo I got last year in Copenhagen from an artist who had a 4 month waiting list. I found his (also Nordic) work by chance and really liked his work, plus he had won several awards. For that one, I said "here's your space." I could not have imagined a better suited design and I am still happy with the work.

    One caveat I would mention that I have not seen above, is that I would tend to avoid colors. They fade faster and you will have to be vigilant about sunscreen if you go for something colorful. I had three small runes in red in my armband and even though I do not make an effort to tan and stay fairly well protected, they faded to almost invisible. I had them gone over with black with the last tattoo.
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    Aug 20, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    Mine is only 3-4 years old, but I made sure to get a design that was not too detailed, so that when it fades a little naturally, it won't get blurry, like a 70 year-old ex-sailor.
  • josephmovie

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    Aug 20, 2008 9:22 PM GMT
    I was thinking of getting one few years back until someone who regretted theirs told me it's like wearing the same t-shirt for the rest of your life.
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    Aug 20, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    As you can see in this pic, I'm in the process of getting my first tatt... and a big one at that! (I like them BIG).

    I have thought about this for five years. Discussed and debated it with many people. My mind has never changed about it. At some point, you just have to trust yourself and do what YOU think is best.

    I've had the outline for about two weeks now and virtually EVERYONE has liked it, especially at the gym. It seems only the older people ever have an issue with tatts these days.

    Body art, whether it is a tatt or a piercing, is hot!

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    Aug 20, 2008 9:34 PM GMT
    tattoo's are gross.

    never get them. thank god i never did.

    ;)
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    Aug 20, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    muscletatt1973 saidtattoo's are gross.

    never get them. thank god i never did.

    ;)


    You are scorching HOT!!
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    Aug 20, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    I rather like mine. They're art nouveau scrollwork in shapes that are meaningful to me. I have three and I'm getting a fourth this week. I've placed mine in places that are easy to cover, but where I can see them. Out of sight makes it harder to pick at them if they scab over



















    The last comment was my little joke. Please don't flame me for my poor tattoo hygiene
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    Aug 21, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    Funny how I thought I was one of those guys that would never have a tatt then one day I got the bug. Not sure but I would say the bug lasted a good three years before finally going to the parlor and staying this time. And then once I got the beginning part of the design it was all over. I'm still sure there's a agent in the dye that makes you come back for more...lol
    Never the less two years later it is complete and very satisfying. Making sure it works for you is the most important thing then if it fits the muscle nicely then it's even better...good luck
    Make the right choice and never wake up regretting it...
    Jeff
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    Aug 21, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    I've had my rather traditionally designed tattoo (an eagle and a dragon) on my shoulder for over 15 years and I'm still happy with it. Every so often, I'm tempted to get another when I see a really cool design.
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    Aug 21, 2008 5:43 AM GMT
    I will say what I always say when people ask me why I do not have tattooes.... you do not put a bumpersticker on a Lamborginni, or Porsche. Why would I put a tattoe on this perfect body. It is perfect.
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    Aug 21, 2008 5:56 AM GMT
    I've wanted a tattoo for a while, but I haven't come up with a design I'm willing to commit for life.

    I think that's what you have to take into account. It has got to be something that will always mean something.
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    Aug 21, 2008 6:01 AM GMT
    I've been looking at this peice of art for quite some time.
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    It's classically styled and my artist says it wouldn't be that hard.

    but that's 30+ hours because I want it to be a full back and that's with Smokin' Joe (he's pretty fast for somebody so good.) So needless to say; it's out of the budget for now.


    I forgot to add the biggest detail though. First off; the nurse is going bye-bye. I'm thinking of some kind of maltese cross/star of life incorporation.
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    Aug 21, 2008 6:15 AM GMT
    pyrotech said

    - No names. Chances are you're going to be asked to tell a story by hundreds of strangers that won't care about your story once you start to tell it. I'm sure there's something else that will remind you of them every time you look at it, if you're wanting to honor someone (death, birth, illness, etc) by getting a tattoo.



    plus; if it's somebody you wwwwwwuvvvv, it jinxes the relationship! I swears.


    that's why I've got lips on my shoulder instead of a name.


  • steven_patter...

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    Aug 21, 2008 1:19 PM GMT
    Key phrase in your post for me was "...I am a little reticent."

    If you're going to get a tat, you better be damn SURE it's something you wanna live with for the rest of your life. If you're not, you really need to wait until you ARE.
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    Aug 21, 2008 1:25 PM GMT
    Yea you have to be 100% sure about. Once you are sure you want it, wait another 2 or 3 months then get it. That extra time will really make you think about it. Don't rush to put black ink all over your body if you aren't going to love it for ever.

    I got my first tattoo just about 8 years ago and I still look at it everyday and love. It took me about 6 months to decide on the tattoo. Its a reflection of me!
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    Aug 21, 2008 1:49 PM GMT
    Just make sure it's spelled correctly!

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    Aug 21, 2008 2:41 PM GMT
    to the guys above who spent some of their valuable time and effort on the above replies - thanks heaps. There's some good stuff to think about that I hadn't.

    that quote about wearing the same t-shirt for the rest of your life made me chuckle, but the position I want is on my calf muscle so it would be like wearing the same long sock for the rest of my life lol

    pyrotech - good comment - there is only one type of design I have ever wanted.

    had no idea about the fading in the sun thing - could be a problem here.

    cheers

  • inuman

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    Aug 21, 2008 6:00 PM GMT
    There are also certain areas on the body where for the first time tattoo artists would recommend that you get one, the calves being one area, basically any area with a lot of meat and avoid areas with bone directly under, I have two tattoos on my front area shoulders (you can probably see them from my main pic) it hurt like hell cause at the time I got them I was training and slimming down for a weight class (boxing) so my shoulder muscles were not as big as they usually are. So it hurt, I managed without taking any breaks because I wanted it over and done with but by the time it was over I felt rather high from the pain and the sensations of needles running over a bone area and whatever it was that my body produced in order to combat the pain sensations.

    The first tattoo I got was on my left calf muscle and it took 45 minutes, didn't feel much of it either.

    Remember Avalon when you get your tattoo post it for us to see now icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 02, 2009 11:55 AM GMT
    It took me three years to make the decision to get mine. And yes here maybe not that long but almost three years into having it I love is as much as the day I got it. It all depends on the relationship you have with your tatt and what the meaning is. I will never grow tire of mine because of it's meaning to me...Jeff