tatoos

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    Aug 24, 2007 12:27 AM GMT
    i am, now, seriously thinking about getting one, but i don't know if i should. i heard that they're additicting and that i'll want to get several. what should i do? has anyone else experienced this? i want to know you're thoughts on the matter.
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    Aug 24, 2007 3:03 AM GMT
    I now have three... and I WANT MORE. i WAS WARNED THAT THEY ARE ADDICTIVE. I didn't listen... don't regret them. Just wish I didn't keep want ing another.
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:33 AM GMT
    I got mine...lasted 6 hrs and now I want a whole sleeve! YUm YUM!
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:43 AM GMT
    A student who eats in my dining hall does some pretty awesome tat work. I've been thinking of getting something done for a while from him...

    I'd say go for it. Just be sure it's something you can live with.
  • chuckles

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    Aug 24, 2007 5:22 AM GMT
    I now have 3 tattoos. I just numbers 2 and 3 this past Monday. I love all of them and gave them plenty of thought (at least a year). I did start planning the 2 new ones right after getting the first one. They are all medium sized, and for now I'm happy. I think it will be a while before I want another.

    If it's something you've wanted for awhile now, then I say go for it. Just make sure you find a good tattoo artist who will listen to your ideas.
  • cacti

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    Aug 27, 2007 9:58 PM GMT
    I've been able to resist the temptation of additional tatooitization for 3.5 years now. I will probably end up getting more, but I'm not going to do it until I know the time is right and it means something to me. It's definitely not something you should take lightly and do impulsively for obvious reasons.

    If you're feeling experimental and want to modify your body in some way, try some kind of piercing or wear a fake tat around for a bit until you know for sure what you want permanently.
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    Aug 27, 2007 10:02 PM GMT
    i'm happy with mine, but i worry about you saying you're not sure if you should get one. if you're not sure, then... maybe you should wait until you ARE sure?
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    Sep 01, 2007 5:59 PM GMT
    I have four, just got one on my rib cage and across my stomach, I love em. Yes they are addictive though.
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    Sep 01, 2007 8:02 PM GMT
    Gwgtrunks said: "...Just be sure it's something you can live with...."

    ...when you are 50 y.o. and beyond...

    :-)
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    Sep 01, 2007 8:41 PM GMT
    Haha yea aqualad01, just make sure it has meaning to you. Dont just get one to get one
  • liftordie

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    Sep 01, 2007 9:27 PM GMT
    tattoos are NOT addictive...um ah well, a little. LOL
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    Sep 01, 2007 10:27 PM GMT
    They are completely addictive. I have 3 and I'm going to get my 4th one done on my calf soon, though I'm not sure when (I'm thinking in the next couple of months). But I agree with other posters, if you aren't sure, then definitely take some time to think about it because you don't want to regret them later on down the road.
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    Sep 06, 2007 6:26 AM GMT
    Very addictive, and agree - get something you really want.

    Make sure you find a good inker too - the better they are at their craft, the better yours will look.
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    Sep 13, 2007 3:28 PM GMT
    For those of you who don't know...

    Employers generally frown on visible tatoos. I suggest getting discretely small ones, in more private areas that won't be revealed by short sleeves in a business environment. Dark ones show through white shirts (my son found that out after getting a black raven tat.

    Anyway, tats in intimate locations reserved for your lover are tres erotic! Bonus: if a guy wants to see your tats, it may require removing clothing LOL. Hot! (*Grin*)
  • iHavok

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    Sep 13, 2007 3:44 PM GMT
    I was a bit worried about mine when I interviewed for my latest job, because my gryphon does peek below the sleeve if I roll them up, however it was just an opening for the interviewer (who would become my boss) to show me the flower tattoo she got on her leg in memory of her mother.
    The taboo's against tattoo's are changing now that something like 20% of the population has them...
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    Sep 13, 2007 3:57 PM GMT
    After 32 tattoos here is my advice, take it for what it's worth.

    1. For your first tattoo make sure you get it somewhere that YOU are able to see it without contorting into some yoga/Cirque Du Solie position. I say this because if you hate it, you will always be reminded NEVER to get another one, wasting more time and more money.

    2. NEVER get words, symbols (including Japanese kanji or Chinese characters... which can be the same but are not), numbers, or letters in your first tattoo. It's a BIG deal to have a word tattooed on you. You may, at this point in time, believe that you are indeed at "Peace" but 5 years down the road you may become a raging homicidal assassin.
    I tattooed 3 Hebrew letters on my shoulder about 5 years ago. I was 22 at the time and had already been getting tattooed since i was 18. I have since tattooed more wording and such, including the words Eternity, Death, Warrior, Good, and Evil in Japanese down the back of my head, and the verse Matthew 22:25 on my arm in the origianl Hebrew. The decision to tattoo wording on yourself should not be taken lightly, and should be thought out with even more care than thinking about just getting a tattoo.

    3. Know your artist! Look at their work, talk to them, talk to other customers.
    My artist is a mother of 2, has a gradutate degree in Fine Art, as the owner of the establishment she displays annual letters from the Board Of Health which discuss the superior condition in which she keeps her business, she also displayes her Red Cross certification in Adult CPR, First Aid, and having passed a course on blood born pathogens.

    As for finding the design that fits you, yes tattoo artist should be able to help you. However think about what it is that makes up who you are!

    I have tattoos ranging from a sleeve dedicated to Madonna (My right arm contains six images thus far of the iconic performer), to a rose from an illuminated manuscript of the Book of Revelation, to the Marvel Comics assassin Elektra, to a Hello Kitty in combat boots flanked by an angel Kitty and a devil Kitty. All of the 32 tattoos have a story and mean something to me (I break it all down in a Myspace blog www.myspace.com/roccos_confessions).

    And i have plans for more tattoos (SO YES... they are indeed addictive). Including a cluster of emeralds, rubies, and diamonds representing my adoration of George Balanchine and my visit to the New York City Ballet and School of American Ballet Theatre this summer (The gems are represented in the Balanchine ballet "Jewels"), continuing my sleeve of Madonna with her represented as Evita, covering my left thigh in an oceanic theme complete with a blue ringed octopus, and a piece by 20's Art Deco Artist Tamara De Lempika.

    Think about things that inspired you as a child or inspire you now and research them to find the perfect image for your first tattoo. Think outside the box. Dont think that the image needs to come from a "tattoo" book. It can come from, well a book in the Bible, or a book by an artist, a Greek vase, a comic book, or an issue of National Geographic. The posibilites are ENDLESS and the better the artist the more detailed and exciting you can get with it!

    A word on Japanese and Chinese... I'm half chinese, so i can say that much of what gets tattooed on people in those languages doesnt have the same meaning as what they think they are getting. Certain words dont translate into Chinese, such as my "eternity"... there is no word for "eternity" it litterally translates as "forever". Same meaning.

    Just don't make the mistake that Britney Spears made. She has a tattoo that is supposed to say "Mysterious". Well that is a tricky word in those languages because you need context words for it to REALLY mean "mysterious". Whenever anyone were to look at the tattoo, they are more likly to, HONESTLY, translate it was "Strange" or "Alien"... not "mysterious!"

    As far as employment is concerned, I have a tattoo down the back of my head, and as mentioned I have quite a few on my arms. It hasn't stopped me from being employed by my local government, landing a guest spot this season with the Gem City Ballet and Progressive Dance theater, or stopped me from teaching dance.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 13, 2007 5:15 PM GMT
    Aqua,

    You stated you have seriously thought about it. I think that says it right there- seriously think about it.

    A college buddy of mine got a large Sonic the hedgehog on his shoulder- he know regrets it.

    If you do find a qualified lic establishment and view their work prior to getting one.

    Good Luck

    Mike

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    Sep 13, 2007 7:14 PM GMT
    If you're asking "what should I do?" you shouldn't get one. Only after some serious thought - maybe even some obsession over design, etc - will you have the answer to that question. Ink is permanent and personal...do it the right way. I have 6 and not a single regret.
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    Sep 13, 2007 7:18 PM GMT
    Addictive yes... have 2 and have planned for 2 more... and i know once i get around to having them completed i will want more.

    As others have rightly said, make sure you really want one and having fake one is a good idea, just to get the feel of something being permanently on your skin. With "advantage" of dark skin i will never had the problem of the tattoo showing through a white shirt... sometimes it's hard enough to see it in any event.

    Deciding what you want for your first one maybe the hardest thing... and despite the advice given by StripperRocco, i had the Chinese symbol for good luck as my first tat - and if i turn into a homicidal assassin later in life, then i will have more to worry about than the tattoo on my arm!!!! :-)

    And i think the artist is even more important that the tattoo itself as you are leaving to them to "paint" this one you - so check testimonials, health certs etc. Had my last one done in NYC and the artist there opened all the sterile needles from the packages in my presence... you'd be surprised how a such a little gesture was so reassuring.

    And by the way - colours.. i have yet to see a tattoo in any other ink than black that looked good - but that is a personal preference!!!!
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    Sep 13, 2007 7:23 PM GMT
    Tattoo's are great. I have 1 and plan to get another shortly.

    there's a new product on the market called FREEDOM-2 (http://www.freedom2ink.com) that actually has new colors that, in the event you hate your tattoo, can be removed in one sitting (rather than 5 or 6).

    So Check out if your tattoo artist uses them.


    (And BEFORE anyone gets on me about removing tattoo's - I never will. But others might.)
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    Sep 13, 2007 7:27 PM GMT
    Are you CERTAIN it says "good luck"?

    Colored ink only looks good in skins with certain pigments, and will only work correctly in skins with certain pigments.

    I have a friend who is of German stock and red ink will not keep in his skin. He's tried with several tattoos to have red put in them and within a matter of months the area that was inked in red is flesh tone.

    I used to think that colored tattoos were a bit odd, until i got them myself. Now seeing only a black ink tattoo, unless it is a fine line portrait or your basic run of the mill "tribal" just seems to limiting to me. But again, i was about 5 tattoos into my collection before i ventured into color.
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    Sep 13, 2007 8:07 PM GMT
    Ok, Rocco, so how do you tell what pigments are going to "keep" and which will fade?

    As for the views on tatooing (per the employers), it depends on what profession you go into. My firm definitely does not want tatoos showing, and other architectural firms I have talked to don't want tatoos showing, either (and I live and work in the very liberal Pacific Northwest!).
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    Sep 14, 2007 1:45 PM GMT
    Rocco... you miss the point :)

    It makes no difference to me what it says (mainly of course because i cannot read mandarin), but what i think it says and what it means to me... but i have had it confirmed by someone of Chinese origin that indeed it says good luck... could always take a picture.. post to the profile and get some answers ...... :)

    As to colours... just being a devils advocate... i can only wear black!!!!

    And as to tattoos and employers Sundown55 has a valid point.... depends on the career stream you are in.... hence my tats are not for general public display unless i decide to walk into the office in a singlet!
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    Sep 14, 2007 1:58 PM GMT
    "how do you tell what pigments are going to "keep" and which will fade?"

    I used to hang out on rec.arts.bodyart back when I was really into body piercing, and on the basis of what I read there, I had my single tattoo done in black ink because it holds up to sunlight the best.
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    Sep 14, 2007 2:01 PM GMT
    Sundown:

    AS far as I know if you are primarily of good old Viking stock, reds ain't gonna keep and you might have issues with yellow.

    i THINK, but cant be sure, that i read the reason for this is that those specific colors kinda have to already be in your genetic make-up to actually keep. SO if you have Asian, African, Hispanic, etc blood in you ie you tan easy and dont burn to a lovely shade of lobster it will keep.

    On the flip of that, reds, yellows, and greens supposedly hurt the worstw when they are lasered out.