Tattoos...for a meaning or just because?

  • DJW525

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    Jul 26, 2013 7:55 PM GMT
    Ok. Opinions please. I've wanted to get a tattoo for a while now, but my thought is that there should be meaning behind it not just because. Is that "logic" the norm?
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    Jul 27, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
    Considering your age, I would think that you have enough life experience to get a tattoo with a meaning, rather than for the cool factor. So yes, you are being rightly logical here.

    If you want one, get one. But get one with meaning. Perhaps to celebrate a personal accomplishment? Or to honor someone in your family? Or maybe something to remind you about a key moment in your life? Basically, if someone asks you about your tattoo, will they be amazed by the story behind it? Or will they give you an awkward look and walk away? icon_lol.gif

    Personally, I don't think you should get one. You've got a nice body. Why obscure it with ink? icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 27, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    I think so. It's better than random stars or a mom tattoo.

    As long as it means something to you, that's all that matters.

    But others just want to look "cool." I'm not sure that there is a norm when it come tattoos.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 27, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    Stars, rainbows, or "It's Britney Bitch" are all good choices.icon_wink.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 27, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    Don't ... virgin skin is beautiful
  • Timbales

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    Jul 27, 2013 4:34 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidStars, rainbows, or "It's Britney Bitch" are all good choices.icon_wink.gif


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    you can't go wrong with Wolverine on My Little Pony - it says you're both sensitive and tough
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    Jul 27, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    i have a large shoulder piece (its a japanese maple tree branch) and i thought about the design for about a year before getting it done, collecting ideas online, and the final couple of weeks working with the tattoo artist to draw it.

    i strongly suggest that you get a tattoo that represents something to you.

    ultimately, you will have to live with it for a long time, if not a lifetime. removal is not easy - takes several sittings, and costs way more than the original tattoo.

    if the tattoo has no meaning to you, over time it could come to represent impulsive vanity or out-of-date trends (e.g. barbed-wire armbands, large black "tribal" designs, sunbursts around the navel, tramp stamps in the lower back), and you may regret it. just google "bad tattoos" as a reminder of how important it is to think about what you're committing to, and finding a good artist to execute it.
  • CityofDreams

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    Jul 27, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    If your tattoo has a meaning, you will always love it.
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    Jul 27, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    Needs some meaning or connection to your life/family heritage etc. If your not sure get your first one in a place that's easy to conceal. Also shop around, find an artist who's style you like, let them put their twist on your ideas..
  • jo2hotbod

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    Jul 27, 2013 6:09 PM GMT
    Be different, don't get one
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    Jul 27, 2013 6:28 PM GMT
    I say don't over-think it. The ink that covers my upper back didn't really have any specific "meaning" to it. It doesn't symbolize anything per se. It's simply a depiction of an old folktale from another country; and while the tale itself is probably chock full of metaphors, I did not get the tattoo because of any metaphor or symbolism. I got it because the artwork I had seen for this particular folktale was beautiful, and I wanted that depiction on my body.

    If there is any "meaning" for me to gain from this tattoo, it's that this tattoo is simply a "snapshot" of a moment in my life...almost like a journal entry. It's a reflection of myself at the particular point in my life when I got it inked. Whenever I see this tattoo, I'm reminded of the things that were going on around that time: I was finishing up grad school; I was getting really close to hitting one of my fitness goals; a few months after this tattoo was finished, I went on the most amazing trip to Las Vegas with my friends, etc. Except that the image itself has nothing to do with any of these things.

    Anyway, just my $0.02 icon_biggrin.gif

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  • MichaelUK

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    Jul 27, 2013 6:45 PM GMT
    ^^ that is one beautiful tattoo...

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    Jul 27, 2013 6:47 PM GMT
    either, or to be honest.
    as long as the spelling is correct (if it's words) and it doesn't look bad, I think it's fine.
    it generally is almost a life long commitment in itself (unless you are willing to bear through the pain of laser removal) so monogaphobes should stear clear from tattoos lol.
  • KZNindian

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    Jul 27, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidDon't ... virgin skin is beautiful


    +1
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    Jul 27, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    I've spent enough of my life at the dermatologist getting things removed to want to ink up my canvas.
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    Jul 27, 2013 11:49 PM GMT
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    Jul 28, 2013 12:10 AM GMT
    pf0081 saidNo offense to anyone, but when I see a tattoo on a guy, especially when I go to the gym and every guy has his entire arm covered with tattoos, it says to me that they are desperate for attention and will go to any lengths to get it. Then it takes you all day to see the entire tattoo, so by the time you're finished, the guy is looking at you like "what are you looking at?". Your tattoo idiot, isn't that why you got it? So people would look at you? The whole tattoo thing nowadays just seems like a cute little trend that most people will probably regret later on.


    I laughed hard when I read this. The "your tattoo idiot" section is so true lol.
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    Jul 28, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    Timbales said
    HottJoe saidStars, rainbows, or "It's Britney Bitch" are all good choices.icon_wink.gif


    wolverine.jpg

    you can't go wrong with Wolverine on My Little Pony - it says you're both sensitive and tough


    I think it says a whole lot ... icon_lol.gif
  • DJW525

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    Aug 02, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input guys!
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    Aug 02, 2013 8:53 AM GMT
    Get one with meaning. And have it designed bespoke for you.

    Don't actually get it done until you've known what image you want for at least 6 months, pref a year.
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    Aug 02, 2013 8:55 AM GMT
    I decided to get one that has personal meaning to me. I have no regrets.
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    Aug 02, 2013 9:34 AM GMT

    Back then they used to have meanings. Nowadays a lot of people just get them just "because". Especially the younger generation on earth icon_confused.gif

    You know... those guys on social media sites and have their whole body in tattoos and try to be different - yada yada

    I personally don't think I'll ever have a tattoo on my body. And I just say tattoo because I would just want one. And only one.

    Would be something like these.

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    Side note - I love everything about dreams...
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    Aug 02, 2013 10:17 AM GMT
    CityofDreams saidIf your tattoo has a meaning, you will always love it.


    ^
    this
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    Aug 02, 2013 10:18 AM GMT
    TheQuest saidI decided to get one that has personal meaning to me. I have no regrets.


    ^^
    and this