Tattoo's or Piercings?

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    Dec 13, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    I am quite bored at the moment and feel as though I need to make a slight change in my life to spice things up.

    Which do you all prefer? Please list pro's and con's of both since I have had neither and be specific on the tattoo/piercing to get!

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  • Sparkycat

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    Dec 13, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    That's probably not the best reason to try body modification. Wait until you're not bored, and then see if you still want it.

    That said, I have a tribal style tattoo on my shoulder/upper arm, and a gay pride symbol on the back of my neck. Don't go to a shop and pick a tattoo design off a flash sheet. It should be something that has unique meaning for you.

    I have pierced nipples, a Prince Albert, and a lorum. Go for a Prince Albert. It's fun to play with.

    I had a labret piercing, but tragically while eating a peanut butter sandwich, the part of the jewelry inside my mouth came loose and I swallowed it. icon_confused.gif

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    Dec 13, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    don't make decisions that you may regret later in life because you're 'bored'...

    i think piercings and tattoos have become cliché... and make you a caricature.

  • wellwell

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    Dec 13, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    ...many view tats as little more than scars.

    others, like myself, find such extraordinary beauty in the human form, that there is not any possibility of the "body art" doing justice to the original form; because, it can not.
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    Cutting rituals are just that. They scream insecurity. They're hard to get rid of if you decide you want to move forward.
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    Chucky, not all things like this scream insecurity. My first tattoo is part of a tribal tradition and is invested in deep meaning. And for sailors, tattoos are part of a long history.

    If you're going to get a tattoo for decorative purposes, be sure you REALLY want to do it, because it doesn't come off.

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    Dec 13, 2009 9:45 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidCutting rituals are just that. They scream insecurity. They're hard to get rid of if you decide you want to move forward.

    These days tattoos aren't as permanent anymore, more and more tattoo places are using inks that react positively to laser removal which breaks down the ink for the body to remove and in most cases the tattoos can be completely removed with minimal to no scaring.

    My sister got one removed a while ago, a small one, mostly black and red, no scaring, no faint image, it's pretty much completely gone.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Dec 13, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
    On a guy I prefer piercing (s)

    Like an ear one is sexy or lip, tongue, anything more is weird

    Tattoos ruin a nice body of a hott guy, it's that simple

  • FloridaGuy71

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    Dec 13, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    Pierced nipples are hot... I had one, but sadly let it grow in.. I would like to get it redone. The nice part is that once it grew in, you can hardly tell it was ever there.. which makes it less permanant than other body mods.

    I would like to get a tribal, but can't seem to bring myself to make that committment. However, I did get a henna once and it looked good...
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    Dec 13, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Most piercings you can take out if you dont like them and the hole will close up. So I'd say go for a piercing, see how you like it.

    If you want a tat, my advice would be to draw it on yourself first and see how you think it looks. What looks good in your mind may not translate into life.
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    Dec 14, 2009 12:12 AM GMT
    I say do whatever resonates most with you.
    Body art is an expression of yourself, sharing the parts of you that are not readily accessible through passing engagements.
    Be bold, be true, be yourself and do whatever makes sense "for you".

    Personally, I think "insecurity" is normal. We all have insecurities, it's when people manifest their insecurities in ways that impose values or judgments on others that insecurities become ugly. Like placing judgments on others for what they do to their own body.
    *That is Ugly* (my own judgment.. I know)

    I have body piercings, a tattoo and a body carving. They are a discreet part of me, to share them and what they mean makes me vulnerable, it exposes my insecurities and fears. But in exposing oneself like that, you realize how truly irrelevant the judgments and opinions of others are.

    What *You* think matters... do what *you* would do... not anyone else.
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 14, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    Honestly, I paid medical bills for eight years. Of course it rarely happens, but I have seen some major authentic horror stories from piercings and tattoos. I have paid tons of medical claims regarding piercings, the infections, as well as the piercings being caught on things.....very disturbing. Tattoos...not so much...but still major skin issues, allergies, infections. I have to be honest about the hair coloring and bleaching...lots of burned scalps, permanent scarring, allergic reactions causing loss of life.

    I have the same reasons in the avoidance of wearing a neck tie. It is somewhat strange that a neck tie is basically a noose around your neck.
  • Akula

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    Dec 14, 2009 12:29 AM GMT
    i would suggest if you get a tat don't go for the full sleeve or something on you neck thats not something good to get on a whim, and also I totally agree don't get anything done thats on the wall. I can't tell you how many of the panthers crawling up a guys arm I've seen. As for insecurity I find that is more the style of people who drive big lifted trucks or guys that over develop their bodies but who am I to judge whos insecure.
  • nismo29732

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    Dec 14, 2009 12:46 AM GMT
    I wouldn't do it out of boredum, LOL! I see no issues to either tho, but I do love my tattoo. I had my fraternity letters on my back done about 5 months ago, and it only took me like 4 years after initially pledging to finally go through with it. I remember when I first joined, I told my dad I wanted a tattoo, and he said to wait a couple years and see if I still wanted it...Four years later...But like others have said, make sure it is something you want, and seriously, not everyone that has one has self-esteem issues. Do what makes you happy because at the end of the day, you have to look at and be content with YOU.
  • Sparkycat

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    Dec 14, 2009 7:11 AM GMT
    A quote from your profile, Chuckystud :

    "If you're insecure and lash out at others as a way of projection / transformation, we won't be a fit."

    Perhaps it's time to practice what you preach.



    chuckystud saidCutting rituals are just that. They scream insecurity. They're hard to get rid of if you decide you want to move forward.
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    Dec 14, 2009 7:15 AM GMT
    I dont have any tattoos(yet), but I use to have my nipple, and tongue pierced....but I grew out of that stage in my life and took them out
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    Dec 14, 2009 7:47 AM GMT
    My rule of thumb for tattoos: choose a design AND placement and wait for a year. If the idea still sits well with you a year later, go for it. And, to vent a pet peeve: I don't think you should get a "tribal" tattoo unless you belong to a tribe.

    Piercings are good because you can take them out. Just remember that some genital piercings (I'm thinking PA specifically) heal very quickly once pierced and will never close up.
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    Dec 15, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    I say "Go big or go home".
    Nothing more wishy washy than a cluster of disjointed, unrelated, unbalanced tats. If you are going to make a statement make it big, if you're going to commit, commit to it fully.
    That was my train of thought with my one and only tat and I'm very glad I did.
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    Dec 15, 2009 8:44 AM GMT
    I've got two tattoos, my ears and tongue pierced.


    I didn't do any of it because someone online suggested it.
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    Dec 16, 2009 6:27 AM GMT
    FloridaGuy71 saidPierced nipples are hot... I had one, but sadly let it grow in.. I would like to get it redone. The nice part is that once it grew in, you can hardly tell it was ever there.. which makes it less permanant than other body mods.

    I would like to get a tribal, but can't seem to bring myself to make that committment. However, I did get a henna once and it looked good...
    see here's the thing about tribal tattoos/tattoos in general.

    that's cool if you're just going to get a tattoo on a whim, but personally I think that the art you're putting on your body should represent a part of you; a road map of the self. If I take of my shirt and show someone my Tattoos, I will be able to explain why I got each one, what it means to me, etc. You're obviously not polynesian, or in any sort of tribe, so what does a tribal tattoo mean to you other than the fact that you think it looks cool?

    Yes, they're for warriors. Did you also know that they're familial? You can't just "get" whichever one you want if you're a tribesman. It's a marking that says "I am a hunter", "I am a fisherman", or "I am a warrior". So just think about the history behind the tribal designs before you jump on the bandwagon, because when I see a white guy with a tribal tattoo I usually (not EVERY time) think that he's just someone who picked a tattoo out of a book, and thought it looked neat-o.

    But it's your body,do with it what you will.
  • FloridaGuy71

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    Dec 18, 2009 12:20 AM GMT
    Funkapottomous said
    FloridaGuy71 saidPierced nipples are hot... I had one, but sadly let it grow in.. I would like to get it redone. The nice part is that once it grew in, you can hardly tell it was ever there.. which makes it less permanant than other body mods.

    I would like to get a tribal, but can't seem to bring myself to make that committment. However, I did get a henna once and it looked good...
    see here's the thing about tribal tattoos/tattoos in general.

    that's cool if you're just going to get a tattoo on a whim, but personally I think that the art you're putting on your body should represent a part of you; a road map of the self. If I take of my shirt and show someone my Tattoos, I will be able to explain why I got each one, what it means to me, etc. You're obviously not polynesian, or in any sort of tribe, so what does a tribal tattoo mean to you other than the fact that you think it looks cool?

    Yes, they're for warriors. Did you also know that they're familial? You can't just "get" whichever one you want if you're a tribesman. It's a marking that says "I am a hunter", "I am a fisherman", or "I am a warrior". So just think about the history behind the tribal designs before you jump on the bandwagon, because when I see a white guy with a tribal tattoo I usually (not EVERY time) think that he's just someone who picked a tattoo out of a book, and thought it looked neat-o.

    But it's your body,do with it what you will.




    Did I say anything in my post about gettting one just because I think it looks cool or that I was not going to research the meaning before getting one? In fact, I will likely never get one at all.

    Try not to be so judgemental or presumptuous of my intentions.. Peace.
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    Dec 18, 2009 5:36 AM GMT
    FloridaGuy71 said
    Funkapottomous said
    FloridaGuy71 saidPierced nipples are hot... I had one, but sadly let it grow in.. I would like to get it redone. The nice part is that once it grew in, you can hardly tell it was ever there.. which makes it less permanant than other body mods.

    I would like to get a tribal, but can't seem to bring myself to make that committment. However, I did get a henna once and it looked good...
    see here's the thing about tribal tattoos/tattoos in general.

    that's cool if you're just going to get a tattoo on a whim, but personally I think that the art you're putting on your body should represent a part of you; a road map of the self. If I take of my shirt and show someone my Tattoos, I will be able to explain why I got each one, what it means to me, etc. You're obviously not polynesian, or in any sort of tribe, so what does a tribal tattoo mean to you other than the fact that you think it looks cool?

    Yes, they're for warriors. Did you also know that they're familial? You can't just "get" whichever one you want if you're a tribesman. It's a marking that says "I am a hunter", "I am a fisherman", or "I am a warrior". So just think about the history behind the tribal designs before you jump on the bandwagon, because when I see a white guy with a tribal tattoo I usually (not EVERY time) think that he's just someone who picked a tattoo out of a book, and thought it looked neat-o.

    But it's your body,do with it what you will.




    Did I say anything in my post about gettting one just because I think it looks cool or that I was not going to research the meaning before getting one? In fact, I will likely never get one at all.

    Try not to be so judgemental or presumptuous of my intentions.. Peace.
    not judging you, just bringing up a point that 99.9% of people getting tribal tattoos have never heard.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 18, 2009 5:53 AM GMT
    I have my nipples pierced but have yet to get a tattoo...

    I prefer a guy who has nice, small tattoos...and I usually pass on the piercings.

    Opposites attract I guess?


    Joe

    ps- I'm also hairy and prefer smooth LOL
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    Dec 18, 2009 5:55 AM GMT
    I think both are hot!!!!
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    Dec 18, 2009 6:05 AM GMT
    And don't get any Chinese/Japanese characters.

    To me it's the equivalent of someone asian having "Fire" written in english on their arm. Like wtf?