The Ink!

  • Kellzor

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    Jan 06, 2008 7:44 AM GMT
    All right I thought long and hard about my potential tattoo ideas and finally settled on the ones i want to get done!

    1) Roll of film spiraling around my right forearm.

    2) My Best Friends Initials on my left arm in her handwriting.

    3) The kanji of my taiko(big ass japanese drums!) group down my left shoulder blade.

    4) A little robot head with a heart in a speech bubble on my left "pec"

    Can anyone tell me how much pain I'm in for? Ahaha!
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    Jan 06, 2008 1:11 PM GMT
    Depends on your pain threshold matey.

    From your choices I'd say the pec tattoo will be the least painful if you've got a bit of meat there though I've got a tattoo on my left inner forearm and from experience it was fine (though getting closer to the inner elbow was slightly uncomfortable).

    And a smaller tattoo doesn't necessarily mean less pain either.

    My pick: the robot head! It's whimsical and it's charm won't change as you get older (if it's a movie/comic book reference it might be a different story lol). I can picture it in an new skool style...icon_cool.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Jan 06, 2008 3:28 PM GMT
    The only tattoo I have is on my stomach, above my navel. It didn't hurt at all, what it felt like was hunger pangs.

    I've laways wanted to get a dragon coiling up my right leg from ankle to hip. What's been keeping me from doing it is the thought of all the pain I'd experience. Maybe someday I'll work up the nerve.
  • bigguysf

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    Jan 06, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    Depends on the location AND also depends on your pain threshold like Jim_e said. I have about 14. Some just felt like a burn while they were happening. Others hurt alot. The pain had to do with either the location over my sensitive (errogenous) areas like my upper back/below the navel tats, and also the technique of the tattoo artist.

    My celtic tat on my arm hurt alot because I don't think the artist did a good job. He didn't have the correct needles in for coverage and depth, so he kept going over it repeatedly. It hurt alot, bled alot afterward, and healed badly. I'm surprised that the final tat turned out okay.

    Looking over your tat choices though, I would say the greater risk of pain might be in getting a tattoo that won't stand up to the long haul. Whatever you get you are gonna have to look at everyday. And most of the guys I know who have tats that they regret are the ones who got "cute" tats, typical tats, or tats associated with friends/lovers. Just really think about looking at that tat 20 years later before getting it. icon_wink.gif
  • liftordie

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    Jan 06, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    anything near, around, close to, by, your nipple will HURT LIKE HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
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    Jan 06, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    Listen...I have three and am in process of designing the large one to finish my back. A couple of words of advise...I would never get a tattoo that didn't have personal meaning to me in my life (i.e. just getting a tattoo just because you think it will look cool.) Also anywhere on your body where there is little fat always hurts more. When I had both of my shoulder blades done everytime he would go over boney parts it hurt like hell. Fleshy parts always hurt less unless around the nipple because there is more concentrated nurve "bundles" there. Each of my tattoos mean something and I got them on days where major events occured in my life. My right shoulder blade has "NO REGRETS" my left has "LIVE LIFE" which I got on the day where I found out that someone who I am extremely close to might not make it and those two things he always said to me. I also have "CONTRAHO" on my left hip which I got the day that my dad and step-mom got married after being together for 13 years...It means UNITY in Latin. I am also getting a really ornate cross with tattered angel wings to finish my back after I was forced by recent events to come to the conclusion that no matter how broken and tattered I may feel I will always have my spirituality to guide me. Sorry to get so deep and shit but you get the idea about getting tattoos that mean something. They hurt but you get used to it pretty quickly.
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    Jan 07, 2008 3:40 PM GMT
    Derrick780 said I am also getting a really ornate cross with tattered angel wings to finish my back after I was forced by recent events to come to the conclusion that no matter how broken and tattered I may feel I will always have my spirituality to guide me. Sorry to get so deep and shit but you get the idea about getting tattoos that mean something. They hurt but you get used to it pretty quickly.


    Wow Derrick780! I know what you mean about tatts. My
    "Lone Wolf" tatt is heaped with spiritual meaning for those same kinds of reasons. It would be considered kinda large-ish as far as upper arms go. As far as the standard "Does it hurt?" question goes, I felt a constant, light, steady stinging with it, but it stopped as soon as the artist stopped working on it. There wasn't any afterburn pain, so to speak, at all. So I really can't call it painful at all, but I should note I also choose my right arm, which is the same side affected by my stroke almost two years ago; so, I'm sure the nerve receptors were deadened to an extent. But I am definately looking forward to getting another tatt on my other arm soon (probably a celtic knot of some kind) and I'll let you know how it felt. icon_cool.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jan 08, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    I like options 3 and 4.
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    Jan 09, 2008 10:47 AM GMT
    I say go for them all... Pain is not an issue. I found the little sting from getting a tattoo so invigorating and HOT that I will go again and again just to feel that tingle. I got one running down my spine. Everyone said it's very painful over bony areas but I promice you thats just the wussies talking. There is nothing as pleasureable... NOTHING!!!! I think it might be more painful on sensitive skin like your nipple and the sides of your feet like liftordie said. I'm extending the one on my back later this month...
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    Jan 09, 2008 1:31 PM GMT
    I also agree with Derrick, you should definitely get something that has a personal meaning. It will make you more secure and happier with your decision for years to come. It took me 6 months to decide on my first tattoo. That was about 8 years ago and I still look at it everyday and love it!

    Take you time, find something you like, and enjoy it!