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Anybody here have a tattoo? What made you do it?
Are you planning on doing another one?
martinibuster




msg:308747
 8:07 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a reproduction of William Blake's poem & watercolor, "The Tiger" on my forearm, with one stanza of the poem:
"Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

I did it because reading William Blake was like drinking spring water.

My life changed dramatically one month after I tattooed that on my arm, and it served as a reminder that not everything is Black or White, Good or Bad.

I'm willing to do another one, but I don't have a compelling image/philosophy/statement that I want to make that I don't already make in another fashion.

:) Y

 

deejay




msg:308748
 8:31 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

I do. 30th birthday present to myself.

On the back of my right shoulder, about 9 inches diameter... a white cockatoo with his back to the viewer and his head turned and preening his feathers. It's from a watercolour painting by Raymond Harris Ching.. a very notable wildlife artist. The only alteration is a blue faded border around the white bird rather than Raymond's sand, just to give it more definition on my light skin.

Why? Cause I wanted to. No one in my family has one or is likely to get one. It sure wasn't peer pressure.

Why that picture? I bred parrots for 15 years. I loved my birds dearly and it's a remembering of them.. all 300 odd. That picture in particular.. this bird has such serenity, quiet confidence and perfectly relaxed... and some more meaning I'm not sharing :) It's a reminder of good times and some things I should aspire to more.

I'm willing to do another one, but I don't have a compelling image/philosophy/statement that I want to make that I don't already make in another fashion.

Me too on both counts. I'd also not rush to get another just because I don't want to minimise the import of the one I have.

<edit> kant speel</edit>

fathom




msg:308749
 8:41 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Quite a few.

Ex-Navy/submariner -- what else! ;)

deejay




msg:308750
 8:45 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

*lol* Oops! Fathom, you just made a liar of me.

My great uncle Hec had navy tattoos... though they were very old and in rather a poor state... illegible. He died about five years ago aged (I think) 87... which made his tats about 68 years old.

jimmykav




msg:308751
 10:26 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have the Windows logo on my right shoulder.

A couple of years back I went through a bad phase personally. When I came out the other side I decided to do something just for me.

The tattoo reflects 2 things : (1) that I have made a career and a decent living out of Windows and (2) that I am a slave to the Windows OS, where it goes I follow....

buckworks




msg:308752
 1:15 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Gotta say this ... to me (a female) there are few things UNsexier than a tattoo. To me it's the human body that is the work of art, and tattoos are like ugly graffitti. Maybe I've just seen too many that are badly done, but it's a real turn-off when an otherwise good-looking guy has tattoos. I much prefer clean, bare skin.

Crazy_Fool




msg:308753
 3:23 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

yeah, i got 2, one on each arm
first one was sorta caused by alcohol .... was drinking with a tattooist and a group of us all tattooed each other for a laugh .....
second was caused by ..... ummm .... more alcohol ..... got ex wifes name on it .....

do i regret them? nah, i don't even notice them or think about them. most women never notice them till the morning after. i'll probably get them removed one day though .....

binki




msg:308754
 4:05 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a small one on my shoulder- my first name is the name of a plant so it's a sprig of the leaves from that plant. I figured that won't change.

I've had it for almost 20 years and really don't even think about it anymore. I'd like to HAVE another one, but don't really fancy GETTING another one; I haven't forgotten the pain yet.

oilman




msg:308755
 6:08 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've got a small maple leaf on my right shoulder. I'm fiercly proud to be a Canadian (shaddup rc, drastic and toolman - hehehe). My wife is American and we often rib each other back and forth about nationalities so I took it to the next level ;)

msr986




msg:308756
 6:13 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Personally, I don't have any tattoos....

But I'd like to hear from more of the girls! :)

Chicago




msg:308757
 6:14 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

you guys are killing me-- i haven't had some much fun since i sold 65CPMs to a willing audience.

I have a shark on my side! Tens years later, I love it an wouldn't trade it for anything.

Chicago




msg:308758
 6:32 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

you do it cause something in your life moved you and you want to make it a perminant part of your future experience.

you do it because it reflects who you are.

if you learn to regret it you learn to regret a part of your past. something that is not necessarily bad in my opionion.

...but just as clean in professional Web design, it can have the best meaning (functionality)if it doesn't look good, others will never see the meaning.

--i want to get a second one, my wife disagrees. My solution is to choose my next carefully, and design in well.

Happy sunday afternoon friends,

jeremy goodrich




msg:308759
 6:39 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Been thinking about getting one for about 5 years or so. Still haven't gotten 'round to it.

My wife has one though. :)

jatar_k




msg:308760
 7:16 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

hehe, a skull, some dragons and a few tribal designs. I love tattoos, I will get more soon. I even have one that I am not overly fond of but it signifies my mindset at the time and a specific moment in my life.

I think tattoos on women are unbelievably sexy. I don't really care what other people think of mine because they were solely for myself.

I think what people put on the outsides of their bodies tells a lot about what is inside. Tattoos are just permanent clothing. Maybe that way you are never truly naked. ;)

lawman




msg:308761
 7:30 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

SEVERAL years ago, everytime I'd see a BA with a tattoo, I'd want one. No way would my wife let me though. When I finally got divorced, tattoos were everywhere. Not only did the BAs have 'em, but so did weenies and women! For some reason I didn't want one anymore.

Now if everyone decided to have theirs removed, maybe . . .

lawman

[edited by: lawman at 7:31 pm (utc) on Mar. 2, 2003]

smatsmax




msg:308762
 7:31 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

I got a couple, sort of tribal styley.
I love em and want more. As for the pain aspect, i quite enjoy it! I'm not sure why i had one, just knew i wanted one. Boyfriends got loads, he's nearly covered one arm completely. Tats are cool..

mattglet




msg:308763
 7:35 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

i have 3:
my intials in "irish camo" (green, white, orange swirl) on the top of my spine, right below the neck line. i'm proud of my irish heritage.

VII in green, white, and orange (one color per numeral) wrapped in vines on my left calf. another irish tattoo, along with my superstition. i love the number 7, and me being a sports freak doesn't help the cause :)

a green scorpion under my right pectoral muscle, highlighted in yellow where the light is hitting it. i'm a scorpio!

they are addicting, although i cannot see myself getting one that doesn't have deep personal meaning to me.

cheater copperpot




msg:308764
 9:50 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>>Anybody here have a tattoo?

Yes i have 2.. one of a spade on my left shoulder (I was a big card player at one time) and another funky tribal symbol on my back.

>>>What made you do it?

Alcohol...;)

ade_uk




msg:308765
 11:19 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

i've been wanting one for years - a white dove on my ankle (symbolising peace, love and happiness) - however i don't think I can go through the pain

i went for it one nite at 'Tribal Gathering' (rave kinda thing in a field) perhaps 4 years back but they turned be down for being 'under the influence' - never got the confidence to get thru the pain since.. but one day!

andreasfriedrich




msg:308766
 11:28 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

This thread sheds a whole new light on some people ;)

I always thought tattoos looked bad but last summer I got to know somebody on whom it looked really sexy. I still think they look bad except on some rare people...

Andreas

What about other body modifications (piercings, brandings, etc.)?

mivox




msg:308767
 3:28 am on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I got my first tattoo at 17, on my right ankle. It says "Ad Astra Per Aspera" which roughly translates as "to the stars with effort." Kinda a personal motto to remind me to get my ass moving when I'm depressed or procrastinating.

Then I got one on my back (when I was 19 or 20?) of a lion in profile, with the front of his mane (under his chin) flowing into the side of a tiger's face. Next to it are chinese characters for loyalty, devotion, eternity. I was born in the year of the tiger, and my ex-husband was a Leo. hehehe. My family doctor saw that one, and said she normally doesn't like tattoos at all, but she really liked it.

Both of the designs were drawn myself, so I don't have to worry about anyone wearing the same design... but the ankle design is getting a little blurry, and I'm kinda wondering what to do about that in the long run.

I'd get another one, if I thought of an idea that really appealed to me as much as the first two did... I've wanted to get a round design on my lower back for years. I've got kewpie doll dimples on my hips, and it just seems like some kind of celtic knot would look really good between them.

[edited by: mivox at 4:04 am (utc) on Mar. 3, 2003]

deejay




msg:308768
 3:50 am on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

*lol* ade_uk.... if pain worries you I would recommend anywhere EXCEPT your ankle. Well... anywhere else within reason.

Areas over bone are much much more painful than areas over muscle or fat tissue... and ankles are sure boney.

Mine took nearly four hours solid work on the first run and I was fine except for when Noel got to working out towards my armpit where it is glandular, and then again over towards the spine - over the edge of the shoulder blade. That was pretty teethgritting for a while.

It also took two hours in touch up six weeks later, which was mainly because the design was so fine (you can see the individual 'hairs' of the feathers) and because there was so much white involved... white's a hard colour to get to work.. they have to inject a lot of it. If it were a solid design with block colours it probably wouldn't have needed the touchup at all.

The other trick for avoiding pain is to avoid designs with a lot of fine or line work where they use a single needle. Blocks of colour where they use a multi-needle head and work in a particular area numb out pretty quick so they are a lot easier to deal with.

ps... if this post made you nauseous... DON'T GET ONE. :)

martinibuster




msg:308769
 4:11 am on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

It's a good idea to bring along an energy bar, some fruit, or juice when you have your tattoo done. Your body can go into a mild state of shock similar to when you donate blood, making you pale, dizzy, and faint. The sugar picks you up and makes you better.

My tattooer saw my face go pale and ran out and bought me a soda. Very nice of him to be observant like that.

mivox




msg:308770
 4:27 am on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

The woman who did my back gave me a hard candy to suck on. :) If I do get another one, I'm vaguely thinking of rubbing on a topical anaesthetic before I go it though... man. It felt like my back was on fire the whole time I got the lion/tiger design done.

Vampyre




msg:308771
 11:09 pm on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I don't have any tattoos, but my wife has two. She has a small heart shaped musical note on her right ankle, and she has a rose tattoo on her rear end. From what she tells me, it really didn't hurt very much.

spherica




msg:308772
 11:17 pm on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I got 3
the one I'm most proud of is the blue dragon that takes up most of my back....tickled on the sides but MY GOD the pain around the spine

weblamer2




msg:308773
 3:42 pm on Mar 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a tattoo of a hypercube on my leg. Fairly large.

I visited 3 tattoo artists until I found one I thought had steady enough hands to tattoo a straight line.

zan_d




msg:308774
 3:51 pm on Mar 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

i have a php tattoo, pretty much the first php referance ina tattoo ever sticky mail me for the url to the image

Jakpot




msg:308775
 12:47 am on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

When I was in the Navy I saw a guy who had a butterfly
tattoed on his private. Got it in Tijuana he said.
I went there and got an anchor on my shoulder. I was
seventeen but didn't have the pain tolerance that guy
apparantly had.

lawman




msg:308776
 1:45 am on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hey Jakpot:

The tattooist must've been real secure in his manhood. Or maybe . . . never mind.

lawman

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