Post # 1
I am thinking about getting a tattoo on my wrist of “breathe” to signify my issues with anxiety andpanic attacks and the fact that everytime I get anxious I just try to deep breathe to calm down…and it usually works.
It would be something like this
I am quite afraid of my parents having a freak out. I am terrible with confrontation and I don’t want to piss them off. Yes I am 25 but I still love and respect my parents and don’t want to upset them.
I can always wear a big bracelet or watch to cover it if need be so that only kinda concerns me.
Any thoughts or advice on wrist tattoos please?!?!
Post # 3
Its iffy to get them done. You have lots of veins very close to the surface. Find a qualified tattoo artist, ask to see their most rescent health inspection report, ask how they sterlize their instruments, ask to see their state issued licenses.
If they have a problem with ANY of the above, leave.
Cheap tattoos are not cheap to get removed or fixed. Expect to pay around $200 or more an hour. It’s for life, it’s worth it.
also, that script is REALLY PRETTY!!! You might look for something more simple if you have thin wrists, thats a lot of real estate on a small wrist.
Post # 4
My first tattoo was on my wrist. It didn’t hurt at all, really felt like a tiny sting the whole time. It was a breeze! Other then that, I would say sure you could cover it up with lots of things, bracelets, ect. But I would just tell them.
Mine cost 50 dollars (100 for both) but we got a discount for being regulars at the time, it only took minutes & it has been there for a few years now. I have never had it touched up & it looks the same. It was done by a very good tattoo artist known here locally who owns his shop. Mine is the one on top:
Post # 5
THis is mine. Make sure you get it smaller than you think you want it. I was a little shocked at the size after it was finished but it has grown on me now.
Post # 6
If YOU love it; get it.
Your parents can either be mad about it, or accept it and move on and im pretty sure they wont be mad for life if you got it.
Post # 7
I’ve got friends who have them and I barely even notice them – but when I do, I think they’re lovely. Don’t sweat it. If it’s helpful to you, it should be understood by your parents. I’m sure they love you and could understand how helpful and meaningful the reminder is for you… maybe?
Also, since you’re about to get married, they may be able to let go of this a little easier, seeing as how you’re moving into a new stage of independence and adulthood… At some point, making your own decisions is par for the course!
Post # 8
I have “Jeremiah 29:11” on the palm side of my wrist. I love it, I have 3 tattoos and it’s my favorite. My work is very picky about tattoos, but it fits nicely under my watch. I didn’t think it hurt, the only part that bothered me was when he got to the pinky side of my wrist, there is a superficial nerve or muscle or something that made me involuntarily make a tight fist, and the tension radiated all the way to my elbow! It was weird, and my whole arm was a little sore for a day or two (like I had worked out really hard or something). I say go for it. I love tattoos there.
Post # 9
i am ogin to be doing a white ink tattoo on my wrist gust because i like the white aspect and its easier to cover.
Post # 10
Every time I get those henna tatoos, that’s exactly where I put it. For your reasons behind it, I’d say your parents might be ok with the idea. I’m sure they want you to be healthy and happy.
I have bad anxiety too and would love to find something like you did that might help me feel better.
Post # 11
I just got a new tattoo today. Because mine is on the side of my foot, I can’t really give you any advise about wrist tattoos in particular. However, if this is something that you have your heart set on, DO IT! Mine also has emotional significance, and I was so pleased with the end result. But, make sure you go to a good tattoo artist with a delicate yet sturdy hand so you have clean lines!
Like you said, you can always wear a bracelet to draw the attention away from it.
Here’s my script – it is still fresh so it was still swollen and a bit blotchy!
Post # 12
@Rubbs: I went to a therapist and she explained when we get anxious, we don’t even know we are changing are breathing to be very shallow. This in turns send the fight or flight response and evokes the panic.
Whenever I catch myself breathing shallow I take 5 minutes, uninterrupted and close my eyes and breath in slowly counting to 10, hold for 1 count and then control my breathing out to the count of 10 again. The trick is to do it for at least 5-10 minutes and not just a few times.
You will literally feel a rush of air back into your body and its your body relaxing again. It is like the best feeling and you have to keep breathing past this feeling a few times to completely calm down.
Try it and let me know if it helps you.
Post # 13
I have a tattoo on my wrist. Imwanted it higher up but my tattoo artist pointed out that’s where I bend my wrist and that would hurt more… and the veins that are there. But I love it! It’s Adinkra for Altar of God
Post # 14
I have a big ass wrist tattoo to cover up old self injury scars from when I was a teen. It hurt! But it’s been no issue for me- I just cover it up in job interviews with a long sleeve.
FWIW my parents hate both of my tatts, and both of them are mental health themed. I have “this too shall pass” on my ribs, in relation to panic attacks. Family hates them, but they will get used to it! If it really means a lot to you, it’s a great investment.
Post # 15
@missjewels: Thank you! I will try anything at this point. I don’t know where this anxiety came from. It only started the past few years.
Post # 16
@Rubbs: Mine started when I was 5 believe it or not…but I never knew what it was until university when I majored in Psychology! Try getting “The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook” off of Amazon…Great Investment!