(Closed) Tattoo Temptation

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sound like you’ve thought it through. You should do what you want.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Sounds like an amazing idea and a very beautiful concept!

One word of caution: Don’t get the tattoo at the base of your spine if you plan on having children. You will be unable to get an epidural if you have a tattoo in that place as there is a fear that the ink could contaminate your spinal cord/fluid. I believe this is common practice for both the US and Canada.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I say yes! I love the lotus too and have been planning on getting a tattoo of it for a long time. My rule for tattoos is this: If you can wait 6 months, and still think about it and are still sure you want it, then you’re making the right decision. My first tattoo was a buddhist mantra, which I grew up with and meant a lot to me, so it was an easy first choice. Yours sounds the same!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i think you should go for it! it sounds like you’ve thought about it a lot and the tattoo has significance to you. watch out though – they’re addicting! i never thought i’d even have one, and now i have seven.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t! It sounds like you’ve thought this through carefully, the design has spiritual significance to you, and it’s a design that translates very well to the skin. I say go for it!

Now you just have to put an equal amount of care and diligence into finding a great tattoo artist to turn your idea into reality! I can’t stress enough how careful you have to be when choosing an artist. Even simple, small tattoos can go horribly wrong in the hands of a bad artist.

Before you choose an artist, look at lots and lots of portfolios. Anyone who is new to exploring an artform will have a hard time telling the difference between okay and great. Keep looking until you can separate the awesome from the mediocre. And do not choose an artist just because they’re cheap… they’re almost always cheap for a good reason. A good artist will probably charge around $100/hour.

Look for clean, precise, flowing lines. Look for shading and coloring that’s even, not muddy. Watch out for shaky lines – straight lines should be straight, curved lines should flow gracefully. Watch out for ink “blowout”, where the needle was pushed in too deep and instead of a crisp edge it’s blurred. If there’s a part that is supposed to be solid color, is it even or is it splotchy?

I also highly recommend looking through the picture galleries and reading through the experience stories on BMEzine.com http://www.bmezine.com/media/story/tattoo/ – especially the bad experiences so you know what to guard yourself against.

Sorry that was long! I love tattoos, and I hope that helps!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do it! ^_^ 

One word of caution: Don’t get the tattoo at the base of your spine if you plan on having children. You will be unable to get an epidural if you have a tattoo in that place as there is a fear that the ink could contaminate your spinal cord/fluid. I believe this is common practice for both the US and Canada.

I have a large back piece on my lower back and had no problem getting an epidural.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The epidural thing is a myth. The only recommendation I can find about that is that the tattoo not be NEW as you are giving birth. But old ink shouldn’t affect it one way or another.

My only other advice is to give it a couple of months to simmer on your mind. I thought about getting my wings for several years before it happened (mainly because I wouldn’t have been able to afford them when I first wanted them), and I’m glad that I was so firm in my decision.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sounds like you’ve put plenty of thought into it.  I’d say go for it (keeping in mind the whole epidural bit mentioned by PPs)!

I waited 5 years after deciding what I wanted for my tattoo, and I don’t regret it yet.  I don’t have a good picture (at least, not a healed one), but I have “There is only One of Us.” in white ink on the inside of my forearm.  I love that it’s somewhere I can always see to remind myself, but no one else notices it unless I point it out.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Personally, I love the look of tattoos but I just can’t make that kind of commitment. I always think of what I’m going to look like as an 80 year old with a tattoo, all wrinkly. Also, I don’t want to get one due to religious reasons, as my religion says that I should leave the world the way that I came into it, which is tattooless.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

1. It’s an easy spot to cover. 2. You’ve given the subject a lot of thought. 3. The design would probably translate very well into a tattoo.

I say go for it. 🙂

I second everyone who said to do a lot of research looking for a tattoo artist. You want to go to a reputable shop with someone who has done similar work before that you like. I don’t think you’ll regret your tattoo when it’s been so well thought-out. The hardest part is not getting more later. 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Just going to continue the trend – it sounds lovely and it doesn’t sound like you are doing this for the “trent factor” at all. That was my rule too. I made myself wait 2 years to get a tattoo I had wanted for 4. haha.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I think that is a great tatoo idea!  My 2 cents though, the lower back is a whole lot harder to conceal then you think. I got my tatoo wekks before thanksgiving and my Aunt exclaimed to the whole family I had a tatoo within minutes of arrving.  I do not wear short shirts or low rise jeans…but everytime you squat down there is potential that people will see.  It doesn’t bother me too much – I’m not trying to hide it but when my boss asked me what the tatto on my lower back was I must have turned 5 shades or red.  So just be aware and you might want to get it higher up.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Go for it! I love the idea and think it’d make a beautiful tattoo.

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