Post # 46
I like the look of a brand new shiny tattoo, but after a few years I personally just don’t think they look all that good. It would drive me crazy if the ink faded or bled. Plus all the places I would want one would probably be stretched by pregnancy. I’m really allergic to metals too so knowing my luck I’d be allergic to the minerals in the ink or something awful.
Post # 47
I’m scared of what they’ll look like when I’m old(er).
Post # 48
I am a sissy and frankly I cannot imagine anything that I would put on my body now that I would want there 20+ years from now.
While I can admire the art behind tattoos they really just aren’t my thing and I know too many people that end up regretting them.
Post # 49
I have 5 tattoos, all are easily hidden,in fact only one is truly visible and would take a conscious effort to cover it up and that one is on my forearm (underneath). I think they are a total personal choice. I love mine because each one means something very different, and marks a stage in my life. One is from when I finally had strength to walk away from an abusive ex, one is a symbol me and Darling Husband both have,another is a saying very special to both of us etc etc.My mother had lots of small tattoos when I was growing up,nothing huge and wild,but just little pieces like on her arm, round her wrist and so on. I grew up thinking tattoos were completely normal and they werent frowned upon or made judgements against (ie only big hairy biker dudes have them lol!)
With each of my tattoos, I drew the design,kept it on my bedside table for 6 months and if I could look at every day and still like it,I got it. I think if you do ever decide to get a tattoo,it should be deeply personal and mean something to you,and also be unique, so designed by either you or the tattoo artist,not just picked out of a book. Just my opinion though 🙂
Post # 50
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Post # 51
@Westwood: the ink in the UK is now guaranteed for a minimum of 40+ years, and every licensed tattoist has to use this ink. Not sure if the same rules apply elsewhere in the world
Post # 52
needles + me = tears pain and bad mood.
Post # 53
@eeerika22: Cmon, let’s not get snarky. I have 1 almost 2 tattoos and i’m not offended here.
Post # 54
I’m very indecisive. I’ve gone through SO many phases and would always say “I want this tattoo” or “I want that”. I’m so glad I never followed through and got all those tattoos! A lot of girls I went to High School with got illegal tattoos- back in the early 90’s tattoos were illegal in New York state and needless to say, those tattoos are looking REALLY bad now that we are in our 30’s. The designs look bad, the ink bled a lot, the designs look blurry AND you know, ankhs, chinese symbols and tribal tattoos are not quite so cool anymore. I like being a blank slate and refer to myself as a “tabula rasa”, lol.
Post # 55
@MrsWrangler: i wasnt not offended untill someone chose to pick a fight with me. I am not a rude person by any means and i was just simply stating how i felt. i was not intending to be mean or be rude. but i will not have someone walk on me like that.
I apologize if i made anyone else upset.
Post # 55
So against myself getting one. The pain, and the fact the the growing profession these days is tattoo laser removal, meaning tons of people change their mind on the tattoos that they get, that I would probably hate mine in like 10 years.
So I dont see the point for myself getting one.
Post # 56
Just wanted to clear up some blood issues– you can give blood a year after having a tattoo done. Many states are amending this to be even sooner if you had your tattoo done at a reputable shop that follows health codes. The only reason blood would unacceptable or “tainted” is if you had your tattoo done in unsanitary conditions and caught something from the needle– like hepatits.
I have three tattoos and I can give and receive as much blood as I want.
Post # 57
Also, well-done tattoos are in a different league than poorly-done tattoos. A well-done tattoo has clean lines, ink that pops, and won’t fade or bleed ink (blur). A poorly trained person giving a tattoo may put the ink too deep in someone’s skin, causing it to bleed and spread into the surrounding area, giving the tattoo a “fuzzy” look instead of a crisp, clean look. A poorly trained person giving a tattoo may have shaky lines and uneven points– the lines may not be uniform and your color may not be vibrant. Just because a person works at a tattoo shop and gives out tattoos every day does not mean they are a great tattoo artist and certainly doesn’t mean your tattoo is going to look amazing.
Tattoos also need proper care. If you expose your tattoo to UV rays your entire life, of course it is going to fade and look bad. If you pick at it while it’s healing, don’t expect to end up with a nice tattoo.
Some people become educated about tattoos– I researched tattoos for about 5 years before I got my first one. My tattoos are in no way comparable to a faded, shaky tattoo that was done at someone’s house party while they’d been drinking. (Or even a lot of tattoos from tattoo shops.)
Post # 58
I have one tattoo on my hip. It is about 1.5 inches in diameter. No one would ever know I had it if I didn’t show it to them. I could wear a bathing suit and it would be covered up! The few people who know I have it are SHOCKED when I tell them about it/show it to them because I “appear” to be a pretty straight laced gal! That is one thing I love about having it. I know about it, but others would never suspect I might even have one. That tickles me.
My tattoo is a butterfly that I got when my divorce was final. It signifies that I am free from the bully I used to be married to. I don’t have any desire to show it off. I got it for me.
Post # 59
I got a tatoo about 5 years ago and almost nobody (other than my siblings, my fiance and a few close friends) have any idea. It’s hidden, and even in a bathing suit you cant see it. It’s also very small, maybe about 2 inches?
It’s something I had thought about for years. It has a very personal meaning to me-a tribute to 2 family members-so it’s not something I would ever regret.