(Closed) Why do you not have a tattoo?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Why?
    I don't like them in general : (82 votes)
    24 %
    It would hurt : (48 votes)
    14 %
    Too permanent : (126 votes)
    37 %
    I might want one : (51 votes)
    15 %
    Health reasons : (8 votes)
    2 %
    Other : (29 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 60
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    3218 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @Bostongrl25:  it’s funny because I’ve had all of my tattoos for as long as I’ve dated my Fiance.  Everyone I know forgets that I have them, even when I’m in a bathing suit– some days in the shower I look down and say “hey, I’ve got tattoos!” 

    Two of mine are small, but I’ve got one big one on my leg.  My Fiance is a straight-laced, traditional guy who was shocked the first time I showed him.  One day in the car he was surprised when I talked about tattoos– because he doesn’t even notice I have tattoos anymore– it’s something you just stop seeing when you know someone that well. 

    Yes, if you don’t know me, they may be the first thing you notice when I’m standing on the beach.  But if my Fiance doesn’t even notice them, then anyone can get accustomed to them.

    Post # 61
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    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I love tattoos. I think they are beautiful and I’m kind of obsessed with looking them up online and watching all the cheesy tattoo shows (Ink Masters, anyone??? My current fav show). And I have no fear about anyone judging me for them (not that I’d care anyways, but still) because my husband is fine with them and I’m actually the only one in my immediate family who DOESN’T have any (even my mom has 1 and is planning her second! my dad has about 10, my brother has maybe 6ish). 

    I’ve been planning a tattoo for over a decade, every since I was 16. The problem is I’m just so crazy indecisive. I’m very sensitive about not getting something that I feel like is cliche or would be looked down on by a “real” tattoo-lover. I.e. I don’t want a tramp stamp or chinese letters or a tribal design or a celtic knot, etc. I want something somewhat original (although sometimes it feels like nothing is original anymore) and something that means something to me. But I’ve been lucky to have led a pretty easy life. i can’t really say I’m getting x to remind me of getting through whatever. Because I haven’t suffered much personal loss, thank god. 

    So I just stay stuck. I want something awesome and original and meaningful and not at all lame— but I just can’t figure out what that is!

    Post # 62
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    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I selected “I might want one” and “other.”

    I know what I want, a backpiece with an old tree (probably willow) for personal reasons. I haven’t gotten it yet- because I want it to be an incredible piece of art. I want to collaborate with a tattoo artist whose work I find intricate, elegant, and full of soul (for lack of a better description). As an artist, I truly appreciate the idea of having a tattoo as something permanent, but also ever-changing. My skin will change, and with it I will have a new opportunity to find new meaning and understanding whenever I look over my shoulder in a mirror. Since it will be a collaboration, I will see my past thoughts and my growth from then represented as well as someone elses.

    I know this will end up costing me about as much as a used car though, lol, so I’m waiting until I can afford it. 🙂

    Post # 63
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    3218 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @CorgiTales:  I am obsessed with inkmasters!!

    I’m in a similar spot to you right now.  I know what I want my next one or two to be, but I haven’t found just the right version. 

    I’m also waiting a little bit because Fiance is still wary of new tattoos. My pre-existing tattoos came as a package deal with me, so he’s got no choice but to keep quiet about them, but he can still discourage new ones.  Too bad, cutie!  I respect that he is uncomfortable by it, so I’m slowly gearing him up for the next one. (Plus I can’t afford to spend that kind of money!) 

     

    Post # 64
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    4514 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @eeerika22:  Definitely unnecessary to insult another bee for her opinion or interpretation of others’ comments.

    Post # 65
    Member
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    @bookworm88:  Haha I forget that I have one too. It’s honestly just a part of me, sort of like a freckle. I know it’s there but after a while you don’t even notice anymore.

    My Fiance doesn’t have any and has no interest in every getting one. I have no plans to get another, but who knows what the future holds! My mom got her first and only tattoo at age 52 (definetly part of a mid-life crisis) lol

    Post # 66
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    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @bookworm88: I’m glad you pointed out the differences between well-done and poorly-done tattoos. I think choosing a skilled artist is nearly, if not exactly, as important as choosing the image or text you want for your tattoo.

    Post # 67
    Member
    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @LadyBear:  did you not read what she sent me? I apologized for my comment. but i will always stand up for myself. 

    Post # 68
    Member
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @bookworm88:  what are your plans for your next ones? My plans change all the time. For a long time I wanted a bonsai-ish cherry blossom big between my shoulder blades. Then I was thinking of a lotus on my lower back (but worry thats too tramp-stampish, which is a shame bc i think its a pretty area for a tattoo), then i’ve been thinking of maybe getting some kind of old-school camera on my lower back off to one side. Also, I’m seriously considering getting the word “smile” in script on the outer edge of my arm just above the wrist (as kind of a photo thing and also a life command, haha. But i dunno if a single word tattoo is kind of a wussy first tattoo?? I probably think too much)

     

    Also— for all those who say you are worried about what a tattoo is going to look like when you’re old or wrinkied……. you do realize that old and wrinkled doesn’t look good on anybody right? lol. I mean I realize my tattoo will not be cute when I’m 60. But I’m not going to be cute when I’m 60. I hope at that point I’m a bit beyond vanity and I will have gotten a life time of enjoyment out of my tattoo. 

    Post # 69
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    13563 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I’ll admit that I’m terrified of having it done. And I just don’t have a desire to have one. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen some pretty cool ones though…just on other people. 😉

    Post # 70
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    3218 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @CorgiTales:  I’ve got a woodblock print on my right thigh, so it’s all a matter of finding another print that will look nice on my left thigh.  I want them both in the same style– I feel like too many different styles would look like bumper stickers on my body? I know a ton of people who rock their tattoos, but I want some kind of flow to mine.  Two of mine are solid black and one is solid white, so I haven’t jumped into the color category yet.  I may, however, get a color one before the wedding– something like a heart/valentine on my ribs.  I considered getting my FI’s name or the first letter of his name? I think it sounds crazy and maybe even tacky when I say it out loud, but I feel like I could have it done tastefully and by an amazing artist, so I’m not worried about it looking bad. 

     

    @thepainter:  Thanks! I drove 10 hours roundtrip for my last tattoo because I didn’t know anyone in the state where I moved for graduate school.  Drove 5 hours, got tattooed for 3.5, then drove 5 hours back to my apartment.  I slept on the tattoo table because I was so exhausted from the drive (and because I’m not a morning person).  Definitely worth the drive, though. The guy was amazing (if you can’t tell by the fact that he was so gentle I could sleep!)

    Post # 72
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    3041 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’m afraid I wouldn’t like it, either the tattoo itself, or the placement… but its permanent so I’d be stuck with it.

    @eeerika22:  I don’t think anyone is trying to insult you, however you insulting another bee was uncalled for. You’re taking this thread too personally… some people think tattoos are ugly, not the PERSON.

    Post # 73
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    10285 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @eeerika22:  Well that was rude. The only person being offensive in this thread is you.

    Post # 74
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    2696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @redheadem:  You can’t donate for like a year or two. No biggie.

    My getting a tattoo was within 3 years of my living in South Africa, so the tattoo had no impact on my ability to donate blood as I was still waiting on my time to be up from being abroad.

    I love, love, love my tattoo. I though about it for years before I got it. Its very, very meaningful and very personal that I never fully explain what it symbolizes when people ask, I just say it represents getting through a hard time.

    Its very simple. My best friend tried for years to talk me out of getting it. She hates tattoos. But after I got it, she said she actually really liked mine! Haha and then begged me not to get any more.

    I’ve read studies before that say that people w/o tattoos are more likely to be attracted to others w/o them, and people w tattoos more likely to be attracted to people w/ them. So I say don’t worry about if you like them or not! Chances are, your SO feels the same 😉 I, for one, find men and women with (good) tattoos extremely attractive.

     

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