(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 # 90
    3451 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @simpleandchic:  I’m not being snarky or anything, but I’m curious as to what risk of disease you’re talking about?  You can’t catch a disease from getting a tattoo with sterile needles in a clean tattoo parlor.  They don’t reuse needles.  They’re disposable, just like if you were to get an immunization or have your blood drawn or you donate blood or even getting your ears pierced.  The biggest risk that is that you get an infection.  It’s rare, but it can happen because a healing tattoo is essentially an open wound.  You have a risk of infection any time you have an open wound.  Most of the time when that happens, it’s the customer’s poor aftercare (i.e. touching with dirty hands) and not because the tattoo artist or shop was dirty.   As far as donating blood, the American Red Cross suggests waiting a year, but I know for a fact here in RI that’s not a requirement at our local blood bank. 

    I have several tattoos.  My Fiance was a tattoo artist.  A GOOD tattoo artist.  He’s just an amazing artist all around and I know I am biased, but he does have a masters degree in art (print making, not tattoo art lol).  Some of his work has been in galleries and print.  He’s even sold some of it.  I love good tattoos.  As someone mentioned earlier, there is a difference between good and bad.  I’ve seen some bad tattoos that I would say definitely qualify as ugly.  I’ve seen some that were just in poor taste.  I waited until I was almost 30 to get my first tattoo.  I’m glad I did, because I think if I had picked something like I had wanted to at age 20, I’d probably regret it now.  I personally wouldn’t get anything that didn’t have some meaning to me.  I’m not overly concerned with how they will look when I’m 80.  I’ll be lucky if I make it that long and if I do, I could care less what anyone thinks of my wrinkly colorful skin.  Heck, I don’t care what anyone thinks of it now.  It’s mine, I have to live in it. 🙂

    Having said that, I know not everyone likes tattoos.  I respect that.  There are plenty of things in life that I won’t do, because I don’t like it for one reason or another.  To each his (or in this case her) own.


    Post # 91
    9482 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m also curuous about the whole “wrinkled” tattoos thing.  We all grow old, get wrinkles – inked or not.  Does anyone really think people care what your tattoo looks like at that point?  Not trying to be snarky either.  It’s just a part of life no matter what.  Trust me, I respect all of your opinion and wants/needs.  It just makes me giggle.

    Post # 92
    1446 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I don’t really think I would like one on me, but I think they can be cool on other people, if that makes sense.

    Post # 93
    550 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I got a butterfly when I turned 18 on my lower right hip. Its not even noticable when panties are on (not even the size of a quarter). Its hidden which was why I wanted it there and so small but I often think what the heck was I thinking!!!!

    Post # 95
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @Rouquine:  I made that point above but no one seemed to see it 🙂 I totally agree. Wrinkles aren’t cute, period. By the time my skin is all wrinkly and saggy it won’t really matter if I also have tattoos because sharpei is just not a good look on anyone. 

    @redheadem:  You might start to get some wrinkles/fine lines particularly on your face and maybe hands in your 30s or 40s, but most people dont get their face or hands tattooed. Arms/Legs/torso don’t get all wrinkly/saggy/droopy until you’re in your 60s+ I’d say. (At least speaking for my family. My mom is 54 and her skin isn’t wrinkly at all, my grandmas didn’t get  wrinkly skin until they were in their 60s. My dad has a ton of tattoos and is still getting them, all his skin is still tight at 57 when no signs of changing any time soon. 

    Post # 96
    1497 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @KatyElle:  You’re only not allowed to donate blood for a certain amount of time. In Virginia, it’s a year.

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