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Valyn Valyn
I was wondering what people think of tattoos. Since I was a teenager I've thought of getting a tattoo or a few tattoos, but I've never been absolutely sure I'd want any idea I've come up with. What do you all think of them?

Hot? Nasty? Only some are hot? Meaningful? Against your religion?

Do you have tattoos? What are they of? What do they mean?

What was your first tattoo? Why did you get it?

What about the really intense tattoos, like vagina/penis tattoos? They look so painful! Are they? What are your thoughts on those?

Any commentary about tattoos in general would be cool to read about!

Thanks!
07/25/2009
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Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Quote:
Originally posted by Valyn
I was wondering what people think of tattoos. Since I was a teenager I've thought of getting a tattoo or a few tattoos, but I've never been absolutely sure I'd want any idea I've come up with. What do you all think of ...
Ah well, I've always felt that tattoos are a really personal thing, and I've seen some people they look hot on and some that don't. I can give you a thought and a suggestion though. First the thought:
A friend of mine got several large tattoos when she was in her 20s. She's now 54 and you do NOT want to know how nasty they look, and she can't afford to have them redone. Her smaller ones still don't look too bad though.
Now for a suggestion:
When I was 17 I wanted two tattoos; one of crossed guns (like Guns & Roses), and one of Snoopy. I, like you, wasn't absolutely sure I'd want to keep them forever though, so I told myself that I'd give the ideas 5 years, and if I still wanted them then would make them permanent. I even managed to find a temporary tattoo (the kind you remove with baby oil) of one of them, and wore it everywhere. I grew out of the Snoopy phase though, so at the end of 5 years just got the GnR one and was really glad I never did the Snoopy.
07/25/2009
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Oh, by the way, since we're talking about tattoos, I can't resist telling you about the coolest one I've ever seen. My mom is a rather bold gal, and she was thought it unfair that so many men have naked ladies tattooed on them but you never see any nude male tattoos. So she promptly went down and had a Playgirl centerfold tattooed on her thigh, in all his dangling glory. It is WAY cool!!
07/25/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I have five small tattoos. I got them all between the ages of 18 and 20.

At 39, I like one of them. The rest, while meaningful, look like shit.

I don't necessarily regret them but I do want to cover them with better ones simply because what used to be pretty is now... not.
07/25/2009
Valyn Valyn
Hmm.. interesting. I've never been a big fan of huge tattoos, so if I did get something, it'd be small. What about the small ones? Still okay, or not happy with them either?
07/25/2009
Sammi Sammi
I don't have one yet, but when I get down to the weight I'm shooting for, I'm going to get a small one, I think. Not sure what yet, though.
07/25/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
I'm getting the names of my children tattooed on my right shoulder blade soon. It won't be huge, but it will be quite large - yet simple. It's simply their names. It will be my first, and probably only tattoo.
07/25/2009
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
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Originally posted by Valyn
Hmm.. interesting. I've never been a big fan of huge tattoos, so if I did get something, it'd be small. What about the small ones? Still okay, or not happy with them either?
My Guns N Roses tattoo is what I consider small (about 2" wide), and I'm still happy with it after MANY years. I've got it on the back of my shoulder, so if I'm going somewhere where tattoos would be frowned upon, I simply wear a shirt that has enough sleeves to cover it. I did have to have a minor touchup done to it at about the 10-year mark, but the lines were thin in the first place so it was no big deal.
07/25/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I like the ideas of tattoos but so many of them simply suck, especially larger ones. I don't have a great body for what I want, even though I'm open to it. That, paired with indecision, has held me back from getting one. Tattoos are one thing that many people come to regret and I know a few people whose tattoos look great now but won't always and maybe they should have opted for something that would age better. And while I am not opposed to full tattoos (I have a male friends whose sleeves are fucking sexy), they look "common" on most. I think tattoos lost some of their appeal to me when everyone started getting them.
07/26/2009
Valyn Valyn
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
I like the ideas of tattoos but so many of them simply suck, especially larger ones. I don't have a great body for what I want, even though I'm open to it. That, paired with indecision, has held me back from getting one. Tattoos are one thing ...
I can agree with that. I see lots of "common" looking tattoos. I've been following a sort of tattoo blog (on Tumblr) and so far, I've seen LOTS of birds, and way more pirate ships that I would expect. I wonder why that is.

For some reason, I always thought it would be nice/cool/best to get a "tan-color" tattoo. Something that looks like henna. I figured then, when I age, if that area gets wrinkly, it's just look like.. a tan or something natural. *shrug*
07/26/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Valyn
I can agree with that. I see lots of "common" looking tattoos. I've been following a sort of tattoo blog (on Tumblr) and so far, I've seen LOTS of birds, and way more pirate ships that I would expect. I wonder why that is. ...
I didn't mean common like frequent, but common as in vulgar or just.. cliche maybe.
07/26/2009
Valyn Valyn
What about writing tattoos everyone?

I keep seeing tattoos of names, or sayings. I'm not sure I get the point. Writing your own name seems Totally ridiculous to me.. what, you can't remember it unless it's on your arm?
08/01/2009
Liz Liz
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Originally posted by Valyn
What about writing tattoos everyone?

I keep seeing tattoos of names, or sayings. I'm not sure I get the point. Writing your own name seems Totally ridiculous to me.. what, you can't remember it unless it's on your arm?
I actually prefer words to pictures.... phrases, quotes, or even song lyrics tend to be more meaningful to me than images. I've gone back and forth over the last year as to whether I want to get a tattoo at all, but if I do, it will definitely be small & word-centric.

That said, it will definitely NOT involve my own name. Or anyone else's, come to that.
08/01/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Valyn
What about writing tattoos everyone?

I keep seeing tattoos of names, or sayings. I'm not sure I get the point. Writing your own name seems Totally ridiculous to me.. what, you can't remember it unless it's on your arm?
I like words simply because some of the text/fonts used are gorgeous but I don't really like names in general - unless maybe they're your kids. I don't think I've ever seen someone with their own name. That's ridiculous.
08/01/2009
Sammi Sammi
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
I like words simply because some of the text/fonts used are gorgeous but I don't really like names in general - unless maybe they're your kids. I don't think I've ever seen someone with their own name. That's ridiculous.
I have, but only on a porn star.
08/01/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by Valyn
Hmm.. interesting. I've never been a big fan of huge tattoos, so if I did get something, it'd be small. What about the small ones? Still okay, or not happy with them either?
Smaller tattoos, when they get old, just look like small blogs instead of large blobs.

The only one I have that I still like is Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, holding hands, walking into the sunset. It's based on one of the original sketches from the original books so it's not all "cartoony". The reason, I believe, it still looks good after 20 years is because it's based on a sketch so the lines are very, very thin. Although the woman who did it was fabulous and, amazingly, the yellow in it is still intact and gorgeous -- which is odd for light colors.

Anyhow...

I don't know that size matters with how they age. It's all about your skin and how the lines of the tattoo are in the first place. Some age well. Most do not.
08/02/2009
BrokeNHorny BrokeNHorny
Tattoos have to be meaningful. You have to look at the stencil before the artist starts and love it with all your heart. In my opinion, thats the only way to be really happy with them, especially down the line. My current and upcoming tattoos incorporate my religion, so its not likely that I'll grow out of it. I don't wait for 5 years on a tattoo, but I have been giving it 3 years between each one.
08/03/2009
Valyn Valyn
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Originally posted by Liz
I actually prefer words to pictures.... phrases, quotes, or even song lyrics tend to be more meaningful to me than images. I've gone back and forth over the last year as to whether I want to get a tattoo at all, but if I do, it will definitely be ...
Hmm. I tried making a similar argument to the bf, and he brought up a good point- we only use words to depict images. So.. now I'm questioning word tattoos..
08/03/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Valyn
Hmm. I tried making a similar argument to the bf, and he brought up a good point- we only use words to depict images. So.. now I'm questioning word tattoos..
I don't think that holds as much water in this case.. I mean, try to draw a feeling as a tattoo? Doesn't always work
08/03/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Valyn
Hmm. I tried making a similar argument to the bf, and he brought up a good point- we only use words to depict images. So.. now I'm questioning word tattoos..
I don't think that holds as much water in this case.. I mean, try to draw a feeling as a tattoo? Doesn't always work
08/03/2009
Valyn Valyn
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
I don't think that holds as much water in this case.. I mean, try to draw a feeling as a tattoo? Doesn't always work
I guess that would depend on the feeling. If it's love, don't you think of a heart?
08/03/2009
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by Valyn
I guess that would depend on the feeling. If it's love, don't you think of a heart?
Not necessarily...one of my tattoos that I got as a symbol of love for Gary (not at his request, btw) is a cat skull with crossed fish skeletons (instead of skull and cross bones). I drew it and planned it - so it was really personal for me. I'm not big on hearts

Most tattoos have meaning for the person who has them - you'd be surprised by what some symbolize. This is a deeply personal medium for some people.

I have a ton of tattoos - a few need touched up, one big one needs to be finished...but that's ok. Work in progress is nothing to feel weird about.
08/03/2009
Valyn Valyn
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Originally posted by Victoria
Not necessarily...one of my tattoos that I got as a symbol of love for Gary (not at his request, btw) is a cat skull with crossed fish skeletons (instead of skull and cross bones). I drew it and planned it - so it was really personal for me. I'm ...
That's cute, the cat idea. I've never been a fan of skulls, but I know that for a lot of people, there are some deep meanings in them.

Meaning is why I haven't gotten a tattoo.. yet. I've had a ton of ideas, but I've never seen 'the image' of something I just have to have on my body. I'm still waiting for "the one", I guess.. at least as far as tattoo designs go.
08/03/2009
Red Red
When I was 15, I looked mature enough to get a tattoo. I got a black sun on my tummy, off to the side in that little divot beside the abs/tummy/belly. Smart? Well, yes and no. As my mom said, when she discovered what I'd done - it might get rather ugly after a pregnancy or two, and most certainly after a few more decades...

But so what? I still love it to bits, it still looks fabulous and it has stretched gracefully as I gained weight in college. I remember everything about getting it - the sights, the sounds, the smells, the feelings. It's essentially burned a moment - a moment that represents an era of my life - into my mind. Was that my intent, did I need to remember that era so profoundly? Nope. But I'm glad I did. And so what if it looks ugly to a casual observer after I have babies, or when I get old? It will still be beautiful to me, because despite always serving as a link to my youth, it will have grown and aged and changed with me. It will always be mine, and noone will ever be able to take that from me.

When I see tattoos on people, I often ask for the story. If the story is interesting, or cryptic, or just seems really genuine, they are SUCH A TURN ON. If all I get is a "well I was in the shop and I liked it"... Um, well....that's pretty much one of the worlds biggest turn offs.
08/03/2009
Minxy Minxy
I have five medium sized tattoos and I just adore them. I think they are becoming more mainstream and carry less negative stigma. I'm happy to see them become more socialy acceptable just like sex toys. I plan on getting many more. A word of caution they are addictive!
08/04/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Valyn
I guess that would depend on the feeling. If it's love, don't you think of a heart?
No. Too cliche.
08/04/2009
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
No. Too cliche.
Agreed. Alan's getting a small pair of wolf heads with moons/lunar cycle circled around them. Hard to explain, but basically the wolf stands for our relationship status--- wolves mate for life. And the progression of the moon phases around it will symbolize all the years/seasons/changes we've gone through.
To me that symbolizes love, in our case anyway, so maybe tattoos portraying love should be the most personal of all and not cliche.
08/04/2009
Laura Ricklin Laura Ricklin
I got my first tattoo last year, it is a chinese symbol that means new life. Getting the tattoo was more about doing something that had meaning to me and is in a place that is unseen, most don't know I even have one.
08/10/2009
Dragon Dragon
I have a friend who has a LOT of tattoos. I talked to him endlessly when I was in the process of getting my first. He wrote a great post called Your First Tattoo.

I got my first tattoo about two years ago at the age of 38. It is a large dragon (western - with wings) custom designed to fit the small of my back. It's very personal to me and some of what I've been through over the years. Symbolic of both being a fighter and sexuality. Lower back is called "tramp stamp" after all. I won't ever regret it, and it's in a part of the body that can adjust pretty well to body changes and age.

Some of the things that I learned...
- "Flash" is what a tattoo from a the books is called.
- My personal feeling is that if you are getting a tattoo, then it should be something that nobody else can have - custom designed.
- You get what you pay for, and that makes a difference over time. Spend the money to do it right.
- Every artist is different and works at a different pace. Some work slow for a simple design. Some can do elaborate, large work in the same time period. Talk to them.

- It hurts like hell. I don't know much about the endorphin rush. The lower back hurts. I described it as needles of fire, and just when I thought that I had adjusted to one he would change it.

I absolutely love my dragon tattoo though.
08/10/2009
Dragon Dragon
LOL - my first thought... "I'm stuck now... No matter what, I'm stuck now."
08/10/2009
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