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    To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

    In recent years the art of inking one's body has become very popular.  There are TV programs devoted to the subject, we see grandmothers sporting their tattoos, and more and more people displaying full body tattoo art.

    Why does one decide to get a tattoo?  Is it a decision taken lightly and impulsively or is it thought about long and hard?

    What makes a tattoo beautiful and what makes a tattoo grotesque....or can such a distinction be made :?

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    Re: To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

    Good question! I have two tattoos - one is of a cat on my ankle, and one is of a rabbit (Thumper) on my arm. For many, many, many years I was very much against tattooing just because I didn't think it was right to permanently mark one's body (also for religious reasons). I'm not sure at what point I "converted", but I decided that small, "polite" tattoos in places that are easily hidden when the situation dictates would be acceptable. I got the one on my ankle first - I was 18. The following year I got Thumper. I want a turtle on my foot, but I'm having a hard time finding a place that does feet where I want it. For me, it's key that I can hide all of them for job interviews, functions, etc - basically when it's not appropriate for them to be visible.

    I don't understand the point of putting a tattoo where no one would see it - the small of your back seems popular. Maybe someone who has one there can shed some light on that. I also don't like large tattoos that are in poor taste (which I realize is subjective), or were poorly done so you can't even tell what it is.

    I guess in this day and age, although costly and painful to remove, tattoos really aren't as permanent as they used to be. I would not put one somewhere that I couldn't cover (I've seen them on hands, wrists, neck, etc...) but that's me.

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    Re: To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

    Hi TSOW! Very cool question , it will be interesting to see people's answers.
    Why does one decide to get a tattoo?
    I decided to get one because I love bright colors...and well...before the tattoo my skin was all one color and now I think it looks more decorated and colorful.
    Is it a decision taken lightly and impulsively or is it thought about long and hard?
    When I was a teenager I decided that I wanted one and then on my 18th birthday I went and got it. I had always known that I wanted a rose but when I got to the tattoo parlor I impulsively decided to add a dragon for more color.

    I would probably get another one if it weren't for the excruciating way-worse-than-I'd-imagined pain. But while I was in there getting it a guy with tons of tattoos told me that the first one is always the worst...he said after that, they're easy!

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    Well I can add something to this topic. I also have a tattoo on my right back shoulder of the drama or happy/sad masks. I got it when I was 19 and I have never regretted it. I got it because yes it was colourful (one mask light blue and the other one pink) and also because of the feeling that I was always wearing a mask and not showing my true feelings and also the fact that my true inner self was in conflict where my moods kept fluctuating a lot (and still do). I did not tell my parents about my tattoo (thank heavens it can be hidden well) until about a year later as they are/were dead set against tattoos. I guess by the time I told them it was a little late to do anything. They always told me that I could not get a tattoo as long as I was living under their roof so I waited until I moved out, got the tattoo and never thought of the day when I would have to move back home. At least I didn't defy them and get it while I was living home (at least that is my rational). My mother keeps saying to me that if she had the money she would pay for me to have it removed...not going to happen. I think that it signifies/reminds me of a certain time in my life.

    I personally did not think that it hurt that much however the colouring (when the needle goes faster) did hurt more than the outline. As for getting another one....I have seriously thought about it however I really don't know what I would get. I did want to get something to represent my grandmother (who was the best friend I ever had) but I don't know what. I am sure that I will come across something and know it when I see it.

    Nancy

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    Re: To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

    I realize several members of my own (extended) family disagree with me but my feeling about tattoos and body piercing is that it's a lot cheaper to stay home, stab yourself with a blunt fork, smack your head on a cupboard, and relax with a couple of aspirin in front of a really annoying infomercial. For those who like the thrill of risking blood poisoning, a good substitute is home renovation.

    They always told me that I could not get a tattoo as long as I was living under their roof
    I am amazed at how many parents still say such things to teens. It's meant as the ultimate threat, whereas many teens just think, "Wow! You mean I can get a tattoo AND move out? I never thought about that! Bonus!!".

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    I know, I couldn't believe that my parents said that to me. I just thought perfect... once I move out then I will get the tattoo I want. It basically meant that I had more time to figure out the one that I wanted.

    I also thought that your description was great Dr. B.

    [quote=David Baxter ]
    I realize several members of my own (extended) family disagree with me but my feeling about tattoos and body piercing is that it's a lot cheaper to stay home, stab yourself with a blunt fork, smack your head on a cupboard, and relax with a couple of aspirin in front of a really annoying infomercial. For those who like the thrill of risking blood poisoning, a good substitute is home renovation.


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    Re: To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

    Then you could get a tattoo and T-shirt combo where the shirt says, "My parents kicked me out of the house for getting this tattoo" on the front and "I'm no longer with stupid -> " on the back... sort of the Value Meal of tattoos.

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    Re: To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

    A T-Shirt....great idea, I wish I would have thought of it.

    Nancy

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    Re: To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

    I think the pain of getting a tatoo would be enough for me not to want one! I would take the option of a t-shirt! Easy to wash and wear! I will add if I was a little younger I may have wanted one back in my younger years! :red:

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    Re: To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

    Have there been documented reports about long term concerns with certain types of tattoos? Are all tattoos equally safe or does one have to select certain techniques or certain qualifications for tattoo practitioners?

    How does one deal with explaining one's tattoo when entering an intimate relationship with a new partner?

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