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Taking Things Into My Own Hands

Being underage can suck sometimes, especially If you're like me and into body modifications of any sort. I'm only 16, and my parents won't let me take part in any type of body modification, they won't even let me get my ears pierced. I pretty much settled with the fact that I'm not going to be able to really get a piercing done until I turn 18, because, well if I want my ears or lip or something, it's pretty hard to hide from them.
Another thing I want super bad though, is a tattoo. And that I can get anywhere on my body and some places are just easier to hide than others. So not really wanting to wait anymore, I took matters into my own hands. I looked up how to do a homemade tattoo. I found many different methods and things you can use to make a homemade tat gun. But I liked the simplest one there was. A Safety Pin. I knew that I didn't want to use pen ink, because I wasn't sure if it was toxic or not, so I looked up what kind of ink to use. I found out that India Ink is the best to use. So I went to everywhere I could think of that might sell it in my little town. And no one had it, so I had to go out of town. And for me, this is a tough thing to accomplish. I just got my license about three months ago and my parents still worry about me driving up to bigger places. So I had to wait until my dad or mom would go up with me once so that I could buy the ink from the arts and craft store. I just told my dad it was for an art project and he bought into the lie. When we got there, I couldn't find the ink, I ask a lady, she takes to it, and my dad asks what it's used for. The first thing she says is homemade tattoos. I almost got busted right then and there. So Just a little advice, don't buy it when your parents are around. When I got it home, I still had to wait like two days, because I wanted to do it with my friends. Finally Monday rolled around. And on Monday's we only go to school until 1:19 P.M., so I would have plenty of time after school to do something. At my friends house, I get the ink out, go buy a little thing of safety pins, and I start to think. I couldn't think of anything that I wanted as a tattoo. Eventually I let my friend use an old electric tooth brush he converted into a tat gun and tattoo an 'X' into my leg (because I'm straight edge). It didn't turn out that well, because he didn't want to hurt me so I didn't put the ink in deep enough.
After sitting for about an hour trying to think of what I wanted, I just decided to go with the most unoriginal idea ever. A Smiley face. So I dip my safety pin into the India Ink and begin poking, and to my surprise it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. And within 15 or 20 minutes, I had a pretty decent smiley face tattoo on my leg on the Upper Thigh area. But sure enough, I made a blunder, I realized when I would get up, it would be upside down, because I made it facing me, so it was only right side up to me. But I didn't care, I still had a tattoo. It felt good to know that I sort of just cheated the system a little and had a tattoo. Now it's been over a month since that tattoo I gave myself, and it's all healed up, and just the other day I gave myself another one, but this one was al thought out, and has some kind of meaning behind it, so it's not just pointless. It says 12-21-3-1-19 Which spells my name in numerical code (A=1, B=2, C=3, etc). I would definitely recommend this to anyone who can't wait anymore for a tattoo, or just wants a tattoo with a prison style look to feel tough. Haha. But if you are going to do a home made tattoo, learn from my mistakes. Don't just settle for anything just because you want a tattoo to be a rebel. Actually think it out, there's nothing wrong with waiting. And be clean about it. I wasn't really clean about it, it just bought some safety pins, and started poking myself and occasionally wiping down my leg to clear the blood/ink splotches out. And, this wasn't one of my mistakes, but it was a friends. Don't pick at the scabs when they start healing, the ink will usually get into the scab or something, and if you peel it off, you will peel the ink out, and then it will look really bad when it is fully healed.
Thanks for reading!!!

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on: 29 May 2008
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