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My Ink Rejection Story or How I Learned Green Ink Doesn't Like Me

I guess I'll put this in tattoo removal...since it removed itself. Have you ever had an allergic reaction to ink in your tattoo? I have… and let me tell you it ain’t pretty. I’ve only had one bad experience, but it didn’t shy me away from getting more (wink wink). I’m not writing this as a warning per se; more as just an experience. I mean hey, there was no way to tell the ink would reject, even though it is known that some pigments have a tendency to do so more than others – like red and yellow tones. ... read more

My First Tattoo

It was my junior year of college. I was living in Bronxville, NY, blissful at Concordia College, surrounded by friends who I loved. There was a girl named..well...we'll just call her "M". M had been my roommate for a half semester when I first arrived. M was very unstable. She had a severe drinking problem, a temper problem, a hitting problem and one time got so wasted that she peed on the floor of our door room because she THOUGHT she was in the bathroom. As you can imagine, it was NOT awesome. M thought we were best friends, only ... read more

DIY Septum Piercing Experience

I've always loved piercings, but when I was younger, I wasn't allowed to get any (not even a navel piercing!) by my parents. Okay, so I could have actually got it done, but it sure wouldn't help me get along with my parents any better, and we were already fighting everyday, so I decided I better wait until I'm at least 18 before I get any piercings done myself. When I was almost 19, I decided it was time to do something about it. I was still living with my parents (and I still am today), and this lead to ... read more

Oops: One Man's Misadventures In The World Of Nipple Piercing

When I was eighteen years old in the spring of 1999, roughly around March, I wanted to get my first piercing. I had started getting into tattoos, but didn't at that time have any piercings. I knew that I wanted to get my nipple, and eventually both nipples pierced. My inspiration was that two of my favorite rock stars, who I at that time somewhat modelled myself after, being Tommy Lee and Axl Rose both had pierced nipples. Those were the guys who I wanted to be like at that age. That in and of itself is not a very ... read more

My tongue piercing at the age of 14

When I was a little girl my mom would take me to the mall to get my hair cut and whenever we went there we had to pass one of 'those' stores; the ones with rainbow colored hair dye, obscene shirts, and body jewelry. I remember one time we were walking past and I saw, what at the time I thought was, the oddest thing. There was a poster and on that poster was a scary girl sticking out her tongue....on her tongue was a big silver ball. I was horrified; why would anyone want to do that to themselves? ... read more

Tebori at Tattoo Hollywood

I have admired tattoos for a long time. As far back as I can remember. I have a very distinct memory of myself at about the age of 5, standing in my driveway, pushing my shirt sleeve up and staring down at my bicep thinking, "I'm going to have a tattoo there someday." At this point, I'm no stranger to tattoos. I've been working on a sleeve for a while now. Since I choose to travel to my artist, it is a slow process towards completion. Originally my sleeve was meant to go almost to my wrist so that I ... read more

My 3x Helix (And Its Sorrows)

This is a tale of ears. Or, rather, just the right one. Boring, melodramatic back story (before we get to the blood and physical pain): I knew for about a year I was going to get either 3 helix piercings or an industrial before I actually got pierced. I loved the aesthetics of both, (still do) but couldn’t decide and didn’t want both at the same time. I didn’t know when I was going to go under the needle, but by golly, I was going to someday. Fast forward: In December, the guy I had been seeing broke it off ... read more

Second Time Around

Two years ago, after much thought, I went to a piercing and tattoo studio in my college town and got my nipples pierced. I guess I wanted to surprise people who see me as a very conservative person. I loved these piercings but they never seemed to heal so I retired them after about nine months. However, I had enjoyed them, shocked some friends, and missed them when they were gone. I spent New Years at a hotel party complete with dancing and other festivities. At the end of the evening, I sat in the lobby with a friend from ... read more

Using My Illusion

Eleven years ago, in March of 1999, when I was eighteen years old, I had an idea for a tattoo that I had not seen on anyone I knew, although I was sure I was not the first person to come up with the idea. I wanted to get an armband of sheet music. I was a huge Guns N' Roses fan, and decided that I wanted to get the first few bars of the song, "November Rain" tattooed around my arm. A centerpiece for the armband would be on the outer part of my upper arm, which would be ... read more

My First Scarification

Since I was young I have always been interested in body modification, always wanting to go bigger and further than what is considered normal and pushing my body beyond what I think I can handle. I was 18 years old at the time when I decided I wanted to go beyond the numeral surface cuttings that I have had, I wanted a permanent planned scar. Knowing that this would probably be even more permanent than a tattoo I took my time deciding what exactly I wanted and where. I chose a three sided yin-yang, a sign of my BDS&M lifestyle, ... read more

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