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Just another freak, in the freak kingdom (First tattoo experience)

This past weekend, I got my first tattoo. I've been very into piercings lately. I got my first a few years ago and have slowly been accumulating them ever since. I had always wanted a tattoo, but never had the money or a design I was happy with. So instead I let piercings be my main modification outlet. They're relatively inexpensive and impermanent. No big deal. The decision to get my first tattoo was an easy one. I had planned out a gorgeous chest piece, consisting of two rabbits (one on either side of my chest.) I had planned for ... read more

"Finally, a tattoo with some thought!" - The story of my fourth tattoo.

I don't know if you've ever had an idea for a tattoo wake you up out of your sleep, but that's exactly what happened to me. It was about five months after I'd gotten my third tattoo when the bug started to bite again: that gnawing feeling in the back of my mind that I was going to come up with a design that I was absolutely going to have to have needled into my skin. That feeling stayed with me for a good long time until, finally, at 3:30 in the morning, it woke me up out of my ... read more

Colorful Stars

To start off with, I have been immersed in tattoos since I was a little kid. My mom had one on her back, her younger brother on his hand, and her older brother, well he had them everywhere. Even my moms step dad was covered in old style army tattoos. Now that is just my moms side of the family. My dads almost all the men, except him have at least one. Even my grandmother has one on her arm and chest. So just speaking tattoos have never seemed unnatural to me, and I always knew I would get one ... read more

Be very sure you trust an "artist" before you let them touch you.

For quite a while I had been interested in getting a tattoo. In South Carolina, tattooing was illegal until 2005. Before that, I had many opportunities to get tattoos via friends who had machines, but wanted to wait to go to an actual shop. Midway through 2008 my roommates older brother said he had a shop that would do work for cheap because the guy was strapped for cash. I checked out the shops website (www.medievaltats.com) and wasn't all that impressed with the work, but decided to go in anyways because what I wanted done was so simple that I ... read more

Weird experience getting a tattoo.

When I first turned 18 years old, the main thing that I wanted to do in life was to get a tattoo. I had seen my sister get multiple tattoos, and because she had to wait until she was 18, so did I. My first tattoo was a cross made out of nails, with a crown of thorns going around it. The other one is a tribal symbol on my leg. About a week ago I decided to get what would be my third tattoo, and probably my last after this experience. The two tattoos that I've gotten so far ... read more

Aramaic Ink

Back in February, I became a Christian. It was pretty crazy, a really random spiritual experience that I never thought would happen to me, but it made me feel amazing. I knew I wanted to remember the feeling forever. In search of something to put on my body, I read through the New Testament, specifically the book of Mark, and came across something perfect-- in Mark 5, Jesus raises a girl from the dead, saying to her "Talitha Koum," or "little girl, get up." I thought it was pretty descriptive of what I felt my life had gone through, from ... read more

Twinkle Twinkle

This story takes place in 2000 and is a tale of a decision I would take again every day for the rest of my life. Well, I had just turned 21, decided on the image and the placement, all I needed was the opportunity for my first tattoo – an elaborate five pointed star (who knew all those years ago just how popular they would become!). Even though at that time I lived about 5 minutes from Camden Town, the tattoo capital of the UK, I waited until I went to stay with my best mate in Bournemouth. The night ... read more

Ne m'oubliez pas...forget-me-not

So I've wanted to get a tattoo for a long time, but unlike the majority of my peers I didn't rush into a tattoo place on my eighteenth birthday. I knew that I should wait to be absolutely sure it's something I wanted and that I had the money to spare. I've tossed a bunch of ideas around, but it wasn't until a few months ago that I had narrowed it down to two designs. I wanted either a celtic heart knot or a forget-me-not. Both have a significant meaning to me, and I knew that I could confidently get ... read more

My first tattoo, on a foreign continent, no less!

On September 22, 2008, my Grandma took me to Europe. Now, I'm 18, and the farthest I had been was Minneapolis. Being born in Winnipeg did not leave me with a worldly air, but instead made me desperate to travel. In Germany, I knew I wanted to have my first tattoo. An aunt, who I had met only days before, called the family tattoo artist and he booked me in. My grandma, on the other hand, was having a fit. She did not want me to get one at all. It goes against everything she believes in. Well, we traveled ... read more

My first tattoo... And I PUKED!

So, for my birthday, my mother took me to get a tattoo. I was hoping she would come with me because it was going to me a lot to me... I have been through so much in my life and this tattoo was sort of like a stepping-stone for me, a way to reach the future. And my mother has been going to the same place for her tattoos, all nine of them, for years. So, the day came and we went. It was like a family outing... My cousin also went to get her third tattoo and my mother ... read more

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