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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

The next step to becoming the "Crazy cat lady"

I have written multiple experiences for BME over the years, and many of you know me from the IAM community. You probably know that I'm not actually 35, and please understand my womanly need not to tell my age to everyone I meet. I am legally an adult and feel older and more "crazy cat lady"-like every birthday that passes me by. I have proved my obsession with cats in many ways, the most obvious ones being my house-hold of 4 cats and two of my cats being tattooed on my upper left arm. This latest tattoo just pushes me ... read more

My inspiration and experience with a foot tattoo

So I have been working with Jeana at Anchor Ink to create a memorial piece for my cousin Michelle, whom we lost in may, Let me share how the idea for the piece came about, then I'll share the experience of getting tattooed. So Michelle was learning how to tattoo from her husband David, and she was awesome in everything but had a particular niche for floral work, I had decided that a bouquet of rose's would look nice on my foot, I asked her about them and decided that it would be better done in the summer after my ... read more

My first time.

I remember about three years ago, I was sitting right where I am now, looking at tattoo designs. I had waited a year after becoming 18 before I started to think about my first tattoo, mostly because I decided to save getting a tattoo until I became more focused, and there's a lot of steam to blow off when you graduate. So, about a year passed, and I was thinking more seriously about getting a tattoo, and I started to really take it seriously. This was the first time that I really had put much thought into anything that I ... read more

Fly wristy, fly!

I'm going to admit it, it was spur of the moment. Well it would've been on the Saturday previous when the idea to get a swallow on my wrist popped into my head. But the tattooist I went to was busy so I couldn't get it done. Don't get me wrong, the idea of a swallow somewhere upon my person wasn't a new one, so it's not like I hadn't thought of the design before. But I'd been so preoccupied with another tattoo design that I'd never given it much thought. I wanted an old school swallow design so on ... read more

Let Your Darker Side Give In...

I've waited the two years since getting my first tattoo to finally submit the experience. I've held off on writing it for many reasons and do so now with great hesitation. One should realize that while I don't come from an extremely uptight or religious family I happen to be rather concerned at the impression that I give those who are part of it. At the time that I had gotten the tattoo done I was struggling to become the person I had always been inside without taking other's judgment to heart. As I'm sure you're suspecting already, with only ... read more

In Nomini Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti

"In Nomini Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti"... to every religious person or vigilante out there, these words are instantly recognizable. I'll never forget the first time I saw the Boondock Saints. At the end of the movie, I turned to my friend and said, "DUDE. Can we do this?!" He's been calling me VJ (Vigilante Justice) since then. I'm not (noticeably) Irish or religious, but that phrase, to me, means what all of my tattoos have meant: I DO WHAT I DO. Or specifically, in this case, I am my own father, son and Holy Ghost, and no law is ... read more

Hip/Side/Back feathers

This is the story of my third tattoo, and so far, my biggest. I started off with a pretty big one on my spine,an Arabic design that says "Life is to live & struggle for your beliefs", and my second is an exclamation mark on my hip bones. After each of my previous tattoos I couldn't wait for another and I knew I wanted something big. I had decided on the placement before I decided on the design. It would start on my left hip and go up my stomach and around my back. I can't remember why I chose ... read more

From celtic to water color - first tattoo

I recently got my first tattoo. It currently resides on the outside of my thigh and takes up that entire canvas. The image that I finally settled on with my artist was that of a Japanese cherry blossom tree - black and gray with red blossoms. But getting there was more of a journey than lying on the table and getting the ink set. I thought of the tattoo of a tree of life 4 years ago after numerous friends of mine died. The symbolism of the roots and branches connecting was comforting to me when I was sad that ... read more

Birds of A Feather

Birds of A Feather My infatuation with Body Modification began very early. Seeing as how I'm twenty-two, I would say I was about seven or eight when I first noticed that I liked how these looked on people. The idea of getting a tattoo had always intrigued me but scared my mom a little. My dad only had one tattoo and never got another one. He got his when he was a soldier in the US Army... and drunk. He got a bee with his nickname on his left shoulder. I loved it and always was curious about the process. ... read more

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