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My 1st (wrist) tattoo experience

I can honestly say I thought long & hard for about 2 months solid before I got my first tattoo. One of the things that made this so interesting & exciting for me is the fact that getting one was rather out of character to me! That does not mean to say I had a preconception that only a certain 'type' of person would get a tattoo, it's just with my being so 'goody goody' most of the time, this feels like it adds a little bit of an edge to me. Up until not very long ago I could ... read more

Liza Corbett's Girl and Mirrors

When I first saw one of Liza Corbett's pieces, I was smitten. Almost instantaneously, I decided that I wanted her print of "Girl and Mirrors" to be a part of my body permanently. The illustration is so poignant and moving; to me, it is a visual representation of my struggle with body image and self acceptance. I love how the girl is being reflected in the hanging mirrors, but she gets to make the final decision of her own appearance by holding a small mirror behind her back. It was very important to me that I did not plagiarize another ... 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

Butterfly Neck Tattoo.. Beautiful!

I had been debating for a while whether or not to get a tattoo on the back of my neck, but I'm really glad I did. I eventually decided on a pretty butterfly :) Nothing too fancy or over the top as I figured it's going to be in a place that will be on show most of the time. I took a while to think about how high up I was going to have it as the profession im in, it could be frowned upon. I decided that I could always cover the tattoo with my hair if need ... read more

To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo - That is the Question!

So I decided to get a tattoo towards the end of my senior year of high school... My previous best friend and I (from 9th and 10th grade) were going to get matching hearts done but never did (still to this day!). A little while later I decided to look up tattoos pertaining to music (music notes, symbols, etc.) and tried (forever, it seemed!) to find one that I liked that wasn't too far out there. I found the treble clef star tattoo on google in the images section and decided it was going to be the tattoo for me. ... read more

A Prayer for Life

For several years I'd wanted a tattoo to add to my small but growing display of modifications on my body. The problem had been finding something that would have as much meaning fifty years from now as it did now. I'd hit on something years ago, during some studies of my family, and fiercly into the Rom side, a prayer that was in Slov-Romani. Of course it got shelved with the other ideas, until; four piercing, two new scars and a divorce later, I hit back upon it. I'd decided that I really didn't want to get image tattoos to ... read more

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