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This, Too, Shall Pass

I thought I'd get my half sleeves finished before I got any new tattoos done. Once I've started something I like to have it finished before moving onto the next project. Maybe because I don't want to be thinking about two things at once, or maybe because I'm a bit of a perfectionist. But mostly, I think, because I don't want to walk round with half finished ink for any longer than I really have to. But when I decided to get my half sleeves started last year I was pretty sure I'd have no more tattoos until they were ... read more

Mein 1. "großes" Tattoo, wie es ablief

Hallo liebe Tattoo-, Piercing- und Bodymodificationanhänger, Ich komme aus Deutschland (genauer gesagt Bayern), bin 19 Jahre alt und schreibe hier nun mal einen kleinen Erfahrungsbericht über mein Eidechsen-Tattoo. Gestochen wurde es im Studio „First-Class-Tattoos" in unserer Hauptstadt Regensburg vom Tattoo-Künstler Jtejan. Das Studio ist in der Oberpfalz schon für seine sehr guten Arbeiten bekannt, deshalb entschloss ich mich, dort mein Tattoo stechen zu lassen. Warum eine Eidechse? Zunächst faszinieren mich diese Tiere, sie überwinden jedes Hindernis, sie sind flink wenn es sein muss, liegen aber auch gerne mal einfach nur in der Sonne und ruhen sich aus...genau mein Ding! Zudem ... read more

Tattoo with meaning

Three days ago I sat for 90 minutes while a tattoo artist named Geoff tattooed a phoenix in flames on my right shoulder. This is the story of how I came to have my first tattoo, both the psychological journey and the actual physical experience of getting my first tattoo. If you have never had a tattoo, and are thinking of getting one, I hope this provides you with another perspective and gives you some information about what to expect when you get a tattoo. For several years now, I have wanted a tattoo. I've always thought of tattoos as ... read more

Learning to breathe

I am older than the average person getting tattoos these days--though I'm far from the oldest. But here, chronologically in middle age, I find getting tattooed a powerful and immensely satisfying means of expressing the fact that a life is a work of art, a sculpture not in three dimensions but in n dimensions. Powerful life experiences get inscribed on our bodies one way or another--whether by scars, wrinkles, changes in posture, or a hundred other means. It seems to me profoundly human to take that process into my own hands, to design small pieces of art to ritualize that ... read more

Tattoo Removal

When I turned 18 I knew I wanted to get a tattoo. I got my first tattoo a week after I turned 18, it was on my ribcage. The tattoo is of gardenias and spiders. It turned out really well so i decided I would go to the same guy to get my half sleeve done. I decided to get a graveyard and a grim reaper. I got it to signify the death of my teenage cutting habit. So basically this tattoo was a scar cover up. My tattoo is on my lower arm. Left side. It starts with a ... read more

Have a Tattoo of something that means something to you not to impress others

Around 8 years ago I had my boyfriends name done on me in Cantonese. I went to a rubbish tattooist in a nearby town and he kind of put me off. First of all I had to wait to hours to get my Tattoo done the Tattooist barely spoke to me before taking me in and was like sit down applied the transfer and was like that alright? The Tattooist also arrived to the shop over one hour late. I was told to bend over a tiny stool in a ratty little room and was moaned at for slightly moaning ... read more

Tattoos on Toes

I got my first tattoo done yesterday, and since I have found so much useful information in the experiences of other BME users, I figured I would return the favor and write in with an experience of my own. I've always wanted to get tattoos, ever since I was a little kid, but I took my time in deciding exactly what I wanted, and where I wanted it. I have a few ideas of tattoos I'd like to get in the future, but I wanted to find one that would really be perfect as a 'first' for me. I went ... read more

Getting my wings...

While I was growing up, things weren't always easy at home - I experienced an unreal amount of death and violence for someone my age. Part of my trying to cope was to cut myself. I did this for a lot of years and have a lot of quite ugly scars as a result. But I wouldn't want to be without my scars, because they, like my tattoos, have come to represent a big part of who I am. It was only after I met my boyfriend that I realised how much what I was doing hurt the people I ... read more

Love a while.

When the thought that I was going to be turning 18 hit me, I decided that I needed a tattoo very, very badly as soon as possible. I thought about many things to get, but one thing always stayed in the back of my mind, this has to be hidden. My parents are very strict, and I didn't want to get something visible. So when it came down to it, it was a tie between 2 lyrics that I had loved for a really long time. One being from The Used(On my own, without it all I'm choking on nothing), ... read more

Hello Kitty

Bonjour à tous! Voilà, je crois qu'il est important de partager mon expérience sur BME, car je trouve qu'il y en a trop peu en français!! Heureusement que je suis bilingue, je peux lire aussi en anglais, mais allons, aujourd'hui, c'est pour ma langue que je donne! Donc voilà, je suis une jeune femme en pleines études de travail social. À l'époque où mon tatouage a été fait, je venais tout juste de toucher mes 18 ans. C'était un jeudi. Je rejoignais mon amie après mon cours à la bibliothèque du Cégep. Lorsque je l'ai retrouvée, elle était à l'ordinateur ... read more

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