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Third and not final tattoo - a great experience!

Last September, I started studying at the University of Nottingham and took a fairly large step into a world of responsibility and freedom. Being away from my parents, living by myself and taking care of myself was extremely invigorating and allowed me to enter a world which, up to this point, been off limits. I am of course, talking about the world of tattoos and body modifications in general. At the time of writing (August 2008), I have five tattoos: selecting which experience to chronicle first was difficult but I eventually decided on my third tattoo – a nautical star ... read more

My first tattoo

Ok, so I had been wanting to get a tattoo for a very, very long time. My husband was totally opposed to the idea, so I hadn't done it. A few years ago, my sister-in-law (who has multiple tats) and I had been talking about it, and we decided that we would just go look at some flash. We told our husbands that we were going to go rent a carpet cleaner, and we left. The place that my sister-in-law usually went was closed. It took a while to find a shop that was open. The only shop that we ... read more

A new heart

I started body modifications about twelve years ago. I've been tattooed for the first time about eight years ago. I've been suspended six times so far. I had scarifications done. I had broken bones. I had motorcycle crashes. I had third degree burns. I can take pain. But damn it, this one hurt! Let me explain. I had this idea, a few months ago, to get my chest tattooed. At first I didn't know what to get, I just liked the idea of having a big piece in the middle of my chest. But slowly, the idea of getting a ... read more

All Aboard

I'd be lying if I said I put a lot of time and thought into this tattoo, well tattoos technically. Less than a week after getting my third tattoo which I got on my ankle at a different studio, I decided I wanted something else. Of course everyone told me to wait and to give it more time and so on because 3 tattoos in 1 week would be too much. Yeah I didn't really see it like that so I called up Sonics and checked to make sure that they take walk ins. I sorted all my questions out ... read more

tattoo correction

I had previously gotten a tattoo on the inside of my forearm below the elbow in 2001. It was the lettering for light and life in greek (zoh pos) intersecting and it was done VERY poorly. The inking of the letters was godawful, crooked, uneven, shakey, not filled in well, et cetera...and when I said something about it the artist went back through and just dug it in deaeper. It scarred like you wouldn't believe. I had big raised scars and the ink was completly uneven in shade. It was a ridiculously bad tattoo. I had gotten another tattoo there ... read more

My first tattoo

I've wanted a tattoo for about a year but didn't want to rush into anything as obviously you're stuck with it for life unless you want to go through a lengthy and costly laser removal procedure. So, firstly I decided on the design. I wanted the word 'spero' which is Latin for hope on the inside of my wrist. The word was symbolic as it links to my nan who gave me the hope to carry on going through tough times in my life, as well as being right next to the large vein on your wrist which relates to ... read more

Laser Tattoo Removal

I never thought I would end up getting laser removal ever...but its looks like I have! About a year ago I got a piece done on my wrist which at the time I really liked and don't get me wrong I still do. It's not an amazing piece just a bit of script on my wrist with my initials which was done in black ink. Two months ago I had a piece done on my forearm by Pawel in Tattoo UK. It was a tattoo I had done for my sister of theatre masks and some roses and I was ... read more

Beijing Ink

As we all know, China is a rapidly modernizing and developing country and the (mainly young) people are taking up western trends enthusiastically. Tattooing in China is unsurprisingly an underground thing, like it is in the west, but the number of tattooists around the capital, Beijing, is surprising. I had originally gone to Beijing to study, and whilst there, I was constantly thinking about tattooing and various ideas, as I usually do. My flatmate had decided that he wanted to get his first work (he ended up with a half-sleeve of a dragon) and he trawled through the streets of ... read more

Handwriting Tattoo

I'm writing this primarily for people like me, who don't have much experience of tattooing and don't really know how to ask for what they want. Before I had my latest tattoo I spent ages reading through forums and blogs on the internet trying to make sure I wasn't going to make a fool out of myself by asking the wrong thing in a tattoo studio. I'm not sure if anyone else finds it as intimidating as I do? Maybe it's just me, but I'm very conscious of the fact that i look very conservative, and am totally unfamiliar with ... read more

First Tattoo, Ball of Nerves.

Once upon a time, the little girl once known as ME hated the idea of scarring up your body with a tattoo, because then you'd have to live with it for your entire life. As ME grew up, I realized that I really could not wait to get my first tattoo because I became highly interested in tattooing and piercing over the years. I knew a lot of people who got tattoos just because they turned 18 and wanted a symbol of their new legal ability..but this was never the case with me. I genuinely just really wanted some ink ... read more

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