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my first tattoo (a rib piece)

When I was younger I never really thought about tattoos. I had been raised in a pretty strict family that was not that prone to anything out of the normal. I had one older cousin who was covered in tattoos and my parents always warned me about looking like him and having to wear long sleeves all the time because he had trouble finding jobs. When I was about 16 I started really taking an interest in body art. I never brought the issue up to my parents, because I knew that it would be shot down in an instant. ... read more

At least my ribs can't kill my cats, Part 4

[ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ] It was my final session. I made a little bit of small talk with Austin as I sat on the animal-print couch, but I couldn't concentrate too well. I did talk to him about possibly doing my cat sleeve later this year; hopefully he has received his license by then. Adorn was busy, and soon Austin got pulled away by a girl needing help figuring out lettering for her tattoo. I waited, occasionally fiddling with my phone. I mentally kicked myself for being early, as I know it does me ... read more

"We can't cover that."

Sometime around three years ago I met an artist new in town named Snoopy. I was itching for another tattoo and my friend Anastasia had several that Snoopy had done when they had both lived elsewhere. I liked his work so I went to the studio to watch him and look at his portfolio. Everything seemed copacetic so I set up an appointment to have my left inner wrist tattooed with a tribal heart design. Snoopy customized the colors for me, which I really liked. My ex and I went on the same day and he got his tattoo right ... read more

Setting Myself Free

I believe in the power of imagery. A picture is always worth 1,000 [or more, depending on who you speak to] words. The tattoo which is now happily located on my right shoulder speaks volumes. Taking the time to listen is what's important. At the age of about 14, I knew I was going to get tattooed. I had seen my mother get hers and from that moment on, I sort of knew it was my destiny. I spent the next three years debating on my design, and around April 2007 [a few months after my 17th birthday] I knew. ... read more

Remembering those lost, fighting, and surviving - Ribbon.

THE DECISION: In December, my uncle was diagnosed with Cancer... they didn't think they'd be able to save him. A lot of people in my family have had cancer, so the thought came to me like thunder after lightning; I'll get a cancer awareness tattoo! (My uncle is actually in remission now, by the way) I went through a lot of different ideas for this tattoo, but eventually decided on getting a Cancer Awareness Ribbon that is light purple, for general cancer awareness, and looking a bit torn to symbolize that it's been through a rough battle. I also went ... read more

Full Circle

My 43rd birthday was approaching and friends and family were asking I what I wanted. "Anything Hello Kitty" I responded to feed my Hello Kitty addiction. Or Kasey Chambers new CD, or just something strange and unusual, kinda like me. I never really know what to tell people. I did let them all know that I have wish lists in several places and they could look there as well. One morning in the car on the way to work, I mentioned to my husband, Glenn, that I wanted to spend my own money that I've been saving up to finally ... read more

My itchy flower

I'll be honest; when I first decided to get a tattoo on my foot I was afraid. I had two tattoos already, a small one on my lower back and medium/largish wings on my shoulders. I knew that tattoos over bony, thin skinned areas, like the feet, hurt worse than other areas. When I first decided to get this tattoo I started reading experiences to get a better idea of how it would be and how it would heal. The experiences ranged from worst pain in your life to eh no big deal. I decided to take the stance that ... read more

My First Tattoo

I could not wait to get my first tattoo; it was something well worth waiting for. No, I did not get my tattoo right when I turned 18 like many people do. I waited. I wanted to get something that I would truly love and appreciate for the rest of my life. For well over a year I thought about what exactly I wanted. There are a lot of things I like in particular and one of those things happens to be stars. I love stars. Yes stars may be a common tattoo but I was going to make my ... read more

My Cover Up

Just a bit of background to start with. I was a bit of a late bloomer with my tattoos. I always loved them, my father and brother both have a couple of tattoos and I'd always wanted to get one. It wasn't until I was about 23 when I worked up the courage to get one on my back, just a small one. The experience was great, didn't really hurt that much, but the tattoo was shocking! Within about 1 day of getting it done, I hated it. That's where this one comes in (about 10 years later). I've moved ... read more

Going Batty

Going Batty Nearly 8 years ago, I got my first tattoo. I was 18 and my sister was 16 and though she was underage, was able to go to a shop and get tattooed, with only a note from our parents saying it was okay. She had two tattoos and wanted a third so she convinced me to go with her to get one too. At this point in my life I was very interested in body mods but my parents were a lot stricter with me then my sister and I was more interested in piercings then tattoos which ... read more

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