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At least my ribs can't kill my cats. Part 1

I love Stargazer lilies; they're my favorite flower. So, from boyfriends and my father I would these beautiful flowers on Valentine's day and other celebratory days (like landing a job, etc). However, early this year I noticed pollen on my kitten and freaked - I had known in the back of my mind that lilies were poisonous to cats, but had never really thought of it. After scrubbing down the kitten (and recieving upwards of 20 scratches and bites for my hard work) I decided to finally get my tattoo that I had wanted for years: stargazers on my ribs. ... read more

My 16th birthday tattoo

For a while now my mom has been asking me about a tattoo. She got one a few years ago and I thought it was really cool. So I had always gave it a little thought. But I had never been brave enough to go get one. But a few days before my birthday she kept asking me what I wanted. I really wanted a tattoo, but really didn't want to tell her. I really didn't know what she would say about it. My sixteenth birthday was an amazing experience that I will never forget. My mom asked me what ... read more

In The End (The Effects of Causality and Ink)

My tattoo experience doesn't start the day I got the tattoo, or as something I have wanted since I was a little girl, it actually starts when I moved to Medicine Hat. Before I moved here I had done all my homework, picked out the perfect artist around where I used to live and was stoked for the day I turned 18 so that he could put this beautiful and extremely large piece of art across both sides of my ribs. That all changed less than a month before my birthday, we moved to Medicine Hat and from there I ... read more

Indecision and a first tattoo

"I've always wanted a tattoo". Everyone says that. For ages I fancied a tiny bird silhouette on my foot, but as I came nearer to getting one I changed my mind. Now I'm glad I did because I think that such a small and simple shape would've seemed really insubstantial on its own. I eventually decided I wanted a tattoo of a deer, a red deer stag to be precise, because they're native to Britain and I really like them. I could say it was to represent power, beauty and freedom, but i think I'll leave people to infer whatever ... read more

If you can read this, thank my tattoo...

..And I don't just mean that in a cutesy "because if I didn't get this tattoo, there's be nothing for you to read, hardee-har-har." If you can read this, you're obviously familiar with the letters that comprise the written English alphabet. And that's what my tattoo is of. Backstory time! A couple of years ago, I was browsing though the Lettering Tattoos section on BME (as I am wont to do, being a big fan of text tattoos) when I came across an alphabet tattoo. Had I been a Tex Avery cartoon wolf, my heart would have jumped from my ... read more

Friends forever

I was 21, and my best friend, Val, was only a year older. At this point, we both had two tattoos, and longed for more - preferably getting them together at Wingnut, which we considered 'our' studio. However - Val was moving across the country soon and then shortly after that, I would moving across the country, too - and nowhere near the same part of the country as her. We needed to do something to keep us 'connected': like a tattoo. But what? We actually only ended up discussing it over the course of a few days - it ... read more

A Second Demonic Experience

For years I have been getting tattoos and piercings and for more years than that I have loved tattoos and piercings. The first time that I went to see Mike was about a year ago. Then, as now, I live in Victoria, British Columbia. My primary reason for traveling to Edmonton was to visit my mother for a while. However, a few months before my trip out there it occurred to me that traveling to Edmonton would give me the perfect opportunity to save up some money and get a tattoo from an artist that I would not normally have ... read more

armpit tattoos - two of my favourite things

This is the story of how I came to have a pork pie and a bottle of cider tattooed in my armpits. I have a lot of tattoos already, and decided a few years ago that I was aiming at a complete bodysuit, leaving no skin untattooed. This would mean tattooing a lot of awkward places such as armpits, backs of knees, genitals and the rest. When I started getting tattooed I had no real plan, but since getting a few very large pieces I have been thinking more and more about the overall look I want to create. One ... read more

The Legacy of My Name.

Thank you for reading. Of all the experiences listed, mine will be a bit different than most as I have found it more interesting to write about the thought process from tattoo consideration to completion. Working in the Computer Industry, and seeing a lot of my co-workers with tattoos, and seeing how a tattoo has entered the mainstream. I found this unique from a sociology standpoint. Shows like Miami Ink seemed to usher in greater awareness and acceptance of a tattoo in society today. Like the artwork, the story about why people get a tattoo is interesting. The permanence of ... read more

Ten Toe Tattooing

I got it stuck in my horrifically geeky mind that I would be a whole lot cooler of a person if I got "Don't Panic" tattooed on my body in large friendly letters (if you are counting on your fingers, yes the apostrophe gets its own toe). Knuckles seemed the ideal place but it wouldn't mesh with my chosen lifestyle. However, I decided toes were an even better place since it would be soothing constant reminder of a sound life strategy. I'll confess I rushed in a bit impulsively. None of my friends had toe tattoos and so I really ... read more

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