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My First Tattoo

I was sixteen when I got my first tattoo, and I was scared shitless. I'd been brought up in a strict (in a dysfunctional and crazy way) Catholic family, and my mother was great, but I'd always felt a bit of an outcast (there's not much love in the Catholic church for "bastards"). All the information about tattoos that I had received up to this point was force fed to me in Sunday school, stories about how it was a sin to put ink into your skin; or horror stories I'd been told by older friends. Stories about the needles ... read more

My first of many

Before I get started I must say I loved the idea of getting a tattoo but I was never sure if I'd have the guts to go through with it so this was a big thing for me. Oh yeah and I am an Aussie so if anything sounds strange that's probably it. :) Alright. I recently turned 18 and for a long time now I've been interested in getting a tattoo. I'd been inspired by my father who has two (one on each shoulder blade) and I'd also had a very encouraging and interesting boss who had provided me ... read more

Third Time's the Charm...

April, 2008: it had been about eight months since my last tattoo, and after much debating and thought, I decided that it was time to add a third one to the collection. Choosing what to get was a fairly simple process; I have a red-and-black nautical star on my left leg, and since I have a bit of a thing for symmetry, it had been bothering me for awhile that the other side was empty. Thus, I ultimately decided on a matching star for my right leg, with one difference: it would be blue instead of red. With the design ... read more

Tattoo wasn't a mistake - the artist was! (But Patty at Think in Ink saved the day!)

I've wanted the same tattoo since I was fourteen...a single black band around my bicep, about an inch thick. I don't know why...before I took the plunge and got it done I tried to think of maybe a smaller design somewhere inconspicuous to test out the experience first, but couldn't think of anything else I wanted. Then people thought just a black band was boring when I told them about my plan to get tattooed, so I tried and tried to think of something more creative to get but this is what I wanted to have done and I couldn't ... read more

Tattoo for Elliott

My dear readers, today I lost my tattoo virginity. I've had the design in mind for some months now; a heart-shaped section of the stripes from the front of Elliott Smith's album, Figure 8. I had always known I wanted to have tattoos, but being only wee and fickle of mind, it's only recently I came to settle on something meant something to me, and that I felt happy about having on my body for the rest of my life. For the past few years, one of the most influencial things in my life has been Elliott Smith. Although I ... read more

Loosing my "tattoo-inity"

Well I lost my tattoo-inity, two days after my 18th birthday. I got the french word for love, amour, on my left wrist. I was sooo nervous. When I had first decided that I was going to go for the plunge, two weeks ago, I decided I should call and make an appointment. Brian Beckwith is an amazing tattoo artist, if it isn't obvious by the fact that I drove an hour to get tattooed by him. I figured he would be pretty booked up. I was able to get an appointment for Tuesday at 12:30, 2 days after my ... read more

Crawling Up

The sky is about constant change, morphing from one form into another only to change again. It is fascinating to watch but even more fascinating it is to observe the changes occurring in us over time. I begin to notice more and more how I change myself and how much broader my own perspective becomes. And even though there is some validity to words Jean Kilbourne wrote in her book (we learn to dread the natural process of growing older and we feel terribly devalued as we age in her book "Can't buy my love"), I do both enjoy and ... read more

Wicked Jester- Session 1-Back of Head Tattoo

Wicked Jester- Session 1-Back of Head Tattoo : 3-29-2008 On Saturday, March 29th myself, my wife and two of our friends, drove from my apartment, in Neillsville WI, to Tomah Tattoo studio, which is located about 63.44 miles, or 1 hr, 15 minutes away. The reason for this trip, was, because a few of us had appointments to get tattooed, by the very talented tattoo artists; Steve May, one of the owners of Tomah tattoo Studio; Dave Fox, The other person who owns Tomah tattoo studio, And Clay Fox, a new tattoo artist that started there. Clay is also Dave's ... read more

Regretting A Tattoo.

Alright, allow me to preface this experience with I would never-ever suggest a discount tattoo to anybody unless they had seen the artists portfolio and were sufficently satisfied with there work. I had waitied until I turned eighteen and had always wanted a tattoo, and up until this point had about ten piercings, nine of which I still wear and would often ask tattooed people how the 'pain' compared to say, a nipple piercing, well allow me to voice that a tattoo isn't necessarily pleasant, but I'm sure it's worth it if what your being inked with is beautiful and ... read more

Non-Traditional Memorial

After my father passed away, I decided a tattoo in his memory would help me heal and give me an excuse to talk about him whenever anyone asked what the tattoo meant. Because of the latter point, I decided against a traditional memorial tattoo with dates or some kind of portraiture. Instead I chose the end of a Shakespearean sonnet that had a particular meaning to us. I decided on just the last two words of the sonnet, in a very large and bold type face; one word on the outside of each hip. I asked around the area for ... read more

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