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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

My very first Tattoo

I'm a really big fan of body modification, usually if I'm not here on BME reading stories and experiences, I'm daydreaming of my mods to come (usually piercings) I'm not a stranger to modification, I have 11 piercings, including two cartilage, six lobe, industrial and snakebites.I really like tattoos as well, yet strangely up until two weeks ago, I'd never gotten one, or even REALLY considered getting one, even though I've had a fair few chances. I had thought about getting a tattoo, I knew I wanted one, and to an extent I knew what I wanted. But I say ... read more

My first tattoo, going big!

Having being born with Cystic Fibrosis and having to take countless pills each day to keep my body ticking, it came as quite a shock when I was 14 and my doctor advised me against a tablet I'd been taking fo as long as I can remember. At this time, I had some small whitehead spots on my shoulders and chest- which I guessed were normal for any teen. But once I stopped these tablets the spots turned to cysts and big scabs and in the end up I had to take a 6 month course of Roaccutain (sp?) not ... read more

My first tattoo - a profound and painful experience

I always felt like I was a nerd. Okay, a weird way to start an experience, but it's where the whole story starts. I use the word nerd, but by saying that, I just mean to say I always felt different, like I could never fit into a norm of society. I tried for years and years to be who people wanted me to be; I liked what they liked and I hated what they hated, but it was all in vain, I still wasn't enough like them. So as I grew up, I changed and I changed and eventually, ... read more

My First Tattoos

I got my first tattoos done just over 7 months ago. I had been throwing around the idea of getting one done on each wrist, but hadn't finished playing with my designs. So I opted to get an arrow on the back of my legs; One on each Achilles Tendon. They're about a centimeter wide and 2 inches long, in solid black. I'm 19 years old, and for these to be my first, a lot of people were trying to talk me into getting something done on a less painful place. But I was pretty intent on getting my achilles ... read more

My experience with tattoo removal

My name is Andre Pawlowski, and I am writing this article so that the readers can learn about some of the ways that removing a tattoo can be approached, as well as hopefully showing that one should put much thought into what they get tattooed and where. I'll start with a little bit of background as to getting my tattoo so that you can understand the situation as well as my insisting on the importance of tattoo placement. As of 2010, I am 24 and got my tattoo when I was 19. It was my first tattoo, and I chose ... read more

I knew I couldn't wash it off, but I didn't know I'd want to.

I turned 18 in July last year and waited a while before I got my first tattoo, to give me a chance to find a decent artist, to choose the best place for my first tattoo, to be 100% about my decision. A lot of people I know turned 18 and dashed into getting a lot of tattoos, something I thought was a little stupid. Fair enough you have the money; but how could you be 100% about everything you have when you haven't put in the time to be sure, but they seem happy. I heard a good review ... read more

If you have a gut feeling something's wrong..listen to it.

Hi I am a young student, and I mean young freshman. I just had my fist 4 tattoos in the last several weeks. That's right, I am legally underage I think? I have no idea but all I needed one day was some guy to fake my dad's signature. It all happened around the beginning of 2008. I always wanted a tattoo. As a kid, I love those fake tattoos. Where you put water on it, and it stuck on for a week. Throughout my life, I thought of getting a tattoo one day, never worrying what would happen. Thanks ... read more

First tattoo - worth the long wait

I've been thinking about tattoos since I was in middle school - I was always a bit of a rebel, reading Fight Club when the other girls were flipping through Sarah Dessen romances. You know the type. Tattoos seemed like the epitome of "different", and as such, I liked them (what can I say? I was in middle school.) One of the pieces I kept thinking about was a mermaid; I couldn't say why, except that mermaids were "pretty". But it was an idea that stuck with me. Then, my freshman year of high school, I memorized T.S. Eliot's "Love ... read more

"Wait, you're getting another one? - The story of my third tattoo.

I told myself after getting my first tattoo in July of 2007, a red rose with a blue rose stemming from it on my left ankle, that I was going to wait another year before getting any more ink. Five months later I was back in the chair, getting a black cat with a reddish-pink rose permanently embedded into my right shoulder. After I was finished with this tattoo, I told myself that this time I really was going to wait another year. Three months later, my friend Christine wrote to me and told me that she was finally going ... read more

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