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My first of many

I first became interested in body modification when I was 16. That's the year I really started to really become me. Until then, I was pretty much a clone. I never wanted to cut or color my hair, get piercings or tattoos. I'm not exactly sure what happened that year, but it all started with an impulse that ended up with my cutting my hair (that was down to the middle of my back) to just a few inches long. I started coloring it, and then, I wanted to get my lip pierced. Of course, I was a minor, so ... read more

It gives you w-i-i-ings?

Awhile back on a whim (as most good ink stories go) I decided to pop into my local shop (River City Tattoo in Old Sac) and see about getting some new work done. At this point I've seen the business end of needle a few times and I'm itching to be up on that table! Plus I can get a touch up on my kanji (relax I'm part Japanese) so I have the stone and now I'm looking for my birds. I wanted some wings. Not on my back but on or around my ankles. I explained to the guy ... read more

First Tattoo

I am 19 now, and have been wanting a tattoo since before I can remember, but have been really thinking about what to get done for the last 4 years now. I have always wanted to get one on my middle back, somewhere that is easy to hide and that I didn't think I would ever regret because I wouldn't be able to see. Once I had a spot picked out I needed to figure out what to get! I have always loved stars and to me they represent my family as we used to always sit outside together and ... read more

Il mio primo tatuaggio, la rosa col gatto

Da tempo desideravo un tatuaggio, mi piaceva proprio l'idea, l'avere qualcosa di originale sul mio corpo ancora intatto. Fin da quando ascoltavo Ramazzotti e vedevo i suoi tattoos fino ad adesso che ascolto metal/rock e la passione per le modifiche al corpo si è accesa ancora di più. Allo stesso tempo l'idea mi spaventava, come lo dico ai miei? Ma farà male? Quali rischi ci sono? Sta di fatto che un giorno, dopo una scenata con mia mamma (avevo appena compiuto 18 anni) appena lei a malincuore aveva pronunciato una parola di approvazione, sono corsa in centro a prenotarlo. Tempo ... read more

First tattoo

After many years of searching I finally decided on a new tattoo. After the thousands of pictures and websites and magazines and pretty much anything that had tattoo inspired art I narrowed it down. I wanted the traditional design because of the personal meaning it had behind it for me. I know that it has been done about a million time before but oh well, this tattoo is for me and I really don't care what other people think. That leads me to another complaint. I know that art is great and wonderful. But how do you get some art ... read more

My Own Sky

Darkness closes around me, wrapping me up almost completely. I can hardly see at times, so I am not my eyes anymore. I am not my ears, either because I move to the rhythm of my favorite "artificial" tunes. I am smell, I am touch, I am breathing. With random or pretty consistent thoughts going through my head I am both my own mind and my own body. I do enjoy this combination. I do enjoy being out and challenging myself over and over again! The sky is dark. Sometimes it's covered with low clouds and fog raising higher and ... read more

L'ange de la crise d'adolescence

Ça faisait longtemps que je pensais à me faire tatouer. Le problème c'est que j'avais seulement 13 ans et que mes parents ne voudraient sûrement pas me donner leur autorisation. J'ai donc attendu jusqu'à ma fête de 14 ans, en août 2003. Mes parents m'ont demandé ce que je voulais pour ma fête et j'ai tenté le tout pour le tout : je leur ai demandé un tattoo. Au début, ils n'étaient pas très chauds à l'idée que leur petite princesse se fasse tatouer, mais bizarrement, c'est mon père qui a convaincu ma mère. (Mon père ne voulait même pas ... read more

I betchya you'll like it...

One night I was sitting in my living room watching LA Ink and Kat Von D appeared on the screen right as my dad walked in the room. My dad began screaming "oh my gosh! Who would do that to their body? Why are you watching such filth?" I turned to my dad and asked him to keep his opinion to himself and that I didn't care what he thought. This began many discussions about how getting tattooed is nothing but a desecration of the body and nonsense like that. When I was little I never imagined I'd be tattooed. ... read more

A Reminder

About two years ago I was going through a rough patch in my life. I had just gotten myself out of a really bad relationship, work was not satisfactory, and friends were few. I felt alone, self-conscious, and directionless. Normally I am not like that. I love life and have a lot of love to give. I am a strong independent woman who tries to be the best person she can be. But sometimes in life you are given challenges. I wanted to get a tattoo to remind myself of that. I wanted to take different elements of things I ... read more

So do you completely hate me now?

I knew for a while that I wanted a rib piece and I knew exactly what I wanted. The problem was finding the extra cash for it, since I couldn't stop getting pierced for the life of me, and the time. I also had to decide if I wanted my first tattoo to be my rib piece. So, one day, after I had gotten a sternum micro dermal added to my body, I decided to make a consultation appointment. At the consultation, we decided that my design would fit perfectly right underneath my bra line. It is a version of ... read more

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