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No Regrets

"I want a facial tattoo." That phrase can cause some people to cringe, pass judgment, or even sever your friendship. It can cause doctors to recommend a psychiatric evaluation, make parents cry, and create social tensions. But none of that scared me. I made my decision to have my face tattooed a long time ago, I was just waiting for the right time to do it, waiting for an event to happen that would be worth marking with something so publicly personal. And that event came a few months ago, when I simultaneously made the decision both to leave my ... read more

my first tattoo

Unlike a lot of people on bme, I haven't had a life long fascination with tattoos and other body modifications. I guess I started getting curious in my rebelling teenage years, not through knowing anyone with tats and piercings, but via music and my favourite bands. When I was about 16 or 17 I started thinking of different designs I might want to get and came up with getting a "Korn" logo. I also came very close to getting a small Donald Duck on my ankle that I chose off the infamous wall of designs. Thank God I didn't get ... read more

My first tattoo, a prayer

I've always wanted tattoos, ever since I was a little girl. They are beautiful. When I turned 16, my mother took me to get a navel piercing as a present and she got a tattoo. She let me watch, and it was so pretty. But I used to cut myself. A lot. For a long time, an ex of mine said getting a tattoo, or even any other piercings, could trigger a desire to cut myself, and I stupidly listened to him. Then one night right after this past Thanksgiving my cell phone rings. My little brother is calling me, ... read more

My first tattoo - cheap isnt cheerful

I can't really remember when I first decided I wanted a tattoo. All I knew was as soon as I could afford one, and I was old enough, I was getting myself some! So last year, I finally decided to go ahead and get a tattoo done. It took me a while to decide what one I wanted, I wasn't sure to go with either bats or stars, so eventually I went with two bats and 3 stars. Next big decision, where to have it!? I decided that I wanted it somewhere that I could easily show it off, but ... read more

my cross

I will say that I have one tattoo already, a lion on my upper left arm. This was a spur of a moment tattoo that was a quick decision. I have always wanted a cross on my back, which I have been working on for several years. It has changed over and over again, one never seeming better than the other. Well I got it right eventually! I decided on a large outline of a cross that was given to me when I was 16. I left the outline, because in the middle I wanted to place something meaningful. This ... read more

Mijn tweede tattoo

Ik heb een jaar geleden besloten mijn tweede tattoo te laten zetten. De eerste keer was ontzettend goed bevallen en Robert van Inkkitchen is een erg goede artiest. Doordat mijn beste vriendin is verhuisd naar Noorwegen en wij samen graag een tattoo wilden, hebben we heel het internet afgespeurd, voor wij eindelijk een idee hadden. Ik ben naar Inkkitchen geweest met 2 verschillende tattoos van het internet, zodat hij hier een geheel eigen en originele creatie van kon gaan maken. Binnen enkele weken zou deze klaar zijn. En inderdaad, na ongeveer 2 a 3 weken werd ik gebeld dat onze ... 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 new experience- Tree of Life

I had always had reservations about getting a tattoo. My main concerns were whether I would get tired of the design, and whether it would be an impediment to quickly getting a job. Things like pain and my family's opinions came second. This summer I had an amazing trip to New Zealand. Me and my boyfriend spent days on end out in the countryside climbing through forests and up hills (to someone who was raised in Texas they were mountains). The air was unbelievably pure, the trees were so green, and the people amazingly friendly. Having so much fun with ... read more

The start of a good addiction

So it's time to write up my second tattoo story.... My first one I had wasn't to long ago, but I was already having a hungering for another one. I knew what I wanted and where I wanted it. Just to win my mother around. I still lived with her, and she hated tattoos, because they're permanent she thinks people who have them are going to change they're minds once they've got them... As I explained in my last experience, I have been amazed by tattoos since I can remember. And the rose meant something to me, so I decided ... read more

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