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My 4th Tattoo - and Amtrak

ttoo freaks! I finally got my fourth tattoo! It's been nearly a year since I got my last tattoo - which was my "climate" tattoo. That one was of half the sun, the moon and a lightning bolt through the center. This latest tattoo was a tribal sun. The flames are black and the center of the sun is orange. I've had the design - which I made myself - for quite a while now. My younger sister had the same tattoo done just below the nape of her neck. Hers was smaller though, since she didn't have enough funds. ... read more

The First of Many

long as I can remember I've had a fascination with tattoos and body art in general. I spent my youth longing to excel in some aspect of fine art. Unfortunately, my talents were stronger in athletic pursuits and hard sciences. Little did I know that someday i would be able to merge the two and finally be able to follow my dreams. My father and grandfather had tattoos acquired as members of the Canadian Navy. My grandfather's were astoundingly beautiful pieces he endured under a bamboo stick bristling with needles while he was stationed for just over a year in ... read more

Tattoo's hurt a little!

everyone. I won't lie to you a tattoo hurts. It isn't so bad that you get sick or faint but it is painful. It feels like being scratched by someone with long fingernails. It is a sort of sharp pain that is easly ignored. Noe I'll tell the story of my tattoo experience. It was about 2 weeks after school started that I finally got into the 'parlor' for my appointment. I wanted one because I always have wanted a tatto since I was in 6th grade. I talked my mom into taking me because me and my sister got ... read more

My First Tattoo

been wanting a tattoo for many years now. If you are like me, society told me not to. I will be thirty in a few months, have a professional career(Shirt and Tie every day) and make multi million dollar decisions. "They" say tattoos are for bikers or criminals...You know the stereo type. Well I finally decided the hell with them, life is way to short for me to worry what other people think. I want a tattoo and I am going to get one. With that decision made we move onto the next step. I will admit I was very ... read more

Don't worry, it doesn't hurt

, 1999. My 21st birthday. Of course you get drunk and act stupid. (who's acting though?) Anyways, I had always desired a tattoo. They amazed me to no end. Also probably because I grew up with parents and friends who them. So I went to Mandy's studio in Chicago, hoping I would be in and out or it would be closed or something, I realized my barks worse then my bite when it comes to tattoing and least for my first one. Unfortuneately, there was a waiting period of 2 1/2 hours. I reluctantly put my name on the waiting ... read more

Tattoos in Hong Kong

live in Hong Kong, so there's not really as much of a choice of tattoo and piercing parlours here, but despite what you may expect, they're not that bad. There are a few main ones that people tend to go to, and those are the most trustworthy in the way of hygeine. A little dodgy and suspiciously located, but what're you gonna do. I have two tattoos, one I got done about a year and a half ago, and one I got done about 4 months ago. I was really worried about the pain since I don't have much tolerance ... read more

my dragon's head

name is Anke. I am a 21 years old student. I have 6 piercings (tongue, lips, ear, navel, septum ) and 2 tattoos up to now. The fiirst tattoo is on my left knuckle an is a kind of leaf. I want to have a bigger one in some time, including and covering it. My second one is really private. There is a little story about it I want to tell... I love to contact people who are interested in tats and piercings. So I once met a girl from Bremen in ICQ. She was working in a piercing studio. ... read more

This Girl's First Tattoo.. & Its A Big One.

like many tattooed people, it all started when I was really young... Admiring tattoos, trying to get as many looks at them as possible, then starting to want them for myself. I can remember as far back as 6th grade, when I started wanting one. By the age of 13, I wore lots of temporary tattoos. At the age of 14, I first started to really decide... my tattoo was going to be on my lower back, and I wanted a tribal design. The lower back position never changed, but my designs did, an anime character, celtic work, a fairy, ... read more

The 45 Adaptor

of my courses in my last year of high school (Grade 13 up here) I do a co-op at a tattoo shop here in Toronto, Way Cool Tattoos. Yep, that's right, through HIGH SCHOOL. I guess that's one of the benefits of going to a liberal arts school, though it took a bit of convincing. Some of the excuses were that I would be working with needles, which is pretty lame since many students have done placements at hospitals which in my experience have very little idea how to avoid cross-contamination. So I assume I'm no stranger to the whole ... read more

My 12 Year Tattoo Journey

e gotten four tattoos over a period of 12 years. In these 12 years I have learned a lot about the process and about myself. Perhaps my experiences will help someone contemplating a first tattoo. My first tattoo I received when I was 19. This was a fairly typical experience. I was a dumb, college kid who thought I knew everything. I felt I needed a tattoo immediately to prove I was a rebel, cool, etc. I went to someone's house, got a small tattoo on my ankle in this woman's living room. All things considered, it turned out O.K., ... read more

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