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My elephant.....

ady had 2 tattoos. Granted, they were small-one on the inside of each ankle-but they were mine and I LOVED them. I first knew I wanted tattoos when I was about 12. At 20, I got my first one. At 22, I got my second one. All I thought about for the next 4 years was what I would get next. I hadn't made "rash" decisions for the first two and didn't plan to for the next one's either. I kept waiting for life to throw something at me that would let me know--this is it! My third year in ... read more

One and a half years late

little kid my parents would tease me as we drove past tattoo studios. "Laura, want a tattoo?" they'd ask. Because of my fear of needles and my temper I would get mad and start yelling. I couldn't imagine someone voluntarily sitting there while someone else used needles to stick ink under their skin. Somewhere around 13 I started thinking about how cool it would be. The next time they asked me I said "Yes! Can we please stop?" My father almost drove the car into a tree. For a while I forgot about tattoos, but then my father came home ... read more

I actually did it...

e wanted a tattoo since i was 14. i'm now seventeen. my mom always said no when i asked but that didnt matter...i still asked everyday. for my sixteenth birthday i wanted a tattoo. She still said no, but for my sevententh birthday she said i could get it done. i didnt want to go by myself so my friends and i all went together (my mom came too) I decided to go with El toro's because everyone i knew had had theirs done there and carol had been doing them for 18 years. They had a very good reputation ... read more

Tongue and Tattoo

he longest time i have wanted a tattoo but I couldnt decide on what to get. I knew I wanted some form of christian work but what and where was the problem that arose. I seached through many online galleries and many tattoo shops. I decided on a cross but as for what style I wasn't quite sure yet. While checking out a christian symbols web site I found a couple of different symbols that I liked but finally decided on the Alpha and the Omega drawn one on top of the other. While I was at work one day ... read more

Going at it again

always wanted a tattoo. When I was thirteen I told my mom I was going to get a Dancing Bear on my ankle, because I loved Jerry Garcia soooo much. Well, It ended up being completely different from what I had originally planned. I was about to turn 18 and I wanted to give myself a really great gift, other than a carton of cigarettes. So, I started asking around about good studios/artists. After talking to every tattooed person I met, I decided on Lone Wolf. I went to visit the shop and talk to the artists. They were very ... read more

My Experience

wanted a tattoo for as long as I can remember. All throughout high school, I discussed with various friends what tattoos we would get, and where we would get them, and why. But I was always so afraid of the pain, so I was basically talking in hypotheticals. I wanted it, but I didn't want to go through the pain. As time passed, the pain started to scare me less. Then, my roommate got her bellybutton pierced at a piercing and tattoo parlor. While we were waiting, I perused the flashes up on the wall, and my eye was caught ... read more

My First Tattoo

bout the day I turned 18, I went to a local tattoo shop on Long Island. The guy was some old geezer, a real hack. My friend got a decent little scorpion, so I went ahead and got what was supposed to be a wolf howling at the moon on my right upper arm. I don't really recall that it hurt all that much, but it was pretty small. He had hands like hams. He was so heavy-handed, he actually ripped my skin, and I still have a small bit of scar tissue on my arm. It turned out so ... read more

first tattoo experience

I was about 12, I have wanted a tattoo. My father always said "I would let you, but mom would freak". Now my best friend and his brother brought up the subject a few months ago. I decided I wanted one, what I wanted, and where I wanted it. We were going to go. I decided that nothing would stop me from getting a tattoo. First I went to the local mall. There is a man there who does chinese writing, and I had 'freak' written in chinese. I use this word for myself since I've always known I was ... read more

Inked and Loving it: Memoirs of a (no longer) Tattoo Virgin

ginning: My desire to get a tattoo arose about 3 years ago, when I was sixteen. I don't know where I got the urge to get inked, none of my friends had ink, in fact, no one I knew did. Not being a hasty person, I decided that I should just forget about it, that it was prolly some passing rebellious phase in which I just wanted to scare the shite out of my parents. The urge did not pass, nor did it fade with time. So I now find myself three years older, with a four hour old tattoo. ... read more


he majority of my adolescent life I begged my mom for a tattoo.Day in and day out for weeks I begged and pleaded. Her response was always the same, "not until you're 18. When you turn 18, you can do whatever you want." And so, I did. On my 18th birthday I went to the tattoo shop with my best friend Mark. I looked around a bit, but I couldn't find anything I really liked-- until I saw the Kanji characters. At that time in my life, I felt like I was lacking a sense of direction. (Who am I ... read more

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