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First tattoo (custom Tribal)

years I have admired what I could only call "warrior armbands" on some people I had seen at the many gyms I had been to over the years. Only recently have I learned the style is called "Tribal", & I like it a lot. Various girlfriends of mine have had tattoos, & I thought they were cool, but I never really envisioned having one myself. Not too long ago I was at a local festival & had a henna design put on my hand, but while looking through patterns I saw some really interesting "Tribal" designs. After a great deal ... read more

"There's morris in that tattoo"

December of 1998, my stepdancing partner of 5 years was killed in an accident. I had taught classes with him, played music with him, performed with him, published a book with him, and practiced 2 or 3 times a week with him. When we practiced, we tried to match our body movements to make us look and sound like once dancer. When Terry died, I felt that a huge portion of my life had been ripped away from me. Terry's 8-year-old son asked me to go with him to the funeral home to view the body one last time before ... read more

My Tattooing & Piercing Experience

me begin by saying I have always wanted a tattoo, but I was told only white trash, bikers, or drug addicts had their bodies marked in such a way. I have also been drawn to the all black Tribal and Celtic designs that began to show up on girls and guys several years ago. I am what most people would consider a successful professional; I graduated college Summa Cum Laude. I have been married 17 years and have two wonderful children. I suffered sexual abuse by several of my male cousins until I was 15. I told no one about ... read more

All hail A&D!

er having recently received my fifth tattoo, I have formed some very strong opinions regarding the correct way to heal them. Most specifically, these opinions center around the proper ointment to use, which I feel is A&D. I got my first tattoo about five years ago, when I was 19 and living in my native California. It was definitely a beginner tattoo—a small sun and moon that intertwine on my ankle around my sun and moon astrological signs. I know, I know, it sounds very girlie but I did design it myself and I still like it. At the time ... read more

tattoo conventions and piercings

emember when i first got an inkling for piercing, beyond the five ear piercings and two nostril piercings i had at the time. i remember thinking that i wanted my tongue to be pierced, the web between my thumb and forefinger, and my tragus. also, i began to think about cutting my tongue in half, something that i wouldn't know was possible until just a year or so ago. i had never known anyone to have such modifications and didn't even know if it was possible, or if someone existed who would do such a thing for you. it was ... read more

Call me jumpy

My husband and I are frequent visitors to the United Kingdom. When in Glastonbury this past April, we stumbled upon an out-of-the-way tattoo shop called Kustom Kulture directly across from a scenic church. We had no choice, of course, but to go in and take a look. My husband had long wanted to join the ranks of the tattooed, but had never really coordinated the time and money to do so. He made the decision to get his long-awaited tattoo from this shop. I, having 4 other small tattoos, knew exactly what I wanted for my "souvenir" as well. We ... read more

My tattoo story

lo everyone. I've never posted anything on the internet before or anything so I don't know what I am really doing. But I got my first tattoo done yesterday and I thought since everyone here helped me, through their stories, in deciding what to do, I should share mine as well. It all started two years ago when my mother, aunt, and cousin all went to get tattoos. My mother actually called me up at a friends house to ask me if I wanted to get one too. I was only 16 and very, no, totally shocked that my mother ... read more

My First, Second and impending Third Tattoos

s story probably follows along the lines of all 'My First Tattoo' stories. All the same, I want to tell it... After my last vacation to Florida in the USA, I was left with a burning desire to become inked. So many people my age were sporting Tribal/Celtic work, and I had never really seen too much of it before - I was inspired. Upon my return to the UK, I sought out a local tat' studio and was amazed by the flash art - these artists have the raw talent that mainstream artists can only dream of. The design ... read more

Realizing the Ideal Self

n I was 11 years old, I read Ray Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man." On the cover of the paperback was a tattooed man, covered from collar to ankles and shoulder to wrist in brightly colored illustrations, watching over a post-Apocalyptic landscape. I decided immediately that I WAS that man. From that day forward I desired to have a full bodysuit. Growing up Jewish, I had some heat and flack on the subject. When my older sister was 16 (and I was 15) Mom caught a glance in the bathroom of my sister's tattoo. Holly had a small, red and green ... read more

Have You Lost Your Mind?

T was the question of the day when I proudly showed off my recent tattoo. This has been a lifelong dream of mine since I was a teenager. I have always been on a search for the 'perfect' tattoo pic to have emblazoned on my flesh forever. I will be 45 yrs old in a few weeks and realized it was high time I did it before it was too late! Initially, my daughter (now 20) and I were going to get tattooed together for her 18th birthday. We were away on vacation and were all set to go. We ... read more

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