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"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

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

The regeneration of my life through piercings and tattoos

ad gone to the local watering hole with my life partner immediately after having had my nipples pierced. Now that the deed was done, I felt liquid courage was in order. After several rounds of 'show-and-tell', one guy, still dressed in a suit from work, leaned over and asked "Why?" in a sarcastic tone of voice. I couldn't answer any better than because I wanted it. I am near forty years old. Several years ago I began my personal rebellion of my Southern, Bible-Belt upbringing. I cropped my hair, almost shaven, pierced my ears and grew facial hair. I left ... read more

My Third Tattoo Story

February 27, 199, I went to American Skin Art (in North Tonawanda, New York) to get a tattoo along with one of my friends and my girlfriend. It was my third tattoo, and I decided to get a Star of David on the face of my right shoulder, filled in to resemble deep space. I got my first two tattoos at the same shop, both within the previous year, and I really trusted the environment. The shop is clean, friendly, well decorated, and comfortable. My friend (Jay), his girlfriend (Meghan), and I arrived at the shop on Friday at 1:00 ... read more

Nipple Stars

March of 1997, I got my nipples and areolae tattooed with bright red stars. When I started the project, I had a hell of a time finding any useful information, and every once in awhile, I get e-mail from someone else who is interested in doing something similar, so I thought I would put my experience here, where it is easily findable. First off, (to answer the question that I'm sure is on your mind) they really didn't hurt that much. Seriously. I realize that everyone is different when it comes to this stuff, but as a point of comparison, ... read more

Third Tattoo

up for my third tattoo. I called Keith and made the appointment for Thursday, April 29 at 1 PM. This next tattoo I designed myself. Its a circular tat with a lightning bolt running through the middle of it. On the left side is the sun and on the right is the moon. It'll be done in a variety of colors. The lightning bolt will be done in two shades of yellow - basic yellow and neon yellow. The sun will be orange, red, basic yellow and neon yellow and the moon will be done in light blue and dark ... read more

My Rite of Passage Tattoo

r since I was a young boy I wanted a tattoo, but as I approached the age of 18 I could not decide what design I wanted or where on my body I wanted it. The more magazines I looked at the more confused I became. I knew the tattoo would be forever and I wanted to make the right decision. On my 18th birthday on July 1 I had decided to get the tattoo, but at the last minute I chickened out. I was afraid of what my family would think. I had never discussed this with them for ... read more

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