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My Tribal Neck Band Tattoo

been thinking about it for a long time, but finally decided to get my neck tattooed. This was a pretty big decision for me, considering I am not real heavily inked (some tribal and celtic on my right arm, 2 small tats on my left). At any rate, I decided that I wanted something very visible and striking. At first, I decided to do a design with two snakes biting each other's tails (sort of Neverending Story-ish), and I went in to talk to Scott at Enigma tattoos about it. He seemed pretty excited about the idea, and said that he would work on the design through the week, and I should come back on Friday. Well, the week passed, and I also designed a tribal piece for my neck (my first thought was that I would add it later). The more I thought about it, though, I decided that I would really prefer having something of my own design if it was going to be so visible (I wanted to be able to say "I drew that" when people inquired). The fates must have agreed with me, because when I went back on Friday, Scott had done almost no work on the snakes design. I showed him the tribal piece, and he was very positive about the design. Wanting to do the whole tat in one sitting, we decided I should come back the next day in the afternoon. When I arrived on Saturday, I was totally psyched. I had to wait about an hour for Scott to finish another tat, and I could barely sit still. Finally it was time to start. Scott asked me again if I was really sure about this piece, as it would be nearly impossible for me to cover it (even with a turtleneck or necktie, it's still just a little too high to be hidden). I said yes, and off we went. I must admit, it was sincerely one of the most uncomfortable and painful experiences I have ever had. I spent about 5 hours (with several breaks) in the barber chair in various uncomfortable positions -- the worst being with my head hung back so he could work on the part by my Adam's apple. I have to say, though, that I totally admire Scott's dedication -- he had to do almost the whole tattoo standing up in order to get the angles he needed. The whole time, though, he was very pleasant and generally cheerful. Every time we took a break, I would look in the mirror and become more and more excited. I was kind of worried about the healing, with it being in the location it is, but it actually turned out to be the quickest healing tat I've gotten. I guess this is because it is pretty much open to the air almost all of the time. I healed in less than a week, with no problems at all. Well, I've had the piece for about a year and a half now and the reactions have been varied, but generally very positive. My boss questioned my sanity, but said he didn't have a problem with it (I'm the personal assistant to the owner of a Sign Company). My family pretty much didn't care at all, and my friends all like it. For myself, I am so happy with it every time I look in the mirror or get a question or reaction about it. I like to think that people look at it and talk to me and come away with a slightly different, more open opinion about tattoos and the people who get them. I think a lot of people shy away from visible tats because of fear of what other people will think. I don't think this should be a valid reason. You only go through this life one time, and you need to do the things that make you happy and satisfied. Express yourself any way you like, so long as it hurts no one else. If people choose to react poorly to you, unfortunate as that may be, it is ultimately their problem. I have yet to run into anyone who seriously has a problem with me because of this piece, and I lead a satisfying personal and professional life with it. I would encourage anyone who is interested in taking on any visible body modification to go ahead and do it. I think that the more people see of it, the more "normalized" it becomes -- and that is how it should be. When people see that their bank teller has a tattoo or their waiter has a piercing and they do a good job anyway, it erases preconceived stereotypes one at a time. A word of advice, though, plan carefully and make sure that this is something you do really want and that it will make you sincerely happy -- the rest of your life is a very long time. If you would like to see the piece, you can visit www.enigmastudios.com, and take a look at Scott's work (there's a couple of photos of me there). I will also send you copies of the photos from my personal email ([email protected]) later this evening -- please feel free to use them, if you wish. Thanks for your time, get tattooed! Be visible! Be positive! Peace. Tom

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on: 17 Feb. 2000
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Artist: Scott+Parsons
Studio: Enigma+Studios
Location: Richmond%2C+VA

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