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A Wish Come True, 13 Years in the Making

When I was about 8, I had an art instructor with a beautiful, simple sun with a moon inside tattooed in black ink on her ankle. I just loved it and started doodling the design over and over. I also decided that I wanted a tattoo like it one day. For the last three years, I have been contemplating the designs and placements of the different art I would like tattooed on me over the course of my life. I decided that I wanted my first tattoo to be the sun and moon on my chest. One day, after a ... read more

and it all went dark........................

Hello there. Let me introduce myself. My name is Rybes; I am from England, Great Yarmouth to be exact. I am 36 and for the last 12 years I have been hooked by the mysterious and addictive hobby of collecting tattoos and piercings. Although I have loads of stories about my tattoos and piercings, like passing out after 5 minutes of my first ever tattoo (ha got myself a great nickname that stuck with that one, but you will have to ask me nicely to tell you that one!) but this latest escapade well it would just be rude not ... read more

worst experience ever

The day before my seventeenth birthday, I decided I wanted to get a tattoo. My mom was totally against the idea of me getting a tattoo, so obviously she would not sign a parental consent form. So it was either wait another year to get something I always wanted or find a way to do it without my mom's consent. One of my mom's friends knew a guy who she said was a licensed tattoo artist. His name was Pollock. My mom's friend went with me to meet this guy. He seemed nice enough but there was something fishy about ... read more

My Granny Ink

I had this tattoo planned out for about a month or so but I knew that the studio was probably booked like crazy. I booked it near the end of May and was able to get an appointment for July 4th. I made sure as soon as I found out the date, to request that day off from work far ahead of time so when the time comes they couldn't hassle me about not giving them enough notification. I really cannot draw anything decent to save my life so I looked around on Google and Google images for an idea ... read more

La storia del mio primo tatuaggio

Ho sempre amato i tatuaggi. Sono delle piccole opere d'arte incise sulla pelle, dei ricordi, dei simboli. Ma non avevo mai preso seriamente in considerazione l'idea di farne uno. Per me un tatuaggio deve avere un significato, e io non avevo in mente nulla di abbastanza importante da spingermi ad imprimerlo in maniera indelebile sulla pelle. Fino all'estate scorsa. Un anno fa è iniziato un periodo difficile, pieno di incertezze, di paure, di debolezze. Mi sentivo impotente, sospesa. C'è una frase di Albert Camus che mi ha sempre emozionata: "Nel cuore dell'inverno, ho scoperto che dentro di me c'è un'estate ... read more

I don't think this is what i asked for...

It was about a month ago at a tattoo shop called "big daddy's" located in Lomita. I have gone there several times before to my original tattoo artist who I absolutely love but he does not work there any more so I rarely go anymore. Well I really did not expect to get anything done for my self that day, I just wanted to tag along with everyone else to watch them. As I watched everyone else getting something, I of course had to get something too. I started out by thinking I am going to get something on my ... read more

de l'encre et des frissons

Pour commencer, cette scéance a été longuement préparée, réfléchie il y a bien des années et le shop a été aussi méticuleusement choisi que le tatouage en lui même, parce que ce n'est pas le tout de s'engager à vie dans un tatouage mais il ne faut pas en oublier sa santé et donc les conditions d'hygiène dans lesquelles il sera exécuté, un tatoueur aussi doué soit il ne sera jamais un bon tatoueur s'il néglige l'hygiène des lieux dans lesquels il pratique et l'hygiène de son matériel! Après de multiples expériences de piercings en tout genre, voilà enfin le ... read more

Making My Marque

I'm twenty years old, and I can pinpoint the exact moment five years ago that I decided I absolutely must have the tattoo I've finally gotten. I was sitting on a plane, half scared out of my wits (I'm emetophobic and the thought of other people getting airsick was too much to bear), with my headphones jammed into my ears and cranked so loud that my head was exploding while on the way to Florida from Michigan. And I was reading. Prior to getting on the plane, my mother and my sister decided we should make a final pit-stop at ... read more

I can't believe you got it!!

I have always toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo and right before I graduated from high school I decided to make the leap. I don't normally do this kind of thing so I wanted to share this story for all of those people who think that they can't get a tattoo or who are maybe just a little too apprehensive to go get it done. I had decided to get it done on my lower hip due to my very strict parents who have threatened to quit paying for my college tuition if I get a tattoo (oops...guess ... read more

Finding the Right Artist

At the age of sixteen all I could think about was tattoos. I've always loved them and always wanted them. Being a minor I could not legally get a tattoo from a shop, but a friend of my mothers agreed to do the tattoo in his house. Keep in mind this is around the time when tribal and tramp stamps were popular. I was so excited that my mother agreed to let me get a tattoo and that someone agreed to do the tattoo that I didn't put much thought into the long term; or the tattoo itself for that ... read more

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