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Forearm tattoo at "Into You", London

I had my first tattoo at the age of 23; it was a barcode tattoo inked in by a well meaning scratcher who told me that it would be temporary because the ink wasn't going in as far. What can I say, I was foolish and naive, but I never regretted that tattoo until recently, as ugly and uneven as it was, until I finally decided to cover it up with a beautiful piece that I adore. This isn't the tale of my barcode tattoo, or my cover-up, though. This is about my second tattoo, a text based piece on ... read more

Dia de Los Muertos Skull

For months leading up to my 18th birthday, I couldn't for the life of me think of what I wanted. I searched and searched, and then got inspiration from the death of my great grandfather, who was of Hispanic decent. I found the dia de los muertos skull (sugar skull) was perfect for me, and that I knew exactly who I wanted to do it. I chose Hula Moon Tattoo, not only because I know that they have wonderful artists there, but also because they are VERY sanitary. I've done my fair share of research, and I suggest that if ... read more

Three Moons Rising

Somewhere along the line, in high school I think, I fell in love with the triple goddess moon symbol. I had started finding different aspects of Wicca and neo-Paganism quite interesting. And I have always loved the moon; it's obviously a beautiful and mystical thing. The triple goddess moon depicts three phases of the moon: waxing crescent, full and waning crescent. And to the Pagans the triple goddess moon is representative of the phases of a woman's life; which would be the maiden, the mother and the crone. The maiden represents enchantment, expansion, the promise of new beginnings, birth, youth ... read more

Cold Front Tattoo...on my Ribs!

It had been close to five months since getting the F-Bomb tattoo in the center area of my chest. It was a pretty brutal experience, but it was time to get another tattoo. Thing is, I didn't know what to get tattooed. I thought about the upper back piece I had designed. Something about it just wasn't right though, so I killed that idea. I had to think of another design idea. One night, I had just climbed into bed when the thought hit me. A cold front! To say I'm a weather freak is a serious understatement. A cold ... read more

The Beginnings of the Solar System

I always had a problem with my body, a sort of disconnect that wound up feeding into anorexia, cutting, and a variety of other unhealthy habits. It just didn't seem to reflect who I was, no matter what I did with it- not at a BMI of 14.9, not at a BMI of 22, not with a pattern of icy white scars across my forearm, not with fresh wounds on my legs. And while my body seemed like a cage, my mind played out on a level far beyond its constraints: I have struggled with mental illness for half of ... read more

Being an obsesive compulsive.... now tattooed too!

Hi, first of all thank you for taking the time to read this. It's very considerate of you since I took the time to write it. Well I'm a 31 YO single straight male, from a very conservative family, friends, country, work enviroment etc (think conservative and I'm there), the kind of person noone expects to get any kind of mod. Well they are pretty wrong, considering that for many years I've been what I've come to call a "closeted piercee", and have some never to be seen piercings such as a 0G Frenum and my septum to a 6G ... read more

tattooed dick

Ik ben al vanaf de wieg geinteresseerd in piercings en tattoos. Mijn eerste oorringen kreeg ik toen ik vier jaar oud was en daarna volgden er nog heel wat meer metalen toevoegingen aan mijn lichaam. Na dat ik elf werd piercte ik mijn tepels en kreeg behoorlijk wat commentaar op school. Vanaf dat moment wilde ik graag een genitale piercing. Ik heb er veel over gelezen op bmezine. Dydoes, ampallangs en PA's leken mij erg goeie toevoegingen op het arsenaal dat ik reeds bij me droeg. Omdat ik veel te jong was om dat professioneel te laten doen - ben ... read more

Pretty Paisley

I had wanted to get a tattoo since I was about 15 but I was determined not to get a tattoo off the wall as I knew everyone had them (and most of them are pretty nasty anyway). I took the time to develop an idea and draw mine myself, I'm really glad I waited until I was older - thinking about the ones I wanted when I was 15 makes me relieved I didn't try it then! I love the huge colour range of inks there are to use in tattoos, mine was definitely going to be a colourful ... read more

My new bat

As a fan of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I decided I should get a related tattoo; not as a tribute, but more using an idea as the basis for a tattoo. I also have a small tat of 3 stars on my back already, so I thought that getting a bat would fit nicely into the theme. After much thought and even more research, I decided to not get a traditional bat, eg. black and kind of gothy, but a cartoon bat, as my stars are quite cartoonish because they have thick black outlines; this would further lead ... read more

Sweet Treats

Never one to shy away from new levels of geekdom, in October 2006 I was introduced to the world of ARGs (Alternative Reality Games). An alternate reality game is an interactive narrative that uses the real world as a platform, often involving multiple media and game elements, to tell a story that may be affected by participants' ideas or actions. A Rabbithole (also known as a trailhead) marks the first website, contact, or puzzle that starts off the ARG. I was sucked down the "RabbitHole" of a game called Sammeeeees, where I banded together with other players around the country, ... read more

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