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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

My first tattoo

I have always loved tattoos and it was never a big deal with my family. Even though my parents did not have any tattoos, they were very open minded and taught me to be creative and unique and to express myself however I wanted with in reason (of course, no facial tattoos or anything extreme) I had been planning on getting a tattoo ever since I was 18. Every time I actually got close to getting one, I would chicken out! Everyone kept telling me how much it would hurt so I kept getting scared. Four years later, I felt ... read more

my first tattoo...and most embarrassing moment

This all started with a ring that I always wear. Not only is it a treble clef (being a musician who reads music, it has become one of my favorite symbols), but I bought it in Boston, the best city I have ever been too. I could write a book on how amazing that city is, but back to the ring... So, of course, me being the most forgetful person ever, it was bound to happen that one day after getting out of the shower, I couldn't find it. I didn't freak out, but I felt depressed. That's when I ... read more

Monarch- My first tattoo

About a week ago, I got my first tattoo. I have wanted a tattoo for as long as i knew about them. A good biker friend of my dads had a bunch of old school style tattoos, snakes and naked ladies and what not. They were old, and faded, but I always thought they were interesting. I thought his tattoos though, me being young, were scary and ugly. I didnt want something like that on myself. I have, at the moment, 14 piercings. My mother does not really approve of these, and I always told her that when I turn ... read more

Jack and Sally on my side

No matter how terrible my past relationships have been, I would not give any up for the world because each one has permanently contributed something to my future that I rather like. With most, I've gown in ways I would never want to change. My second long-term boyfriend, we'll call him Edgar, didn't just forever change me on the inside. He introduced me to Ritch, a tattoo artist. Edgar wasn't the first guy I dated with tattoos and his collection was far smaller than my previous boyfriend's, but he was the first guy who had the gall to go against ... read more

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

Ignorance Isn't Bliss

In my opinion, the concept of God, or any kind of higher power, is the most powerful concept in the world. It gives hope, it starts wars, saves lives, brings peace, punishes, rewards, misleads and guides. It's bothered me for sometime the extent of the influence of God on modern western society. To me, it seems out of place, like people are clinging to that last hope that they have something to live for. I can sympathise. When I was younger, it dawned on me that life might not last forever. This fact scared me more than anything else before. ... read more

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