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Jaime
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0 posted 01-07-2003 08:42 PM       Edit/Delete Message     View IP for Jaime

Just curious... how many people have or are planning on getting a tattoo here?

It seems like everyone I talk to is getting a tattoo. Is it just me or has the "identity" of a tattoo been lost on people and is now instead just one big trend? Example: A group of people that I know went out last week and while they were out stopped at a tattoo parlor. While they were in there three of them just picked out 3 tattoos and got them. A sun, a star, and two cherries. I understand that some people get them for purely decorative purposes, but shouldn't they mean something to you - especially since they're permanent?

When I turn 18 in a couple months I'm getting a tattoo that is of a tree with celtic knotting for roots. I love trees and they've always had a very deep relationship with me. As for the knotting, I'm Irish and I am very intimately connected to that heritage so the knotting appeals to me.

Forgive me, I don't know very much about the history of tattoos or why people get them but to me personally getting a tattoo is like presenting an important time, place, person, thing, etc. to you that is permanently on your skin.

So I guess my real question was... whether or not you like tattoos, have a tattoo, or plan to get one.. what are your reasons? To you.. what is the point of a tattoo? I'm just asking because I'd like to see outside perspectives on this.

- Jaime

PS- Go to my house.. please. I just made it the other day.


And she said, I thought I'd never see me again.

[This message has been edited by Jaime (01-07-2003 08:50 PM).]

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Jaime,
I'm going to get one. It will be a heart with my daughter's signature in it. I'm getting it in memory of her and a tribute to SEA!

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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i have a tattoo and i'll be getting my second one soon.  i do need to get some more money first.  heh.

i skipped school and got my tattoo when i was sixteen with a fake id.  i had the design picked out for months and i thought about it everyday.

it's a combination between two separate celtic [i am very scottish with a bit of irish] designs, they come together and are altered in the centre so that each incorporates the other.  it's very attractive and it's been two and a half years and i still love it just as much as the day i got it.

i was actually the first of my age group in my area to get a tattoo and i had really wanted one for a long time.  more of a way to customize my body [my body is VERY 'customized' already].  

and it's also very useful in postmortem identification.  

/jen/


'i don't care if it hurts, i want to have control.  i want a perfect body, i want a perfect soul.'  [radiohead]

[This message has been edited by quietlydying (01-07-2003 09:05 PM).]

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I just lost my entire message, so I'll be briefer this time.

Hi, memina. Good question.... I like the thought of why, more so then how or what. I too am going to go get a tattoo (begin with one, and all) in a few months. Tattoo's to me are a reminder of what and who I am; I'll have them not for other's sake, but purely for myself, a lifelong tribute to what I perhaps once was or always will be. My understanding of my identity is always changing, so it's good I have a few months.

On my right pec, although overly used, I want a pair of hands clasped in prayer, because not only is faith a crucial, vital part of my identity. Prayer is, in true biblical Christianity, a foundation and necessary tool. It symbolizes a great many other things to myself, too personal for here.

The main tattoo I'm sure off is the most expensive, and elaborate one. On my back I am going to get an old English cross, no words, not other images mixed in. The Cross is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, an unchangeable part of the message of the faith, though far from wholly the message. The old English style is one the symbolizes various things, a rustic attachment to past times, a harsh, unforgiving, realistic and possibly painful style.

On my left bicep, a smaller version of the above mentioned cross, though this tattoo might be made null and void by it's father figure (Mr. Back).

On my right bicep, a picture of Tupac Shakur, symbolising a great many things to myself, such as artistic talent, freedom, courage under fire, a realistic understanding of life and death, strength, a raw ability to carry on, vitality, passion, and pain, acceptance of imperfections, but an inability to not work on them. 'THUGLIFE' written in block letters underneath his portrait.

These might possible change, more may likely be added. As life progresses on, I'll have more and different things to paint reminders of to myself, for all to see, though for my eyes only.

~Titus

"A life unexamined is not worth living."
                       -Socrates

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By the way, it does seem tattos are becoming far too trendy, and the depth of what they usually mean to those recieving them seems to be dwindling. It's sad.

~Titus
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Tattoos... why would I get one?  I like the knowledge that nobody looking at my body can discern anything important about me.  Having a tattoo completely defeats that.  I don't do much about my appearance that can't be gone back upon.  Sure I spend a ridiculous amount of time on my hair, but that can be cut if I ever get sick of it.

Maybe I just don't think my body is quite important enough to carry some kind of deep, permanent message seared into it.  To each his own.
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" I like the knowledge that nobody looking at my body can discern anything important about me. "

Interesting. I like your philosohpy, Brian. I may not agree (for myself), but, like you said, to each his own. I can understand yours.

~Titus

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I have a unicorn on my right shoulder... got it for personal reasons
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I'm not *nearly* cool enough...
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I don't have tattoos (and probably never will, though I have changed my mind about things before). But, my Gary has tattoos. Each one of them have a special meaning to him. I can't remember how old he was when he got his first one.
I do think that a person should be old enough to know what they really want before they get tattoo's or piercings. They are permanent, though tattoos can't be concealed as well as piercings can (or at least some of them).
I don't think that ANYONE should do things just because it's a trend ot simply because it's the thing to do on that particular day. What about the next day when they might change their mind about what's "in"??

"Love makes the world go around"
~~with love and hugs from Ethel~~  
                  

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Make that too cool, Mikey.

~Titus

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Yes, I am so cool it physically pains me. Well, that's the first good reason I've heard yet for all these damned migraines!
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Jaime said "how many people have or are planning on getting a tattoo here?"

Ah, define "here?"

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I would like to get one ...a small one on my ankle, but probably never will.  I have even thought about doing the henna painting.
Then you can always take it off if you don't like it.  My Dad has an anchor on his arm from when he was in the Navy.  Now that definitely holds memories for him.
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A long time ago, in a faraway (and very sunny!) land, a young Marine was stationed near a town that seemed to exist only as a place for service men to spend their money. The one thing more prevalent in this town than tattoo parlors was . . . on second thought, let's not go there.

The nearby base was a training facility, and the young Marine spent nearly two years watching recruits come and go. He saw many of the recruits get the traditional military tattoos, many more get the even more traditional "Mom" tattoos, and a select few, with more imagination and courage, got very untraditional, often very unique tattoos. But the young Marine, in spite of pressures and temptations, never followed suit.

To him, it seemed too much like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.


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not yet, the thing is that I am very restless about things. I might get a tattoo and decide a few months later it looks stupid, and i can't thing of an image or words that sum up life or something important to me. I may change my mind, but there are other so many other things I can think of spending my money on.

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If I ever had to get a tatoo, it would be a crescent moon. I have always had a special connection with the moon, I wouldn't get it for any other reasn. But I can't do that for a while, so I will think about it and mabee change my mind as I change. But i don't think i ever will get a tatoo. There are to many side affects.

Never be normal!

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hmmm... I always wondered if people thought about what hey were going to look like when they get older and the skin isn't as firm or tight as it used to be..and just how attractive they think the ink is going to be after a couple or three decades...

me...no... I have one piercing...and that is enough..
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I'm curious; why must it always be attractive?

~Titus

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Titus... doesn't have to be I guess...many of us aren't anyway...and or won't be as we age... but..I still prefer my art and drawings on something that doesn't wrinkle..
(chuckling)

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When you have to hide from the law, a tattoo is a bad thing..I've found it much better to have no 'identifying' tattoos!
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Titus makes a good point. For some, I'm quite sure that getting a tattoo may simply be for the sake of its attractiveness or coolness. For others though...maybe it holds a better meaning, though they may not fully realize it until it is no longer attractive.

I met an old man a few months ago, and noticed he had a strange tattoo on his lower leg. I eventually realized that it was a reclining woman, like you see painted as a silouhette on old bombers. While I didn't exactly ask about the tattoo, we did discuss that he had been in World War II and such. Do you think he thought to himself "Hey, when I'm old, this'll bring back memories?" Probably not. But it brings back memories now, don't you think?

As for myself, I don't have any tattoos, and I'm not sure I would ever get one. Maybe a rose, with emphasis on the petals and the thorns. I've always held a certain correlation between love and roses. It's hard to hold the rose without getting grazed by the thorns. If I got one, maybe on the back of my right shoulder.

The only other thing would maybe be an inkwell with a quill pen protruding from it. I'm sure the meaning behind this one is clear.

-Adam
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So far I have one tattoo..on my left calf a purple heart with green vines on it.
I plan on getting a few more. one on the back of my neck and my lower back. i had my nose pierced but it was so hard to sleep with it cuz it hurt so bad when i would hit it.  ive got my tongue pierced and it was so painful for what seemed like forever..i couldnt eat it hurt so bad...i wouldnt recommend it to anyone.
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Smiling at Ron's story...and agreeing completely.
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i have a few here and there, flowery stuff, nothing evil; i waited until i was 40, late rebellion against my daddy,
anyhow, who gives a crap if the skin wrinkels, yeah like when im 70, im gonna even know what a wrinkle is.......live for today.....
 
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