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Tattoo's, starting to get over it. [Aug. 9th, 2007|08:46 am]
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So many of them just look bad after 10 years. I see so many arm bands now and just think they look unfortunate and common.

I love my back tattoo, but it may be time to let it go. I'm thinking I want to get my ankle tattoo redone, but really, removed might be the right answer for me. I don't think there is anything I could get that wouldn't be bigger, darker, and garish that would still cover it.

If there is one good thing I've learned it is that feelings change. I'll be myself forever, but it is impossible to predict how you will feel. This makes me officially old, and I don't mind. If I get something else injected into my skin it will be to fill wrinkles, not ink. Ha!

[User Picture]From: kanderson321
2007-08-09 05:32 pm (UTC)

Funny enough...

Will and I had a conversation last night about tattoos. I never did bite the bullet because I couldn't picture anything I'd do to myself at 20 still applying to me at 50.
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[User Picture]From: teddyeddy
2007-08-09 06:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Funny enough...

Yes, I agree, I have thought about it over the years.. but just never got around to it, I finally at 43 got my nose pierced :) but, as my girls told me that when I get old looking and it looks dumb I can just take it out!

.... kids..
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2007-08-09 08:57 pm (UTC)

Some Advice from a 'knowledgeable' person. (don't snicker!)

OK, here's my take. My mom worked her way through nursing school doing tattoos, and she 'practiced' on my dad (who is an ex-marine, ex-biker) all the time. He's covered in them. One of my favorites is one she did on his back right around a particularly interesting looking mole. It is a geisha... with one breast out of the gown. The mole? You guessed it... the nipple of the breast. Now, 25 years later... she looks like a much older geisha with a sagging breast (kinda funny, really!) She also covered up a few marine tatoos on his arm with more traditional japanese-style work (fish, mermaids, dragons, etc.) She gave a tattoo to her father (my grandfather) on his chest of a picture of my grandmother. As he aged, so did my 'grandmother' (to the day he died his tattoo almost looked identical to the real version!! LOL!!) The point is, I've seen tattoos, I've seen how they age. It is certainly a risk.

Here are ways you can help reduce some of the aging of tattoos. 1st: get it somewhere where skin doesn't generally sag. Breasts/stomach/thighs/butt: TERRIBLE!! Ankle, wrist, hands, and sometimes hips: much better. The downside to this is that those places don't sag because there isn't much fat there. Because there isn't much fat there it hurts more. Its a trade-off.

2nd: Don't use a lot of black ink. Rely on colors to make your designs. The arm band tattoos are a bit much, which is why you're starting to notice some seriously ugly ones... all black will eventually bleed into your skin. The lines will not be clear anymore, and they start to look 'blue' around the edges. 25 years ago the tribal tattoos weren't popular, so you don't see a lot of old bikers with really ugly looking black (blue!) tattoos. As they became more popular recently, in about 15 years most of them are going to flat out look like shite.

3rd: What little black ink you do use, have them use a SMALL needle(s). A 3-point round needle will make a much smaller line than say, a 7-point flat (which is usually used for coloring anyways). The downside: the smaller the needles, the more pain.

Remember: when you DO get a tattoo, don't pick something you feel like you will grow out of. Dopey the Dwarf is cute when you're 18 or 19... not so cute when you're 70 (well, unless senility has already set in). Puppies and rainbows and unicorns... depending on who you are, they are probably not going to be the 'coolest' tattoo when you're older and they probably will not match your personality or lifestyle much at all. Time-tested subjects will. (don't have any good ideas right now, but roses/flowers, etc. are a LITTLE more appropriate). A tattoo is a 'lifelong' (or close to it) decision. It should NOT be done when drunk or on a whim. And NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER get ANYONE'S name drawn on yourself unless your own, or a child (that will never change... though you may end up not liking your own kid someday, so even that is iffy!)

Anyhow, I think you've brought up a great point: people DO change overtime and what may have seemed like an AWESOME idea at 18 or 25 can sometimes later become a regret. Taking that into consideration when making the decision is quite important! :)

/soapbox rant
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-09 09:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Some Advice from a 'knowledgeable' person. (don't snicker!)

I love my lower back tattoo, but now that I"ve lost 148lbs and I'm looking into lower body lift, it's going to end up warped at best!

My ankle tattoo topic is still good as it's pretty nature based, but it's just looking a mess because it's so old and fading.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2007-08-09 10:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Some Advice from a 'knowledgeable' person. (don't snicker!)

You can always have it re-colored if you'd like. Also, the color will last longer if you don't get much sun, but I don't know that that's a problems with you or not.

Its funny because both my brother and sister have tats all over the place. I never got one. :)
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2007-08-09 10:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the one by my ankle is pretty messed up because of how the guy who did it made these big thick black lines and now they're bleeding:( I love my other two though, and I, like you, was smart enough to get them in places that don't sag. Lan is thinking twice about our rings being tattooed on because he doesn't want to have to redo them every 10 years. Whiner! We'll do it anyway or he'll be stuck with a whiny wifey. *giggles*
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-09 10:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we went to the same guy and it was SO long ago. Mine has held up ok, I guess, but I don't like the dots in the background. Maybe I'll take a photo of it and send it to my artist in Portland to see what she can do with it. If i could turn it into jewelry looking stuff I'd like it still.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2007-08-10 04:19 pm (UTC)
I think that when I first got that one done I WANTED thicker lines. Unfortunately no one told me what it would do 15 years later :S
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[User Picture]From: ashiegrrrl
2007-08-10 03:54 am (UTC)
I know what you mean! I love my lower back tattoo but I'm starting to wish I hadn't gotten my ankle tattoo, though. Maybe someday when money isn't an issue I can get it removed.
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From: gaijin_in_hell
2007-08-12 09:24 pm (UTC)
I get one tattoo for each place I live in my life that means something special to me. I have an anklet from my years in San Diego and dolphins on my calf from my time in Yap in Micronesia (here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yap). I got them there because in business attire they can't be seen so I look halfway respectable.
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