Every Tattoo has a story

Tattoos date back thousands of years,across many ethnic backgrounds but they all have one thing in common,most tattoos have a story behind them.

Some tattoos are of people who

  • Are heroes
  • Movies Stars
  • Lovers
  • Friends
  • Criminals
  • Pop-Idols
  • Mythical Characters

Some Tattoos are things that represent

  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Pride
  • A memory
  • A eternal love
  • A deceased friend or family member
  • A gang or club

The first step to getting a tattoo is finding a tattoo shop near you.

I would recommend using google or bing to find out where the best local shops are.

If that doesn't work try the yellow pages or just ask people,If you do that you will soon find a shop.

Then you have to decide what tattoo you are gonna get.

Don't worry most good shops have true artists who will help you out if you just give them a rough description of what you have in mind and they can usually take it from there.

You will make an appointment, most tattoo artists will sketch out a stencil and apply it to the part of the body where you want the tattoo, so you can make sure you are gonna like it before they start tattooing.also helps to make sure it is the right size etc this way they can change it before it is tattooed on you permanently.

Parts of the body that are Tattooed

  • The arms
  • Legs
  • Shoulder
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • You can have most any part of the body tattooed.

I am thinking of getting a popular form of tattoo called a portrait on my right chest area.

A portrait is a face like tattoo that looks just like a picture and If I get mine done it will be the color of grey,greys look awesome on portrait tattoos and it will be of my wife.

Most reputable tattoo shops won't let you get a tattoo if you are drunk,so keep that in mind when you go to get your tattoo.

I also recommend that you start out with a small tattoo, that way if you can't take the pain you won't have to suffer much to get your tattoo.

Tell my readers about your Tattoo

if you have a tattoo, please take a minute and tell us what the tattoo is and why you got it.

You can even send a picture if you want and I will add it in the hub along with your story.

Or you can just tell us in the comment form below.

Anyway Thanks for stopping by my hub - If every tattoo has a story, I look forward to hearing yours.

Megan Fox has a Marilyn Monroe Tattoo removed,was it a mistake?..click here to read more.

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sarkarinaukri 4 years ago from India

You are right, Every Tattoo has a story. I am a tattoo lover

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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Good Hub. Thanks for the eye opening advice!

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

@Samantha - I have decided that I am going to get a portrait piece of my wife, I am looking for a artists who does portraits now, so I will have a tattoo soon.

Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate your comment.

Have a great weekend

samantha 5 years ago

i have 9 tattoo's each one means something i believe you should only get one if it has a meaning

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

I know what you mean I play in 3 bands (always rehearsing learning new materials,writing music,recording.)

I have so many scars..it is funny,most of em came from a bad motorcycle wreck I had years ago, maybe I will write a hub about that, The truth is stranger than fiction.

Anyway Thanks for the comment - Have a great weekend.

kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

thanks buddy but no time soon too much time management for me right now

ps I love the analogy that scars are just tattoos with better stories



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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

OK Flamingo

Kimberly I saw your website's landing page it is nice, you should be proud , I will be glad when you get it up, is that gonna happen soon?

kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

leave and I will hunt you down, trap you and tie you to your profile page until I hear some proper alternatives LOL

Dude if people are here for the money I only hope they don't have large expectations. Do what I did, make this your cyber home, keep up hubs do other stuff but hit this once a week so we know you alright OK?

ps LOL I have had a fully all set functional writing website for a year and half and still have done nothing. It's closed but look at the pretty animation www.lyricsingray.com oh so lame beware

and I give you a copy your not buying one butt head


flamingoville 5 years ago

so, Manthy, don't LEAVE, just do both, maybe you won't be here as much, but you can still keep the Hub, and keep your friends here!! ;o)

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Yeah I know a book is diffrent I' gonna buy your book when you get it published ;0)

I just write on here for fun, I don't make much money on here,I'm actually gonna launch a website soon with a podcast and daily vids etc, I have just met so many nice people on here,Like you that it makes it so hard to leave.

kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

manthy cool but these hubs are fluff compared to the book, so different

but still conceptually love what you have done here


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Thanks for telling your story Kim, I appreciate it.

preY.. that is a cool name for a book,let me know when it is finished so I can read some, I'm gonna check out some of your hubs, TTYS

kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

Its ironic I stumbled here as I just got my first tattoo a week ago. One of my other personas here is named preY as well as the title of my forever work in progress book. I had her name tattooed in black with a red Y under my left biceps, more work to be done and the illustration of her with opal eyes on my bicep to elbow-I am without question totally hooked, besides got my nose studded since I was already there


great hub


flamingoville 5 years ago

yes they are, and you will love it, provided you find a great artist and you are passionate about what you get.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago

Tats are a artistic wonderland when done nicely. I've seen horrible looking tats. I don't have any and won't get one...I don't think I will, but I appreciate art :)

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

That is cool Kate I will have to read your hub, thanks for stopping by

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KateWest 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I had to think long and hard before getting a meaningful tattoo myself and am very glad I did (there's a hub about it too).

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Hi Arlene - I love that song, if I had a quarter for everytime I sang it when it was popular I would have more than I have made off of hubpages.

True friends are hard to find, I don't have many anymore, I have lost more than I have... I'm gonna write a hub about it.

Good to hear from you Arlene

You gave me a good idea today.


Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

manthy, you are hilarious. I am always looking forward to reading your Hubs.

Yes, kinda like the Garth Brooks song--it's always nice to have friends and family in high (and low) places.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Arlene you are hilarious ;0)

It is nice to have friends, isn't it

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

The tattoo artist I was talking about is legit, and no one is sneaking around to get into his establishment. My friend and her husband (that's his son) are middle-age suburbanites pushing 60. I doubt very much if they would frequent a place which is doing anything illegal. Anywhoooo, you have to understand that I'm from California. I live in a state where we are taxed to death, and businesses are dying and closing down or moving to other states like Texas. The tattoo guy works out of his apartment and makes a very good living from his work. He has not been busted, and no one has died or gotten illnesses from the place being unsanitary. I've seen his art on people and in photographs. Papa got a tattoo from his son because his son owed him money. He convinced him to tattoo flowers around his wife's wrist--like any relative who wants something free from someone in the family who has certain skills.

No, this guy's work, other than Papa and step-mom's tats, is not for free.

I'd step in his shop to watch someone get a tat, and that's it. Otherwise, I'm turning into an Olympic runner and getting out of there.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

That is a good point Flaimingoville, if it wasen't in a clean shop I wouldn't accept a free tatoo, it is better to be safe than sorry,also if they do too much detail because of lack of experience in a couple of years you will just have a blob on your arm and then you have to have it removed.

Thanks for the feedback - I was thinking that when she said she could get a free tat that it was at a licensed shop. like a friends of hers maybe.

but I do agree with everything you said in your comment Flamingoville

flamingoville 5 years ago

"Scratchers" do free tattoos. I do not recommend this, I know someone who got staph infection from this, its illegal, and very unsafe! Nor will I support tlc's new show about tattoo school....becoming a tat artist comes from being an aprentice only! Too many diseases available today....stay away from in home jobs! Google it if you need more info!!!

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Thanks you Arlene, It is nice that she can get the tattoos for free they are very expensive around where I live due to a shortage of Tatoo artist, I really have no idea what Ink they use I did see a 70 year old man who lost his daughter to a murderer get a tat the other night with his daughters creamated ashes in the ink, it was on TV a very sad story, but she got just - they caught the killer and he got life w no parole.

You stay in touch ;0)

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

manthy, a friend of mine is getting flowers tattoed around her wrist. She has it made because her son-in-law works out of his apartment and has a line going out the door for his creations. She can get all the tattoos she wants for free. I paint, so I am curious to see his inks and all the stuff he needs for his art. Needles never bothered me, so I wouldn't mind watching someone else get a tattoo. S-o-m-e-o-n-e E-l-s-e, I say!!! Wondered where you've been. Congratulations on the wedding. Will keep in touch.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

No - Flamingo I need to check my indox I've been offline for 2 days,my oldest son is getting married so it has been a hectic week, anyway - I look forward to seeing it.

Arlene - I am glad you got an idea, I will bee looking to see what it is, I will try to catch it on your profile but do me a favor and post your link here so I don't miss it, I want a tatoo I just have the personality that I tend to over do everything - so I figure that if I get one them it'll be 2 untill I'm covered with them and it just seems that I am too old for it, IDK I'm still considering it.

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

F-L-A-S-H!!! I've got an idea for a story . . .

flamingoville 5 years ago

Like I said before, tats are not for everyone, just like anything, its a matter of taste and opinion, and everyone has one. I love all of my ink, and didn't do any of it for anyone but myself. All of mine can be covered if in a work environment that calls for no ink, and I only have one that I can display if I choose. My tattoos are an expression of some things that are meaningful & passionate to me. I never got any ink until a few years ago, because until then, I didn't know what or if I wanted any. I don't regret any of them, nor will I ever get them removed, as they were part of my choices in my life. I can't speak for everyone, but, I am a unique and very independent individual, a single mother, and now, self employed. It takes all kinds to make this world the place it is. Tattoos still tend to get stereo-typed more than many think. We are not all followers, or bikers for that matter! LOL I have enjoyed this hub and getting an opportunity to express my own feelings and opinions in it as well! p.s. I sent a pic to you Manthy, did you ever get it??

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Count me out, too, manthy. It would have been cool when tats were rare and not very many people had them. Now, I see grandmas with them. Everybody and his mother has them. I pride myself as an individual and a leader. I don't follow the crowd like sheep. As far as tats are concerned, I will always be on the outside, looking in. I worked in a program where tattoo removal was involved. It costs a lot of money (laser removal paid by the inch) and when it's over your skin never looks the same. Thank you for your entertaining Hub. I've been following it all along.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Thanks for the acomment ar.

I havne't got one because I know I will wind up with a sleeve.

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ar.colton 5 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

I think the most important thing people remember when getting a tattoo is that it's a lifelong commitment. The fact is that people change, tattoos don't.

Both of my tattoos (very large and in charge) meant something different to me now than they did when I first got them but I chose designs that represented me, were oriniginal and maleable. They can grow with me.

And a final comment about how tattoos age, stretch and sag. Many people say that tattoos are a bad idea because of the fact that your body will change. This seems like a strange reason not to get a tatoo to me. Of course your body will age, and the tattoo will age with you. Who needs (or expects) a 30, 40, 50 year old tattoo to look beautiful on 80 year old skin? Your body tells the story of your life, saggy tats and all :)

And I agree with flamingo. If in doubt go without.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Thanks for the feedback

Arlene - I'm a chicken too & flaimingo post a url in the comments so we can see that tat - I will add it to the hub

flamingoville 5 years ago

I would love to post my most recent ink....my artist drew it for me, and did an amazing job. Its on my upper back/ right shoulder- which I don't fear sagging. Ink is not for everyone. The pain isn't always what people imagine. Its not everyones personality, or preference. I think more often than not you know yourself best & if you have doubt...go without!

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

I won't discourage anyone from getting a tattoo. I have a very close friend whose son is a terrific tattoo artist. My friend was in the Navy and has always loved Betty Boop. So his whole upper arm has Bette with a battleship behind her. It is one gorgeous tattoo. I've also met a man whose leg is living canvas for a colorful koi, He said he got the idea from an Asian calendar. I've found this out, too. If you have diabetes, you need to check with your doctor before getting that tat because I'm told there are some risks involved. I'm just a big chicken and vain. But what I fear most is getting older and my skin sagging over a tattoo I regret getting. It's common sense, you know. Everything goes south as you get older!

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Lady_E Thanks for the feedback - I appreciate it

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting. I like Tattoo's but don't want the pain. In the Hub, you have advised people like me to have a small one first. So, thanks for that.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

That is exactly what I meant Flaingoville, that there is a story behind every tattoo, that is a nice headlesshorseman in your link but she said the tattoo was messed up so I don't think that is what she meant & I did say to ask other people where the best tattoo shops are, but for some people a search engine will do fine.

Thanks again for the feedback

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flamingoville 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Not here to give critism, but maybe a helpful view of my opinion on tattoos...since I have three! I would first like to say I disagree that All TATTOOS have a story. I would like to think that many do have stories. However, many are just lack of judgement, sometimes at a young age, or often on the spare of the moment. A great tattoo usually comes from the well thought out process, and also a GREAT tattoo artist! Secondly, I would not use google or the yellow pages to find an artist/shop in my area, as I have seen a lot of great work, but have seen just as much BAD ink! I personally recommend asking around--when you see someone with ink you like, ask who & where they went. Cost is MOST often a persons issue, and that being said, YOU WILL get what you pay for! If you go with an $80 tattoo, because its $80, you will probably get something you think is okay, but may not love. Going into tattoo shops are often a great way to view an artists work. Don't go in and flip through the 'stock' ink they have. A good tattoo artist is generally a true artist and will have a portfolio of their ink(often you can view them on the shop websites)and they will usually have ART work as well hanging on their walls. Each artist I've gone to does art, not just ink. This can be KEY to great ink! A well thought out process on what and where you want it can also make a nice piece of work. All of mine are on my back, one on the right shoulder, two on lower back. Each has a story, and was a long thought out process. INK is beautiful and permanent, and worth it if you love it!

p.s. I think the tattoo on the guys arm wasn't screwed up, it was of the 'headless horseman'! :o)


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

That is so funny my dogs name is tinkernell

OMG Crazy

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

OUCHHHHH!!! Not my foot! Owwwww. Very thin skin on the foot. My husband's aunt has Tinkerbelle on her ankle, but the guy who did the job made Tinkerbelle look mean. His aunt did admit she regrets doing it. I also worked with a man who served in the Navy. He has eight tattoos all over his body, but doesn't remember getting any of them because he was drunk each time. Well, gee whiz. Tell me who your friends are for ruining your skin!

Oh, yeah. The head on that rider looked like the Jack-in-the-Box head. It needed to get zapped with a laser before anything could be corrected. But any way you look at it, the body was missing its head. Eck!!!

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

WOW Arlene - That is crazy he should've had the head put on that tatoo, anyway you could have a small tatoo on your foot if you wanted one, I haven't got one yet either because I am scared I will just keep on getting em.

Anyway TY for the comment - I will be visiting your hubs again soon

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Oh, no, no, no. Manthy, I enjoyed your piece on tattoos. I've seen plenty of tats in my former line of work and I've seen plenty of extensive, creative body art beyond the prison walls. I also dated a man who had a screwed-up tattoo on his upper arm. The rider on the horse was missing his head, and you couldn't help but notice.

I change my mind all the time, and I wouldn't be happy with something permanent like a tattoo. I am also too cheap to pay for removal if I changed my mind.

Therefore, I admire the tattoos on other folk and will tell them so. I know, if I weakened and got a tattoo, my colorful tattoo will not look good on my not-so-smoking-hot 95-year-old bod in the future.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Wow Phil, I am speechless - it must have been a awesome conference ;0)>

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

My wife was away on a motivational conference for her business and then spent an extra three days at a friend's house in a nearby city, got 'Carpe Diem' tattooed on her lower back in a fancy script. It was that special of an event for her.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Thanks for sharing that with us Blondey

I appreciate the feedback & the story

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blondey 5 years ago


My first tatoo is a beautiful rose above my right ankle. Reason? Because I felt it was " me" to get one. I wanted one. why the rose? I love roses as I think they are the best flowers and sexy and mean alot of things. Also my name is rose. It seemed a good fit and someone I could no way regret. It did come out quite beautiful.

My second tatoo is a very small butterfly on my right shoulder blade area. It's multicolor, my goal was to do rainbow colors, and a butterfly also seemed something I could not regret.

I think I'm done though, I don't want too many and sometimes *just sometimes* I look at my rose and wonder "what the hell is that doing there?"

I also have imagined getting more, especially when I lose more weight.

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