Tattoo--A Very Personal Choice
I have a tattoo and I love it. I used to hang out with two men who made a life pact, who could have the most tattoos. My best friend had some tattoos that I loved. One was a peacock on his forearm. This peacock was one of the most beautiful pieces of art I had ever seen as a young 18 year old. I vowed to myself that I would get one.
He really wanted to see me get a tattoo and suggested many, some of which I almost fell for. He knew of my love for Looney Tunes and suggested a Tasmanian Devil. I liked the idea, but not well enough to get it. My tattoo would have to be special, not run of the mill. I wanted one that would mean something to me..me personally!
Most tattooes are a dime a dozen. If you go into any tattoo parlor in the country, you will find many of the same themes. Dragons, skulls, hearts, butterflies...but what makes them different? What makes them you? Tattoos are forever, be sure to find the correct one before getting one.
I waited a long time before I found the tattoo I wanted. I waited 12 years until I was 30! I never stopped wanting a tattoo, I just couldn't find the ONE I wanted. Lots of them were cute, lots of them were primal, lots of them were dragons...the problem was, none of them were me.
I used to buy "Tattoo" magazine occasionally to see what was out there. This is where I found my tattoo. I loved it on first sight! A tiger's face in the shape of a butterfly. This I could live with for the rest of my life! My friends were good at instilling this maxim into my mind. Tattoos are forever!
One thing I had learned about tattoos over the years is that light colors do not hurt as much as dark. Maybe this is true, or maybe it is an old wives tale. However, the tattoo I got did not have much dark in it, and, for me, did not hurt much. Placement is also a pain factor, and having it placed on my shoulder blade (as opposed to my breast, stomach, or buttocks) probably made a difference. My shoulder blade has seen the light of day...and has been smacked from time to time (coming from a large family).
The worst part was after I had it done. You need to keep it moist for a couple of weeks. This meant slavering it in antibiotic ointment, which I am allergic to. I had a fairly hard time getting it to heal because of this. I would slaver and cover as per the directions. And it would ITCH and ITCH and ITCH! I put up with it because after 12 years I had finally found the one I wanted.
I love my tattoo. But it is very personal and has meaning to me. Tattoos are forever, so you need to make sure you want one...never get one on a spur of the moment. Never get one unless you know for sure where you want it and that you will love it forever. People will try to humiliate you for having it, not understanding that you love it. If you do not absolutely love it, you may be swayed into thinking it was a bad decision.
A tattoo is forever. Think long and hard before getting one. Know what you want and where you want it. There is still a stigmata against a woman having a tattoo in a visible spot in the workplace. Tattoos are not a spur of the moment decision. They require forethought and understanding of yourself. Do these things and pick one with meaning and it will be worth it.
BTW--Rule #1--Never get a name!
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