Tattoos are increasing in popularity. Some people have tattoos simply to have a tattoo, but other people have tattoos that have meaning to them. I am interested hearing from people who have tattoos with meaning and what those meanings may be.
Not aiming at anyone here, but I think tattoos are the most stupid fad to be invented. They are there for LIFE, just like a puppy. Yet people still throw puppies out on the street after Christmas. You can't throw your tattoo out when you either get fed up with it, or move on in your life. It is an expensive operation to remove a tattoo. If you have to have one, have it done on your bum or at least your back. Then you won't need to look at it.
Agreed, Izzy. I have three, all done in my teens and I regret them so much. Particularly the Glasgow Rangers one which goes from my elbow to my wrist on my right forearm. I'm sure you can imagine the trouble that has caused me over the years (in Scotland and beyond) and why I continue to wear long sleeved shirts in the hottest of weather...
I always give anyone contemplating a tattoo the same advice - don't do it!
Thank God there is someone else here with some common sense, though I'm sorry you had to learn the hard way Gordon. I have a vague recollection of trying to tattoo my knuckles in my early teenage years (before tattoo parlours were invented) with a needle and some ink. Thankfully it didn't take!
I have tattoos. I waited until I was 40 to get them. I got them for me though... not the world. They are on my right arm. One is a memory of my father who is now dead. It is on my wrist where I can see it. One is of a clipper ship which very few people will ever see. Its on the top of my bicep. Another is a mermaid and she sits on my forearm where I can keep an eye on her. The last is a hammer head shark which hides under my sleeve. The mermaid is the symbol of temptation and the shark the symbol of strength. Every year it seems we bury one of my cousins or an uncle or aunt. My family is full of heroin addicts. That would be the mermaid. The shark opposes her. Since I may be the only person in my family who does not drink alcohol or has never done drugs or even smoked a cigarette... I keep my tattoos as a reminder that this lot is never worth it.
I have a tattoo on the bottom side of my foot that says 'Attach Ski Here'. One day my friends and I were sitting around and we decided to give ourselves tattoos using the ol stick and poke and two years later it's still pretty legible. I dig it to because no one ever notices it unless I point it out and it means something fairly special to me both because I love skiing and I did it myself..
I wish the anti tattoo comments would keep it at a respectable hum. I can only assume this comes with old school ways. No offense. I do agree with the rash decision of running out and just planting one on your body just for the hell of it. Though throughout history tattoos were meant to signify chain of command, marks of battle, and placement of tribal groups.
I have several tattoos all of which I love and will always love.
1. I have a family brand on my back. It is an actual trace of a brand (yes the ones they use on cows) that was passed from my grandfather to my brother. He has a matching one on his leg and I love that I will forever have this connection with my brother.
2. I have a clover on my hip with my middle name "Ica" -- pronounced "ice uh"
3. My right wrist is a peace sign with a Robert Frost quote- Freedom Lies in Being Bold
4. My most recent, a heart locket on my left wrist. My wonderful future husband has the key on his right wrist.
Tattoos are permanent, but maybe some people in this world need to learn to live with some things.
thanks jenubouka, a good friend who was a tattoo artist taught told me a good way to decide if you like a tattoo put a picture of it somewhere you'll see it a lot, for us its the computer if you still like it in a year you will prob. like it for many years
If you decide to have a tatoo, at least make it worth having for the rest of your life. And also make a good choice of where to get them on your body. Tatoos express freedom of art, but some people tend to abuse it and well, karma is a B****! When you go for an interview, your chances hurt more then a tatoo operation. Well maybe not, I never had one to begin with. I think a perfect exmaple of a someone overdoing tatoos on the body is 'Birdman' Chris Anderson from the Denver Nuggets. I also found out recently, an OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) arrested an off duty police officer with a mistaken identity of a 'gangbanger' simpy because of a tatoo that was exposed on the side of his arm. Really guys, I think I agree with the last hubber that suggested getting a tatoo somewhere where the sun doesn't shine.
That is the most closed minded thing I have seen to date. You just illustrated yourself as a judgmental person. Maybe you should research the history of tattoos, for the person teaching your child or touching your groceries, you have insulted their culture. It bothers me your "other types" I just white, middle class, or rich. It that it? Not the lower, poverty, other colors????
I think Mark is joking - based on what I take from his writing at HP. However, its silly some people DO actually have that same belief. I personally think tattoos are hot - but I dont have any...Im too much of a scaredy cat!
It strikes me that many people who commented here just wanted to give their (negative) opinion of tattoos, while the forum subject was specifically directed at those who actually HAVE them and had purpose in getting them. If you want to discuss the goodness/badness of tattoos, start your own forum. I don't have any myself, but I've enjoyed hearing from people (both in person and through media) the reasons it was worth it to them to change their skin forever. I respect those people, and wish some of the people replying to this post were a little more respectful toward their fellow Hubbers.
i dont have ink, but at some point i would like to. know what i want, drew it myself,... the problem isnt the tattoo itself, but the location in which i want it,... inside left fore-arm. this is the location that some guitar players choose becauseit shows when you play,.. its also the ever lasting job stopper location,... anything below the elbow, especialy on a woman.
oh well,... at some point i'll just say chuck it and get it.
i understand completely. this one has changed over time,.. i'm happy with it, and believe i've tweeked it all i'm gona tweek it. i have sevral friends that have many tats,... some even gigle ver ink that now seems sill, but most wil tell you that it still represents thier outlook at tht time in thier life,..its a chronicle of ones existance,.. an autobiography in ink,... and seems pretty relevant in an increasingly ilitierate world. i think theres also the alure of investing in something inredibly personal for most,... something that is always with you,.. and can never be taken away,... in an age of forclosure and repo,... i can see th point perfectly.
obviously its a rosary,.... catholic being my call since childhood,... despite my being raised a missionary baptist,... the our fathers are 8balls,... cause life often uts us behind the 8ball,.... each decade of the rosary is comprised of something different,... the pool balls, well, i like to shoot pool, i love it actualy,... the nuts,... well,... i'm kinda nuts,.... the barbed wire is for self controll, containment, sometimes drawing blood, but containment that works,... the music notes and staff,... music is the only constant in my life,.. and my only island of sanity in an ocean of stupidity,... like audio xanax,... the skulls are a healthy respect for life and death,.. and a gallows humor,... in place of the cross is a war hammer,... i like to be well armed,... even in matters of faith,... and the number on the handle,... thats another conversation,... not this one.
interesting...figured out that ya luved music...i like the barbed wire meaning...and i like the 8ball...what about the compass? pls don't mind the ?'s...just interested...i like tats - those that really really have a meaning and many times i don't get the opp. to ask...tats can be quite intimate
oops,...plumb forgot about the compass,... its just a simple refference to having direction in life,... and the direction we choose to go,... i've got the needle pointing NNW,... we very seldom if ever have a true north moment in life,.. and the number,.. well,... chat my ass on FB some day,... i'll tell you what Doz00fifty (120050)means
I desperately want this one tattoo, but I have a serious fear of needles..and the pain. I want it on my left rib cage...I'm a skinny girl, they show, and tattooing on bone I imagine can't be pleasant. I was...
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