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Fashion and Beauty - Body Art and Tattoos

Updated on December 28, 2015

Site of Future Tattoo?


Are You a Tattoo Person?

I was just reading an article that was online that talked about someone who had been diagnosed with cancer and when they started the surgery, it turned out that the cancerous tumor that they thought they had detected, was ink from their tattoo in their lymph nodes. Not cancer at all.

Isn't that a thought? Mind numbing actually.

I'm an Art Appreciater

To me, tattoos are an art, ranking up there with the painting you see on trains. I was one of those moms that knew that her son was very artistic and when he got his first cars for his first 'good' train set, mounted on plywood, I suggested that he paint his cars up with an airbrush like the train that rolls through the town on a regular basis.

You know what I mean, don't you? You see those cars that are painted with letters that are all funky and wild. None of them make sense in a word sense, but the paintings are usually very vivacious and outrageous and they are always quite impressive.

First of all. How long did it take to do them... how many people helped.. how did they not get caught by the railroad.. and a million other questions that come to mind.

How daring.

I Know Many People With Tattoos

I like to see the artwork that people get tattooed on their bodies. I think that it is daring and cool. Not to mention, the person who taps these designs into a person's body, has to have nerves of steel. I personally could not give someone a tattoo, since I am very moved by people's emotions and having someone wincing every time I injected a squirt of some dye color under their skin, would really get to me.

I would get what I call the 'erbie jerbies'... or the 'willies' or just plain shock waves going through my nervous system.

What Happens to Tattoos as You Age

Well. I don't personally know, but a friend of mine talked for months about getting a hummingbird tattoo on her right breast, but then could not talk herself into it after someone bluntly pointed out that in a few decades, that breast would elongate itself and someone would eventually point out that they liked her 'crane' and she couldn't bear [or bare] the thought.

It is a funny story, but I am sure that there are tattoos that fail once age hits.

How about the story of the woman who got a tattoo of a dolphin on her stomach and then, carried a baby for nine months and the pretty tattoo of the dolphin had morphed and stretched into the beast of the sea. Perhaps a whale. Certainly not the finite dolphin that she originally intended.

There Are Cultural Differences in Tattoos

Tattoos have been around for centuries and they have been used for labeling criminals, marking young girls as being grown up and ready to romp.

Tattoos were outlawed for a while and that prompted people to work secretly and wear tattoos under their clothes in protest.

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How About You

Do you have a tattoo or do you enjoy seeing the art of tattoos?

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      3 years ago from Harlem, New York

      Location of a tattoo and how that tattoo is going to look in 20 years is definitely something to keep in mind. I also wonder how many people come to regret their tattoos, tattoos that once meant a lot to them, but now are just reminders of times and ideas gone past. This is why tattoos aren't for me, because I don't want to trap myself in my mentality of today or risk having a reminder of an idea that I no longer agree with permanently inked on my skin!


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