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Tattoos - A Design For Life.

Updated on September 14, 2011

This is a subject I can relate to in a couple of ways and i'm sure some of you reading this can.
Firstly tattoos are becoming more and more popular all over the world, but the topics i'm going to be talking about include, why people get tattooed, the difference between good and bad tattoos and the risks tattooing from home.

Why do people get tattooed?

People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons, some good and some bad. The main reasons for getting tattoos are in memory of someone who has passed away or who we admire. Life stories such as a fatal illness who have survived or a traumatic event in someone's life. Another reason is something someone is passionate about, such as a life career or hobby.

Also people get names tattooed on their bodies, normally their partner's name, which I am against unless it is say a family member's name. People should realise a tattoo is for life (unless you get it removed) not just for the amount of time they are with someone. Even if you are in a relationship with somebody your whole life, there are better ways to show your love than with a tattoo. So this kind of tattoo is a big no-no for me.

Two of the same tattoos, done by different people in different tattoo shops, which one stands out more to you?
Two of the same tattoos, done by different people in different tattoo shops, which one stands out more to you?

Knowing the good from bad.

As you probably know there are amazing artists out there and I have to say it, terrible artists too. I am ashamed to say that I've had a bad tattoo done, not naming names, which was my first one and the meaning behind meant so much to me. As I am in a relationship with someone who knows a lot more about tattoos than I do, as he has worked for someone in a tattoo shop and learnt about it day in, day out. He told me that my tattoo was terrible and I soon realised that he was right. So this brings me to my point as to why do people get terrible tattoos that eventually they will spend more money on to get it covered or lasered, is it really worth it?
I mean some people don't know the difference between good tattoos and bad ones, but I've had my eyes opened to what is being produced and I will be extra careful when getting another tattoo.

Tattooing from home.

Another point I want to raise within this topic is people who tattoo from home. I really haven't got anything against people who do it, but I really wouldn't considered getting tattooed from someone who isn't properly qualified for a couple of reasons.

  1. Health and safety - How do you know what they are using is thoroughly cleaned? Do they have a H&S licence? - Probably not.
  2. Going back to getting tattooed by bad artists - Do these people who tattoo from home really know what they're doing?
  3. You will end up with a bad tattoo just because it was cheaper or free from your mate, which you will have to pay more money to get removed or covered up.

I love tattoos as much as the next person, but I just hate to see bad work on people's skin. I just want people to realise that saving up and waiting for the right time to get a tattoo will be worth it in the end, I've had a bad experience with my tattoo and regret it now, and i'm sure many other people have.


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      jack 4 years ago

      i have had a tattoo done at someones house and i have to say if i could find the bloke now after he did a runner i would F**king kill him i was told and show by a allot of people that he was good but no i had to pay an extra £100 to get the one that this t*at did looking better it still not 100% good but better that's my story of getting a tatoo in shome ones house the f**king t*at he was...

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      mikielikie 6 years ago from Texas

      I love anything to do with tattoos! You do such a good job at what you do. I have 3 tats and I love each and every one.

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      A friend of mine has a rule: when she loves the idea of a certain tattoo for a year without faltering, then she decides she's ready to get it. I'm not that extreme. For me, it's always been a certain feeling I get when I hit upon exactly the right combination of design and placement.

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      carolineicke 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I had my first tattoo covered up - it was extremely small thank goodness so easy to cover! I loved it at first but soon realised (after i got my second tattoo) that there were much better artists around. I now have two tattoos which I love - doing your homework about the artist and the design is so worth it, I designed both of mine (with the help of the artist) and now they mean something to me and look good! Tattoos are nothing to be sad about, except when you get a bad one!

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      staceyblount1992 6 years ago from England

      Yeah exactly, I rushed into getting my first tattoo.. i didn't really know what design I wanted, I just found one of the internet at the time.. didn't really know the tattoo shop that well and what kind of work they produced, but fortunately for me it's a small tattoo so it can be covered easily, but deffinately I wouldn't consider getting one done on vacation unless you have properly done your research on the tattoo artist.

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      SKT316 6 years ago

      Interesting article...I was actually thinking about getting one recently on vacation but realize that 1) I don't know what kind of tattoo I want. 2) Is the tattoo artist any good?...But yeah I definitely think I should wait when the time is right to do so.

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      metalmomma27 6 years ago from Hornell,New York

      im having shooting stars done on my left foot with my kids names

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      metalmomma27 6 years ago from Hornell,New York

      my step daughters want tattoos . they are waitin til they are 16. I dont see anything wrong with them getting ink with permission. Now if they went and got a tattoo without mine and thier father's permission we would be upset

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      staceyblount1992 6 years ago from England

      So did your daughter just go and get a tattoo without your permission?

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      cowtowngirl77 6 years ago

      My daughter recently got a tatoo, I am really upset.

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I have three tattoos, myself, but I wholeheartedly agree that you need to be very careful in choosing your artist and design. I would never tattoo a name on myself, either. That's just asking for trouble.