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What Tattoo Should I Get?

Updated on July 10, 2013
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I was tattooed for the first and only time when I was 28 years old. Update at end of page. The tattoo is located on the inside of my left wrist. The proper name for what I have tattooed on me is called the triquetra. The triquetra has been used in many cultures for many beliefs, and that is why I picked it.

  • The triquetra symbol has been found on stones, in northern Europe, that date back to before 1,000 AD.
  • It is an ancient Celtic symbol said to represent the three planes of existence: physical, mental, and, spiritual
  • It has been used as by the Christians to represent the trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
  • It has been used by pagans to represent the land, sky, and sea.
  • It has also been used by Pagans to represent life, death and rebirth
  • It has also been used by the pagans to represent the threefolds of a woman or "Great Goddess": the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone
  • It is known to be a symbol of protection

All of these representations of the triquetra say something about my beliefs, and the next tattoo will have to be just as researched and meaningful.


SO PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN HELPING ME PICK MY NEXT TATTOO!!

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      Tammy 7 years ago

      I love number 11. i would match the one you already have, but add something more. I'm gonna re-do mine soon, I'll get your opinion then. :)

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hiya, I would just like to say that I have a lovely American indian dreamcatcher. But I think for you maybe a celtic cross? or something like that. they are usually done in black and white. cheers nell

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      Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Interesting choices - it seems you are thinking of a ladybug :) For some reason the one behind the ear looked most appropriate for it lol but don't go by me, I will never have a tattoo. lol

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      Karli Duran 7 years ago from Texas

      The ladybug is one I really want if I'm going to do this soon. Another idea I had behind the ear is possibly a guardian angel whispering in my ear.

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      How about one that says samboiam rocks. lol. Seriously though, I like number 10.

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       7 years ago

      I like four and eight. The ladybug with open wings is adorable. Eight is a little more elaborate but is pretty awesome looking. I have a Fairy and a butterfly nest. The bigger and more detailed, the more the tattoo hurts. Also, placement is key. Make sure to avoid places with too much bone. Believe me once the needle touches bone OWWIE. Good luck in your decision. Only you know which truly represents you.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for sharing, figment! Tattoos are not my thing. One major reason would be that my skin is "allergic" to needles. Or more like my stomach! lol.

      However I do remember zebra gum tattoos! Those were the days!

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      TattoGuy is surely the one who has the answer, but a beautiful, ancient Celtic cross, maybe with some trees around and some animals would be a good tattoo. Rated up.:)

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      getmyback 7 years ago

      I missed the list somehow, but I will look in another hub. To be honest however I would tattoo your avatar, I once read what it resembles to you and found it touching, not because its on hubpages but because it's you. I would have it designed in the exact same gray tones and black with emphasis in the eye, moreso than this photo, it's beautiful and would look amazing on the back of your right shoulder. Just a thought.

      billY

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      OneWhiteSquare 6 years ago from America

      Love it! Not many people research their tattoo this deaply. Great job!

      Getting a tattoo is so personal that I can't give you what you need to hear...Only you can.

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      Interesting...It is always good to hear a story of a tattoo that has meaning to the individual...My niece has a feather tattoo and she explained that she goes with the wind so a feather is ideal for her...I like the celtic explanation as it relates to body, mind and soul...

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I turned 60 last year and got my first tat. Now I have many. They are Marine and Indo-China on my left and bicycles on my right. I never thought I'd get one!

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      tattoodesigns69 6 years ago from Illinois

      Very good Hub on "tattoos"! I undoubtedly took pleasure in the advise. Keep it coming!

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      kimbles 6 years ago from The World

      I am in my 40's and considering having one for the first time. Have to be honest I am not sure about any of them, ladybug maybe.

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      chris 5 years ago

      Choosing a tattoo and design can take a long time. My brother looked through many, many designs before deciding on a religious tattoo. I'm looking at getting something that relates to my Italian heritage. Check out my helpful blog related to this topic:

      www.whattattooshouldiget.com

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      Rodr 2 years ago

      these are my absolute faritvoue posts of yours!i'm sure i've told you many times before.i worked with a guy that looked similar to the one above with tattoos all over him at melbourne fashion week late last year. and he was the sweetest person ever. haha it made me appreciate guys with tatts a whole lot more! x.

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      Tony 2 years ago

      Thank you for the invite! I'll be back each week when I have home-made posts to add. I'll also add your link to my siadebr for Great Link Parties! I'm now following you on LF...hope you'll follow me too! Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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    A) Too big of a head and too much hairB) I like this oneC) One that looks like it's flyingD) Behind the ear
    A) Too big of a head and too much hair
    A) Too big of a head and too much hair
    B) I like this one
    B) I like this one
    C) One that looks like it's flying
    C) One that looks like it's flying
    D) Behind the ear
    D) Behind the ear

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    Should I get ladybug tattoo?

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    A Ladybug?

    Well if I'm thinking about going small, simple, and cheap. I was thinking about a ladybug on the top of my hand between my thumb and first finger or behind my ear or in my ear.  The reason for the ladybug tattoo is it reminds me of a memory with my dad as a little girl and him telling me that lady bugs represented love, good luck, and good fortune. I researched the ladybug's symbolism and found:

    • It is believed by Romany that if a ladybug lands on you it will bring you good fortune
    • As a weather omen they predict fair weather (no more rain clouds over my head)
    • Some Asian cultures believe ladybugs are blessed by God
    • If one lands on you when you're ill, it will take the illness away

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        Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

        Between the thumb & forefinger sounds good too. :)

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        Eric Prado 7 years ago from Webster, Texas

        Personally, I love the Ladybug tattoos. I want one of those. =)

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      A) Tribal, but not greenB) Soft and simpleC) Something similar to this, but more Celtic or tribalD) Taurini: cusp sign
      A) Tribal, but not green
      A) Tribal, but not green
      B) Soft and simple
      B) Soft and simple
      C) Something similar to this, but more Celtic or tribal
      C) Something similar to this, but more Celtic or tribal
      D) Taurini: cusp sign
      D) Taurini: cusp sign

      Astrology sign?

      I am a firm believer in the personality characteristics that shape each zodiac sign. I believe I am I true Gemini, BUT I was born on the cusp of Taurus and Gemini. So does that not make me a true Gemini? There many symbols to choose from when choosing a zodiac sign for a tattoo, but where to put it. I believe in getting tattoo's where I can see them, preferably where others can see them easily also. So where should I put it? What should it be? I recently found out there is also I sign for the cusp Taurus/ Gemini. See pictures

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      Should I get a zodiac tattoo?

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          Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

          For the sign of Gemini, where to put it...I think I would go with the foot. Where you can see it :)

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          Karli Duran 7 years ago from Texas

          Perhaps the toe?

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        Where should I get a the zodiac tattoo?

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        A) TribalB) Another tribalC) Year of the SnakeD) Not red, different face, and maybe some colorE) Two snakes F) North Native American symbolG) Tribal body but snake head
        A) Tribal
        A) Tribal
        B) Another tribal
        B) Another tribal
        C) Year of the Snake
        C) Year of the Snake
        D) Not red, different face, and maybe some color
        D) Not red, different face, and maybe some color
        E) Two snakes
        E) Two snakes
        F) North Native American symbol
        F) North Native American symbol
        G) Tribal body but snake head
        G) Tribal body but snake head

        A snake?

        Since we are talking about astrology, I might as well mention that I'm a Snake according to Chinese astrology, and I love handling and playing with snakes. I like to see snakes and try catching them. There is a symbol for the Year of the Snake, and then there are plenty of snake tattoos, of course I'm looking for something as original as possible. I am actually considering a snake curled up my arm.

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        Should I get a snake tattoo?

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            Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

            I think there are too many snake tattoos for one to be original, especially large ones. But, if you want one curled up your arm, go for it. :)

            (I hate snakes! lol)

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            Karli Duran 7 years ago from Texas

            Thanks for the encouragement.

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          A) I like this but fullerB) I like this without the circleC)Tribal but I would want more rootsD) I like this, but I would want to make it fuller and add more to itE) Something similar to this but bigger not as dark in the middle
          A) I like this but fuller
          A) I like this but fuller
          B) I like this without the circle
          B) I like this without the circle
          C)Tribal but I would want more roots
          C)Tribal but I would want more roots
          D) I like this, but I would want to make it fuller and add more to it
          D) I like this, but I would want to make it fuller and add more to it
          E) Something similar to this but bigger not as dark in the middle
          E) Something similar to this but bigger not as dark in the middle

          Please vote!

          Do you like my Tree of Life idea?

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          The Tree of Life?

          I really want this one, but its going to take a lot of time, money, and finding just the right design. The Tree of life symbolizes so much to me:


          • Egyptians believed it represented "tree in which life and death are enclosed"
          • It is an ancient religious symbol in many cultures
          • It is in the Book of Genesis
          • In the Book of Mormon it is seen as "a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy"
          • Mesoamerican's believed the Tree of Life was a ubiquitous symbol that connected the planes of the underworld and the sky (terrestrial world)


          There is so much information regarding the Tree of Life and it symbolism across cultures. I would like a large tribal designed swirly but also with leaves and different pieces of art (perhaps the snake) drawn into the tree. I would like this tattoo to cover my shoulder area and go down my arm a few inches.

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              Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

              I like the "tree of life" because of its' symbolism. Artistically, you could really create a unique, one-of-a-kind design. The shoulder idea is pretty bold!

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              Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

              I like the sound/look idea of the 'tree of life' with the snake on the shoulder/arm.

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              Karli Duran 7 years ago from Texas

              Thanks for your comments. I like this idea too. It will be awhile before I find the perfect design.

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              DANIELA AGUIRRE 6 years ago

              i HAVE THIS ONE.. THANKS SO MUCH TO GIVE ME THIS DESIGN.... I WAS LOOKING FOR A TREE OF LIFE AND I DECIDED TO TATOO THIS !! IT LOOKS NICE !! NEXT TIME I WILL INCLUDE THE PHOTO

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            I recently got my second tattoo and it wasn't even considered in this page. I got my dog's name Mercy in calligraphy on the back of my neck. To know how much she meant to me please read my hub dedicated to Mercy.


            I just got my third tattoo tonight at home by Dane Creach aka as clickofdeathgw. I decided to go with the year of the snake symbol on the side of my lower right leg. He did at my home and did a great job.

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                Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

                This hub was a kick to read, Figment, but I didn't vote in all the polls. The tattoo you choose should resonate with you, above all, not others. If you're after suggestions, though, then I'd choose the tree.

                You are a rare individual who takes time to research body art-I am impressed!

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                Karli Duran 7 years ago from Texas

                I really appreciate the input.

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                pandora jewelry 5 years ago

                cook classics is really talented…can’t wait to check this out

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