Tattoos

Tattoos

    | Aug 19, 2018
Snap_Dragon   Woman 40yrs
So I got a new tattoo a few days ago. It's by far my biggest tattoo to date, took nearly 4.5 hours and I was definitely struggling a bit for the last hour or so but the end result was totally worth it. I had been thinking about getting another tattoo for awhile and I decided to make this a present to myself for surviving some really tough times over the last year, and as a belated 40th celebration since my actual birthday was pretty crappy.

I love hearing the stories behind people's tattoos...their reasons for getting them, the designs they choose, the process of getting it done etc. Personally, in terms of design I'm not one who needs the design itself to be deep and meaningful, but each tattoo still holds a lot of meaning in terms of where I was at in my life when I got it and other things that they represent for me.

Let's hear your tattoo stories.

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egr2please69   Man 49yrs

For me

It took me 20 years to work out a design i liked, ended up with a phoenix on my right arm/shoulder. Modified the design to fit in my kids initials so its even more special to me. I picked the phoenix to represent the things in life i have endured but have survived and still have a smile on my face. I don't let those things define me and my tatt reminds me everyday to keep going forward and keep smiling. As it was was first i wasn't sure what to expect and i had my eyes opened in the first 10 minutes. My body i suppose for lack of a better term, went into shock as the artist was doing the line work. I over heated and went all light headed. Calmly he took care of me with a cold drink and after a few minutes i felt i was better. We all laughed at what a pussy i'd been, ripped off my t-shirt to keep my cooler and then sat there for two and a half hours until it was done. I love the design and have never ever regretted it for one second. To my way of thinking, tatts like mine have the most meaning as they come from your heart.

- Posted from rhpmobile
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tcm70   Man 48yrs

I have only one

Which I designed myself and had done when I was early 30’s. I’d always wanted to get one from late teens, but I’m so glad I didn’t just get inked for the sake of it back then.

My design is quite simple, but to me basically incorporates my love for the ocean and the bush, with some other aspects of life/memories. It also retains the memory of a dear mate of mine who had passed away from cystic fibrosis a few months before I got it done.

I recall it took about 3 hours all up and I was initially surprised at the sensation. Wasn’t any where near as painful as I’d anticipated. It probably only hurt a tad in the last hour of work on it as the artist had a break for half hour, so by the time he’d resumed it had started to ache a bit. I think he did that on purpose tho as I hadn’t flinched for the entire time.
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Eiliethiya   Woman 41yrs

I have 7 now

The last 2 I got were for my 40th also, and then a Christmas present to myself.
They aren't all "meaningful" (only one is), but they all mean something to me.
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PeachyPearL   Woman 54yrs

My favourite tattoo isn't on my body

I hope you get a lot of pleasure out of the pain Dragon.

I don't have any tattoos at all.

I do have a favourite that is the hand print of a baby above the breast of it's mother where the hand would would rest during feeding. So perfect people often ask if it is real. PeaChi
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Snap_Dragon   Woman 40yrs

Nah you weren't a pussy




Quoting 'egr2please69'
My body i suppose for lack of a better term, went into shock as the artist was doing the line work. I over heated and went all light headed. Calmly he took care of me with a cold drink and after a few minutes i felt i was better.
That sort of reaction isn't uncommon, particularly when people are getting first tattoos. The technical term is vasovagal syncope.
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Snap_Dragon   Woman 40yrs

Eiliethiya




Quoting 'Eiliethiya'

The last 2 I got were for my 40th also, and then a Christmas present to myself.
They aren't all "meaningful" (only one is), but they all mean something to me.


I love the ones I can see in your profile pics!

It used to bother me a bit that the designs I have don't have some heart-wrenching, deep and meaningful story behind them, but now I realise that they don't have to and as long as I like it that's the important thing.


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pipsqueak

Snap




what did you get ?, what did you get ? and where ?


did it hurt ?


And are you like so proud and glad you finally done it ?


Me, I don't have any, and I'm thinking

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egr2please69   Man 49yrs

Thanks

Thanks SD for your encouragement. Hindsight being what it is, it is very funny though lol. But, as Pipsqueak has said, tell me tell me tell me. What did you get and where? As you and Ellie have both said though, they don't need a super deep meaning or something significant, just be happy for you and enjoy them for yourself. Everyone gets them for their own reasons and enjoymeny, enjoy yours as special monuments in time for you to remember xx

- Posted from rhpmobile
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pipsqueak

Eiliethiya

From memory, on your profile pic, you had amazing colourful body work Tatts ?
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EarthQueen   Woman 47yrs

Mines a bit of a cliche'

My ex and I got matching tattoos back in the day of young love when we were both about 18. They are tribal suns but on different parts of our bodies. I love it and I'm glad I got it. I can't remember it hurting too much. We got it when we went to Sydney on a dirty weekend and got drunk in the Cross and it was totally spur of the moment thing. We just saw the shop and said lets get a tattoo. We chose that design because we were inspired by Henry Rollins back tattoo he was the lead singer in a punk band and we were so alternative and hip back then ha ha. Also we loved the beach and sun.

My ex went on to get full sleeves I stuck with the one but I wouldn't mind getting one more on the inside of my forearm because my skin there is so white and it will be a good canvas. Its hard to pick a design. I like the symbolism of a lotus but I also like the watercolour tattoos and black henna inspired ones. I also like scarab beetles. Decisions. Might get one for my next birthday.
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Lionsdoll1   Woman 38yrs

No tattoos

I appreciate other people’s tattoos and admire the symbolism and art.
Especially when there’s a story behind it.

I just never found what or where I wanted one.
Being indecisive and afraid of commitment doesn’t help either 😝

- Posted from rhpmobile
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tcm70   Man 48yrs

Tatts are art.

I do agree with Ellie in that they don’t necessarily need to be meaningful to the wearer. Kinda like in the same way you’d have pictures on the wall. Doesn’t all have to be personal or have meaning. You just have to enjoy and appreciate it.
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Freaky_Fun  

Woman 48yrs

I have four. Quite simple and nothing really out there but mean something to me.

The last one l got on my collarbone is a Bruce Lee saying "Fall down seven times, stand up eight". I got that about 2 and half years ago after going through the separation from hell X 20.

Basically it means every time you get knocked down, get the fuck back up.



I have the symbol for strength on my deltoid after l lost my mum 21 years ago. An Indian Rune between from shoulder blades that is the symbol for protection after getting stabbed in the back a few times. And the symbol for courage on my lower back which was my first one l got when l was young after going through some shit.





Eiliethiya's are beautiful Pipsqeak especially her water colour one down her side. And l love your new one Dragon, stunning like you.



😘😘



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Snap_Dragon   Woman 40yrs

pipsqueak




Quoting 'pipsqueak'



what did you get ?, what did you get ? and where ?


did it hurt ?



It's on my upper arm. It's - surprise surprise - a dragon My second dragon.

Yep it hurt, but some areas more than others. Bony areas, areas where the skin is thinner, areas with more nerve endings / closer to nerves, are generally more painful. There are a lot of other factors that affect the pain levels as well and it's different for everyone. This definitely wasn't my most painful tattoo...that honour belongs to my first dragon when it was originally done (ended up having it re-done a couple of months later), due to the location and an inexperienced tattooist. Important lesson learned there that even if the shop is legit and has good overall reviews, you still need to vet the individual tattooist.


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Koolgrey   Man 44yrs

Tatts and their meaning. Or lack of..

I have a few large tattoos on my shoulders, back, upper arms and chest...that spanned a period of 18 months, about 7 years ago. So far.
I don't subscribe to the school of "my tatts represent something to me", and I'm a little pleased to see that I'm not the only one who does. I appreciate them for their artistic merit( or lack of.. ), mostly.

I was fortunate, I think, to have an artistic grounding from my parents...both of whom were accomplished artists and teachers...so, it wasn't a huge effort to design my initial tattoos based on certain artwork of my late father, who died of a terminal disease when I was 21.
It was a homage to my father, I suppose...and my mum was rather proud, I think...though tattoos, in general, were never her thing...even the tribal ones of Papua New Guinea. Where she grew up, and where I was born, primitive tribal tattooing isn't as prevalent as, say, the Highlands of PNG...where it's much more common.

I picked up another tattoo when I visited Iceland in 2015...a souvenir, of a stylised, Scandinavian dragon motif( I'm fond of dragon motifs )..but I haven't added anything since.

I don't think I'm done with the body art.
I like that I carry the "canvas" with me for my whole life...ready for the moment that inspiration strikes again, and I employ a different artist to briefly add a few more brush strokes to the montage.


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The_Phoenix   Man 42yrs

I’m a cleanskin

I do love the art though and the meanings behind them.

One day maybe I’ll get one, it’s always been on my bucket list I guess but I’ve not put too much thought into it. I’d love to pay homage to my dad or maybe my gorgeous lil princess.

I have an idea for one with references to both my dad as a farmer and his trusty whip ( which sits proudly on my wall at home ) and the other to my love for a backwards whip when I ski on my disc. Many won’t know what I’m talking about but I can’t get enough of the adrenaline going backwards at speed 👊 some sort of wording with a picture. I need help designing because I’m no artist🤦‍♂️

Maybe someday soon, you’re all inspirational you lot 💕

Love it 😊

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Eiliethiya   Woman 41yrs

Thanks

for the compliments from those who have seen my tatts.
I just changed my profile to my biggest tatt, for those I haven't flashed my bits at!
That was my first colour tatt, and took 4 sessions and about 16hrs total to finish. The original idea was for a small colour tatt on my ribs, but ended up going from underarm to thigh (I have a very enthusiastic tattoo artist!)
My last one (at XMas) is on my inner left forearm, by the same artist, and is a large purple rose.

I love looking at people's body art. It doesn't need meaning, it's just beautiful to look at.
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Eat1sthenplay  

Man 49yrs

Tattoos

I find tattoos incredibly sexy on both men & women if tastefully done and positioned ... myself personally I'm a cleanskin .. but if I decided to go down that path ,, it would be to have my 3 sons names positioned across my back shoulder blade in a calligraphy typeset .. might go there one day ..
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boobs_or_bust   Couple Man 52yrs Woman 43yrs

have only 2

one was a cover up of a coverup covering the cover up ,lol thank god fo fish and lotus flowers ,😳and my last one 5 years ago. was the last thing i was doing on holidays. walked through a motorbike show ,there it was on a tshirt everything that screamed at me that’s you in your knarley wildest dream of dreams dreams , next day 14 hours straight. later and a sore ass from sitting for so long ,rocket man is in my shoulders ,and makes me smile every day

mr b

- Posted from rhpmobile
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NewVicCpl   Couple Man 46yrs Woman 46yrs

I have a few

My last two are designed to pay tribute to the special parts of my life

1 is all about my time in the military whilst the other is for my family, with a rose to represent each member

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