Sabtu, 29 September 2012

Mom, Did You Just Get Another Tattoo?

As a matter of fact, I did! That was in response to my 21 year old daughter's question after seeing my post and pictures of my latest artwork on Facebook. For those of you who have a tattoo, or if you know someone who does, most say once you get one you're addicted! I'd say that's true in my case.

I didn't actually get my first tattoo until I was 36 years old. I was just going through a divorce, had suppressed my inner rebel for quite some time, and was ready to express myself through ink! My first tattoo was a lower back tattoo, part flash art and partly my own design... a butterfly to represent change, new life, and metamorphosis. Can you say ouch?? It didn't tickle, that's for sure. As we were finishing up the 3rd and final hour of the needle torture and I saw the beautiful colors and results, I'll never forget the artist saying "You'll be back". He was right, within a month I was back for tat "two"!

It's no surprise then when my own 2 daughters turned 18 they were geared up for ink of their own. I didn't really have a problem with that, but had a few good words of advice to share with them, and would like to share with you if you're considering getting a tattoo, no matter what age you are! There are thousands of ideas out there. A Google search can be helpful, but also a little overwhelming unless you have a very specific idea in mind.

My first advice would be to consider your tattoo very carefully before jumping in, and research your local tattoo artists. It's a good idea to visit a few shops, check out the cleanliness and atmosphere, after all... you'll end up spending a lot of time here! Secondly, the tat you choose will be on your body for the rest of your life, so placement is so important. Let's face it, as you get older some things grow larger, some things shrink, and many places head South!

Never, ever have someone else's name put on you, unless it's a child or a relative, that is the only relationship that for sure won't change. Having a boyfriend or girlfriend, or even a spouse's name tattooed on you in my experience has been a recipe for a break-up, and a painful cover-up!! Most importantly pick a design or create one that will mean something to you, and that won't embarrass you when you're in your 80's at your family's annual Summer reunion when lots of skin is likely to be showing. ("Hey Mom, why does Grandma have SpongeBob flipping the bird on her shoulder?") Just think about it!

Now I have found a wonderful resource for 1000's of tattoo ideas including tribal tattoos, Kanji symbols, photos, Chinese names, dragons and many more to browse thru at your leisure. Tattoo Fever has 100's of printable tattoo designs that are larger prints, which make it easier for your selected artist to put on you. You can also find more good advice on selection, and after care for your tattoo. If you've got the tattoo fever, there's only one remedy... get inked, hey, and a little more cow bell doesn't hurt either!

To get all the details you can email me, and good luck to you!

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