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To tattoo or not to tattoo?

AmazinnaturalAmazinnatural Posts: 755Registered Users
Hey fellow curlies,

So lately I've been thinking about getting a tattoo. I do not have any but I've always been fascinated with the artistry of tattoo. I was thinking about getting a tattoo of a tribute to my mother of some sort. I question is, should I get a tattoo or not to get one? I've been sooo undecided about getting a tattoo for years now, but I would really like to have at least one. What do you guys think?

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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    If you're not 100% committed, I'd say no. They're hard to remove.


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  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Posts: 2,904Registered Users
    If you're not 100% committed, I'd say no. They're hard to remove.


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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Too many people are sporting tribute tattoos lately. Dare to be different and skip the tattoo. Would your mother really approve of you tattooing the perfect body she gave you? Use the money to buy yourself a nice piece of jewelry that your mother would have loved.
  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    I would miss mine if I got rid of it, but I'm not sure I'd do it again.

    Do you work in a field where having a tattoo would not be perceived negatively? Are you willing to research your tattoo artist and possibly travel to where she/he works?

    I would also say, give it a month or more, and if you still feel like getting one, and are ready to make a commitment to caring for it while it heals, go ahead.
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  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users
    I agree. It's hard to really understand the permanency of them until it's too late. I have two. I wouldn't say I regret them but I also understand that what appealed to me when I was younger wont always appeal to me as I age. I'll probably look into removal in a decade or so.


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  • SilverCurlsSilverCurls Posts: 294Registered Users
    Nooooooo, don't do it.

    And, what RCW said.
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  • WiregirlWiregirl Posts: 1,695Registered Users
    I say do it. My sisters and I got small shamrock tattoo's on our ankle's after my dad died.
  • kimmidawnkimmidawn Posts: 900Registered Users
    I think if it's something you love, give it a few more months to make sure you won't go back to leaning more towards not getting it, and if you still really want it, that'll be your best indicator of whether you should get it.
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  • CurlyEyesCurlyEyes Posts: 2,983Registered Users
    if you have to ask virtual strangers about their opinions about something that's going on your body, I don't think you should get a tattoo. You shouldn't do it or not do it because of anyone's opinion beside your own.
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I love most of my tattoes. Luckily the ones that didn't age well (why on earth did I get a stomach tattoo at 18?) don't show. I will give you some advice I wish I had taken myself. Decide EXACTLY what you want, put a picture of it somewhere you can see it every day, and wait a year. If you still really want it a year after looking at it every day then go for it. While you're at it make a fund jar and save a certain amount in it every week. If you can do both of those things you're committed and probably wont regret it.
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    As long as you research a good tattoo artist, and bring in an exact picture of what you want, I dont think you'll regret it.

    Pick something you can grow with, not something trendy you'll grow out of. The flower for the birth month she was born, a cardinal because she always pointed cardinals, a snowflake because she loved when it snowed, that sort of thing. It doesnt have to say 'in memory of' with dates. It can be a private symbol.

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  • AmazinnaturalAmazinnatural Posts: 755Registered Users
    Thanks for all of the suggestions ladies! I will definitely think about it more.

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  • SusieSuzeSusieSuze Posts: 524Registered Users
    If you're not 100% committed, I'd say no. They're hard to remove.

    Actually, they cost TEN TIMES the cost of the tattoo. AND you don't often get great results.

    If you think you need one and are trying to find a reason to have one, this indicates you actually might just want one for a reason that has nothing to do with tattoos.

    I love tattoos on other people. Some are soooo beautiful.. but some are soooo ugly.. Hence the reason I like them on other people :)
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    If you're not 100% committed, I'd say no. They're hard to remove.


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    I agree with this. I love tattoos and have thought about getting one for so many years now but something always stops me. Until I am 300% sure, I will not attempt.

    I also took a long look at removal when my cousin decided to have all his neck tattoos removed. He got them young in life and decided to have them removed later, due to a new job. It has been 3 years, and he's still not done.
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  • JRockJRock Posts: 170Registered Users
    I agree that you need to be 100% sure it's what you want. I have a small tattoo on the inside of my left wrist. I got it 10 years ago or so and I haven't regretted my decision. It's small enough that I can cover it with a watch band or bracelet if I need/want to. Make certain it's something you will love to live with because as the others mentioned, it's a chore to remove. Good luck!


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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Don't do it.

    I have so many tattoos and every one of them I spent months planning, figuring out what I wanted, etc. I didn't have to ask a soul if I should get a tattoo, I just went and got them when I wanted them. If you have to ask, you're not ready.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Personally, I don't like the look of tattoos on women.

  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    If you do get a tattoo, PLEASE make sure you get it done by someone talented! Yes, a good tattoo will be expensive. But it's worth it, because it will be on your body forever! It's better to wait and save up than to rush in and get a mediocre tat.

    How do you choose a good tattooist? Look at their portfolios online. Figure out who's done the best tattoos! Also, it's best to choose a tattooist who specializes in the style you want.

    When choosing tattoo art, consider its longevity. If it's really detailed, it's gonna look smudgy as years go on. That's something you can talk to you tattooist about.

    If you post or PM me the area you live in, I can let you know who the top-quality tattooists in your area are.
  • PoPo Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    If you do get a tattoo, PLEASE make sure you get it done by someone talented! Yes, a good tattoo will be expensive. But it's worth it, because it will be on your body forever! It's better to wait and save up than to rush in and get a mediocre tat.

    How do you choose a good tattooist? Look at their portfolios online. Figure out who's done the best tattoos! Also, it's best to choose a tattooist who specializes in the style you want.

    If you post or PM me the area you live in, I can let you know who the top-quality tattooists in your area are.

    Yup.

    If you see someone with really nice work and/or styles that you like, ask them where they go. And make a consultation before you actually commit.
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  • MojoDojoMojoDojo Posts: 702Registered Users
    If you have to ask, you're risking hating it down the line, so I think you shouldn't.... at this point. If you still want to 3 months, 6 months, a year down the line, they go for it. If you're still unsure, either wait or decide against.

    I have two and I love them. One is just because I love it, and the other one holds a special meaning for me, a visual reminder of some struggles I went through when I was younger, and a reminder of things the people that helped me along the way. I never had to ask anyone if I should get either one, although I will admit to getting some advice on placement and size.

    Also, non-visible tatts are more employable. Just saying.
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