I sometimes think I'd like a tattoo, but a) I'm a great big coward, b) I wouldn't be able to give blood for 6 months afterwards.
I also have the same problem as you over what to pick. I favoured a small curled-up cat for some time. Now I fancy either the Gilera motorcycle logo (even if I switch brands, the years I spent with the Gilera have been happy ones) or a pawprint.
Not being able to give blood for 6 months would be a side benefit as far as I'm concerned.
A motorcycle logo gets my approval. That has style.
You don't think it's too commercial?
I thought of having the logo shaved into the back of my head for the Milan motorcycle show, but didn't get round to it. I'm sure there'll be another occasion.
Too commercial? No, not if you really, really love the brand.
Wearing it as a hairstyle is safer though. It's the foreverness of tattoos that worries me most.
I don't suppose you could give me a link to a really artistic tattoo site, could you? I'm always happy to have my prejudices challenged.
Some impressive stuff there, but I think it's kinda creepy to go round wearing your children's faces on your arms.
I've gone right off my tattoo already.
Clitoral piercing? Seems more of a serious issue than a tattoo. Yeow! Why oh why would a person do that to herself? And to think that there are organizations devoted to ending the barbaric practice of female circumcision in other countries!
What a strange world we live in....
Well you can undo a piercing- and only be left with a scar- but circumcision is irreversible.
Not that I'm advocating either.
I imagine what was meant was, “vertical clitoral hood piercing”.
Important distinction, I think.
You're right, of course :)
I've known two bearers of hood piercings, one intimately. To my eye, they were aesthetically pleasing and, for reasons perhaps best not elaborated upon, rather handy, I thought.
Personally, I have no piercings, no tattoos, and have never been tempted to get them, either. I bear my scars, inside and out, with a certain pride and feel no need to add to their number.
I've never come across one in the flesh. I suppose it's not so very different from an earring.
I have 4 1/2 tattoos. All of them are original artwork (nothing from books). All of them are of things that I knew were have permanent meaning for me.
However, one thing is, people do change. so each of my tattoos has a lot of thinking and planning and consideration behind it.
I have never regretted a single one... not for a moment.
But I do understand your reservations. If you don't feel like there is something that you need to express for a lifetime, then don't do it.
Also, your fear of needles is valid. Tattoos HURT. They hurt different people different amounts, and the amount of pain received is directly related to the position on the body. My last one has about 8 hours of work into it, about $800 of money so far, and will still require another 6 hours and $600 to complete. This is no small investment in time, money and pain.
It is not something that you do because everyone else does.
I've ever wanted a tattoo, not even back in the days when I quite fancied a career as a pirate.
I suppose it's about making a statement, about reinforcing one's own identity. Or is it? Not having ever wanted one, I'm not sure what the motive would be.
I like looking at other people's though. My son keeps acquiring new ones.
I can't imagine being without them. When I got my first one, at 35, I had a recurring nightmare where something kept happening to it.
Tattoos are mostly an internal process for me, anchoring myself in place and in time, than about what other people think.
Yes, I think I understand.
I have a couple of pieces of jewellery I always wear. I reckon they serve a similar purpose.
Edited at 2008-07-15 09:03 am (UTC)
I have seen a lot of original and amazing tattoos. I have thought about getting some, but for many of the reasons you have stated, I haven't. Mostly, it's that I've changed over the years, and designs I loved in my younger years would no longer interest me.
Over the years however, I have had artist friends draw all over me, so I can enjoy the look of tattoos for a few days, with NO NEEDLES!
Now that's the best of both worlds.
I have drawn on people for this purpose! It's fun. :)
My art has also been tattooed on people, however, which I... think I find flattering, if somewhat astonishing. :)
"I don't want to become a walking billboard for yesterday's alliegances" is a terrific line. One other objection is that the human-body is simply a piss-poor canvas. Skin is not the ideal medium for representational art (it's perhaps better for non-representational art, but few people go in for that sort of tattoo anyway). Our flesh is wondrous enough as it is--I don't see the beauty of carving ink on it.
One thing you can't capture on flesh is flesh tones- oddly enough.
"Ooh Tone, come and see!"
Laughing Out Loud.
Thanks for this.
I get called Tone a lot.
I vote for To-to. That's a wonderful name. Reminds me of wizards.