Thinking... Ink.

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    As I approach my 37th birthday next Sunday (the 17th), I realize how many changes I've made in my life in the last two years. This has brought me back to another idea that I've always considered but never done anything about.... Getting a tattoo.

    I know we've got a bunch of inked individuals here at USMB, so I figured this might be a good place to solicite advice on whether I should do it, how to pick a good tattoo artist to do it, and maybe even what I should get. I don't want anything big or extreme. I was thinking upper arm or something like that. It's something I've been thinking about in the back of my head for almost 20 years, but never as seriously as I am now.

    Any CONSTRUCTIVE advice, information, and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    If you want to identify yourself as a moron, get a tattoo.
     
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    I found the perfect one for you, have the tattoo artist copy it from the shirt:

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    Live with a design for a while before you put it on your body. The tattoo I have, I got at age 41 after an extremely acrimonious and bitter divorce. It actually is a piece of artwork that hung on my wall in my bedroom for a couple of years before I ever put it on my body. Also, think long and hard about where you will place it. Mine is on my right shoulder, which I am cool with, but I kind of didn't think about the fact that I might want to wear a strapless dress to a formal occasion at some point, and while I love my tattoo, I don't love showing it in formalwear.

    My tattoo is of the fox with the words below it in this picture:

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    The words mean, in gaelic: no collar or crown. They were very symbolic to me, because I'd spent my entire life subsuming my wants, needs, dreams and goals to other people's expectations of me. I promised myself that I would never again live like that, and the tattoo was a way of committing myself to that promise.

    If it weren't that symbolic to you, I wouldn't do it at all.
     
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    If it's relatively small and simple, the image can be scanned and made into an outlined transfer. This will be placed on your skin as a guide to the artist who will do the outline first.

    Maybe you could wear this outline for a while (might rub off/fade off over 2/3 days?).
    The studio should have a photo portfolio of work they've already done. Check it out.
     
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    One other thoughts: some of the coolest tats I've seen recently were done with white ink. I don't know what your professional role is, but it's something to think about. I don't know how long they hold up (I suspect they'd need to be touched up more than blue/black), but they're cool looking.
     
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    Avoid your face and neck.
     
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    :lol:
    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    get urself a tramp stamp
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking about some sort of Eagle on my right bicep. The Eagle is a symbol in a number of different ways for me, so it is quite meaningful. Haven't really picked out a particular design just yet.

    Thanks for the input. That's a good idea.

    I have very light skin. I'd heard of the white ink and while it's a cool idea I'm not sure it would show up on my skin. Thanks for the info though.

    I have a full facial birthmark. The face is NOT an option for me at all. Thanks for the advice on the neck though.
     

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