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Rigil Kent (December 11, 2009, 08:19:02 AM):
Yesterday it occurred to me that a small tattoo may not be an altogether bad idea. Does anyone here have experience with tats? Where is the best place to put it? Was having it installed (or what is the proper verb, needled?)as sore as it looks? Wat sort of design is in vogue - still those barbed wire and Celtic motifs? I was thinking maybe a triskelion of question marks arranged around a shared central dot, to symbolise doubt. Or perhaps something with religious implications like a diagram of the "sub-optimal" mammalian retina. Or maybe just an eagle. Or "MOM".

Mintaka
mdg (December 11, 2009, 08:53:52 AM):
I decided to have one done last year. Let me add though, that the reaction I got was hysterical, to everyone who knew me it was akin to Mary Poppins/ Snow White having a tattoo done, they all thought I was going through a mid life crisis ;D ;D
But it wasn't that at all, it was a memory of an incredibly tough year I had last year and I wanted a constant reminder of what I went through - my own battle scar so to speak.

So, I thought long and hard and finally settled on a blue ringed octopus. My reasons were many, I love the sea, octopuses are extremely adaptable animals and will figure their way out of any situation, and in the end they sacrifice themselves for the future of their species (that appealed to the mom in me), and the blue ringed octopus is venomous - a reminder that not everything is as it seems. I had it inked around my belly button, along with a starfish. It is quite large, but I love it and haven't regretted it since. In fact, I'm thinking of having more done, much to the horror of my family...heh,heh,heh.

I won't lie, it was painful, but it was definitely worth the agony because it's gorgeous.
Go for it Mintaka!
GCG (December 11, 2009, 09:23:15 AM):
i have 5 tats. and the correct verb would be 'inked'.
if you live in joburg, i need to direct you to my artist, he has won most of the awards and trophies at the yearly ink and iron show. the guy is a legend.
the basic rule of thumb to avoid pain when inked, stay away from ribs, ankles, lower back. basically bony places. subcutanious fat absorbs the impact of the needle, and it hurts less, so arm, calf, thigh, etc would be good. silly me went for lower back, left chest, wrist, between shoulder blades... not so funny while its being done.
my advice, dont go for fashionable. cause a few years ago fairies and dolphins were in, now its soooo gay.
make your own design, or in the case of my artist, sit with him, discusss your idead. he is allways eager to try something new, and he will gladly design you something mindblowing.
and forget small. if you gonna do it, do it properly. and avoid too much colour, it fades, then after a few years you will have to have it touched up again. not cool.
if you like, i will meet you at the shop, and introduce you to Kim, as he has allways been happy to give my mates a good deal, and more attention.
stay away from celtic, its kitsch.
cyghost (December 11, 2009, 09:30:27 AM):
Chicks with tats - awesome! ;D :D
Rigil Kent (December 11, 2009, 09:52:17 AM):
Thanks for the information, advice and encouragement!

So, I thought long and hard and finally settled on a blue ringed octopus.

That is really nice, and I like the fact that it holds such a special significance.

make your own design, or in the case of my artist, sit with him, discuss your ideas.

That sounds like a good option, and also ties in with what mdg said. I'll start doodling tonight!

I take it the skill of the tattoo artist plays a big part in the outcome? I mean, its not merely a mechanised, stencilling process is it?

Mintaka

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