View Full Version : Tattoos. Not so alternative and now very mainstream

03-02-2011, 10:33 PM
Tattoos have lost their tabboo effect with a lot more people getting them. I still want a couple personally and may get one around my 19th birthday.

Thoughts? Images of tattoos you like?
Go at it.

03-03-2011, 08:31 AM
I have been planning on getting one but whenever I go to a tattoo parlor I end up short. I won't be going something too mainstream like Celtic bands, etc. Most of my ideas for future tattoos are anime based or video game based. I am thinking about getting 2 or 3.

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03-04-2011, 03:21 PM
I think that certainly tattoos are a lot more accepted in society nowadays. Whilst I do think that it is a good thing as many more tatt studios and talented artists have a heck of a lot of business and can therefore create lovely art, I do get your point that part of the reason for getting tattoos is to make a statement and dissasociate yourself from "the norm", that being said though its lovely to recieve very nice comments about your tattoos from complete strangers.

I'm almost 26 (yikes), and although I knew I wanted tatts (and knew what the first one I wanted would be too) from the age of 15, I waited until I was 25 to get my first tatt which actually was that very same design. I just wanted to be absolutely sure that that was what I wanted to do as it's a very large piece (quarter sleeve). Although my mind didn't change and I was very adament that it wouldn't from a very young age, I do have quite a few friends that got inked in their late teens and very much regret their design choices now in their mid twenties. I would advise anyone to really think long and hard about what you want and also the placement of the design. Also do your research, go to numerous studios and don't be afraid to ask to look at artists portfolios to see if you like their work and whether their style will work for your design.

03-04-2011, 08:13 PM
I wish tattoos were actually widely accepted. Even though the majority of people have them, I still have to deal with a good amount of crap because of them. Mostly in the job world... even from managers that personally have one themselves.
I have about 37 hours of tattoo work on me now. At least I think its 37.
but my right arm in completely covered, my chest from shoulder to shoulder, a good amount of my left arm, my shoulder blades, back of my neck, around my navel, the back of one calf and a small one just bellow my knee on the other leg. The top of my foot and some of my ankle is having artwork drawn for it right now!
I only have one I hate, the back of my neck, because the artist screwed it up. He has a really good portfolio too, I don't know what went wrong. I will be getting it lightened with a laser so I can cover it up properly, since of course, its all black.
Some of my older ones will likely get covered to make way for bigger and better things. in fact almost my whole left arm is going to be reworked when I have enough to do my second sleeve.
I got my first on on my 16th birthday, had 3 more before I turned 18. Thankfully, I don't hate my first one, which where tribal dragon wings on my shoulder blades. They will likely be covered at one point, but I do still like them.

03-05-2011, 08:05 AM
My only recommendation would be to get it somewhere that you could show it off when you wanted, but could cover it up easily for when it wasn't tactful to show. Like in a job interview.

03-06-2011, 04:31 PM
I have one on my hip, which is ideal because it is easily covered up.
I kept the design around a few years before I finally had it done. I think because there's a meaning behind it, it's not going to be regrettable. Plus it's not an overly done tattoo like the southern cross or butterfly >_< It's Mamar star from Mario Party ^^

03-16-2011, 10:56 PM
here's some advice (I got my first tat in college)
1. Get it in a spot you can easily cover it up. Many jobs are weary of people with tattoo's or won't hire you if you have tattoo's (like trying to get a job working with kids- tatt's are a nono)

2. Get a design that's personal and personalizing it more. If you find the design you want, I would add a personal touch that is your own flare to it. You will be more connected with it if it's more uniquely yours. I would also recommend against getting something like a band symbol or an image from a book, as you may outgrow the desire you have for said band/book.

3. After you agree on what your tatt is gonna look like, wait a month before getting it. This is your reflection time to decide if this is really what you want- and if it's the right design. After a month, if you still really like your design and are still excited about the tatt, then go ahead.

4. Research where you want it done. Make sure they do good work and they are clean.

5. the more elaborate the tattoo is, the more expensive it will be. Many tattoo artist charge by the hour, so if you are getting a full back piece, make sure you have $3,000 handy,since it might be that much. For a really simple tattoo, like maybe just a star somewhere, you will probably only need $50

03-28-2011, 01:35 PM
I have a bunch of tattoos, most look very random but its all things i like and make me happy. If it makes you happy go for it! Its your body :)

and remember that sometimes things that look simple REALLY aren't! Barcodes for example, so difficult even though they don't look it

03-28-2011, 04:20 PM
I've actually been wanting to get a Filipino sun (oh so original haha) with my grandma's initials. I'm going to get some tattoo paper sometime so I can figure out exactly where I want it. I just need the money...

03-29-2011, 07:58 AM
Hey Ive 2 tattoos and the next termin isnt very far. So I think if you make a tattoo with personal effect it will be inimitable. My tattoos are drawn by myself so no one can copie them.
So give careful thought about to make a tattoo. Sorry for my bad english :) Im from germany... :)

05-04-2011, 09:50 PM
My parents would have a conniption if I got a tattoo which is why when I get one I will not tell them; they are kind of old fashioned. Currently my list is Leeloo's wrist tattoo from the Fifth Element and a deadmau5 one on my shoulder outlined with UV reactive ink. And once my best friend and I decide we're going to get matching ones.

05-12-2011, 02:01 PM
most of the ones i have planned are things i've either drawn myself or ideas i've come up with that relate to my life in some way. i don't want to have a band logo or video game character forever on my body, simply because my tastes can change. what i do want to have on my body are things that are important to me, like my child(ren)'s initials (have this!) or my family crest (next one), or even something symbolic of my relationship with my friends or a known landmark from my hometown. i have had other ideas for things less meaningful, but i always change my mind. my family and history isn't going to change and those things will always be important to me

here's some advice (I got my first tat in college)
1. Get it in a spot you can easily cover it up. Many jobs are weary of people with tattoo's or won't hire you if you have tattoo's (like trying to get a job working with kids- tatt's are a nono)

it depends on what kind of job and where you live. i was a bus driver and live in a small town in missouri (very conservative christian here) and no one had a problem with my tattoo or piercings, although i doubt i could get a job in a classroom unless it was something like an art teacher or coach. it's still a good idea to have ink in places that are easily covered, no matter your profession. 90% of tattoos i have planned will not show when i'm wearing capris and a t-shirt, and the one that will show is family-related and could not be offensive in any way other than actually having one

My parents would have a conniption if I got a tattoo which is why when I get one I will not tell them; they are kind of old fashioned. Currently my list is Leeloo's wrist tattoo from the Fifth Element and a deadmau5 one on my shoulder outlined with UV reactive ink. And once my best friend and I decide we're going to get matching ones.

my parents freaked when they found out about mine, even though it's small and is in a place that is rarely seen by the public. i've had it for 5 years and i don't think i've even showed my dad yet lol. also, be careful with uv ink:
Safety concerns about UV tattoos remain. The chemicals that compose UV ink are not considered 100% safe due to the number of reported skin irritations. Numerous skin rashes, blisters and infections have been reported with UV ink. In addition, there is some concern that these inks may contribute to cancer.
taken from http://www.tattoohealth.org/content/uv.asp

05-19-2011, 05:40 PM
I don't have one personally,
but I'm wondering how you manage to cosplay without them showing if you do happen to have one.

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05-27-2011, 04:52 AM
I don't have one personally,
but I'm wondering how you manage to cosplay without them showing if you do happen to have one.

It's hard!! I use flesh coloured body paint which is fine for long distance shots but up close the colour does seep through slightly as my tatts are very bright. I don't cosplay a lot of characters that have all of their arms exposed but for the ones that do, I don't want to not attempt them. I know a few people who leave their tatts exposed and make no attempt to cover them so I guess its personal choice.

06-04-2011, 01:27 AM
My biggest trouble with tattoos is I'm afraid of commitment. I like to be open to change and try not to let myself get too attached to things. So I've been considering more solid tattoo concepts. I'm thinking I'll get "Joy" written in my mother's hand writing on my left wrist; I'm not to worried about being able to cover it (getting a BFA in sculpture = not getting a job where they would care anyways). I don't want to go off into a sentimental ramble, but my mother's always been a very strong and caring influence in my life. Joy is my middle name and my mother's first name.
Thinking it'll look something like this:

It won't be for a while (I want to take time to think about it more), but I'm pretty excited for it :)

06-04-2011, 01:42 AM
I have three personally, and the best advice I can give is to design them yourself! If you design them yourself they are more likely to mean something to you and, ergo, you'll love it forever. Plus self-design usually takes a long while if you care about your design being permanent so it gives you the necessary time to decide if you love it and what to change. Another fun thing is to draw the design in sharpie or ink so you can wear it for awhile and get a feel of how you like it~ All mine are in places only seen when wearing a bikini, this way I can show them off, but still be professional! So location is key!

06-10-2011, 11:23 PM
im actually saving up for mine now. my brother is working at a tattoo shop, hes not doing the tattoos yet though so im going to the shop he works at, they have very tight rules on cleanliness and sanitation. I designed my own tattoo, i will be getting it on my fore arm. i know thats a gutsy spot to put it but im a cake decorator and most places dont mind, and if i get the kind of job i want after school i will be wearing a chef coat which will cover it up anyway. as for cosplaying i probably wont be trying real hard to cover it up unless i do a cosplay contest or some kind of photoshoot.

06-10-2011, 11:38 PM
For me, I CAN'T design it myself.

If I do, I'll invariably realise at some point that I've improved so much that I can now draw so much better and I'll only see all the flaws in it and be annoyed that it's stuck on me.

I think I could do something simple, but nothing too detailed.

06-15-2011, 04:28 AM
does anyone know anything about specialist inks? i'm looking for tattoos that are invisible except under special conditions (magnetised UV, glow in the dark, invisible inks etc.)

06-15-2011, 09:11 AM
does anyone know anything about specialist inks? i'm looking for tattoos that are invisible except under special conditions (magnetised UV, glow in the dark, invisible inks etc.)

They exist, UV tattoos or blacklight tattoos, but I do not believe they are FDA approved yet. So at your own risk to put it inside of you~ :D Most artists do them as accents to normal inked tattoos tho, not as full tattoos.

Seiten Taisei
06-23-2011, 02:21 PM
I have two tattoos. One I have that my mother paid for as a gift on my 18th birthday. A butterfly tribal on my lower back. Got a discount on it, cause I knew the nephew of the owner of the place. On my birthday I have Tribal Feneir (the wolf thing on Cloud Strife's shoulder) on my left ankle. Once I have kids, their names will go around it. I refuse to put my husbands name on my body. Cause once you put your husbands/Wife/girlfriend/boyfriends name on your body, something bad happens.

I want to get three more tattoos, I find them highly addicting lol

I don't have one personally,
but I'm wondering how you manage to cosplay without them showing if you do happen to have one.

For me its very easy. I use normal liquid concealer and powder. Or when I am in my Witch Cosplay, I use concealer, baby powder, non-colored or colored hair spray (it works). Now with normal, a friend of mine use Ben nye(?) tattoo concealer to hide her tattoos.

06-28-2011, 12:36 PM
does anyone know anything about specialist inks? i'm looking for tattoos that are invisible except under special conditions (magnetised UV, glow in the dark, invisible inks etc.)
UV ink still shows. It's a nasty brown color in regular light. I've only ever seen it used to accent regular inked tattoos, which take your attention away from the gross brown colors :P

I have well over 70 hours of tattoo work on my body, all of which can be easily covered by clothing. I got my first tattoo at 19 and am now looking to get it covered. Don't get me wrong, I thought long and hard about ALL of my tattoos, and this one is actually a memorial for my grandmother. But the fact remains that people change. ESPECIALLY when you're 18/19. You have to not only think about the subject matter but also the design itself. Are you going to like both of those in 5 years? 10 years? 30?
The issue for me is this first tattoo I have is exceedingly simple in design. It's overly simplistic. I've since delved deeply into body art and have seen what a great artist is capable of. Now my poor little hummingbird memorial looks... dinky.. I wish I would have waited and spent more time deciding on specifics so I could have got a truly beautiful piece done.

Also, yea tattoos are hip and popular now. But you will still be judged on it. I live in Southern California, a place you'd think would be tolerant, and just yesterday I was treated poorly simply because I have tattoos.

07-09-2011, 10:11 PM
I don't know if I would ever get a tattoo, especially with how they fade in time. I do think they are lovely and can look amazing on others. However, it isn't for me. I personally would prefer to get more piercings, (only two sets here D: FOR NOW) than tats due to the fact they can always be erased if necessary without costly spending.

07-10-2011, 09:35 PM
Once I get accepted to medical school, I want to get a small Caduceus tattoo on my right shoulder blade. After each year of med school, I will add the EKG line (heartbeat line) below the tattoo. At the end of the school years, I want a little scalpel at the base to represent Trauma Surgery.

07-12-2011, 11:25 PM
I actually went to Tattoo School (yes, there are schools where you can learn this trade).
I have 3 tattoos (for now), none of which are visible in everyday clothing. 1 of those tattoos I did on myself :)

THINK about your tattoo before you get it.
Design ... if you can't draw have a custom tattoo drawn up (artists are usually happy to do this though it's usually a bit more) or if you know someone who can draw, ask them.

Colors... some colors do not show up on certain skin pigments or will turn a slightly different shade. Also, some people are allergic to some colors (most common is red).

UV tattoos....unless you spend a lot of time under a black-light for some reason I don't recommend this. In normal lighting it will just look blotchy.

Placement...certain parts of the body hurt more then others when being tattooed, do you want to be able to hide it or do you want to always showing, gaining/losing weight will effect the skin and tattoo.

Do you want it to have meaning? or Is it just for shits and giggles?

Cover Ups...tend to be bigger so really think about it.

Laser Removal... I've only heard that it hurts more then getting the ink done (I also don't ever plan to experience it)

Covering up your tattoo... make-up works and so do nude color sleeves

Fading... it happens over time there's no stopping it. Sun damage will accelerate it a bit more (wear sun screen). White usually fades the quickest thus it's usually used to highlight.

Scars... unless it's extremely shallow chances are the patch of skin won't hold the pigment. Don't be discouraged though because you can always create a design that will help camouflage it without actually going over the scar itself.

1st Time getting Tattooed.... bring someone along if you're nervous, ask the person tattooing you to explain the process if it will help, have a stress ball in hand [everyone's pain tolerance is different] (I actually carry one in my kit just in case). Follow the tattoo aftercare instructions.

If you start feeling sick...SAY SO that way the process can be stopped for a bit. I know some people may feel as though they need to man-up and just take the pain but really you'll only be hurting yourself. I've heard many stories of people passing out during/after being tattooed and have nearly been one myself (my teacher thought i was joking when i first said to stop). All you need is a little break and a lollipop/gum/drink/something.

Please, take care of your tattoos.

03-27-2013, 08:47 PM
I don't think tattoo's have as much of an effect as they did back then, but for some people they do. My family hated it when I got my tattoo. It is a large tattoo going from my mid-ribecage to my hip. My mom was totally against it until she saw it and said it suit me. My dad on the other hand refuses to think I have it and when he sees it, he gets very upset. So now on vacation or during the summer I have to wear a t-shirt and full piece bathing suit. I also know some families who don't mind it, since it is more accepting, but it also depends on the person's job. If you are aiming to be a lawyer for example it is very taboo to have a tattoo. (on exposed skin of course)

When getting a tattoo make sure you know you for sure want it there for the rest of your life. Also think about where it is going to be placed and the size and take into consideration the pain factor. Like the guy above says (btw great tips). A story from my own experience. I went into the shop knowing that my tattoo would take about 2 hours and hurt more than I could ever imagine (knowing I have a low pain tolerance). Also look for a good tattoo shop. Do a ton of searches on the internet, ask people. The tattoo shop I went to messed up with the black ink and most of it is grey. It may also do with the fact that I was cringing in pain 50% of the time, but I found out after that some people didn't find the place I went to very reputable. None the less I will be going back for touchups.

On the note of symbolism, as long as it is symbolic to you and you know for absolute sure that in the future you will still look at it and not regret it your good. My tattoo was very looked down because of this, here is what it looks like (even the colour) http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/065/f/e/mew_commission_by_canyx-d4rxzdk.png
Another option is try to see if there is a tattoo shop which offers temporary tattoos. I know one of the stores near me has it. Basically it last about a week and it lets you see if you would like something there forever. If this option is not available try just drawing the outline on with liquid eyeliner and wear it for a day. (it sounds very childish but I found it helped me)

Hope this helps.

05-16-2013, 09:42 AM
I have 5, and I only regret one.

My advice? Think about it for a long time. At least a month. The only tattoo I regret is one I got on a whim. I didn't think about it much at all. It's not awful, especially since its on my spine and I can't see it ^^;

05-17-2013, 04:55 AM
Tattoos have gotten mainstream in a way, probably because they have become more socially acceptable. I'm newly 18 (legal tattoo age in Australia) and I've only gotten one so far- a Raichu on my foot.
Many of my plans have to do with anime and video games because that's what I grew up on and made me happy. However, all my ideas I have to plan around visibility so I can still get whatever job I want and don't have to spend a fortune to cover it up for cosplay. :D

05-20-2013, 01:56 AM
I have a total of four tattoos, one of which is combined to look like one whole tattoo. I am currently 19 and I got my first 2 when I was 18 and my other two when after I turned 19.

I have three on my legs and one on my forearm. I have cat paws with a little W underneath it on one leg and a Hibiscus on the other. Then on my forearm I have a skeleton key with the words Faith, Dream and Believe beneath it.

The only tattoo I regret getting is my Hibiscus. It was on a whim and I think it's beyond ugly. Now that it's hot outside, it's hard to cover it up. I'm ashamed of it so I am getting it fixed or covered up when I get the chance.

I have a summer job that doesn't judge me based on my tattoos but for interviews like at my college, I do cover them up just in case which is hard to do because of my forearm tattoo.

Seriously consider and think about your tattoo before you get it done!

I look at my paws and my skeleton key everyday and I think about the memories that come with it and I remember why I got it, they're happy memories. I look at my flower and I think about how I stupid I was. THINK IT THROUGH!

"My body is my journal. My tattoos are my story." -Johnny Depp

04-01-2014, 07:31 PM
I don't have one, but am toying with the idea of getting one that looks like this, this is my favorite version of the genderfluid symbol: http://lgbtqniversity.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/whitehead-link-alternative-sexuality-symbol-svg.png?w=300&h=230

However, I have no idea where on my body I'd want it, and I'm not even sure if I'll still want it in the future. So I'm going to wait a few years before making any permanent decisions.

I don't think tats should be a problem in the workplace unless it's something extremely offensive like a Charles Manson swastika on your forehead.

05-31-2014, 01:34 AM
I don't have one, and I don't think I'd ever want to get one, because the only one I ever fantasize myself having is one I KNOW I would regret: a sleeve of the last level of Lemmings:


It's cool, it's meaningful, it's a gigantic wad of solid black ink covering 80% of my arm. Lemmings was a very important piece of my childhood, but I would kick myself forever if I did it.

06-12-2014, 06:39 AM
I have this behind my ear to represent my family:

And soon I want this on the back of my neck:

I also want some lyrics from a couple different songs tattooed on me somewhere, but I haven't decided where yet. I know that I want these lyrics both in a typewriter font.

The first is "A constellation of tears on your lashes; burn everything you love and burn the ashes."

And the second is "There is a light that never goes out."

Those are all the tattoos I have or have planned for now. I know I want lots of tattoos at some point in my life, but not right now, because covering all of them up for cosplay would be a pain, so for now I'll stick to just having a few.

06-18-2014, 02:14 PM
I don't have a completed pic of this one, but it is complete! That big bow is a measuring tape. It represents my love of costumes and sewing. Simple.

I have 3 more but don't have any glamour shots of them.

One is an ambigram on my hip that reads Rest in Peace - Jim Sullivan which my best friend and I both got to commemorate a great musician from the band that brought us together, Avenged Sevenfold. Went together, same artist, and it was the first time we met in person.

I have an 8-pointed star on the top of my right foot with an M in the center, for my sister's first initial (she has the same star on her left foot with my first initial because I'm a righty and she's a lefty). We went together and sat next to each other.

And last, my favourite story to tell. I was once a young, dumb teenager. I wanted a first tattoo, and couldn't afford to go to an artist, and was too young anyway. So I let my friend who wanted to be a tattoo artist take a sewing needle and some India ink to my left ankle and prison style tattoo a little outline of a star on me. Many shots and joints later, half the star was done, and I couldn't take anymore pain. She came back the next day to do the rest. Two years later, I went to an artist to get it done right (my first time going to a real tattoo artist) and I made sure the original outline had to be retouched and emphasized to be the focal point. Funniest part is that the amateur tattoo healed up just fine. The pro tattoo got infected.

09-20-2014, 10:18 PM
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That's my only one right now. The blue awareness ribbon is for child abuse awareness. I'm a survivor of child abuse and got this right before going into therapy.

11-05-2014, 12:14 PM
Not a big fan of tats. 99% of them look completely unaesthetic. That's mostly because that's hard to do - the human body is a 3D canvas with contours and definitions all its own. So most things that don't take that into consideration just look like out of place clipart. That's not to say that things that aren't abstract sleeves can't be done well - MC Ride for example has a lot of weird tats but they're arranged well and they create a balance of negative/positive space.

Tattoos are "in" now, and the cool thing to do, which makes me sad, because seldom do I see people do it justice.