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post #1 of 90
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Subject says it all.

Anyone here have them?
I haven't really decided if I want one or not, but I've been thinking about it for a few years now.
A lot of guys that I work with on fire departments have them, and no, this isn't just a peer pressure thing. It's kind of like a brotherhood thing.
Anyone have horror stories to try and scare me away?
If not, any suggestions as to what I should get, I'm thinkin upper back, either in the center or off on one of my shoulders.
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post #2 of 90
Tattoos are gross. Permanent scars, willfully applied. My signifigant other has one. I tried to see if I could scratch it out of his arm one time, but only because he said "you hate it, but it's not like you'd try to scratch it out of my arm." Didn't work, sadly.
post #3 of 90
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Originally posted by DMBand0026
...this isn't just a peer pressure thing. It's kind of like a brotherhood thing.

Nothing like making a claim, and then contradicting it without even realizing it in practically the same breath.

Feeling like you want to join the "brotherhood" by doing what they do -- that's peer pressure, alright.
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post #4 of 90
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Originally posted by Kirkland
Tattoos are gross. Permanent scars, willfully applied. My signifigant other has one. I tried to see if I could scratch it out of his arm one time, but only because he said "you hate it, but it's not like you'd try to scratch it out of my arm." Didn't work, sadly.

Oh man, funniest post I've read in a while.
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post #5 of 90
Tattoos are sooo 1993!!!

unless you live in the midwest which is about a decade behind+ the times.

Tattoos are idiot-cool

I would hate to have something on my body that I know I would be aware of every second, constantly self-consciouse . . . even if it was 'in a good way' like feeling 'cool' . . . wondering, or wanting people to see it and think this or that because of the tatoo . . . thinking 'hey tattood dude over there look at me I got one too' or whatever . . . ugh what a waste of mental energy . . and there is never enough of that stuff to waste!!


and also:
I have tried new clothes on that I thought would make a good strong statement and then found myself wishing that I could go home and change . . . too often that has happened . . . I would hate to have that happen with something so hard to remove
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post #6 of 90
If you did get one, it would have to be on the "fire" theme. Flame on!
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post #7 of 90
We've probably assured that he'll get a tattoo by now -- all he's heard so far is objections from commie pinko liberals
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post #8 of 90
Tattoo a cross to your forehead.

 

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post #9 of 90
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Originally posted by BR
Tattoo a cross to your forehead.

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post #10 of 90
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Originally posted by shetline
We've probably assured that he'll get a tattoo by now -- all he's heard so far is objections from commie pinko liberals

Nothing like the AO Politburo to motivate one to action. Works every time.
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post #11 of 90
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Originally posted by pfflam
Tattoos are sooo 1993!!!



That's exactly when I got mine- and I got it in the midwest on a trip back to visit a friend.

To be honest with you DM, I'd say don't do it. I don't regret mine horribly, but I don't think it was the best decision I've ever made.

If you do get one, make sure that it is a design that resonates with you. I chose a Frank Lloyd Wright design. So at least I didn't choose something that I'd have to change to "Wino Forever"
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post #12 of 90
If you want to get a badass pirate/biker/lumberjack tattoo, that's fine.

If on the other hand you want a tattoo to "express yourself" by "being different" (just like the others in your peer group who gave you the idea), don't bother.
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post #13 of 90
Hmm, at the risk of sounding old-fartish...

If you're an "artiste" of any kind, a biker, a gang banger, a carny working the circus, or just want fit in with "crowd", go for it

If you don't continue to do any of the above job descriptions for the rest of your life, chances are good that at some point you will think to yourself, "why the hell did I do this..."

My great grandfather fought in the trenches of France in WW1. He was a tough SOB whom lived to be 101. No ink.

My grandfather fought in WW2 and is a survivor of the Bataan death march. He lived to be 95. No ink.

My father fought in Korea and was one of three men to survive from his battalion. He's still kicking ass. No ink.

I served in the first farce, err, Gulf war. There was a lot of peer pressure in my unit to get tatted to show I was part of the "brotherhood". They are still my brothers to this day and always will be. However, I didn't ink up and no one could force me to do so...
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post #14 of 90
Here's how I see it:

Fashions change. The hairstyles, lingo, and clothes that make a generation feel badass eventually become an embarrassing mark of lameness to the kids that come next.

A lot of the cats that got tats over the last 10 years are going to be, or are, parents.

What do you think happens when their children associate tattoos with their parents? Right. Hopelessly lame.

Except, instead of being able to take your daughter's advice and get some glasses that don't make you look like a dork, you're faced with painful laser removal treatment and subsequent scarring.

Nothing that is subject to fashion should be permanent. Just imagine if those 80's hairdos had been carved into people's heads.
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post #15 of 90
^^^^^^^^^^^

Here here...
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post #16 of 90
Just got my third, all original designs.

post #17 of 90
That you're asking opinions makes me believe that you shouldn't.

I have four, inked between 1989 and 1997, and have not one regret about having them. I would've had a couple more, but my artist died suddenly, and I wanted my tattoos all to have a uniform style and technique.

Spend the extra bucks (even more than you'd think) to hire a high quality artist--even if you believe your design is simple. Visit tattoo studios in your area to see samples (usually a gallery book) and maybe a quick consultation. Don't drink alcohol ahead of time--it thins the blood and the ink will bleed out (there is blood).

There is a certain amount of acceptance on your part that this will be permanent, and because of this, it behooves you to pick a design that you'll always not mind having. Laser removal is expensive and the result, to me, appears worse than the tattoo.

Good luck, and your tat can be reminder of the camaraderie you've had at this time in your life.
post #18 of 90
I know one unfortunate guy, (now a senior Queen's Council Lawyer) who in his youth got his girlfriend's name tattooed on his arm.

He's been married for 30 years (not the woman named on his arm), and he gets shît about it every morning

Permanent reminders of temporary stupidity...

Want a relatively painless trial pattern which is temporary? try Henna...
Good for simulating the design and test-flying an idea, but disappears in a week.

Not that some folks aren't pushing ink at younger and younger audiences... TattooBarbie
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post #20 of 90
i've got two, a jolly roger, and a steal your face (i dont have exact pics anymore, but the gis is close enough), on either arm. the syf has a slight alteration, depending on the light you look at it, a joint or a cigarette hangs out of his teeth. i'm gonna get another one probably before summer.

tatts are really cool. unbelievably cool. but, u shouldn't get it just for others though. after a few days or so, everyone you know will have seen it. then its still there. then its there just for you. most of the people i know don't ask to see 'em so much (except, for whatever reason, my close friends who can't get enough). i really love em tho, so i make a point of wearin short sleaves, so atleast i can ogle em. and i think i read somewhere, or one of the artists told me, that the majority of people regret their tattoo less than a year after getting it. i've been lucky in that regard, but u should keep it in mind. on the one hand, a fireman-related idea is cool now, but if u decide in six months/years to become an investment banker, it'll be relatively strange.

something else that shouldn't be discounted is it does hurt. a lot of people try to downplay the pain, cuz they are tough guys or what have you. its certainly not the worst pain ever, but its persistent for a while. then, the natural endorphins kick in, and the pain subsides. at which point, you'll remember that there was pain, and it'll come back, or the artist will go over a bone. you might want to scope out an area on ur body that has a fair amount of muscle/fat covering any bone. cuz bone hurts in particular.

you should definitely do some investigations about any nearby tatt shops. ask the firemen around u where they got theirs, and if they liked the place(s). when u go in, make sure they get a new needle, make sure the artist washes his hands, wears sterile gloves, and all that health stuff. u can try pitching the idea to several shops, and get prices from them. if a shop is particularly cheaper, u should be suspicious, they might be cutting corners on the sterility stuff.
post #21 of 90
admit you want this one

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post #23 of 90
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Originally posted by thuh Freak
i've got two, a jolly roger, and a steal your face (i dont have exact pics anymore, but the gis is close enough), on either arm. the syf has a slight alteration, depending on the light you look at it, a joint or a cigarette hangs out of his teeth. i'm gonna get another one probably before summer.

tatts are really cool. unbelievably cool.

The above are exactly why I think 99% of tattoos, especially the one's men seem to go for, are asinine. They look like things bored 12 year-old boys sketch in their notebooks at school. Look at me, I'm a pirate!
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post #24 of 90
if you change your mind after the inking

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post #25 of 90
There is a whole class of women that won't consider you if you have a tattoo.

And, apparently, there's at least one guy who won't be cool with you either, if your boat floats in that pond.
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post #26 of 90
Tattoo = good. If you're insecure, you won't like it. If you're serine, you'll be fine.
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post #27 of 90
I'm sure most people who get tattoos grow out of that time in their life. I will be interesting to see all the tattooed elderly in 40-50 years.

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Originally posted by Akumulator
I'm sure most people who get tattoos grow out of that time in their life. I will be interesting to see all the tattooed elderly in 40-50 years.

"Grandpa... why is there a rat bursting out of your chest?"

More like, "Grandpa, why is there a flaccid, crumpled rattish thing drooping off your chest?"
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post #29 of 90
I am not a fan of tattoos. Too permanent if you ask me. There aren't many girls that I find more attractive because of a tattoo.

Kelly Rippa looks pretty good, and she says she regrets her tattoo on her leg

I'm not found too much of piercing either. I'm not sure if it's because she is cute as sin, but one of my friends got her tongue pierced and it's pretty cute. She says that she doesn't regret it, but there isn't really a point, just a waste of money.

Another one of my friends just got the incubus fish as a tattoo on his the side of his leg. Just don't see he point.

So my answer, is no


Edit: Has anyone see the salton sea though? That is a real sweet tattoo he has on his back. Good movie by the way.



The sun on the back is a bullet exit wound. The flames on the front of his arm, begin at the entrance wound. Sweet movie.

I think it would loose it's novelty after a week or two though.
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post #30 of 90
I never got one despite being a rocker and being in many scenes that made it very tempting to do.

Not for any of the usual reasons though.

I once lived with a couple other guys from my job and this other guy, who had just joined the company was staying over on our couch for a few days.

Turns out he was wanted for something and, as about 15 swat cops came into the apartment (I was awoken by a flashlight in my face from a cop on my room's fire escape) they rushed in, saw his tattoos and made positive identification on him - and he was face down and they never asked his name. They just called out the tattoos they were seeing which matched the tattoos they were expecting.

"Dragon?" "Yup" "Skull?" "Yeah" "That's him."

Now, the point isn't that you aren't a good person or that you have to worry about being wanted for anything (and ID's by the tats) but life is hopefully very long and as such you can't be too sure what situations you might get into (in different countries too) and you don't know how times will change for good or bad.

No thanks. Not for me. You can think it over, it's your choice. I don't think ill of people that get them and some are quite nice. But on the whole, I dislike being that identifiable - by anyone.
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post #31 of 90
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Originally posted by bunge
Tattoo = good.

Thank you for that stunning, in-depth, insightful analysis.
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If you're insecure, you won't like it. If you're serine, you'll be fine.

What would a serene person need a tattoo for?

Seems to me that it's much more often a matter of insecurity -- about fitting in, being accepted into the group, etc. -- that leads to getting tattoos. Perhaps, however, there's a state of mind where one feels serene simply by virtue of having shut down one's brain so that one can mindlessly follow trends -- I suppose I can see that kind of "serenity" leading to tattoos.
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post #32 of 90
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"Dragon?" "Yup" "Skull?" "Yeah" "That's him."

Given how cliche dragons, skulls, and other such tattoo designs are, those hardly sound like very identifying marks.

I suppose it's possible for tattoos to be true art, and for someone to reach a decision to get one that's well considered. But from what I've seen, that combination of art and thought are rare indeed.
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post #33 of 90
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Originally posted by shetline
Given how cliche dragons, skulls, and other such tattoo designs are, those hardly sound like very identifying marks.

I suppose it's possible for tattoos to be true art, and for someone to reach a decision to get one that's well considered. But from what I've seen, that combination of art and thought are rare indeed.

Funny, my spidey sense of what part of my post is going to be picked apart went off as I wrote that.

Those are generic. I should have said that. I don't recall the specifics. They don't matter. Had they been the most elaborate, most exquisite, most stunningly original examples of the art form, it'd have had the same net result - identification.

The point is that it was a specific set of tattoos (and known locations thereof as well) they were looking for. If you get enough info, no combination of tats (no matter how generic or original) will make them useless for identification. It can only help.

They are extremely helpful for law enforcement (whereas names, hair and even faces change). Once can only assume tats have been used as identification for criminal or other uses as well.

Again, get as many as you want. But that's my take on the subject.
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post #34 of 90
I like tattoos a lot, but I'd never get one. They are just too permanent - I know that I would get tired of wearing the same tattoo all the time.

If they could make a tattoo that lasted for a year or so I would go for it, unfortunately the choice seems to be permanent or henna, which only lasts a few weeks.
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post #35 of 90
I've seen some *GORGEOUS* ones, and ones that left me going 'eh'... and some that I just have to wonder what the hell they were thinking.

One of my favorites is on a young woman I know who has two light greyscale wing *stubs* on her shoulder blades. It looks like she once *had* wings, but they were, er, pulled off. Okay, that doesn't sound nearly as interesting or beautiful as it actually is... it's really quite subtle and a neat effect, and something that she can easily keep hidden if she so desires.

Many tattoos suck, some are outright beautiful, like any artwork. I've been working on and refining one of my own design for myself for, um... 11 years? Since the design hasn't changed in the last two, I think I'm finally ready to have it applied. But it isn't something I'd rush into. (My biggest concern isn't wanting it removed afterwards, but liking it *so* much that I then *do* rush into more of them, and regretting *those*...)

My planned one has jack squat to do with peer pressure, following a crowd or trying to be cool... it's something I've wanted to do since long before the bodmod fad hit, and actually has meaning for me. Unfortunately I think that's not usually the case.
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post #36 of 90
Get A Picture of President bush tattooed on your ass.
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post #37 of 90
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No, you want these two...

I wouldn't get those if I were you, I heard they come off with the slightest bit of transpiration...

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Originally posted by shetline
Thank you for that stunning, in-depth, insightful analysis.

What would a serene person need a tattoo for?

Seems to me that it's much more often a matter of insecurity -- about fitting in, being accepted into the group, etc. -- that leads to getting tattoos. Perhaps, however, there's a state of mind where one feels serene simply by virtue of having shut down one's brain so that one can mindlessly follow trends -- I suppose I can see that kind of "serenity" leading to tattoos.

If you only view a tattoo as following a trend then you're not really enlightened enough to add to this thread. I already said that if you're insecure, don't do it. If you're clear headed about why you're doing it, if you are in line with the decision, there's nothing worth forgetting. If you do it because you're a trend following moron and you ever grow out of that stage, you'll look back at your tattoo and feel like an idiot.

Why on earth wouldn't a serene person need a tattoo? Everyone likes art. Your understanding of a tattoo is obviously very one-sided and jaded. You don't seem to have any real understanding of the issue.
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post #39 of 90
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Why on earth wouldn't a serene person need a tattoo? Everyone likes art. Your understanding of a tattoo is obviously very one-sided and jaded. You don't seem to have any real understanding of the issue.

While I can't get inside the head of everyone who gets tattooed, I can see the end results, and they very rarely qualify as "art", or at least very good art.

Using your own body as a nearly permanent canvas for banal, trite, and naive "art" seems like very poor decision making and very poor taste to me.

Maybe, for instance, a few people here consider that large back tattoo pictured in this thread, of a death figure with its arms outstretched over trees (In a swamp, perhaps? Hard to tell.), with a bullet-wound sun, to be "art".

To me, it looks like the cartoonish side of the talent of a moderately capable art student brought to bear in rendering the "really kewl idea" of a twelve year old.

Your mileage may vary.
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post #40 of 90
A former girlfriend of mine had a housemate who decided to get a tattoo with her best friend. They went to the tattoo shop together to get the word 'friend' tattooed in a Japanese character on their arms. Friend goes in for her tattoo, housemate waits, looking at the catalogue.

It's housemate's turn under the needle. While she has been waiting she has decided not to get 'friend'. Instead she gets 'soup'. She saw it in the catalogue and thought it would be funny.

Friend was very pissed off.
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