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01 June 2006 @ 03:17 pm
My Tattoo  
So I am finally going to get my tattoo done sometime next month. Keep in mind this is going to be on my upper left arm, close to the shoulder(easily covered by a T-shirt). It will be one color (black) and will not be very big (two and a half, three inches long tops). So that being said, you all can help me pick out which one I get!

Poll #740168 Tattoo Options

Which style tattoo should I get?

Style One
Style Two
Style Three
Style Four
None! Tattoos are gross!
None! I don't think you're a tattoo sort of person.
None, and if you get one I'll never speak to you again.
Oooh poll fun yay! *Click*
Other (leave in comments, and see note)

Note: to those of you selecting "other", this is not an invitation for you to suggest a different tattoo. I am getting a typewriter-style text only tattoo that says "no day but today". This is to suggest differences like capitalization, punctuation, or if you know of a better typewriter font. (I actually typed it on my typewriter, scanned it, and blew it up, and it didn't look good, so I had to DL fonts.)
Tam Chronin: Mad Hatter (bat wings)tamchronin on June 1st, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Clickey fun aside... ^_~

I like either one or three, but if you go with three I'd leave off the period if you're leaving off the capital. That could just be me.

So, there you go. My opinion. Good luck!
A Guy Named Goo: Angel Little Drummer Girlaguynamedgoo on June 1st, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot. ^_^ Yeah, I was thinking if I went with two or three, I'd leave off the period because it would become more a title/statement and less an actual sentence, plus I am already breaking the rules of grammar.
Hillary Elizabeth: Dont Cry For Anthonymakanani on June 1st, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Soo this is like my 3rd time tryng to post this, but I think you should do the first one but in all lowercase. Yupyup.
Samanthapyralisha on June 1st, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'd say number two or number three, plus the leaving-off-the-period thing...
eldritch thoughtformmanekikoneko on June 1st, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
Small tattoos tend to look immature faster. No matter which you choose, you should get it as big as you're willing to go. If you're sure enough to get it permenantly enscribed on your body, it should make a statement, and not look like you were unsure of yourself.
A Guy Named Goo: Anthony Rapp Book Coveraguynamedgoo on June 1st, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
Several factors went into choosing a small tattoo. I do plan to ultimately get larger ones, but I want to wait on those and I want to get one now. The factors are mainly money (I know: if you can't afford to get the one you really want, you should wait until you can), the fact that it's my first one and I don't want to commit myself to something huge and fancy that requires multiple trips to find out my pain threshhold isn't as high as I thought, and the fact that I am planning to get a pretty extensive surgery and where a lot of places where you could put a large tattoo would interfere (incidently, I plan to ultimatetly have a larger, more elaborate tattoo designed for me to cover the scars from the surgery, although I am told tattoos on scar tissue hurt like a sonofabitch). I also need something that could be easily concealed for work purposes and such. If I ever become independently wealthy, expect something more major and noticable. Also, the sentence is longer than it looks when put on my rather skinny arm, and I would like it to not wrap around my arm so that if I am wearing a top that could reveal it, a person could read it all at first glance without having to walk around me or me having to move my arm for them.
eldritch thoughtform: cutenessmanekikoneko on June 1st, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
That's why I said "as big as you're willing to go" because I know you're restricted by placement, etc. as well. As for cost, have you gotten quotes yet? Because if you're not going to some super fancy "we're a brand name" place, b&w lettering shouldn't cost too much. (Comparatively. Because you are basically commisioning a unique work of art.)

I can tell you about the pain. I have three tattoos, one of which is a fairly large cover-up, so I've been under the needle five times altogether. It doesn't hurt as much as you'd think. You've picked a good place, it's fleshy and not too full of nerves (my ankle bone was the hardest part, achilles' tendon was pretty bad too). If your artist is good, it'll feel like a mild sunburn. It'll be more surprising and tingly than actually painful.

You're right about scar tissue though. I have a friend with a tattoo covering a large scar on her arm (it's quite pretty, they worked the scar into the background design) and she said it was one of the most painful things ever.
A Guy Named Gooaguynamedgoo on June 1st, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
I tried to make an appointment to get a quote at one place, but they never called me back (they're by appointment only. They'll take walk-ins, but not during the summer because it's their busiest season, which the fact that they never called a prospective customer back leads me to want to stay away from them). In my area, there's basically two places: the one I called is the largest and most popular (and despite being the largest, only has three artists working for them), and has the best overall feedback. The second a few of my inked friends highly recommended to me and is supposed to be a little pricier, but I adore the work they've had done and would be willing to pay extra for something of that calibur (I think they only have one or two artists. It's a small studio, but it's very clean. That's why I haven't looked into some of the other tattoo parlors in the area: I have no guarentee of them being as clean, safe, or professional, and I don't relish the thought of getting Hep C).

Another thing is my mother wants to go with me to get one of her own (including one of cover up one she got with my father's name when she was a teenager. Although they are still friends and had a very amicable divorce, she doesn't want to have her ex-husband's name on her), so I'll probably arrange to have quotes done with her. (She got her tats done at a party. They look like prison tats, not to mention how unsafe that is.) She plans to get a very large one starting at her shoulder (where the one she wants covered up is) and going down her back.

Also, that ankle tattoo is awesome. ^_^ My aunt had one done on her ankle of an angel holding a banner with her twin daughters' names in it (she has two other tats with her other kids' names in them), and she said that the ankle one was by far the most painful. It was on the outside of her ankle, right against the bone, too.
gisho on June 1st, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
Have you considered splitting it into two lines, if you're concerned about the space?
A Guy Named Goo: Mark Filming by yodallamaaguynamedgoo on June 1st, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
I thought about that, but when I tried it on my computer and layed it out, it didn't have quite the effect that I was going for with just one line. Maybe I'm just a little biased because I got the idea from a movie poster I love (it was the movie version of something that means a lot to me in my life, that particular message especially, so it's not like I went "that looks cool. I'll have it permenantly etched into my body"), and it appears as one line on there (incidently, with no period at the end, although it starts with a capital letter).
Caitychibi_kage on June 1st, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
I think I'm with most other people on this subject; style number three, but without the period. I think it may make more of a statement that way, plus, it will look a bit cleaner in my opinion. The all lower-case with period just doesn't work well together in my opinion.
...stuff and things.deuceloosely on June 2nd, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
I voted for 3, but the period looks out of place.

Is there a specific reason you chose this phrase?
A Guy Named Goo: Angel and Collins by cephiedvariableaguynamedgoo on June 2nd, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
Short version: it's from Rent. There's a long and complicated story to go with that, though, before you think I am tattooing my latest pop culture obsession on my body.
Simple Sharon of the Knapsackssotknapsack on June 2nd, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
I voted for Style #3, but for pedantic English major reasons I would also suggest leaving off the period (so, ditto to the others who said that :).
random_beauty88 on June 5th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I agree with the masses - #3, with no period. Clean and simple.

You're really brave for getting a tattoo - I could never do it, lol. But you picked something great to get, so kudos to you, dear. :-)
Stars of Hopestarsofhope on July 29th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
So i was googling because i also want that tattoo i was thinking down my lower arm but i am unsure of what kind of writing and how it would look...so i did not do a lot of research on you lol...but did you ever get it or get any other good ideas??
A Guy Named Goo: Angel Little Drummer Girlaguynamedgoo on July 29th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Google
Stars of Hopestarsofhope on July 29th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Google
Nice where is it located??
A Guy Named Goo: Mark Filming by yodallamaaguynamedgoo on July 29th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Google
I said where in both this post and that one: on my upper left arm, near my shoulder.