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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.)
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.