I hate tattoos. The human body and skin is beautiful as is.
Clothes are bad enough but you can change them with styles, your attitude or physical changes. Tattoos are forever. Or really expensive to remove. With side effects going in or on removal.
That butterfly turns into a 747 with aging. The barbed wire morphs into a fuzzy great wall of china. Who remembers those ancient things or clever Asian saying?
Don't do it!
Last time I posted, the thread was closed. Somehow my book review was too controversial. I hope my art critique isn't too abrasive.
But if it stops one tattoo...!
That is really beautiful.
Good point. Also, while I was diligent with sunscreen while visiting my parents / the beach in North Carolina, I forgot that spray stuff doesn't get under the bathing suit. Consequently I have a tiny blistering burn that crosses my shoulder tattoo. Not great. The one on my inner forearm isn't so much at risk; it's an area that doesn't get as sun-baked.However, try to put them where you don't need surgery...they are really hard to line up properly when sewing the skin back together.
I mean, in the long run, we all look like wrinkled old men / newborn babies. I'm not a big fan of the slit look in the earlobes of older women who've worn dangly earrings all their life, but who am I to judge or care? We spend too much time worrying about what other people look like, anyway. The recent (not *so* new) fashion of stretching earlobes, with or without something in them, isn't my favorite, but it doesn't have to be. Then again, a previous co-worker of mine put motherboard-style capacitors in his, and that was pretty funny/cute.I saw a young lady today who had tattooed "sleeves" that we just incredibly detailed works of art. For now. Today. I wonder how they will age?
Maybe it depends where you are? I would guess that something close to a third of the software engineers in Boulder have tattoos. Maybe more than half of the men under 40. Lots of sleeves, even.I admit I always think of the criminal element in tattoo culture. Don't want any association with that.
Trying to find photos from a while ago ... when they were fresh. Would be interesting to now do a before/after ...
Agreed, surgery, that is one of the reasons to get "permissions from docs". Noy because of the aestethics of a adly joined tattoo, rather, what if surgeons needs to reshuffle body parts, or need to stick a needle right in that place where the tattoo as been drawn? I hope I will never, ever need pervasive surgery as I had had, but in case, I would keep my skin "untattooed" to offer the widest range of options...I don't "get" the tattoo thing, especially some of the creepier looking ones, but there are some beautiful works of art out there. I've slowly evolved past my prejudice over time and just accept I don't understand. However, try to put them where you don't need surgery...they are really hard to line up properly when sewing the skin back together.
It's not just t-shirts or kanji - one does need to be careful:
Reputable tattoo artists will not tattoo someone who comes in drunk to ask for a tattoo. I have a relative who got an extremely unfortunate tattoo while drunk and under the influence of friends. EXTREMELY unfortunate. He finally got it covered up, and the cover-up doesn't seem to be particularly meaningful for him, but it means he doesn't have to wear long sleeves at all times, as he did for years.These are always hilarious.. But, it's not all the artist's fault. Don't they stencil or draw the outline of the image to be inked FIRST then have the customer confirm that is what they want??? Just another reason this decision and execution should be done when 100% sober.
Not all scars are on the outside, and I'll leave it at that. I'm not qualified, this is @David Chaus territory.-
I do think there is something to the idea that tattoos replace scars. There aren't a lot of people these days who get a lot of scars as part of everyday life. Life, at least in the US, is pretty tame. So maybe tattoos are an attempt to in some way create that experience of pain and permanent impact.-
Beats me. I don't have ink, and I'm not actually planning to get any, but the thread subject is:Don't they stencil or draw the outline of the image on the skin location to be inked FIRST then have the customer confirm that is what they want???
IF I were to get another tattoo, it would likely be either a snowflake design with some sort of indication of movement/tracks ... or something involving bicycle chain links.Beats me. I don't have ink, and I'm not actually planning to get any, but the thread subject is:
If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be?
Quoted for future reference.
"If Found Return to: ______"Seriously, I have a friend who got the GPS coordinates of his favorite place to get away. It's on the inside of his wrist. Pretty cool.