Tattoos

Adventures in Tattoos: Part One

When I was eighteen, my sister and I walked into a tattoo parlour and picked some bad flash off the wall. Luckily for my sister she was too young to be able to permanently mark her skin, but I got a cat on my shoulder.

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t regret it. I thought it was cute at the time and I was just pleased to prove I was an adult now, in theory if not in practice. It especially drove me crazy when people would tell me I would hate it in a few months or that I couldn’t know what I wanted at such a young age.

I don’t hate my random cat. At the time what I wanted was to be tattooed, and I did it. Eleven years later (!!!) it is time for a change, so I booked an appointment at New Tribe in Toronto and headed downtown this weekend for a consultation.

One day I want to get a knitting tattoo, but today is not that day. I spoke with Wes who helped me figure out the best way to get a raccoon on my arm in a way that would work as a cover-up, and he has some great ideas that I can’t wait to see. I’ll save those ideas until the drawing is ready and it is on my skin.

My appointment to get my skin painted by this talented artist is November 5th. A month! A whole month! I mean, I’ve waited literally years for this but a month seems insurmountable now.

I’ll explain why I want a tattoo another time, since I have a guest star (of a sort) for that post.

Tell me about your tattoos! Do you have any? Do you want any? Do you think they’re a pointless waste of money?

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22 thoughts on “Adventures in Tattoos: Part One

  1. I do want to get a tattoo…I just can’t figure out what I want and then I’m a little scared of the whole process…I see tattoos on people all the time and think they are really beautiful and I love hearing the stories behind them, even it it’s just a trip to the shop like you and your sister 🙂 Can’t wait to see the new ink and hear the story!!

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      1. I am thinking about an anatomical heart. Just an outline, just black. I think either on my bicep on the inside of my arm or my ribs…I have a feeling it would be my first and last. Now I just need the guts 🙂 and the funds 🙂

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        1. What an awesome idea! It’s expensive to get a decent tattoo for sure though. I got some funds for my recent birthday to go towards it.

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  2. Oh, I want a yarny tattoo as well one day! I have 4 tats, a fairy, my first, a small filigree butterfly (neck) and a tribal peace sign (lower back) that I got within a week of each other and a belly button piercing. That was a fun week. And a another butterfly made of my initials and the initials of my two best friends on my hip. We each got that the night (more so like 2 a.m.) before my wedding, a symbol of our solidarity as friends. I really hope to get several more!

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    1. That’s a lot to get in a week! I love it. I love the solidarity tattoos, that’s a lovely idea. My sister and I want to get matching tattoos one day of bees (long story) but we keep failing at getting around to it when I visit her, and we live quite far apart.

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  3. I quietly love tattoos, or at least the possibilities of tattoos. I’ll never get one myself though – I am extremely freckly, and that just doesn’t seem like a good canvas. Also not sure I could ever come up with a design perfect enough to satisfy me (it would have to be knitting related). I’ll just live vicariously through admiring others’s tattoos.

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    1. I’m sure there must be ways to make tattoos work with freckles. Someone below mentioned it, for example. But either way, I get what you’re saying about the perfect design – that is extremely important. Luckily I’m easy to please!

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  4. Lol, I am having my next tattoo on November 5th too. My husband booked it for my birthday, big 4-0 this year later in the month. I had my first tattoos when I was 23 and the one on my shoulder hasn’t held up too well. I’m quite freckly and also had radiotherapy there so my porky pig looks like his face has melted. I want a tree to cover him, he’ll be in the foliage and the trunk will be entwined lovers. I like autumnal colours, perhaps my freckles will help with that. I have several little ones that mean things to me, either the drawing itself is significant or the time that I had it. Tattoos are cool but as we grow and develop into the person we are meant to be maybe not every great idea is a good one , though I don’t regret any of them 🙂 maybe I would have chosen differently. I’ll look forward to hearing about your new ink 🙂

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    1. I love the sound of that cover-up tattoo. It looks like it would be a great tattoo, I’d love to see it when it’s done.

      What you say about growing/developing is so very true! I am with you; maybe I would have done something different, but I don’t regret my little cat tattoo. Except I wouldn’t have done it differently because that’s what I did, and I can’t change that! Does that make sense?

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  5. I want to get a number of words which describe what I am (cyclist, crafter, mathematician etc), and I’ve set a number of conditions for getting them (mathematician is getting my PhD). Don’t have any yet 🙂

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  6. I’m looking forward to seeing/hearing about your new tattoo! I don’t have any, never thought I’d want one, but ever since my dad died I’ve wanted a small eagle (his favorite animal) on the inside of my wrist. But even at 40, I think, “OH, but my mother would have a fit about this!”. Sigh. I’ll get it someday. I just need a tattoo-experienced friend to take me!

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    1. Come on up to Toronto. I’ll take you. Heheh. I love that idea. My dad hates tattoos, but my mum’s got lots. Dad won’t be impressed when he realises I’m getting a huge one. He refused to look at my wrist when I got the last one done.

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