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    #Dana [sign in to see picture]
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    Good Evening Honeys.

    So I'm thinking of getting a tattoo and don't know what to get.
    I do have some ideas however but would love some feed back!

    [1] what's your regrets.

    [2] What size is best.

    [3] Best place to have it.

    [4] Color or just black ink.

    [5] Names? Oh siblings Yes/No.

    And I must tell you it would be my first tattoo but I'm not scared of a bit of pain so please comment.
    Thank you :*)

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    Miss Stripes [sign in to see picture]
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    Hi #Dana, first off well done in doing some research first!!!

    1. I have two tattoos covering backs of my calfs, after spending a very long time researching to find the perfect tattooist for my second tattoo. I regret not having had the first one done by him as my second really shows up the first one.

    2. Size depends on what you're having and where. I went big because if I had of had mine small they'd have looked silly and lacked detail.

    3. This is completely up to you, mine are on the backs of my legs because they look good there but I can also hide them easily. They also do not cause me too many problems in the line of modelling I do.

    But make sure you think of

    'Will it damage job oppurtunities'

    'Is it an area that could be prone to changing shape' (such as stomach) as the tattoo can be affected by this

    'Is it hideable if needs be'

    4. I'm not a fan of colour, but prefer black & grey work. If you choose to go down the coloured route find an artist who is good at that.

    5. I'm not a person for putting names on me, especially not OH names. I personally would not put any names on myself. If I were to consider that, I think I would go for something unique and choose something that represents them to me instead of just the name. I also know far too many people that have had names, words etc and a few years down the line had them covered with pictures anyway.

    I will definitely say decide on what you want, and find an artist who specialises in that. I wanted a 'portrait' style image for my second tattoo. Basically wanting it life like. I came upon an amazing tattooist called Joe Carpenter who is highly recommended in a lot of places his pieces are like drawings.

    If you want portrait find an artist who specialises in those, if you want somebody that specialises in old school styles do the same....and so on. I wouldn't rush the decision make sure you're perfectly happy with the artist and the design.

    Probably find once you start you'll want more, I love mine and am itching to get the next one booked.

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    I have loads of tattoo's. Calves, feet, back, wrists, fingers, arms, back of neck . . . they're massively addictive and I found it hard to stop once I started.

    Pain wise, the only place that made me want to hurl the tattoist through the shop window was my big toe and parts of my foot. It hurt like dry buggery so the matching one on the other foot never happened.

    I think it would be wise to choose something small and inconspicuous to start off with. My first was on my shoulder blade and is about the size of a golf ball. It was something especially for me and I loved it. I think the back of the neck is one of the sexiest places you can get a tattoo. It can be hidden with hair and clothing and if people get the odd flash it seems to interest them.

    I have both colour and all black and I think colour is better. It's a lot more feminine but bare in mind all tattoos fade in time so some colours more or less disappear.

    Having names tattooed into your skin is an immensely personal choice. I have my son's name and my husbands but they're in Japanese (translated by a trusted Japanese friend) and I prefer this to English. If anything were to happen between me and the OH I'd feel a right tit having his name permanently inked into my skin and I've told him if we split I'm going to tell people it means dickhead. You can get designs where names are hidden within the image and this looks amazing when done well.

    As for regrets, I do have a few. One of my tats was done by someone who lied about their experience and it looks like someone had at me with a crayola crayon (I didn't watch because I can't look at my own blood without flaking out). Another, while I still think it's beautiful, is the one I have on my upper arm. It's massive and all black and grey and I feel quite self-conscious when I wear short sleeves. I wish I had asked for it elsewhere.

    Hope there's some info in my rambling you can actually use ;-)

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    Miss Stripes wrote:

    Hi #Dana, first off well done in doing some research first!!!

    1. I have two tattoos covering backs of my calfs, after spending a very long time researching to find the perfect tattooist for my second tattoo. I regret not having had the first one done by him as my second really shows up the first one.

    2. Size depends on what you're having and where. I went big because if I had of had mine small they'd have looked silly and lacked detail.

    3. This is completely up to you, mine are on the backs of my legs because they look good there but I can also hide them easily. They also do not cause me too many problems in the line of modelling I do.

    But make sure you think of

    'Will it damage job oppurtunities'

    'Is it an area that could be prone to changing shape' (such as stomach) as the tattoo can be affected by this

    'Is it hideable if needs be'

    4. I'm not a fan of colour, but prefer black & grey work. If you choose to go down the coloured route find an artist who is good at that.

    5. I'm not a person for putting names on me, especially not OH names. I personally would not put any names on myself. If I were to consider that, I think I would go for something unique and choose something that represents them to me instead of just the name. I also know far too many people that have had names, words etc and a few years down the line had them covered with pictures anyway.

    I will definitely say decide on what you want, and find an artist who specialises in that. I wanted a 'portrait' style image for my second tattoo. Basically wanting it life like. I came upon an amazing tattooist called Joe Carpenter who is highly recommended in a lot of places his pieces are like drawings.

    If you want portrait find an artist who specialises in those, if you want somebody that specialises in old school styles do the same....and so on. I wouldn't rush the decision make sure you're perfectly happy with the artist and the design.

    Probably find once you start you'll want more, I love mine and am itching to get the next one booked.

    Thank You Miss Strips. Everything you have written has been devoleged and has been a great help x
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    #Dana [sign in to see picture]
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    OUCH! Thank you ;) wrote:

    I have loads of tattoo's. Calves, feet, back, wrists, fingers, arms, back of neck . . . they're massively addictive and I found it hard to stop once I started.

    Pain wise, the only place that made me want to hurl the tattoist through the shop window was my big toe and parts of my foot. It hurt like dry buggery so the matching one on the other foot never happened.

    I think it would be wise to choose something small and inconspicuous to start off with. My first was on my shoulder blade and is about the size of a golf ball. It was something especially for me and I loved it. I think the back of the neck is one of the sexiest places you can get a tattoo. It can be hidden with hair and clothing and if people get the odd flash it seems to interest them.

    I have both colour and all black and I think colour is better. It's a lot more feminine but bare in mind all tattoos fade in time so some colours more or less disappear.

    Having names tattooed into your skin is an immensely personal choice. I have my son's name and my husbands but they're in Japanese (translated by a trusted Japanese friend) and I prefer this to English. If anything were to happen between me and the OH I'd feel a right tit having his name permanently inked into my skin and I've told him if we split I'm going to tell people it means dickhead. You can get designs where names are hidden within the image and this looks amazing when done well.

    As for regrets, I do have a few. One of my tats was done by someone who lied about their experience and it looks like someone had at me with a crayola crayon (I didn't watch because I can't look at my own blood without flaking out). Another, while I still think it's beautiful, is the one I have on my upper arm. It's massive and all black and grey and I feel quite self-conscious when I wear short sleeves. I wish I had asked for it elsewhere.

    Hope there's some info in my rambling you can actually use ;-)

    Miss Stripes wrote:

    Hi #Dana, first off well done in doing some research first!!!

    1. I have two tattoos covering backs of my calfs, after spending a very long time researching to find the perfect tattooist for my second tattoo. I regret not having had the first one done by him as my second really shows up the first one.

    2. Size depends on what you're having and where. I went big because if I had of had mine small they'd have looked silly and lacked detail.

    3. This is completely up to you, mine are on the backs of my legs because they look good there but I can also hide them easily. They also do not cause me too many problems in the line of modelling I do.

    But make sure you think of

    'Will it damage job oppurtunities'

    'Is it an area that could be prone to changing shape' (such as stomach) as the tattoo can be affected by this

    'Is it hideable if needs be'

    4. I'm not a fan of colour, but prefer black & grey work. If you choose to go down the coloured route find an artist who is good at that.

    5. I'm not a person for putting names on me, especially not OH names. I personally would not put any names on myself. If I were to consider that, I think I would go for something unique and choose something that represents them to me instead of just the name. I also know far too many people that have had names, words etc and a few years down the line had them covered with pictures anyway.

    I will definitely say decide on what you want, and find an artist who specialises in that. I wanted a 'portrait' style image for my second tattoo. Basically wanting it life like. I came upon an amazing tattooist called Joe Carpenter who is highly recommended in a lot of places his pieces are like drawings.

    If you want portrait find an artist who specialises in those, if you want somebody that specialises in old school styles do the same....and so on. I wouldn't rush the decision make sure you're perfectly happy with the artist and the design.

    Probably find once you start you'll want more, I love mine and am itching to get the next one booked.

    Thank You. And yes I did make sense of the rambling lol x
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    I have 6. One I regret as it's awful one day I will get it redone.
    I do have my husbands name on my chest (see profile pic)
    It's one of my favourite tattoos!!
    Also my kids names on my wrists, paws on my front wrist, and my dog storms paw on my back. Few more I want/need lol

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    I have 1 ,I wanted one foe a long time and finally got it done about 2 years ago,it's on the inside of my right hip ,about 4 inches long and 2 across ,in black and grey and I love it no regrets at all ,makes me smile every time I see it

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    My advice is take as much time as you want before committing. Only you can really decide how big and placement because it's for you. I would though advise against face and hands. Everybody is different on the pain front. I wouldn't say it hurts but the longer the tatt takes it does start to sting a little. I found my wrist tattoo was tender compared to my inner bicep. Back, arms and legs were ok. Saying that I have seen just one guy faint from 2 minutes in the chair but again that is down to you and how you handle it. I have a mixture of black and colour tatts. My preference at the minute is for colour. A great tattooist can do wonders with colour tatts.
    Again take time and be 100% sure before you have one done because it can be very expensive to remove if you don't like it.
    I don't regret any I have had done and will more than likely get more. It can be addictive😀👍

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    Oh i also have my kids name because they will always be my kids. I don't and won't have my wife's name because not that it wil but things can happen. Saying that I do have a tattoo that is like a family design that I had done for my wife. Like a mother holding her babies kind of thing.

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    choose a design and draw in on yourself first with flet tip pens to see what it is like and you like it where it is and the design which you have choosen

    felt tips can be washed off!!

    i did this with all the tattos ive had,you then have no regrets when the real ones are on your body

    hope this helps

    jill

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    I have 2 tattooos they are both butterflies 3 small ones on my back in colour and then one on my foot in black I love them both. I wanted something that was simlair to the first tat, but also in a a place I can hide and not see them ie put my sock on you cant see it and my back is usually cover because when I am 90 and wrinkly I may not want to have them on show

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    I have two tattoos--one on my thigh and one on my calf.

    I like both locations for a tattoo because you can get a reasonably sized tattoo in that space while still being able to cover it up if you need to.

    Both of my tattoos are coloured ones, but I'm not opposed to black ink. It's personal preference really.

    The same goes for names. Personally I would never get a name tattoo'd on my skin. For me every tattoo is a reflection of my individual identity, so I focus on tattoos that speak about me instead of about my relationship to others. Plus you never know what might happen with that person.

    While I don't regret either of my tattoos I do plan to 'upgrade' my first one.

    I have to admit I didn't do my research as best I could have with my first tattoo and it's not up to the quality of the other tattoo I have. As such I'm going to get it covered up with a newer version done by my current (reliable) tattoo artist. So no regrets, but room for improvement.

    One thing I was told is that once you've picked out a tattoo design you should hold off on the idea for a month or two and then revisit the design and think "Do I still want this?". if the answer is yes then chances are you're ready to commit.

    This isn't always possible (some tattoo artists put up desings online on a first-come, first-serve basis, for example) but I find that it's a good rule of thumb.

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    I like most of my tattoos. But my biggest mistakes were

    a) getting some the wrong size. I have a couple that are smaller than i would have liked.


    b) tattoos that don't match. Let my OH tall me into a design that didn't match other designs I have and subsequently got another one to try and Tie the two themes in, now I have two that do not match the rest of body.

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    protectyournuts wrote:

    I like most of my tattoos. But my biggest mistakes were

    a) getting some the wrong size. I have a couple that are smaller than i would have liked.


    Ditto! I had a gheko on my foot, but it looked like an ant!

    And don't pick your tattoo when it scabs, I've been left with a patchy cat on a moon and its ears look like devils horns, so really needs re-doing.

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    I think the most important thing to remember is a tattoo is way more permanent than a piercing (which can be taken out).

    I have four in total and I don't regret any of them, although the first two I had were done not exactly without thought but if I could change anything it would probably be for something different. My last two I absolutely love and both have meaning to me which makes them special.

    They can be addictive though so be warned.... Tattoos are like potato chips - it's hard to stop at one!

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    J the oh has a butterfly tattoo on each shoulder, I have never bothered myself, however one day maybe. I personally think femimine tattooos like butterflys, or flowers (roses) on a lady can be quite nice and artistic, in the right place. But I think massive tattoos that cover large parts of the body (a full arm) are a bit over the top. However I think you should get what's right for you, for what ever reason behind it. And finally your never to old to get a tattoo, my dad has just had his first tattoo for his 65th birthday...

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    [1] what's your regrets : Bad placement of a lower back tattoo. Take someone with you who you trust entirely! Being on my back I couldn't see how well it was placed, my so called friend said it was in a great spot, but it was way too low! Resulting in it hurting like hell and looking stupid. It is basically a buttcrack tattoo lol. Tbh the tattooist should have known where to put it. As soon as it was done and we had left my freind says 'oh it's way too low btw but I didn't say anything cause I didn't want him to think I was being rude'. Now I need it covered :(

    [2] What size is best: I'd start small for your first tattoo just to see what it's like before jumping into some huge project that you might struggle to sit through.

    [3] Best place to have it : Somewhere where your skin is quite thick would be easier for you pain wise, although I don't think it really hurts much (except the buttcrack tattoo lol) , my first was on my wrist.

    [4] Color or just black ink: I prefer black and grey with maybe a hint of colour, but that's personal preference. You could always go for black and grey and have colour added at a later date if you wish :)

    [5] Names?: If it's someone who means a lot to you then yes, like family members or pets. I have my OHs initials on my neck and he has mine on his shoulder, looking back now it was possibly a stupid move after only 3 months but we've been together 6 years now :) but I would advise against OHs names.

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    [1] what's your regrets.

    I didn't get the placement perfect on one of my tattoos. Don't be afraid to take your time in the parlour to get it in the perfect place.

    [2] What size is best.

    I have 2 tattoos and they are both about 2 inches across. But size is completely up to you. Personally, I think size should reflect, or work with, the body part.

    [3] Best place to have it.

    Again, completely up to you. I have one on my wrist and one on my hip. I am considering more in the following places: back of neck, shoulder, ankle. I also quite like lower back tattos (but my OH isn't a fan, and I would be concerned it could make me look trashy), tattoos around the belly button (but I wouldn't want it to get ruined during/after pregnancy), and behind-ear tattoos (again a no-no for my OH as he thinks its too near my face, but I am still considering it).

    [4] Color or just black ink.

    I don't have any black ink. One is a dark purple and yellow ochre, the other is a dark brown. They sort of look like henna and I think they suit my colouring and my style.

    [5] Names? Oh siblings Yes/No.

    I have my boyfriend's initials in Ogham writing. Personally, I don't actually like the way lettering looks. My boyfriend and I love each other and I like to assume it will stay that way. To live in worry that things might not work out is quite a sad way to live (although I, like most people, get in that way sometimes) in my opinion. If things do work out badly, I still loved him for so long and that won't be taken back. I like to think I could keep the tattoo anyways.

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    Well done for not jumping straight into it! Its often a very bad idea to get a tattoo on a whim, so research is great!

    [1] No regrets so far! But i've only had the one done.

    [2] My first tattoo was quite large but I wanted it to be so I could get a lot of detail in. It really does depend on what you want done and what sort of style you like. Something with little detail like an outline would probably look better small as it might look distorted or not be entirely obvious what it is. Similarly, something that is entirely filled in like a silhouette or a shadow might look better small as it won't be a vast expanse of black

    [3] Best place to have it? Again depends on what you want and what you are comfortable with. Personally, I choose designs that can be easily hidden by my clothes just in case for work purposes. I really don't think that having tattoos in any work place is a problem (although I draw the line at vulgar, offensive, or downright terrifying images and words) but there is still a lot of nastiness towards people with tattoos in a lot of work places.

    [4] Yet again, it's up to you as a person and the design you want! I got my tattoo in colour because it did justice to the design, however my next one will be in black and white as I think that will look better for the design I want.

    [5] I don't like names or words as tattoos. Mostly because I like to see tattoos as art work. You are paying an artist to use you as a canvas and I don't think that fonts are really representative of many tattoo artists sheer talent and scope. That being said, there are many tattoo artists that have lovely penmanship.

    All in all, do lots and lots of research. Find someone whose work you really like and talk to them about it. Don't go cheap, be prepared to pay upwards of £50 for the time and work that they are doing. And find somewhere that is friendly and will talk you through it all, but above all somewhere that is safe and sanitary. A great tattooists will operate a little like a hospital: gloves, sterile equipment, safety procedures and declaration forms. they will also show you that they are using a new sterile needle and where their equipment is washed and sterilised.

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    [1] No regrets as such, just wishing I didn't have to leave it six months at a time between sessions due to sea trips.

    [2] That depends on you and wht you are comfortable with. My first tattoo covered the entirety of my left upper arm. It was done in sessions while I was shore side when I serving in the Merchant Navy. It's a detailed piece in black and white (though the white has faded now) of five dragons.

    [3] That depends on you, though I would discourage facial tattoos and ones on the neck as employers tend to frown on those. Personally I don't care who sees my ink, but it can still be covered by a short sleeved work short for times when having them out under the sun isn't appropriate.

    [4] Personally I think greyscale is prettier, it lasts longer and I'm allergic to some coloured inks, again it's down to you.

    [5] My personal opinion. No way in hell. Nah can't stand names as tattoos, words yes but perhaps if they are done in Kanji or other pictoral alphabets. It's down to you though.

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