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post #401 of 703
I'm planning on getting a tattoo soon (if I am not pregnant), and I would like opinions. This is my idea:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0/Photo103.jpg

My mom has ovarian cancer, so it's the ovarian cancer ribbon around her favorite flower, an orchid. I would like to get it on my back near my shoulder.

What do you think of it? Any tips? I've never gotten a tattoo before. I was thinking of bringing in these pictures, as well, so he/she can draw something up that will look better than mine:

1.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ink_orchid.jpg

2.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...hids_23748.jpg

3.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...76b20fc109.jpg

4.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...7ae127c6fe.jpg

5.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...mepb264581.jpg

I definitely want pink flowers, but I haven't decided on what shade of pink. Any opinions on which photograph is best?

Thanks!
post #402 of 703
^^^^Gorgeous pictures! Orchids are so amazing. That last picture of the tattoo is fabulous. I like the first picture for the layout and lighting, but the 4th picture is nice for detail. I would bring both of those to your artist and have them sketch something up for you.

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Originally Posted by tankgirl136 View Post
I have had mine done for years now and love it. BUT as much as I would like to lie to you it hurt and took forever to heal. Upper ear is a pita to heal, it just is. I had mine done with a bar but on advice from the piercer I switched to two hoops and it seemed to help so much.

Personally even as a fellow Libra I think one side at a time is a better bet since there are lots of things like talking on the phone and sleeping that could be very tough if you can't use either ear.
Holy crap, it never occurred to me that maybe the symmetry in my piercings was important to me because I'm a Libra! Wow...that explains a lot.

I'm thinking I might go this weekend and get one industrial done along with my nose. Maybe they'll offer a bulk discount?

I think there was mention earlier in the thread of re-piercing, but has anyone re-pierced their nostril? My original one was kind of off to the side and I really liked the unusual placement, but I'm wondering if it will be possible to re-pierce in that spot. I still have a tiny hole on the outside and no noticeable external scar tissue or internal bumps...
post #403 of 703
I got a new tattoo on March 10. It's my 13th. Here's the story. My brother was killed in Iraq on March 10, 2008. We always shared a love (and 'addiction') of tattoos and he would always try to compete with me for who has the most.

One of his was a shamrock on his forearm, so I decided to get a shamrock on my heart on the one year anniversary of his death. I also added the Gold Star Pin in the middle of it. That is something that you receive from the military if you've lost an immediate family member in the military. You're supposed to wear it over your heart, so now it will always be "on" me.

I'll post a picture in a little while. I have to get the Gold Star Pin touched up. I don't like the color work on it, so I have to go back to have him fix that. Once it's looking the way I want, I'll post a pic.
post #404 of 703
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Originally Posted by freeflykami View Post
Here is a question, with summer coming up again... what do you say when kids ask you about your tattoos?
My oldest, she's going on 16, thinks I'm strange some days and cool other days. I have my husband's name in Japanese - he wrote it himself, so we know it's correct lol - going down my spine, and one on my bum, also in Japanese. I also have three holes in my ears, a nose ring and belly button ring. My two youngest - under 3 - are too young to express much (though the two year old did point at my belly button this morning and ask what it was, she wasn't impressed with the answer lol). I just have to keep the 10 month old from pulling on the piercings.
post #405 of 703
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Originally Posted by Monarchgrrl View Post
I got a new tattoo on March 10. It's my 13th. Here's the story. My brother was killed in Iraq on March 10, 2008. We always shared a love (and 'addiction') of tattoos and he would always try to compete with me for who has the most.

One of his was a shamrock on his forearm, so I decided to get a shamrock on my heart on the one year anniversary of his death. I also added the Gold Star Pin in the middle of it. That is something that you receive from the military if you've lost an immediate family member in the military. You're supposed to wear it over your heart, so now it will always be "on" me.

I'll post a picture in a little while. I have to get the Gold Star Pin touched up. I don't like the color work on it, so I have to go back to have him fix that. Once it's looking the way I want, I'll post a pic.
I am so sorry for your loss. A tattoo is a wonderful way to remember our loved ones.
post #406 of 703
Well, I got it done! I decided against industrials. I went after work this afternoon and got my nose re-pierced (in a better spot this time), and a rook piercing, both on my left side. I chose to get them on the same side for easier sleeping/healing.

My nostril bled like crazy this time. I'm hoping that doesn't mean he hit something vital. It's stopped for now, but I'm keeping an eye on it.

I almost passed out--should have eaten something beforehand! I feel like a wuss. I think it was the blood, though. Just trying to prepare myself for birth, hahaha.
post #407 of 703

new here

Hi, I'd like to join your tribe. I have a full japanese sleve and and 2 swallows and a nautical star on my chest plus some others. I just got a madussa piercing yesterday also. My husband is a tattoo artist so he is covered also. I was looking to start an alternative play group in RI if there is anyone here from that area.
post #408 of 703
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Originally Posted by anne1140 View Post
I'm planning on getting a tattoo soon (if I am not pregnant), and I would like opinions. This is my idea:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0/Photo103.jpg

My mom has ovarian cancer, so it's the ovarian cancer ribbon around her favorite flower, an orchid. I would like to get it on my back near my shoulder.

What do you think of it? Any tips? I've never gotten a tattoo before. I was thinking of bringing in these pictures, as well, so he/she can draw something up that will look better than mine:
That's very cool. I'm sure you could just take your drawing in and tell them what you wanted, and any decent artist should be able to draw it up for you. Good luck! Make sure to post a pic when you get it!
post #409 of 703
Just wanted to tell everyone a update on the guaging process on my ears. I am excited. I am at a 12 I know not much but I am really excited. I found a store near me that actually sells really cute plugs and spirals.:::
post #410 of 703
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Originally Posted by clothdipemomof2boy View Post
Just wanted to tell everyone a update on the guaging process on my ears. I am excited. I am at a 12 I know not much but I am really excited. I found a store near me that actually sells really cute plugs and spirals.:::

One of the best things I ever got was a cheap caliper on ebay. Plugs and spirals can be off quite a bit, even from well known makers, which can damage your ear.

If you like, I can link you to the one I got.
post #411 of 703
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Originally Posted by Maeve View Post
One of the best things I ever got was a cheap caliper on ebay. Plugs and spirals can be off quite a bit, even from well known makers, which can damage your ear.

If you like, I can link you to the one I got.

That would be great if you would like to.
post #412 of 703
A micrometer like this works great. It's esp. good for the smaller sizes.
post #413 of 703
I really want to get 2 more tattoos to somehow remember both of my kids. I have no clue where to start though, I don't want just names, I'm clueless and without an idea! Any ideas?
post #414 of 703
Okay, I haven't been around for a while but I've been stretching my lobes still. Currently at a 4g. Just a quick question or two...

Did anyone have probs stretching while Pg?? One of my best friends said she couldn't stretch at all until late in the 3rd trimester, it was almost like her body wouldn't allow it. Well I was trying to stretch, it's not working, and I think I tore (small tear) my lobe. (Totally thru stupid mistakes...read...I fell asleep w/taper in). Which leads to question two...

Sea Salt Soak, where do i get sea salt? like at the grocery store? And how much salt to water ratio? All i've got is table salt and epsom salt but she told me that was the best thing to do while it heals. (And I've already downsized to let it heal up, I figure I wont stretch til after the babe is born).

TIA!
post #415 of 703
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Originally Posted by SeekingSleep View Post
Okay, I haven't been around for a while but I've been stretching my lobes still. Currently at a 4g. Just a quick question or two...

Did anyone have probs stretching while Pg?? One of my best friends said she couldn't stretch at all until late in the 3rd trimester, it was almost like her body wouldn't allow it. Well I was trying to stretch, it's not working, and I think I tore (small tear) my lobe. (Totally thru stupid mistakes...read...I fell asleep w/taper in). Which leads to question two...

Sea Salt Soak, where do i get sea salt? like at the grocery store? And how much salt to water ratio? All i've got is table salt and epsom salt but she told me that was the best thing to do while it heals. (And I've already downsized to let it heal up, I figure I wont stretch til after the babe is born).

TIA!

You use 1/8-1/4 tsp per cup of water. It should only be as salty as your tears.
post #416 of 703
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Originally Posted by 425lisamarie View Post
I really want to get 2 more tattoos to somehow remember both of my kids. I have no clue where to start though, I don't want just names, I'm clueless and without an idea! Any ideas?
I am thinking of getting the tree of life as a tribal then putting their names on it somehow. I think it would be great especially if we do decide to adopt later to add their names to it. I want to put it on my back or if i get it smaller then what I am looking at putting it on my other leg
post #417 of 703
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Originally Posted by Maeve View Post
A micrometer like this works great. It's esp. good for the smaller sizes.


Thanks I will think about getting one of those. They look neat actually.
post #418 of 703
I am getting something similar to this http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2161/...e02c80.jpg?v=0 in the next week!

I currently have a Runic Symbol for my husband just inside my left hip bone, this is sort of goign to be the center of the lotus. I am thinking that instead of the leaves, i want flowing water so that someday I can run the water around to my back and add onto it from there. Any ideas? I met with our tatoo artist today and he is drawing some things up.
post #419 of 703
My nose piercing had a keloid growth that would not go away. I had my piercer pierce through it again and took the keloid tissue off, now it is healing perfectly. If you can't get rid of it, go back to the piercer. As for tattooing being sdafe while bf, try asking a pedi. who is supportive of nursing and see what he thinks, I'm curious myself!
post #420 of 703
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Originally Posted by okasanokami View Post
As for tattooing being sdafe while bf, try asking a pedi. who is supportive of nursing and see what he thinks, I'm curious myself!

My husband is a Chiropractic Physician (in a state that actually appreciates the fact that Chiropractors have as much or more clinical training than DO's and MD's- his scope of practice is the same as a general practictioner excluding the treatment of infectious disease) He is a big supporter of breastfeeding and other natural/heathful ways of raising children. He said the reason that may people say not to is because of the risk of contracting a disease that could pass to the baby, so as long as you are going to a licensed shop that is clean and inspected there is really no risk. There is nothing in the ink that can pass into the milk or your body or whatever.
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