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post #521 of 703
Hello all

I haven't posted in forever, but just wanted to say a hello to all the tattooed and pierced mama's out there

To recap I am a heavily tattooed mama with a chest piece and working on my sleeves and I also have my ears stretched to 1 inch. I also have one branding. Ive been having a hard time finding mothers to relate to in my town. I wish I lived in a bigger town with a larger community of heavily tattooed mothers. So I figured id come back on here and find some support from other tattooed parents.
post #522 of 703
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Originally Posted by MittensKittens View Post
Have you got any suggestions for me? I want something representing the birth of my two kids (UC) and my own "rebirth" as a mother. I'd like something non-cliche . Input welcome
I tend to go for the most traditional and universal symbols of everything, so sorry for the impending cliches:

Birth and rebirth (involving the element of death, (re-)immersion in the nurturing but also destructive feminine element) are most commonly represented through images involving water - the feminine, destructive (flood, drowning) and nurturing (irrigation, quenching thirst) element. Think of myths of heroes' descent into watery hells to combat sea beasts and dragons, while liberating heroines or retrieving treasure... or think of baptism and Christ's descent into Hell - submersion and then resurrection

There's the water symbol (two wavy lines), ancient Christian water symbols such as the fish, the boat, the anchor (my fave - steadfastness amidst the watery chaos of Nature but also willingness to be submerged in it and rise again - as you do during birth, childbirth and death)... the phoenix (now that's a real cliche )

I've wanted an anchor/crux dissimulata for a long time and I don't care if people confuse me with Popeye. For me, it also represents going through the hell and chaos of PPD and remaining... alive? (I can't brag about much more than that) But I'm pg again and it will be a long time before I have actual EXTRA cash anyway, so... it'll have to wait.
post #523 of 703
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Originally Posted by Litcrit View Post
I tend to go for the most traditional and universal symbols of everything, so sorry for the impending cliches:

Birth and rebirth (involving the element of death, (re-)immersion in the nurturing but also destructive feminine element) are most commonly represented through images involving water - the feminine, destructive (flood, drowning) and nurturing (irrigation, quenching thirst) element. Think of myths of heroes' descent into watery hells to combat sea beasts and dragons, while liberating heroines or retrieving treasure... or think of baptism and Christ's descent into Hell - submersion and then resurrection

There's the water symbol (two wavy lines), ancient Christian water symbols such as the fish, the boat, the anchor (my fave - steadfastness amidst the watery chaos of Nature but also willingness to be submerged in it and rise again - as you do during birth, childbirth and death)... the phoenix (now that's a real cliche )

I've wanted an anchor/crux dissimulata for a long time and I don't care if people confuse me with Popeye. For me, it also represents going through the hell and chaos of PPD and remaining... alive? (I can't brag about much more than that) But I'm pg again and it will be a long time before I have actual EXTRA cash anyway, so... it'll have to wait.

Hey, Litcrit! You here? Long time no see !

I love the water idea, and apart from the qualities you mention, water also symbolizes flexibility and adaptability in Asian thinking. I am going to toy with that idea, and see if I can come up with anything nice. Talking about cliches, yin and yang in some form is another one I have been contemplating. Of course, that doesn't represent birth and rebirth, but it does represent balance and being at peace with oneself (as well as the two halves of the divided nation I devoted so much time to!).

Look what I just found on the web. Yin/yang AND water .
post #524 of 703
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Originally Posted by MittensKittens View Post
Hey, Litcrit! You here? Long time no see !

I love the water idea, and apart from the qualities you mention, water also symbolizes flexibility and adaptability in Asian thinking. I am going to toy with that idea, and see if I can come up with anything nice. Talking about cliches, yin and yang in some form is another one I have been contemplating. Of course, that doesn't represent birth and rebirth, but it does represent balance and being at peace with oneself (as well as the two halves of the divided nation I devoted so much time to!).

Look what I just found on the web. Yin/yang AND water .
Well, I'm stalking you, as usual

I LOVE the picture!
post #525 of 703
I found one I like even more now!
post #526 of 703
just an idea for the UC tattoo with the rebirth of yourself Mittenskittens have you thought about having a tatto of yourself in the birthing position you used and then have a yellow ora around your head for the rebirth expierience you had. Just a suggestion. I cant draw but if anyone else can then maybe you will get an idea of what i mean.
post #527 of 703
Thread Starter 
Is this still going on because I have a piercing question?

Long story short: After years of issues due to nickle allergy I started wearing barbells and loved them. I started with 18 gauge because I'd only worn earwires once in a blue moon. I moved to 16 gauge recently with no problem. What I'm wondering is how long should I wait if I decide to go to 14?
post #528 of 703
I'm sure those with more experience will chime in, but I've heard at least two weeks. I usually just wait until the current gauge feel comfortable and moves around easily in the hole.
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post #530 of 703
Thread Starter 
Thanks Lily, I just put these in last week and they feel fine but I'm not wanting to rush it.

Your new tattoo is lovely.
post #531 of 703
I have a question -- a boring about boring earlobes, sorry

I had to stop wearing my earrings due to sensitivity to pretty much any kind of metal I tried (still not sure what the actual culprit is, but it's apparently in a lot of metals; OR I'm sensitive to more than one metal.) Anyway, I finally have earrings with titanium posts, and I can wear them with zero problems. The trouble is that two of my holes (I have four in each lobe) seem to have healed over in the middle, there is something in there blocking the post from going through...I'm assuming some kind of keloid? My question is, can I safely just "re-pierce" it myself through that scar tissue (hygienically, of course)? Do I need to have a pro do it? Or do I have to write off those holes for good? Anyone know about this?


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Love it!
post #532 of 703
Thread Starter 
You allergy is probably to nickle, you should be able to safely wear implant grade surgical steel and niobium also. At least I know I don't react to those either, I'm wearing titanium right now too.

As for your holes, it's really unlikely to be a keloid. Were your second holes fully healed before you stopped wearing jewelry? If they were it's possible they can have jewelry reinserted but I'd go to a very good experienced piercer and have them try with an insertion taper. I would not try at home. I actually have second holes I'm debating doing that with myself.
post #533 of 703
Funny you mention that, Collinsky and Arduinna. I was visiting family in Pennsylvania recently and went to Infinite in Philadelphia two weeks ago and had the second holes in my ears opened up. They were originally done was I was maybe 12 years old and never healed nicely. Any time I put earrings in, they got hot and red. I didn't understand proper aftercare, of course. Anyway, for years, I'd use them intermittently and deal with the pain til I got tired of it and take them out again.

So, while at Infinite for some other piercings, I asked them to fix my ears. He used a taper and they were open, but microscopically tiny holes, LOL. Now, I've got 18ga anatometal screw on studs in there. Had three days of warm/red, but have left them alone. I intended to soak them, but just didn't get to it, and they seem to be well on their way to healing.

I had gone to Infinite with the intention of two 8 or 10 ga outer labia piercings. I planned to ga them to about 4 for jeweled eyelets. But, the plans I had for the next several days after piercing would have left me VERY sore and irritated. So, after chatting extensively with DH and the piercer, I went for a VCH (vertical clit hood). It was super quick, hurt for a moment and then NO pain at all after. The whole area did bruise heavily and was a bit swollen for a few days. That swelling caused it to peel like a sunburn, which was shocking. Anyway, it's comfortable and looks great, though my anatomy causes it to sit a little off-center. Maybe when I change to shorter jewelry later, it won't do that. I don't know. Regardless, I love it.
post #534 of 703
Thread Starter 
I haven't made a final decision what to do about my second holes, I got mine 20 years ago and they were fully healed before I abandoned them and decided to stop wearing jewelry in them.

I just got my first pair of anatometal CBRs in the mail today in blurple in 5/8" since I wanted more hoop style and I absolutely love them. They were so easy to put in too. I'm going to order more colors for variety. I wore some smaller diameter CBRs before and was using beads from my jewelry making in place of the dimpled CBR beads. 4mm- 6mm works great, I had some 6mm hematite beads I really liked. Hematite is a heavier stone though than the titanium CBR beads.
post #535 of 703
Thread Starter 
ooooo I'm so excited I got my second holes tapered today and was able to get jewelry reinserted. Only 18 gauge but hey it's a start. I'm just excited that I didn't have to get them repierced since I haven't worn jewelry in them for at least 10 years. I just had him put in my old barbells for now.
post #536 of 703
Thanks... I'm pretty sure that surgical steel and niobium would also work just fine, I'll be on the look out for those as well.

The holes were healed before I stopped wearing earrings; the issue is that the holes are open in the front and in the back, but there is *something* that doesn't seem to want to give at all in the middle.

If I go to a piercer now, will they do it? I'm assuming they'll just treat it like a regular piercing, and not want to do a pregnant woman? It seems a shame to wait another year and a half for baby to be a year old before getting to wear studs in these stupid holes again! (Minor frustration, I'd rather have a healthy pregnancy and bfing time than earrings, needless to say.)
post #537 of 703
Thread Starter 
It's probably just tight inside. My left one was a little more work to stretch but no skin broken or anything. They lubricate the taper and he knew how to do it so he could get the jewelry in. It only costs 10 dollars, but of course I tipped him well, I was so excited and thrilled I didn't need them repierced. Your being pregnant shouldn't be an issue with just tapering and reinsertion. And hey depending on your belly they may not even notice or ask.
post #538 of 703
Awesome, Arduinna -- thanks so much!
post #539 of 703
Thread Starter 
hey anyone know of an iphone app that you can keep inventory of your body jewelry? I have looked and haven't been able to find anything. I was hoping I could find something where I could inventory manufacturer, gauge, diameter, type ( straight barbell, CBR ect), material ( steel, titanium ect) and color.

I have a heck of a time remembering the different diameters of jewelry I prefer for the different types.
post #540 of 703
Hi everyone! I'm pierced and tattooed! I love love love both of these things

Here is a pic of my most recent addition-
http://i49.tinypic.com/qrlojn.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/2rdd98w.jpg

I still want to fill it in, but I'm preg now so that will have to wait.

BTW- I was just asking on another board who had gauged lobes and the only response I got was....

eek. No way Jose.

lol.

So, I am very happy to be here.

Dh and I just started a company making organic wood plugs. They are amazing, and we are having a blast making them together!
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