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Arduinna's Avatar Arduinna 01:24 PM 03-14-2008
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I don't have any new ink. Just haven't been inspired enough by any designs to add anything to my body.

mom2snugbugs's Avatar mom2snugbugs 02:17 PM 03-14-2008
i hope this is the right place to ask this question.


I am thinking about a tattoo. I am currently tandem nursing my 4 yo and my 21 mo. My 4 yo dd nurses about 3x a week. My 21 mo ds nurses at least 2x a day, if not more. He is also still night nursing.

When I went to get a tattoo, they said I would have to stop breastfeeding because the carbon stays in my blood for at least 3 months, and it will get into my breastmilk. Can someone tell me about this?

TIA, and please point me in the right direction if this is not the place.
nnodnar's Avatar nnodnar 02:45 PM 03-14-2008
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When I went to get a tattoo, they said I would have to stop breastfeeding because the carbon stays in my blood for at least 3 months, and it will get into my breastmilk. Can someone tell me about this?
Unfortunately, I have nothing to back this up but, this does not sound entirely factual to me. Unless they are injecting tattoo ink into your blood stream I don't think there should be anything getting into your system. I wish I had more to go on than a vague sense of 'That's not right!' but, I had to throw in my two cents.
Eloise1980's Avatar Eloise1980 04:28 PM 03-14-2008
I have been told by most tattooist to avoid getting any work done whilst breastfeeding. I personally wouldn't. There is loads of info to support this out there, I'm sorry I don't have enough time to dig it out now but if I remember I will.

I have full sleeves and most of my legs and chest covered.
mom2snugbugs's Avatar mom2snugbugs 04:47 PM 03-14-2008
I'm going to google. Thanks!
momtokimari's Avatar momtokimari 06:00 PM 03-14-2008
I talked to a few people and came to the conclusion that it's safe to get a tattoo from a parlor you know to be clean and safe. So I got one after I had my dd. I brought her with me, and even nursed her there.

I got the ever cliche footprint tattoo on my leg. I think every one of them is special though, since it is unique to your child. For instance... My DD's footprint is only about an inch long because she was early.

I also have my mom's name in chinese on my arm, I got it when I was 16. And I had some piercings, but all that remains are my ears and belly button.
aaronsmom's Avatar aaronsmom 09:38 PM 03-14-2008
Hello mamas! I have 3 tattoos and 10 piercings (nose, eyebrow, labret, 3 in each ear and navel).
I was wondering about getting inked while bf'ing as well. I have 2 new tattoos I want to get but don't want to wait the 2+ years until DD weans.
spiderdust's Avatar spiderdust 03:46 AM 03-16-2008
Nothing new to add at this point, just subbing!
arwenevenstar's Avatar arwenevenstar 12:45 PM 03-24-2008
Okay, new question. I want to get a new tattoo done to symbolise our loss recently. I have actually been putting it off for a while regardless, the loss has just made me decide life is too short for putting things off

Anyway, my question is:

How long after having a tat done is it safe to start trying to conceive again. I know there are naturally toxins in the ink that get put in the skin and ultimately in my blood stream, so are there risks? Anyone know how long I would need to wait to be "clean"? We might start at the end of June if my body is recovered both from the miscarriage and the tattoo.

Thanks
spiderdust's Avatar spiderdust 04:10 PM 03-24-2008
I think if you get the tattoo within the next month or so, you should be fine by June.

I'm so sorry for your loss.
arwenevenstar's Avatar arwenevenstar 07:41 PM 03-24-2008
Thanks Spiderdust (and for your kind words too!). I think I will go over next week with my sister.
Arduinna's Avatar Arduinna 09:26 PM 03-24-2008
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Originally Posted by arwenevenstar View Post
Okay, new question. I want to get a new tattoo done to symbolise our loss recently. I have actually been putting it off for a while regardless, the loss has just made me decide life is too short for putting things off

Anyway, my question is:

How long after having a tat done is it safe to start trying to conceive again. I know there are naturally toxins in the ink that get put in the skin and ultimately in my blood stream, so are there risks? Anyone know how long I would need to wait to be "clean"? We might start at the end of June if my body is recovered both from the miscarriage and the tattoo.

Thanks
I'm so sorry mama. I don't know, I got a tattoo when I was pg with dd and she is now 18 and still perfect
caspian's mama's Avatar caspian's mama 04:59 PM 03-25-2008
i found out from an artist friend that it's perfectly possible to ink over stretch marks. (he did warn it might hurt a bit extra, though.) so i'ma be rockin something special on my chunky mama belly this summer, after i treat myself for my 30th bday in july. i can't frickin wait!!!
freeflykami's Avatar freeflykami 10:11 PM 03-25-2008
I have 1 remaining peircing, nose (besides ears) had belly, tounge, and another... plus 5 tatts
I havent seen the foot print tattoo... do you just take in the stamp of the foot you get at the hospital?
I have been looking for something for my 2 kiddos, but haven't come up with anything good... my name is japanese (means spirit of nature;0) so I have that kanji on my shoulder, and I wanted to get something for them to tie in with it, but both their names are celtic....
freeflykami's Avatar freeflykami 10:20 PM 03-25-2008
Here is a question, with summer coming up again... what do you say when kids ask you about your tattoos?
sparkprincess's Avatar sparkprincess 03:21 PM 03-28-2008
Yay! I get to join! I just got my nose pierced about 2 weeks ago and love it! I also have pierced ears, but who doesn't (lol, I almost typed "eyes" instead of "ears" now that's hardcore!).

I need info on keloids. The area around my piercing is red and slightly raised. I don't know if this is a keloid or just normal healing. The pics I saw on the internet were extreme so no help at all! I've never had trouble healing in the past so I'm not *too* concerned, but I want to catch it before it gets out of control!

TIA
HappyHomeBirther's Avatar HappyHomeBirther 03:35 PM 03-28-2008
I just got my first tattoo about a month ago, YAY!!!! I love it! And I am also nursing an almost 7-month old... honestly I just figured it wouldn't matter No problems, though. I got my forearm done with a lily and violet for my girls and in the middle the chinese symbol for goose, which is my sons' nickname. My kids think it's awesome that I have "them" tattooed on me! Oh, and I used breastmilk on my tattoo, along with what the parlor reccomended, and mine only peeled for one day and never scabbed I also have my tongue, belly and 2 piercings in each ear. Im planning another tat for this summer...
Monarchgrrl's Avatar Monarchgrrl 03:59 PM 03-28-2008
Sparkprincess, the red bump on your new nose pierce might be normal (but it shouldn't last two weeks, for sure!). Mine lasted WAY too long and I'm prone to keloids anyway. It got bigger and was on the inside and outside of the nose.
I talked to my piercer and she said that I had to soak my whole nose in a shot glass of hot water and sea salt for 10-15 minutes 1-2 times per day for at least 7-10 days. I read that in the instructions that she sent home w/ me but I thought "surely they don't mean the WHOLE nose!" so I just soaked the pierce site w/ a cotton ball w/ salt water on it. She said that isn't enough. After doing her suggestion of literally laying on the floor with my whole nose (up to the bridge) in salt water, it got better and healed perfectly. I truly believe that if I didn't do it, it would have turned into a keloid for sure, and no one wants that on your nose!

HTH!

Also, just generally for this topic: I have twelve tats and have taken out all my pierces, of which there were many over the years. I'm putting together my ideas for a half-sleeve. I hope I can do it by August. I really want to memorialize my brother with a half-sleeve. He was just killed in Iraq two weeks ago. He loved getting inked too, so I want to get one of his tattoos on me and some other representative things on my arm. I've moved around a lot, so it's been hard to really research and find the right artist to do it. Any recommendations for the Bay Area would be great!
sparkprincess's Avatar sparkprincess 12:12 AM 03-29-2008
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Sparkprincess, the red bump on your new nose pierce might be normal (but it shouldn't last two weeks, for sure!). Mine lasted WAY too long and I'm prone to keloids anyway. It got bigger and was on the inside and outside of the nose.
I talked to my piercer and she said that I had to soak my whole nose in a shot glass of hot water and sea salt for 10-15 minutes 1-2 times per day for at least 7-10 days. I read that in the instructions that she sent home w/ me but I thought "surely they don't mean the WHOLE nose!" so I just soaked the pierce site w/ a cotton ball w/ salt water on it. She said that isn't enough. After doing her suggestion of literally laying on the floor with my whole nose (up to the bridge) in salt water, it got better and healed perfectly. I truly believe that if I didn't do it, it would have turned into a keloid for sure, and no one wants that on your nose!

HTH!

Also, just generally for this topic: I have twelve tats and have taken out all my pierces, of which there were many over the years. I'm putting together my ideas for a half-sleeve. I hope I can do it by August. I really want to memorialize my brother with a half-sleeve. He was just killed in Iraq two weeks ago. He loved getting inked too, so I want to get one of his tattoos on me and some other representative things on my arm. I've moved around a lot, so it's been hard to really research and find the right artist to do it. Any recommendations for the Bay Area would be great!
I'm so so sorry for the loss of your brother.

Thank you so much for the info on the salt soak and keloid! I will start doing that tonight!!
chasnwhitrabbits's Avatar chasnwhitrabbits 01:13 AM 03-29-2008
Hey mommas,
Subbing to this thread..I have eight tattoos(three brian froud faeries, a design of three women dancing in the rain- its from a tarot deck I have and means celebration, a heart and banner style tat in memory of my father, some stars on my wrist and a symbol on my neck) and a nose ring, tragus, rook and my anti tragus pierced.. I really would love to get some new ink but I'm having a hard time coming up with any type of design plus lack of funds at the moment.
Anyway, does anyone know any good artists in the Tennessee or Alabama area?

Just wanted to say hi!
laoxinat's Avatar laoxinat 02:17 AM 03-29-2008
I have 13 ear piercings, including my tragus, a conch (pierced by DS ) a rook and several cartilages aaand a belly ring. I have three tattoos, a large Nancy Chien Erikson back piece, colored quite differently than the original, a Ganesha on my upper right arm, and a spirally rainbowy design on the back of my neck. I Looooooove getting tattooed, and I am hoping to get the sanskrit for Om Mani Padme Hum in rainbow colors down my upper left arm. I'll probably have a sleeve by the time I'm done
I designed a tattoo for my BFF for her 50th b-day and we went yesterday and got it done!
caspian's mama's Avatar caspian's mama 01:15 PM 03-30-2008
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my anti tragus pierced..
what's dat?
chasnwhitrabbits's Avatar chasnwhitrabbits 06:13 PM 03-31-2008
Here is a link to a picture of the ear with the parts named on it and you can see where the anti tragus is.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antitragus
Ruth S's Avatar Ruth S 06:21 PM 03-31-2008
Can anyone recommend a parlour in Portland (OR) for me to take my daughter to get her ears pierced? It's that or Claire's (just kidding).

Thanks!
LilMamiBella's Avatar LilMamiBella 06:01 PM 04-01-2008
I have one tattoo of a stargazer lily and I'm thinking of getting another tattoo. This time I want one done by Michele Wortman of www.hyperspacestudios.com
caspian's mama's Avatar caspian's mama 06:17 PM 04-01-2008
man, is there anything wiki DOESN'T know??

thanks for the pic. NOW i'd like to know exactly how one manages to get a frickin clamp on there, unless mine is freakishly smaller than most.
sparkprincess's Avatar sparkprincess 01:47 PM 04-03-2008
ETA:

Okay, never mind. I saw the piercer and she said that it wasn't anything to worry about and that I should apply tea tree oil 5-7 times a day and it would clear up in a few days. I started last night and it's already looking much better! Woo hoo!
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I'm sorry to keep on about my nose piercing problems, but I trust you ladies. I'm going to see the piercer tomorrow to have him look at my nose...I just hope he has good advice. I am just so bummed about this. I don't want to quit too soon, but ds' 1st birthday party is on SATURDAY and I feel so foolish having this huge ugly bump on my poor nose!!


Here's the rundown:
The piercing itself went well. No bleeding, redness or swelling. Things were great for a week. Then I was smacked in the nose TWICE by my 1yo. After that I started getting redness, after almost a week of redness I started getting a bump. Per advice here I started soaking it in hot salt water twice a day. The piercing site seems clean. I get a little bit of white discharge - nothing yellow or green. There's no pain, no hotness.

Today I was researching this all some more and I was reading about allergic contact dermatitis. The site mentioned that water blisters can form and I'm wondering if that's what I have? The skin is like an empty balloon (sorry).

Any ideas? I really don't think this is an infection. So I'm wondering if its:
1. a keloid
2. just normal irritation that needs to be watched but will go away
3. maybe an allergic reaction. I cannot wear jewelry with nickel and I believe I read recently that there IS some nickle in stainless steel, but supposedly enough to create any problems.



Thanks for reading. Any insight would be helpful!
kalisis's Avatar kalisis 01:01 AM 04-14-2008
Ok, I've decided to get my first tattoo. I'm totally nervous, but extremely excited.

It's a toss-up between these two:

This one on my back

or

This one on my hip, wrapping around towards my back.


I'll probably do them both, but have to pick one first. The back one is HUGE, but it's the one I've wanted forever.
fujiyama_mama's Avatar fujiyama_mama 05:38 PM 04-28-2008
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Originally Posted by sparkprincess View Post
ETA:

Okay, never mind. I saw the piercer and she said that it wasn't anything to worry about and that I should apply tea tree oil 5-7 times a day and it would clear up in a few days. I started last night and it's already looking much better! Woo hoo!
************************************************** ************************************
I'm sorry to keep on about my nose piercing problems, but I trust you ladies. I'm going to see the piercer tomorrow to have him look at my nose...I just hope he has good advice. I am just so bummed about this. I don't want to quit too soon, but ds' 1st birthday party is on SATURDAY and I feel so foolish having this huge ugly bump on my poor nose!!


Here's the rundown:
The piercing itself went well. No bleeding, redness or swelling. Things were great for a week. Then I was smacked in the nose TWICE by my 1yo. After that I started getting redness, after almost a week of redness I started getting a bump. Per advice here I started soaking it in hot salt water twice a day. The piercing site seems clean. I get a little bit of white discharge - nothing yellow or green. There's no pain, no hotness.

Today I was researching this all some more and I was reading about allergic contact dermatitis. The site mentioned that water blisters can form and I'm wondering if that's what I have? The skin is like an empty balloon (sorry).

Any ideas? I really don't think this is an infection. So I'm wondering if its:
1. a keloid
2. just normal irritation that needs to be watched but will go away
3. maybe an allergic reaction. I cannot wear jewelry with nickel and I believe I read recently that there IS some nickle in stainless steel, but supposedly enough to create any problems.



Thanks for reading. Any insight would be helpful!
I don't know if you're still wondering about your possible keloid/allergy. But wanted to chime in about the stainless steel. When it comes to piercing there is stainless steel and surgical grade. I don't know if there is nickel in stainless, but it completely irritates my stretched lobes. I can only wear surgical grade steel.
paakbaak's Avatar paakbaak 06:26 PM 04-30-2008
someone asked about what to say to kids about your tats...
my son loves mine, sais "tatu" and kisses them. i sometimes find him saying something like "ouch tatu" while touching his shoulder...it´s really funny!

i don´t say anything unless other children ask. the normally do, and i answer with the truth. nothing else to it!
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