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I now have my appointment for my tattoo (next week). It will be flowers - the birth flower / color of both of my boys and my husband with a celtic knot heart also (I have an "idea" what it'll look like, but the tattooist is finishing the design). It won't be super tiny or really large - probably a about a 3-5 inch design.<br>
I am fairly sure I want to get the tattoo on/near/around my ankle / foot... but... I would love to have input about that! Once my kids are in school full time, I will go back to work (as a Speech Therapist = professional setting) and will definitely need to be able to conceal my tattoo. Depending on the setting only pants (well, or skirts, but I'll pretty much never wear one at work!) are allowed (not capris or that kind of thing), so overall it *should* be fairly easy to conceal.<br>
Also of note, my husband is not exactly thrilled with the idea of it.. he realizes it is something I want and will be supportive....<br><br>
So, I guess my questions are: 1) where on my ankle/foot might "look" best (inside / outside of ankle, top of foot / ankle??) and be easiest to conceal?<br>
2) I HATE needles, but realize that this is not the same as a needle going into me per se... but is there anything I can / should do during the actual tattooing to reduce discomfort / pain (e.g., I've read to suck on hard candies... does that really help?)?<br><br>
Any input, thoughts, advice is welcomed!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Have you considered getting the tattoo elsewhere?<br><br>
Will it be okay for the tat to be seen or do you not what it to be seen at all while working? If so, you have to keep that in mind with placement. When you sit pant legs go up, so you would either have to wear socks or dark colored hose so that you cannot see it at all.
 

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I have thought about other parts of the body, but don't know where else I'd want it. perhaps the most logical would be my back....but I wanna be able to see it without a mirror, ya know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And, DH is not too keen on hip area or anything like that....<br>
Oh, and yeah, I'd thought about the whole pant leg thing and that's partly why I'm wondering where! I wasn't sure if upper foot/low ankle would work...<br>
Any where else that might be a good spot???
 

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if you are worried about pain, the ankle or any place without lots of muscle is more painful- in fact most of the places women tend to like to get tattoos are often harder to take.the upper calf area would be less painful and might cover a little more easily, however, its a limited time in pain, you will have the tattoo until you die, so in the end, that will make your decision.
 

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What about upper thigh? I have a butterfly that dh designed there and love the location. The only time it's on display is if I'm wearing a swimsuit, so shorts and skirts cover it. However it's something I can easily see.<br><br>
If you are worried about discomfort the foot/ankle area is worse than others, since there is so little fat there. My foot tat was worse than the leg.
 

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I would never get one on my lower leg - too boney. It'll hurt WAY more than on a more padded area. I have one on my lower back and one on my shoulder, and the one on my shoulder was EXTREMELY painful where it crossed over my shoulder blade. The one on my lower back had plenty of padding and it still hurt a fair bit. The easiest thing for me was to try to meditate through it, but it was very difficult because both the artist and my sisters kept trying to talk to me. I finally had to tell them all to shut up.
 

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I have one on my upper calf that is easy to conceal with anything but short skirts, shorts, and capris. It didn't hurt that much, aside from the sides. I also have a large tattoo on my shoulder and it hurt a lot more than the one on my calf. It's visible when I wear a tank top.<br><br>
If the tattoo is on the back of your leg you won't see it much either.<br><br>
You might want to bring a stress ball or try deep breathing - usually the deep breathing works for me. I try to do what I did in labor which is to move into the pain. Getting a tattoo was definitely secondary to transition in labor, rest assured!
 

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I have a tattoo right above my ankle and it is frequently visible when I am wearing work clothing (during all seasons except winter I tend to wear skirts). The one on my shoulder never is though...students I taught for two years never knew I had it until I told them.<br><br>
Tattoos in a workplace environment are a funny business. Nobody ever minded the one on my ankle but there was some minor freakout when I got my armband. I suppose that folks thought it looked unprofessional (?), but nobody ever actually made me cover it up.<br><br>
Oh, and of these three the armband hurt the most. Its a full band and the area under the arm is very tender.
 

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Hmmmm!! Much to consider ladies - THANKS! As far as the pain, I don't that I'd say I'm "worried" so much - I mean, I do expect it and feel that I have a relatively high pain tolerance...Just wondered what others do during <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Locations...I may just have to ask DH what he thinks of upper thigh/hip as HE is the only one whose opinion I care about regarding that location<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I suspect however that he'll not like that location...we'll see!<br>
I suppose that, depending on the specific location I work in once the time comes, if the tat is on my ankle area, it will at least some of the time be visible and I'll just have to deal with any questions/comments then!
 

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I have a tattoo on the outside of my ankle, and I love it still after 15 years. The one time I had to cover it up, I used theater makup which wasn't all that expensive, and pretty easy to find at a local makeup counter. Just put the concealer on, add some powder, and you are good to go!
 

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If you have your heart set on the lower half of your calf I would get it on the top of the foot. I have always wanted one there too. But if I were you and you're worried about being unprofessional I would get it between your shoulder blades or either side. Take pics, the tattoo sounds cool.
 

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I would actually avoid the foot if possible, you are more prone to get a post-tattoo infection there over most anywhere else on your body.
 

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elsie - why would a foot tattoo be more prone to an infection?? (just curious as anything I know about tattoos is what I've been reading in doing "research" prior to getting mine!)<br><br>
At this point, it may be that I don't decide where til I see the final design/drawing the tattooist is doing... maybe seeing the pic will help me decide (I suppose it'll have to!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My first piece of ink is on my right ankle, the bottom of the tat is about 2 inches above my ankle bone. It's about 4 inches or so in size, it's a rose, so approx a round piece. I have two other pieces, of the three, I would say the pain factor was right between the other two. The one on my back right shoulder blade was the most painful, but that was because it took over 3 hours. The one on my front left shoulder was the least painful. I also HATE HATE HATE needles. HATE them. But, this is TOTALLY different. It doesn't look like a needle, it doesn't feel like a needle, it's just different. I love the location of mine, it's pretty easy to conceal really. Skirts or pants, but it is a little higher than most ankle tattoos.<br><br>
The longer the piece takes, the more painful it is, in my experience. And, the more shading and detail there is, the more painful it is too. That was the big deal with my back tattoo was the shading. It was a lot of going over the same area over and over and over. It felt like someone was rubbing sand over a sunburned area over and over and over and over again.
 

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It's mostly just the things I have heard about foot tattoos and that many tattoo artists refuse to do them because they are a lot more painful and prone to infections. You walk on your feet, you can't really wear shoes while it heals and it is closer to all kinds of dirt. Also, circulation of the feet may not be as good as the rest of your body since it is an extremity. You also can't drive or do much that is strenous with your feet while you heal (2-5 days). If you are in the position to basically totally pamper your foot for the better part of a week, it might be fine, but I just don't see that happening with small children. Any part of the body that has more muscle or fat would be a lot easier to deal with afterwards.
 

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I think the hard candy is to help prevent a fainting spell. Blood sugar can plummet during tattooing. I have four tattoos and didn't find any of them particularly painful (I mean, they *hurt*, but it wasn't unbearable or *painful*) I did chat up the artist, though, so maybe that helped. Talked about our kids the whole time. Different people relax in different ways, so I'd say do whatever you did during labor or what you do when the kids are driving you batty.
 

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My least painful tat is on the outside of my right calf. My most painful is my back piece. I have one on the back of my neck, my right and left shoulders (on the arms) and my left for arm.<br>
The underside of my upper arm was very painful as well so it's not always true that more meat means less pain but it does work for most areas of the body.
 

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Update: So, I got my tat on Wednesday (yesterday). I ended up getting it above my ankle on the inside of my leg. It is three flowers - the birth month flower for each of my 2 boys and for my husband in respective month color. There is also a bit if "greenery" and some cloudish background...overall, I think it is lovely!<br>
so, for the "pain" - It was very tolerable - more annoying than anything else. Yes, there were a couple of spots (nearer to the achilles tendon, for example) that were painful, but nothing that was unbearable! I sat up and watched it and chatted with the tattoo artist throughout. I did also make an effort to stay overall relaxed and keep breathing (much like during labor)... seemed to work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I never would have thought I'd want a tattoo.... but as soon as I started thinking about this first one, I was already thinking about a second one.... I am sure, sometime, I'll get another <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But, for now, I am very happy with the one I have <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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That sounds so pretty. Pics?
 
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