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Yeah, I want one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I want a purple ribbon with August 2, 2009 under it. My freedom anniversary <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
The problem is, is that I actually know someone who was allergic to the tattoo ink. And let me tell you, it is not pretty! So now I have this mental block <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Like, I am allergic to most everything else. What are the odds I would be allergic to the ink?<br><br>
Am I crazy here? Also, I have no idea what body part I would put it on. I am pretty, um, fluffy most places <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> But I would want it where I could see it. I think the ankle/leg is out because of my job. Not my boss, she is fine, I have had purple hair, blue hair, green hair, etc <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> However, for some reason my coworkers with tattoos always have parents in their class freak <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Anyhow, I am rambling because this is sort of tucked away on my Treasure Map, and I hope that by telling someone, it might make me go out and make it come truy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I doubt you'll be allergic to the ink. You can always test the ink before getting the actual tattoo done if you're really worried about it.<br><br>
I always say to wait at least a year before getting a tattoo. Then if you still want it, go for it! I waited years for a couple of mine, and I'm already not so thrilled with some of the details on them (I should have thought longer/harder). But if you plan to lose a lot of weight, I'd recommend waiting. Tattoo's can really change bit when someone either gains or loses a lot of weight.<br><br>
I love tattoo's even though I can't get too many of them (at least for now). I hope you get the chance to get yours done someday if that's what you still want to do. And congrats on your freedom!
 

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While this day is an important one to you right now, have you asked yourself how you might feel, years from now....when you are truly happy and in a wonderful place......whether you want to have this physical reminder of this experience?<br><br>
Right now you are glorying in your survival - and you SHOULD!!! But there might come a time when you are truly happy in your life with a partner and while what you were strong enough to overcome is important in shaping you, do you really want this reminder of it permanantly on your body.<br><br>
I totally get that you are recognizing the success but it may be that later on, being reminded of the success will also remind you of all the crap you overcame...you can't totally separate the good from the bad. Am I making sense?
 

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if i were you i would wait for at least 6 months - 12 months to contemplate the permanency of a tattoo...and then if i still wanted it, i would get just the purple ribbon to start with - no date or anything more specific.
 

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Most tattoo inks are hypoallergenic these days, so I wouldn't stress too much about. If you want to be extra sure, as a PP mentioned, have the artist do a trial run and see how you react.<br><br>
Allergic reactions to red tattoo ink are the most common, but again, only a small percentage of people will have issues.
 

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The thing about tattoo ink that a lot of people don't realize is that it has never been approved to use in skin. Seriously. There are no regulations as to ingredients and quality.<br><br>
I have 2 tattoos already and never considered the ink. I thought it was regulated. I actually know a wonderful gal who mixes her own non-toxic ink from natural pigments. I will only go to her (as soon as DS weans) b/c I trust that she knows EXACTLY what is in there.<br><br>
I have contacted other tattoo artists and they refuse to tell what inks they use as "trade secrets." Uh, yeah. I don't care how talented they are I steered clear.<br><br>
Even though it is only in the skin, I definitely want to make sure there is no lead, cadmium, or other toxic metals/materials in there.<br><br>
I second the 'maybe you might not want the date of your divorce tattooed on you' camp. Can you think of a symbol that represents freedom to you? That way you know what it means, but it can grow and change with you to mean other things too.
 

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Yeah that is a good point, I might one day be happy and not want to remember it. It is not my divorce date, it is the last day that I will ever be punched by a man ever in my life! That is what the date means to me.<br><br>
I was just pondering, I wont ever do it. My Mom would have a heart attack if I did anyhow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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