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Tattoo Art

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 14, 2019

While walking down the street in San Diego’s gas lamp quarter I pass a tattoo shop and my friend says to me, “Let’s get tattoos! I already know what I want my next design to be.” I hesitated and walked on not because of my lack of interest in tattoo art, I just have a horrible fear of needles. I am also deterred by the permanent nature of tattoos, something that feels like a good idea today might feel like a mistake years from now.

While streaming shows online, an advertisement for a semi-permanent tattoo company was being advertised with the tag line, “temporary tattoo for those afraid of commitment”. This create your own tattoo would transfer ink to the top layer or skin so it would last longer than rub-on temporary tattoos. It really started me thinking that I would want my own designs printed and placed on my shoulder, if only for less than a month.

In the past, I’ve had people ask me to design their next tattoo and I have nicely turned down their requests because tattoos are so permanent and painful. A nice temporary tattoo where the ink sits on the top layer of skin seems a lot more user friendly without the fear that someone does not like it or regrets getting it done.

I am now a step closer to realizing my tattoo dreams than I was a few weeks ago when I walked by the tattoo parlor.

Has anyone ever tried designing a tattoo?

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Gunwallace at 10:42PM, Jan. 14, 2019

If I ever got a tattoo it would have to be Chewbacca or Sasquatch, simply because I have near Robin Williams body-hair levels. One of the artists I wrote for back in the 90s is a very well respected tattoo artist here in NZ now. It pays better than comics.

Ironscarf at 3:54PM, Jan. 14, 2019

I once thought of having an anchor tattood on my arm, so I could regale strangers in bars with tales of my made up seafaring adventures, but ultimately I don't like pain. The image of tattooing has changed a great deal in recent years. It used to be said of a pub near where I grew up that the place was so rough, even the chairs had tattoos.

JaymonRising at 10:46AM, Jan. 14, 2019

I once wanted to get a tattoo of the Blarney stone with the words "kiss me for good luck" and the words "I must not tell lies" in a bloody can probably guess where. -_-

fallopiancrusader at 8:39AM, Jan. 14, 2019

I designed some pole-dancing themed temporary tattoos for the studio where I teach. They apply them to visitors at pole conventions

Ozoneocean at 6:31AM, Jan. 14, 2019

Your newspost title looked like "taboo art". THAT would make a great newspost :D

Ozoneocean at 6:29AM, Jan. 14, 2019

I've designed quite a few tattoos for people in the past. My reason for not getting one is the same as yours pretty much: I don't want permanent marks. I'm an artist so image means a LOT to me. I can very easily fall into hate with a picture that I've done and would NEVER have another person's art on me. I admire artistic tatoos on others when they're been drawn well and go nicely on the body, rather than those that look like they're been drawn on the margins on a piece of note paper while at school.

mks_monsters at 5:06AM, Jan. 14, 2019

I have not, but I always did consider tattoos as a misunderstood art. The history of tattoos shows that there is so much symbolism, meaning and such behind them. At times, there was even spirituality behind them. While I don't like it when people overdo it, I do find that the right amount of ink can be beautiful and the right tattoo can be amazing. I knew a guy who tattooed the name of his god daughter over his chest right where his heart was.

MOrgan at 5:03AM, Jan. 14, 2019

Haven't designed a tattoo, but Starline Hodge of Candi posted about designing a... questionable tattoo for two drunk musicians years ago. Not sure if the post can still be found online anymore.

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