Tatoos, Guages, and other Body Modification

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  1. a2z

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    I will be up front. These things are not for me. I decided when I was very young that tatoos were not something that I would ever be getting after seeing some on some relatives.

    I know that they have become very popular. What makes someone want to have tatoos on their body, gauges in their ears so that the hole is an inch in diameter, or piercings? I can understand a single ear piercing because clip-ons are just awful to have and the hole goes almost completely unnoticed without earnings.

    For those who have them, did you consider how age or weight gain/loss will impact their design?
     
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  3. Backroads

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    I personally find many tattoos and piercings beautiful, though I never did quite get the appeal of gauges.

    I have two piercings in each earlobe, nothing fancy. The idea of a tattoo has come across my mind, but never seriously.
     
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    My tattoos are a reflection of me. I have a musical theatre tattoo on my upper chest, and that is my background, my degree, what I teach, and my life. I have my son on my back. I have a quote from "The greatest Showman on my arm" And I plan to get a book and a cat on my other arm, maybe this summer. I have several ear piercings and I would like a nose piercing.

    For me, I love my tattoos. I think they help tell my story. They allow me to display what is important to me at all times, even if no one can see it. I did consider age and weight, and I got them in places that even with weight changes, they won't alter a lot, and I do get them touched up every so often. I also thought about where I can cover them, if I have to.

    As for gauges, those I've never understood, as well as those nose piercings that look like bull rings and the multiple face piercings. As a director, I really dislike gauges and facial piercings, because while the jewerly can be taken out, it is much harder to hide a hole in your earlobe than to cover a tattoo with makeup. I find a lot of my students have the piercings, and when I ask them to take them out for the show, a lot end up not putting them back.

    What I don't understand is people that get certain things tattooed on themselves. Like, why get your own name tattooed on yourself? Or my students, who are under 18, getting tattoos. While I have some that have gotten a deceased loved ones name on them, which I get, some of the others I really don't.

    When I went to get my first tattoo at 18, my tattoo artist told me to wait a year. If I still wanted that same tattoo in a year, I would never regret it. It took me 4 years, but the tattoo I got when I was 21 was the same one I wanted at 18. She was right.
     
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    I got my tattoos because I wanted them. I love my tattoos, and I have not regretted any of them. (I have nine, and I have plans for a couple more.) I put a lot of thought into each of them, and the artist customized them for me based on my ideas.

    I did not put thought into age or weight because those are not things I see an an issue with a tattoo. I did, however, consider design and placement due to my career. I can easily cover mine with my everyday clothes if necessary. I live in a conservative, rural area, but they have been a non-issue.

    By the way, I was 43 when I got my first.
     
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    They're not for me either, I will never get any of them. No judgement here, just my preference. Now that my dog has passed away, I could see that may be the only thing I would get as a tattoo, yet, the thought never even crossed my mind. I will and am honoring him in other ways.

    Guages I never got, and extreme piercings either. Some tattoes I find very interesting or beautiful, but still, just not for me.
     
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    I really couldn't care less if someone has piercings or tattoos.

    That being said, I have zero.
     
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    May 21, 2020 at 9:04 AM

    I've only considered one tattoo, though I haven't gotten it yet. It would be my three kids' names in Japanese characters, because though I remember one of them, the other two are pretty tough and involved.
     
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    May 21, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    The only body modification I have is pierced ears that my Mom had done on me when I was an infant. I never had an interest in tattoos...for me or anyone else. To me, nothing's that significant for me to permanently mark my body with.
     
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    May 21, 2020 at 1:40 PM

    I have some facial piercings, although I rarely wear one of them. I have my nose pierced, and honestly I’ve seen so many people of all ages with a nose ring that they’re practically as common as earrings these days.
     
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    May 21, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    I don't have piercings (other than my ears) or tattoos, and, at almost 60, that's unlikely to change. However, I'm never one to say never; there are a couple of things that could happen that might result in my getting a tattoo.
     
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    May 23, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Haha. I had to come back here to update. I had surgery yesterday and needed to take out my nose ring. Now I can’t get it back in. Arg!
     
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    May 23, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    I have tattoos but nothing else. Sold I got because I thought they were beautiful, and others I’ve gotten tell a story, such as my paratroopers wings on my chest or medics creed on my thigh.
     

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