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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    No piercings and no tattoos for me. I've cared one way or the other about tattoos, but honestly ear gauges disgust me.
     
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    I have 5 tattoos (and more planned, just not scheduled). I just make sure they are tasteful or coverable for work. I can't stand the look of ear gauges.
     
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    I have long hair and one earring I often forget is there. Sometimes a kindergarten kid will ask if I'm a pirate. When I was young I wanted a simple tattoo to complete my band look but it was too expensive. Tattoos are more popular today and more elaborate. I cannot imagine what they cost. I even see tattoos on high school kids. I'm sure this requires permission. My dad would have given me a custom piercing called "another hole in my head" if I had been dumb enough to ask him for a tattoo.

    I think it's a bit late in the game for my tattoo now. Unless it's my medic alert info.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    I was almost 44 when I got my first tattoo.
     
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    I ended up getting it repierced.
     
  20. Tired Teacher

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    I wish I knew how to put the laughing emoji on this! :)
    This part: I think it's a bit late in the game for my tattoo now. Unless it's my medic alert info.
     
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    My very 1st serious long term bf was a tattoo artist. I was 15 when he started with the art on me. He designed and did 9 tattoos for me over the years. At least I had the common sense to get them where they could easily be hidden.
    I remember 1x my mom saw 1 and said, " Oh! Tell me that is not real and it will wash off." So.... I told her exactly that.
    Years later she'd joke with me, " When are you going to wash those things off?" She'd lightened up by then and knew. So it was just a joke.
    I do feel like some of them portray a part of my life....a part of who I was back then.
    However, if I had to do it all over again, I don't think I would have gotten any.
    3 of them I don't even like anymore. 1 still makes me smile at times. ( It was kind of an inside joke for some of us at the time.)
    As for body parts changing a bit after childbirth, I did not consider that. Oh, I pierced my ears 6x too at a young age.
    1 of my kids who is kind of conservative now tried to shock me by coming home from college with a nose ring. I thought it'd be so funny to meet him at the airport with a nose ring too. I bought a fake 1 and thought he'd be shocked, but he knew it wasn't real, so it wasn't as funny as I'd thought.
    A few of mine can still be seen when I wear a conservative bathing suit and I don't like those now.
     
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    There is a little smiling face above the box where you type your response when replying. When you click the smiley face there are emojies and tabs above them. It says smilies, classic, signs, etc.
    Click on Classic and click the rolling smiley face.
     
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    :);):(:mad::confused::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool: Thanks so much a2z!!!!! <3
     
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    o_O:rofl::toofunny::love::helpme:Uh, oh, a2z, you have created a monster!!!! I never saw that button before! I will stop for now though.
     
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    You're welcome.
     
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    Any tattoo that I have imagined getting has not passed the test of waiting a year to see if I still like it.

    I think if there was ever anything I wanted to express about myself via imagery, it can easily be done with temporary apparel as opposed to permanent body ink.
     
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    This reminds me of a family member who got a tattoo with her initials and the initials of her then-boyfriend, sort of like AB + YZ. She got into a car accident years later and now has a huge scar running right between the sets of initials, like AB / YZ. We all laugh about it now. For the record, they've been together for going on 30 years.
     
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    :toofunny::dizzy::hugs::angel::whistle::love::partyhat::roll::spitwater::helpme::rofl:I wanted to keep practicing so I don't forget how to do it...
     
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    I was once denied a job because of my small tattoo on my arm. Perhaps this was just an excuse for me to refuse, but they substantiated it, what example I will set to the students.
     

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