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To Tattoo Or Not To Tattoo?

For the longest time I have wanted a tattoo, I simply love them. I’ve always said that if I didn’t work in a corporate environment or that I was so afraid of pain, I’d probably look VERY different to the way I do now. I love tattoo’s and piercings!

Aside from the pain factor, I have also been hesitant of having a tattoo done because I don’t want to land up with something that will look totally ridiculous when I’m 60 years old. My cousin had a unicorn tattoo done when she was much younger and has spent a small fortune having it removed. I know so many stories like that and it has been a massive deterrent for me. I simply don’t want to regret this decision later in life when I’m wrinkly and old and covered in liver spots.

After my 6th miscarriage I desperately wanted to have a butterfly tattoo done, something that was symbolic of rebirth, I even went to far as researching tattoo artists and designs but never went so far as to actually have it done.

Since Ava’s arrival, I’ve been thinking, a lot, about having a tattoo again. But this time I just want her name tattoo’d onto the inside of my arm, I’m thinking something decorative, something like this:

So the question remains… to tattoo or not to tattoo?

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23 Comments

  • Reply ldr1604

    I’d say go for it, I think that you’ll still want this tattoo when you are 60.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:27 am
  • Reply aussiekim

    Yup go for it~!
    Ava’s name will never go out of fashion with you ;]

    September 8, 2010 at 9:30 am
  • Reply ttcnot2easy

    I have also loved tattoo’s for the longest time – my ideal would be an Om symbol, I just battle with the WHERE to do it. I agree that it should be in a fairly discreet spot so that you don’t look odd when you’re older (as it is, my dad keeps asking me if I’m going to keep my tongue and nose rings when I’m “older”…..).
    (I once saw a 50-something lady at a wedding in an elegant sleeveless suit with the head of a tattoo’ed tiger sticking out from her shoulder blade – tiger looked a bit aged and somewhat saggy though. 😉 I guess it all depends on size, what you have done and the spot you choose?)
    I say go for it – it’s beautiful, it’s symbolic and it’s something you have always wanted.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Nisey

    its such a personal thing… i’m too scared to do it but hats off to anyone that has the guts! a friend had a photograph of his son as a toddler tattooed on his back and then later one of his daughter as a toddler. ouch

    September 8, 2010 at 10:02 am
  • Reply TJ

    This is a very personal decision – but one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As long as you have thought it through 100% and then 200% then do it!
    I have tattoos on my thighs – only time it’s ever exposed to the public is in a swim suit.
    I have spiders on the one thigh (still need to figure out the rest of it) and on the other thigh are symbols of life! ie. tree of life & death(made of bodies), staircase, water, stone sculptures with cracks they all mean different things to me. It’s also not finished yet – and I’ve considered not having it finished – because life never is complete.

    Like I said – all very personal – I myself don’t like text or colour on myself – but the text you’ve chosen for Ava looks stunning – and I doubt you’d feel odd at 60 (honestly at 60 are we really going to care?) But if you have any thoughts of regretting it later – then don’t do it!

    Also – I don’t know if you’ve decided on a tattoo artist but Kim(not anyone else) at Rockys Tattoos in Edenvale is brilliant – he has studied so much about the skin which I have yet to see any other tattooist match up to. And unlike many tattooists – he’s also an artist and can do design work – he doesn’t exclusively use the art work on display.
    He has also got the reputation for the tattooist that inflicts the least pain. While all tattoos have some degree of pain (also depending on your pain threshold) all my friends moved to him and they all say the same.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:11 am
  • Reply zamom

    It’s a very personal thing but for what it’s worth I’m one of the “not” side of the fence. Not sure why, just am.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:40 am
  • Reply vroutjie

    Sjoe, that is a difficult one. Your choice though!

    Remember to post pictures as soon as you can (hehe).

    September 8, 2010 at 10:48 am
  • Reply trishdg

    I agree it is very personal and if it is something you really want then go for it. I like the design and I think it could look fab on you. Personally I don’t think I’ll ever have a tattoo due to my own issues. I grew up in quite a rough neighbourhood with an awful reputation (I still take flack for where I grew up from collegues and friends) and almost everyone had tattoos along with a drug habit, prison record, 3 kids by age 18 and high school drop out status and I wanted to escape and be different so I rebelled and become a tattoo-free sober infertile accountant.
    PS I am not saying tattoos are trashy at all and can definitely look classy but they just have bad memories for me personally.

    September 8, 2010 at 11:20 am
  • Reply lea2109

    I’m not a fan of tattoos at all and will never even begin to consider getting one. However, our one au pair had one done on the inside of her wrist and wow, it looks beautiful. It has these bright pink stars with black outline around it and so on – hard to describe, but wow, really stunning.

    What if you did a tiny little butterfly at the end of her name, that way you can incorporate the butterfly theme too, like you did in her room and so on.

    September 8, 2010 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Me

    I have a daffodil and the word Dad on the inside of my right lower forearm.

    I’m planning on getting another *hopefully* while I’m in England, in fact another two.

    I’ve always hated the whole “it will look totally ridiculous when I’m 60 years old” argument – you might not even reach 60, so why worry about some date in the future that may never even happen?

    I work in aged care and my tatt is visible every single day of the year and I get the occasional comment but for the most part, my clients just usually admire it and leave it at that.

    I’m a big believer in only inking myself with things that have meaning for me, not just anything for the sake of it.

    I love tatts – I have to LOL Guvnor has over 30 of them all over him!!

    I say if it means ALOT to you – which I think it does, then do it. Depending on where you get it done, depends on the pain factor but don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that it doesn’t hurt – it does, it’s a needle going into your skin over and over again. Imagine the worst pain possible and you’ll be surprised!

    Oh and we want pics when it’s done!

    September 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      I don’t know why I’m afraid of it being painful, its totally stupid, I mean I survived 5 IVF’s with the millions of injections and Egg retrievals and blood tests and all that that involves and I keep telling myself a 20 minute tattoo should be a walk in the park in comparison to that.

      September 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm
      • Reply Me

        Guvnor tried to explain the pain to me but it didn’t work! He did tell me to imagine the worst pain possible and that I would be surprised and I was. It did hurt but it was bearable, it feel more like a sting. The colouring in hurts more than the outline.

        Go for it!

        September 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Oh yes… meant to add, I’ve made an appointment for tomorrow to get a quote done and fiddle with finding the perfect place for it. Once that’s done I’m hoping to make the actual appointment to get it done.

      September 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply wheresmybun

    The tat you’ve chosen looks stunning. I always maintain, if you’re hesitant then wait a while. If you’re absolutely convinced you want it done then go for it!

    September 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply bratty37

    I have a “Scorpio” tattooed on my right “saddle bag” just above my bum……it is black and as long as I am alive I will be a scorpio. I had it done when I was 27 and it is very discreet…I can choose to show it or not. I loved it then..I love it now…I feel sexy with my tattoo.
    But I will let you in on a secret…..when I had my tattoo done, I bought a tube of Emla cream (local anaesthetic)..and smeared it all over the area I was having tattooed. It took about 30-40 mins to numb. I then sat and had my tattoo done, which took 30 mins…and did not feel a thing.

    So…my vote…GO FOR IT

    September 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply lea2109

      Emla cream is brilliant. We used that all the time during Bianca’s cancer treatment.

      September 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply skrambled

    I’m planning on adding to the tattoo that I already have on my back. I feel I need to acknowledge my IVF’s now that they are all over. So I am adding six butterflys to the flowers I already have on my back.
    I had my tattos done on my back because I felt it was the best place to have it if I wanted to cover it up. Remember that tattoos fade, so by the time you are sixty they won’t be as prominent.
    I say GO FOR IT! Maybe we should go together. I’ll hold your hand.

    September 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply staceysthoughts

    I’m sure it will look lovely! I think what you’ve picked is classy and sweet. Post a pic after you get it! 🙂

    September 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply jonivdw

    I’m also planning on getting the adoption symbol with Adam’s initials and we can add to it when we adopt again! I’ve had the one on my back sort of removed but it was soo painful I’m due 4 more treatments then it will be gone not sure if I’ll ever have the courage!!

    I say go for it and I can’t wait to see the pics!!

    September 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply ilsek1

    I am definitely on the ” do it side”. I would love to have one done but have been threatened with divorce.

    September 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    I believe that tattoos should tell a story about you or depict a chapter in your life that you always want to be reminded of. I also believe (and this is just my opinion) that the tattoo is for you and nobody else. I would say that you need to have it in an area where the skin won’t sag eventually and PLEASE use a reputable artist. There is no such thing as a cheap tattoo.
    I am going for my first tattoo at the end of October. It took me a while to come up with and finalize a design so now I’m just saving up for it. I cannot wait! I am not even remotely worried about pain. I figure I have given birth without drugs and so it cannot possibly be worse than that.
    I do think that your design is AWESOME and yes, JUST DO IT!

    September 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply dee

    What about getting a butterfly just over the “A” on the left hand side? Then you can always remember the 6 little ones?

    September 10, 2010 at 11:42 am
  • Reply kirstymac72

    I am not a fan of tattoos (Tramp stamps) – but they are very popular, so I am against the grain.
    It’s a personal thing and if its what YOU want, then do it! x

    September 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm
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