Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The TMI Files. Tatts All, Folks!

For years, I've wanted a tattoo. When I was a teenager, I hungered for one. Of course, I got plenty of people try to dissuade me. This included friends with tatts from head to feet and a few places in between that make me cringe to think of.

Wanting one was fine, but I also had to decide what exactly I wanted to wear on my skin permanently. For a long time, I wanted a huge fire-breathing dragon stretching from over my shoulder and back to curl around my hips.

I got over that one. The idea of the pain, and the time, involved, put me off that one. So I let it lie.

I have tossed all sorts of designs around trying to work out whether after wanting a tattoo for over 20 years I really want to finally do so.

Yes, I really do want to have someone inject ink into my skin and permanently mark it.

It will be interesting explaining it to Magilla - she's already been at me to dye her hair blue (like mine was last year) or red (which it appeared when I put the purple/black through), and she wants holes in her ears like I have.

It's taken a long time, but I finally know what I want.

I want a redback spider.

Now, which one do I want to wear forever?

This one?

Or this one?


At 10:00 PM, Blogger Mike Jericho said...

A spider???

You crazy.

Then again, I was stupid enough to get a scorpion on my forearm, so what the fuck do I know?

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

Why so?

I'd also like to get "Bite Me" on my backside, so a spider on my shoulder isn't so bad.

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Mike Jericho said...

Yes, the "bite me" suggestion puts the spider in perspective.


I suggest something like this:


Or this (Celtic cross, upper right):


At 8:03 AM, Blogger Nilk said...

Mike, I am a long way from 'girly' and I don't see myself as celtic.

I'm aussie, of Irish/English/Cornish extract.

And I love spiders. Had plenty of them as pets over the years. The latest was a bird-eating spider. I only got rid of her because I was pregnant.

Actually, I gave her to the zoo because my dad kept nagging me. Apparently you can't keep a baby and a spider, so I had to give something up.

It was a hard decision, but I think I made the right one.

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Mike Jericho said...


At 11:54 AM, Blogger EvilPundit said...

I think both images suck, to be frank.

If you want a good tattoo, find a person with some artistic talent to draw a stylised spider for you. Heck, even I could do a better one.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

EP, I've actually decided on the one I want, and it's neither of those above. I just like people to feel involved in the process.

As for you designing one for me, I'm still waiting for Karl as Napoleon. :D

At 2:13 PM, Blogger EvilPundit said...

Oh damn, I never get anything done. :(

Thanks for reminduing me. Maybe next year ...

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Rachy said...

that spider totally freaked me out, go for it... the second one that is

At 7:35 PM, Blogger youcancallmemeyer said...


Don't do it.

Trust me, it will look silly when you are 80.

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something Aussie.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

But, Meyer, I've been wanting a tattoo since I was about 17.

Looking silly has never been an issue for me, either.

And CL, I want to get a redback with a southern cross on her back rather than a red stripe. Still not decided whether she will be black or blue. I'm leaning towards royal blue

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you must have a tattoo, nilk, spend big bucks on a good one!

At 8:42 PM, Blogger youcancallmemeyer said...


Having a tat is like having platform shoes superglued to you for the rest of your life.

Times change, tastes change, hairstyles change, you change - tats don't.

Stay simple (and I use that word in the nicest possible way)and pure.

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Bill Cooper said...

Tatts can be very eyecatching when new, especially on good skin, however after several decades of wear and the inevitable stretching of skin they tend to less resemble their original design and look more like a shapless blurry mishmash. I wouldn't get one and I don't like them but who am I to complain, my wife has two tattoos.

Remember the old saying "There is nuthin a girl with attoos won't do" can't remember who said it but if I do will post. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

Never heard that saying, Bill.

Maybe I should think on it a bit longer. Grrr. I've only wanted one for 20-odd years.

Heh. At least I can't be accused of bowing to peer pressure.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Caz said...

Nilk - thank you for involving us in the process!

Go and have your tattoo, but just be 100% sure of your design. Even if you change your mind after a couple of years a good tattooist can re-design the original for you.

Will you groan with regret in 10 yrs time? No, you'll forget it's even there, unless you notice that you want to have it retouched. As for skin changing or stretching, etc, yep, that happens, which is why you avoid getting tattooed on the stomach, for example (yeah, think of all the young Hollywood girls with their tattooed tums, who have yet to have babies).

I have six tattoos so far; had one of them totally re-done a year ago, as I didn't like the original. Don't regret any of them though. I only give it any thought if I decide I want something done, or if I decided to have another one - where to put it; decisions, decisions, things like that.

GO DO IT - you've been very patient, you deserve to have your tat, or two, or three.

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Jai Normosone said...

I've hungered for a tat myself over the years but seeing that I consider myself to be an individual, the decision to not have one has been made for me. While growing up (dunno if I'm there yet :) it was viewed that only the rebellious types got tats and it was a statement of who you were and set you apart from the crowd. Considering that the only people I really knew then that had them tended to wear colours but I digress.

My eldest brother got some when he was younger and 30-odd years later they looked crap.

My opinion now is that if a 17yo girl has a tat as a fashion statement, then it's not for me. Also considering that one of these days, my temper might get the better of me and I'll hurt one of these responsibility-dodging bludgers that seems to be in plague numbers in this country, I don't want to be easily identified :)

Celtic designs - bleh - old news. Everyone seems to think they're celtic now. Just like it's a trend for some blokes to wear a kilt when they get married because they once recited the Chum dogfood advert with a bad Scottish accent (and waved their bum at someone).

As for those STUPID designs that the twinkies get stitched on their lower backs, the reality of those things is clear - they're a placemat for the ashtray when you're bending them over a chair for a minute or two! I'm speaking hypothetically here as I can't have sex like that because I don't smoke :)

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Devilbluedress said...

And here I thought you were getting a dragon tattoo. Wonder what you really did get. I'm getting a dragon tattoo on my lower back. But believe me when I get the design right... Nobody will say twinkie or think of putting an ashtray there!


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