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  • 27 August 2005

    Rude and (now) Tattooed

    3:23pm by rudeboy in category: Tattoos

    Just got back from the first sitting at Rebirth Tattoo for my first bit of ink. I decided this week that I’ve held onto my designs long enough and it was time to get off my ass. Pretty much every tattoo site you find is going to be filled with stories of people thinking up a design, tweaking it for a week, then getting it done only to hate it 6 months to a year later. My method of choosing a tattoo design is a little more complicated and time consuming. The designs I’ve done have been finished for at least 6 months to a year. Believe me it takes at least that long to decide whether or not you really want it. The tattoo isn’t going to come off, you’re going to be looking at it for the rest of your life so if you can look at a design on paper for a year and still want it as much as you did the day you designed it, go get it done. More often than not you’ll eventually get tired of looking at it, think it’s not as cool as you did when you drew it or find out it’s become incredibly trendy and, even though you came up with it as an original idea, it’s not original anymore.

    A few simple rules to getting a tattoo you’ll never get tired of:

    • Design the tattoo 6 months to a year in advance to see if you tire of it.
    • Only consider tattoos that have some kind of special meaning for you. Don’t get a fad tattoo (band/sports team logos, tribal, etc.) you’re almost guaranteed to hate it later.
    • Don’t let your friend the aspiring tattoo artist do your work for free in his mom’s kitchen. If you do anything stupid by not using a real tattoo artist you deserve to get a horrible tattoo.
    • Investigate your options in artists. Check out all of the local shops. See the artist’s work and pick one that’s previously done well at elements of what you would like done (shading, fine line, filling, etc.)

    Most importantly just think for fuck sake. Don’t come at the situation like a tattoo is something to do some night you’ve been bored. Give it the thought and consideration it needs, make it something that’s special to you and you can’t go wrong…


    1. what did you get done ????

      Comment by Anne — 21 March 2006 @ 4:52am

    2. i got a spiderweb on my left elbow. i was going to have it done freehand in-shop, but they said the one i did in the GIMP was great so i just went with that. worked out great, though i still have yet to take a picture of it. i’m well into my normal ritual of choosing a tattoo design and putting it in my line of sight to see if i still want it after looking at it every day for 6 months. so far so good. at this rate i’ll be getting at least another two done in the next month or two.

      i’m still working on some scotland/scottish nationalist pieces which will be the majority of the ink i get done through the rest of this year…

      Comment by rudeboy — 21 March 2006 @ 2:40pm

    3. I got several already and I think that you are right to an extent, I ve always thought of what i wanted but since im not artistic in anyway i just think of the idea and keep thinking until i know exactly why im getting this tattoo and what it means to me. But in my youth i did get a few bad tattoos (really bad)that were just random such as a bat which really didnt look like a bat,most are covered up now but still to this day I regret being so foolish, its definately a learning experience. I only got 3 bad tats and 2 were fairly small and simple to cover up but i have on on my calf its just an outline of some foreign shape which i have already been working on for quite some time but its going to be costly. Either way you should email me sometime i think you can get my email through here if not ill message you or something!

      Comment by Anne — 22 March 2006 @ 6:30am

    4. interestingly, the tattoos you seem to talk about most are the “bad ones”, indicating that perhaps despite your 6 months of expert planing, the rash descisions predominately have a longer lasting effect on your rationale.

      Comment by dave — 3 April 2010 @ 7:37am

    5. dave, i’m not sure if your comment was in reply to my post or anne’s comment. as of the time i wrote this post i only had the one tattoo, now i have 5 medium-large pieces and have no regrets about any of them. they all carry meaning to me and some clearly define periods of my life. like i said, no stupid ass, bored on a saturday night tribal crap. no fads or gimmicks. coincidentally i’m working on a full left sleeve right now.

      sucks that anne got anything done that she later regretted, but it happens. hopefully it’s small enough, basic enough or faded enough to get covered up.

      Comment by rudeboy — 5 April 2010 @ 8:06pm

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