Alright… you might need to be sitting down when you read this post if you are my mother, some other relation or close friend who doesn’t know that I have been considering getting a tattoo for some time. This is my public service announcement that I have made my decision on the matter.
I will be getting a tattoo. Not a rub-on, not a henna….a real, needled, ink, permanent tattoo.
The question of tat or no tat has been settled. Now the many questions remain of where on my body to get the tattoo, when and where to have it done and most importantly, what to have tattooed permanently on my skin?
- Question #1
Where, oh where, do I want my tattoo? I thought about getting one on the outside of my ankle. Alan has a small star on his right ankle. And our oldest son, Daniel, got a sun burst that he designed on his right ankle when he turned 18. Side note: When Daniel got his tattoo it was a family outing and I got my eyebrow pierced at the same time. Sadly, I had a job years later that was not accepting of a face piercing, even though it was dainty, I let the eyebrow piercing close up.
Anyways… back to the question of where to tat? The outside of my ankle is a possibility. I just wonder about if I was to have a job again where this would be an issue and I could not wear skirts. I have considered my hip or thigh. My hips are never shown in public and the only time my thighs show is when I wear a swim suit. When I get my tattoo I want to show it off as much as possible, so these areas are not as appealing to me. I thought about tatting up my back but I have a lot of freckles and not sure how that would play out! Connect the dots!
I am leaning towards my shoulder on the back side. In the summer I wear tank tops and cami’s all the time, so I could display my tattoo with pride and if I were to land a job worthy of coverage, a short sleeved shirt would fit the bill. I think question 1 almost has an answer.
- Question #2
When do I get my tattoo and where to have it done? When we were in San Diego last week I saw so many tattoo shops down at Pacific Beach. I wish I had all my questions answered and I would be the girl with the beautiful tattoo from San Diego.
Aliesha and I were watching LA Ink on Netflix awhile back and the exquisite art of Kat Von D is a desire I am sure I can’t afford. What a great show except for the stupid drama. I love watching the ink shows to see the art, the tattoos and the stories behind the tattoo’s. I guess I should come up with a tattoo and then try to get on one of those ink shows for some credit towards the price!
My son Joshua has tattoos on the underside of his forearms. He designed them and actually did his own tat on the left arm. This photo isn’t close up enough but he said there were a few places where he went out of the lines a bit because of the pain. I could never give my self a tattoo. But maybe I would let Joshua give me a tattoo. Maybe. He might get too much pleasure out of causing his dear old mom lots of pain!
I definitely don’t want to go to just any tattoo parlor! Scary business just trusting any old guy or gal with a needle gun!
Today we were driving by an empty lot and there was this tour bus set up for business with all their art work displayed on the side of the bus. Aliesha asked, What are they selling?” I replied, “Tattoos.”
“Wow!, Really?, I wouldn’t want to go inside a bus to get tattooed!” , the smart girl stated.
Then Alan said, ” Ooooppps, I guess we kinda goofed on the spelling of your important words on your important tattoo. I think we will start up the bus and leave the country now!”
I was busting up by this time because I knew the tour bus was selling custom made decals for your car, not your skin. We all had a pretty good laugh about a traveling tour bus inking up the skin along the roadways.
As you can see, when and where to get the work done is unsettled.
- Question #3
What piece of art do I want tattooed on my skin? I would like my tattoo to have meaning for something special that has happened in my life. Maybe a symbolism of my Saving Grace, maybe something for my 3 children, my cancer survival or for turning 50. Better yet…combine all milestones somehow. I want it to be beautiful and I know I want color. It would be really awesome to have all my kids design something together, all three of them are very artistic. I really just now had an epiphany….this very moment, that I need to talk to them and see if they can collaborate and come up with the perfect tattoo for their mom. That would be so very special all by it’s self! Maybe question 3 is in the works….
I do have one concern about getting a tattoo. It’s not about if I will be able to handle the pain or if I will regret getting the tattoo. No, I worry that I will want more than one tattoo.
And a bonus for getting tatted at 50 years old….I won’t have to worry about what my tattoo will look like when I get old and wrinkly. I already am!