Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Maybe you can shed some light on this

OK, so, for my 30th birthday, I’m contemplating getting a tattoo. It’s just over a year away, and I’ll probably need that long to get my nerve up. Not a big fan of pain, especially the self-inflicted kind. Then I watch an episode of Miami Ink and I’m all “I want to do that!”

I’m leaning towards getting the Celtic tree of life, the one with the braided branches melding with the braided roots – looks the same when rotated 180 degrees. If I were better with the link embedding / picture posting I’d show you, but I’m not, so you’ll have to suck it up and Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Alright – here’s where you come in. I’d like to know your opinions:

1) Is this a totally stupid idea and should I forget the whole thing?

2) Any better suggestions besides the tree of life?

3) Where should I put it?

No more lurking out there. I know you’re reading my blog – you can’t hide from me any more. Comment, dammit.


Blogger Chris B. said...

Boo, Kate. Hiss.

7:54 PM  
Blogger dressagemom said...

Okay, so let me just tell you that tattoos hurt. Like an almighty motherfucker. Seriously. Of course I have issues with needles, but still. OUCH.

But if you think you can stand it I'd say go for it. No way I'm going to watch though.

9:45 AM  
Blogger craig said...

Let me chime in and say that my wife's experience with getting tattooed is NOT typical. The phrase "You're the worst person I've ever tattooed. Ever." comes to mind.

I'm all for tattoos... but I will share one cautionary tale. Friend of mine wanted a tattoo. He always thought the biohazard symbol was cool. So he got it tattooed on his arm. Later, he found out that this was a popular tattoo in the gay community to indicate you were HIV+. I’m not saying that the tree of life is going to be hijacked to mean something else any time soon… but make sure you can live with it.

That said… how big are you thinking? Little, like ankle or tummy? Or bigger like small of the back or calf?

11:17 AM  
Blogger Lil Kate said...

Dressagemom never did go back to have her outline filled in, did she? Yeah, that says something. And I am also needle-phobic, but I've been told it's more scratching vs. puncturing.

With that in mind, I'm not thinking very big - big enough to not be a mottled blob, but not any bigger than it "has" to be. Maybe silver dollar size? Small of the back seems to be a popular location - relatively muscular vs. bony ankle, and relatively discreet. I'd never considered calf or tummy...

6:22 PM  
Blogger craig said...

No, she did. I think it looks good. The tattoo artist (actually a friend of ours, pre-tattoo) isn't happy with it though; he says he does much better work on clients who aren't squirming and passing out in the middle of his work.

Personally, I don't see much point in getting a tattoo you can't easily see yourself. As sexy as I think the lower back placement is (and I really, really do) it seems a waste to go through all the fuss and bother if you have to look in a mirror to see the work. Assuming you're doing it for YOU. If you're doing it to excite someone else, then I guess it doesn't matter as much.

I've always thought that little tattoos on the wrist are cool. However, that's a pretty big commitment... getting a tattoo that's going to show pretty much all the time.

Have you considered your forearms, ala Popeye?

10:35 AM  
Blogger craig said...

Holy crap! Here ya go!


10:37 AM  
Blogger Lil Kate said...

Mistress Bionerd's hubby, right? I never did get to see the finished product.

I'd definitely be doing it for me. I agree that I wouldn't be able to enjoy it without a mirror, but part of that is what makes it nice and discreet. I could still dress up for the governor's ball and no one would see it.

Yeah - that tree of life on that girl seems a bit larger than I had in mind, and therefore more painful.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Yo! I don't mean to rain on your parade, but I would seriously consider getting something a little more personal. My cousin and his wife have the tree and it looks cool, but knowing you Kate I would think you would want something more distinctly you. Of course I haven't figured that out yet. I will think about it. Between all of these people and there hour on your site, i think we could come up with something

6:46 PM  
Blogger James said...

So wait, you used to double it on both and now you don't? I guess I can bookmark this......

5:33 PM  

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