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boarderaholic 10-16-2007 09:22 PM

So, I think it's time to bite the bullet, and get a tattoo. Buuutttttt, I'm not sure what to get. Actually, I know what I want, but not really? I want this tattoo to incorporate longboarding, snowboarding and music, and yes, all 3 have a very special meanings to me.

I've actually been thinking about taking this guy and modifying him to hold is board above his head vertically.

Now, discuss.

alaric 10-16-2007 09:29 PM

That'd be a sweet idea. What type of something do you want musically incorporated into it? Music notes, a clef, band name or what?

boarderaholic 10-16-2007 09:34 PM

Oh yeah, I was thinking just an 8th note, clean and simple.

palidon11 10-16-2007 11:26 PM


Originally Posted by mpdsnowman
Think about it fully before you do it


10 char

bravo_castle 10-17-2007 01:41 AM

I had a long reply all typed up.... But I don't have any tats & shouldn't be handing out advise.
Hopefully those with tats will chime in.

My only constructive input is that it sounds like you're still unsure... & on that note (no pun intended)I say wait.

FWIW I have nothing against those who have tats (I like'm just haven't come up with & or designed the one for me). :)

bravo_castle 10-17-2007 01:45 AM

Food for thought:


Tattoo remorse fuels boom for dermatologists


American Academy of Dermatology: Tattoo regret common in the U.S.
Current tattoo removal process is painful, expensive, time-consuming
New, more easily removed tattoo ink scheduled to be available this fall

By Judy Fortin

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Laura Hathaway initially had no regrets after getting a tattoo on her lower back when she was 21. But now, 10 years later, she wants it gone.

The pharmaceutical sales representative from Atlanta, Georgia, says it doesn't fit in with her current lifestyle as the mother of a 2-year-old boy who just started to talk. "The other day I bent over and he said, 'What's that?' and it just confirms why I'm having it removed."

Dr. Scott Karempelis of Atlanta Dermatology Associates is performing a multitreatment laser procedure that will gradually erase Hathaway's tattoo with little or no scarring. The process is painful, expensive and time-consuming.

Karempelis says that in spite of the drawbacks, "business is booming." He and three other dermatologists in his office see more than 30 patients a day who want tattoos removed by laser.

The American Academy of Dermatology reports tattoo regret is common in the United States. Among a group of 18- to 50-year-olds surveyed in 2004, 24 percent reported having a tattoo and 17 percent of those considered getting their tattoo removed.

Karempelis uses a state-of-the-art laser that targets the pigment in the tattoo. "It goes through the skin without damaging it and hits the pigment depending on which wavelength and which color you have, and it blows it into small pieces."

The tattoo ink is then reabsorbed into the body through the lymphatic system. The process must be completed over several sessions in order to protect the skin from damage.

Hathaway expects to go through 10 sessions several weeks apart, each lasting less than a minute. She admits it's a lot more painful than getting the original tattoo. "It's prickly," describes Hathaway. "It feels like a bee is sitting on your back stinging time and time again. Afterwards, the pain does go away and you're a little sore for a few hours."

Patients with bigger tattoos are sometimes given the option to use a topical anesthetic, but Karempelis points out that it adds to the cost.

Like other dermatologists, he charges by the square inch for the laser treatment. By the time Hathaway's done, she expects to pay more than $2,200.

There's no guarantee that she won't have a scar. "Scarring is your major risk," says Karempelis. "Almost everyone gets a little bit of discoloration, a little lighter, a little darker for a while. But in most cases if you wait a year, you cannot see where it was done initially."

Certain tattoo colors, such as green, yellow and purple, are harder to remove, Karempelis says, especially for people with darker skin. Some parts of the body also pose a challenge. "The farthest away from the heart are hardest to treat, so the ankles are the toughest," Karempelis says.

He predicts his business will increase in the future, after a new type of tattoo ink hits the market. Freedom-2 is a microencapsulated dye. It's designed to be easily removed by a single laser treatment. "The laser would hit that pigment and it would completely dissolve immediately. ... You wouldn't need repetitive treatments," the doctor says.

But until the ink becomes available, Karempelis expects to see a variety of patients going through long sessions to remove reminders of their past. He says the most popular tattoos to be removed in his office are the names of old boyfriends and former spouses.

In Hathaway's case, her tattoo of a flower didn't fit the image she wants to portray. She says she got the tattoo long before low-rise pants became popular. "It's just something I wanted to be private and now it's not."

PS: Yes I know you're in Canuckistan & the article is yankee.

PaoloSmythe 10-17-2007 06:06 AM

i would whole heartedly advise that you think about it (duh);
decide what you want and exactly where you want it;
then wait a year. forget all about it (or at least try to)

if 12 months later, you still think the piece and the place are good... then get it!

the point is, any tattoo will exist longer than you will! and so waiting an extra year is nothing to worry about!

it is good that you are looking for a piece that is original and not something off a parlour wall, but please tell me you aren't going for the rome logo!?

boarderaholic 10-17-2007 08:53 AM

Hahahahaha!! I'm not branding myself if that's what you're worried about Paolo!

As for the sit and wait and make absolutely sure I want this thing...I do, I've been wanting a tattoo (maybe more??) for a coule years, just never really had a reason to get one.

But yeah, the whole point of this thread wasn't to design my tattoo, just get some ideas. I really, really want this tattoo now, but I'm gonna keep sitting on this, and keep thinking.

Kieran 10-17-2007 09:47 AM

ive been waiting 2 years... and my ideas have been changing every few months.

And im happy i didnt go for what i wanted when i first wanted one. And i am still not sure what i want, all i know is that i want to make it myself.

Slaughterhouse 10-17-2007 10:14 AM

Well, Jess. I did all my own tattoos. In my slaughterhouse days I wanted to get into an apprenticeship to be a tattooist but I could not afford the startup (back then YOU had to pay the tattoo shop to learn under them and have your own equipment which was insanely expensive at the time). I had a book of my own flash and went to the Bear, a Viking of a man but an absolute artist. I went there for an interview, showed him my work and we talked for about 4 hours before I made my escape. He looked at my work and asked me if I had any regrets about any of them, which I didn't. I told him it took me almost 8 years to finally make an idea permanent. The Bear said picture an old lady, sitting on the beach all wrinkly with a python snake tattooed around her leg...does it still look as awesome when she had it originally done? As well, he said the worst tattoos are names and cartoons, because both will be forgotten in time (take note of any old guys sitting in the coffee shop with Lil Devil on their arms, or the crazy trend of the Tazmanian Devil from the mid-nineties).

So many people grab onto an idea and want to proudly wear it to show devotion, but more often than not, devotion is more of a trend and there lies the pitfall. Stop....I did not mean that this is a trend to you; we all know this is The Life and there is no chance of turning around once your there. I am saying that there is so much incorporated into this lifestyle that by the time you get that inked, you will see something or have an even cooler idea for a tattoo, and you will wish you didn't get the first one. My sister-in-law had the elvish writing seen on the ring in the Lord of the Rings movie tattooed like a band around her arm. It looked pretty neat at the time, but now the movies are gathering dust, no one talks about them anymore and the tattoo just looks lame. So no she is dumping even more money on a cover-up.

A tattoo should be like a painting...a Rembrandt or a Monet. You should want to be able to Will it to your children when your dead so they can tan and frame it. It should be a tattoo that you will never in your life regret or try to hide, it should become PART of you, never an accessory. To this day I still don't regret my tattoos. I stopped noticing them many many years ago and I have to stop and think sometimes when someone asks me if I'm inked.

If you want to get inked, go for it, but like Paolo suggested think very very long on that design and whether or not you can carry it to the grave with you.

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