Freckles in April: Ink

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ink

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Confession: I kind of want a tattoo

I'd never get one, of course. For one, I am absolutely terrified of needles (should you ever happen to meet the poor woman at my OB's office that had to draw my blood throughout my pregnancies, make sure to give her a hug. She's earned it). For two, they are strongly discouraged in my religion.

And, mostly, I'm just not sure there's anything I'd be willing to etch on my body with the complete certainty that I'd still love it in 50 years.


Even though I'd never get one I've spent an inordinate amount of time deciding what I WOULD get if I somehow got over my fear of needles and Aaron got over his extreme distaste for tattoos and the Church suddenly decided tattoos were kosher.

I think I would go with the words "Fear not" in pretty script on my wrist. Kind of like this one-

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 When I was a kid I had a debilitating fear of the dark. I memorized scriptures like Isaiah 41:10 to help me sleep and they still come back to me when I need them. There's a verse of a hymn based on that scripture (third verse of #85) and it has always been one of my favorites. Another option would be the word "Endure" 'cause I think I would like the permanent daily reminder. Hypothetically.

Now that my brain can finally rest on the tattoo question (seriously, why do I agonize over these stupid things?), I'm super curious what other people would get (or already have?).

So let's just say you have unlimited funds and no moral issues and you laugh in the face of needles. What ink would you get??



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31 comments:

  1. i love this post! it's so interesting to hear what people would get or have. i got a tattoo when i was 17. it's the word Angel on my back in beautiful writing. my dad calls me "angel." even though it has sentimental meaning, i hate it now and i want it gone. i also have a tiny lady bug on my foot. it's a symbol from my sorority. i love that one. i believe people should get things that have a meaning and story behind it. otherwise, what does it mean? what's the point? i can't wait to read what other people say to this.

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  2. I don't have tattoos, also because of moral reasons, but I kind of secretly always wanted one. I even considered getting one before I got married, but was still seriously dating the Hubs. He thinks they're not attractive, so I didn't. Now, I'm glad I didn't because at that point in my life, I probably would have gotten something corny like a dolphin or something on my then flat abs. Now that they're post baby mushiness, that wouldn't be pretty at all! lol

    But if I were to get one now, I like the idea of something pretty and inspiring on the wrists. Fear not has such an awesome message or maybe something like, "He is risen" or some other short scripture verse. Anyways, interesting post! =)

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  3. ha, you sound like me! My husband has 2 tattoos but doesnt care for them on women, I don't enjoy enduring pain... Baptists are finally coming around to the tattoo idea, two out of three :). I have been wanting two tattoos for a very long time. one is my favorite verse, Romans 12:1-2, wrapping in a circle at the top of my neck. The other is two sets of hoove prints on the top of my foot (our last name is Ham and I have 2 children). yes i will never get them but i have sketches ready if that moment ever suddenly comes:)

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  4. ok so i just read what i wrote and the neck one would not be a circle around my neck like a necklace but a circle at the back like a tiny one i could cover with my hair, lol. Just had to clear that up!

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  5. Oh my goodness I love this question. I LOVE your idea of fear not (I also love that song/verse) but for the sake of originality I'll pick something different. I think maybe the words simplicity and optimism....somewhere. Clearly I need to think about this more. Also, someone needs to come up with a semi-permanent tattoo. Right? Like one that lasts for like 6 months (which I think is around the expiration date of liking something).

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  6. I've thought about this a lot, and I also have no idea why because I would never do it. Mostly because I change my mind every other second and I know I'd regret it. But if I ever felt daring (and oh yeah TSM gave the go ahead), I think I'd put my kids names somewhere-ala Angie Jolie. And then one on my ring finger of my hubby's name too. Because this shiz is forever (as I remind him).

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  7. i just got inked for the first time 2 weeks ago. the words "walk in love" {from ephesians 5:2} has been perminantly added to top of my left foot. my husband and i just celebrated our 4 year anniversary and we are part of a church planting launch team. i strongly beleive that walking in love, as Christ did, is the solution to everything! not only is it beautiful, but it also means so much to me and where i am right now.

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  8. I'm also afraid of needles... but that never seemed to stop me from getting a couple body piercings and a tattoo. The tattoo didn't have me thinking "OMG NEEDLES!" the entire time. It more felt like I had a really bad sunburn and someone was scratching it with their nails. Hard. You wouldn't even know needles are involved... I said I'd never get one done again (four years ago, now, I think?), but I'm considering another one...

    I got a small cherry blossom (I designed it) on my right hip. It shows when I wear bikinis, and hides under clothes when I want it to. That way when I get old and wrinkly, I can look at my tattoo and giggle... and then cover it up again. Because you bet your ass no one else will see it when I'm old and wrinkly!! It was more of a personal thing for me than a thing I wanted to show off.

    @ Blaine and Michelle: There IS such a thing as temporary tattoos... the ink is made to fade after a couple years. I read that somewhere a couple months ago.

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  9. I love the look of white ink tattoos, I'd probably get some script done, too, but I'm not sure. I've also thought about having Horton the elephant put on my back at the shoulder for a long time. It sounds silly, but he's a symbol of honesty and integrity, and I love that.

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  10. oh my...what fun to talk about. i once got a henna tattoo on my lower back, and it was gone in two days. i would definitely do a henna one again, and i just like scrolly designs....nothing significant. but, i'm a mommy now, and who has time for that kind of stuff? !!

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  11. this is great that you posted about this
    i actually pinned a tat that i really like and think i might get it when i turn 50, if pintrest is still a thing then and i still have the pic
    lol
    brett

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  12. I have one in the middle of my back that says, Honey. When Hayden was 3ish he wouldn't let anyone call him Hayden only Honey and I just loved it and it is something I will always remember. I got it put in the middle so its just a private thing and the whole world doesn't stare at it when I'm older. Thinking about getting another one that says,"I'll love you every morrow." It's one of Hayden's sayings when you ask him how much he loves you.

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  13. I have two tattoos- one that I sort of wish I didn't have (umm a lower back tattoo is just affilated with the wrong kind of girl, although mine is small and never visible) and one that I love on my right inner wrist, like the photo above it says "Make it Write" a daily motivation to keep writing and pursuing my dreams, and also a play on the word write/right- as in if something is wrong, make it right.

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  14. I'm deathly afraid of needles, but I fully plan on getting a tattoo (or three) one day. I absolutely love them.

    For me, though, I plan to get literary tattoos, since I was an English major in college. :) So here are the ones I would love to get:

    1) From "Lolita" (by Nabokov) I want to get "my sin, my soul" split into two on my wrists. So "my sin" on one wrist, and "my soul" on the other. Lolita is my all time favorite novel. However, this is the one tattoo I may never get because of the placement, but I can't imagine it going anywhere else.

    2) From "A Handmaid's Tale", I want to get the quote "nolite te bastardes carborundorum". It basically means "Don't let the bastards get you down". It would represent overcoming all that I have and will, and continuing on with my life. Unsure on placement for this.

    3) From "Game of Thrones" (and the rest of the novels in the series), I really want to get "winter is coming". You'd really have to read the book, but it just symbolizes that you always need to prepare for the times ahead--because even if they're good now, they won't always be. I'm thinking middle of the back placement.

    And I'm hunting through a couple other novels ("House of Leaves", "War for the Oaks") here and there, trying to find other ideas I love.

    Once I pay off all my school debt, maybe I'll treat myself by going to a good artist and getting a tattoo. :)

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  16. Sorry to remove my previous comment... I was being snarky and misread what was typed. :(

    I'm getting a tat for my 30th - I want it to say "faith, hope & love" wrapping around my wrist.

    My mother, sister and brother all have tatoos. I've been thinking about getting one for a while. Just need to find a good parlor.

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  17. My husband is the same with needles (trypanophobic he tells me). The first time I saw him pass out was during a movie, where he tipped forward off the couch flat onto his head! Scared the crap out of me, but now I know to expect it at least!

    I love tattoos, and have 2 so far. One is a tiny one on my foot - my 3 best friends and I got it on spring break :). The second on my sisters and I all match - a flowy branch with our gemstone colored flowers across our back. Love them and definitely want more!

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  18. So I was being nostalgic this afternoon and looking back at my blog from a couple years ago and was reminded how much we used to comment on each others! Anyway...I would get "cheerfulness & patience" (my motto from scripture Mosiah 24:15) written in a circle on my inner left wrist.

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  19. I don't think I would ever get one. The thought of permanently or even semi-permanently doing anything to my body kind of freaks me out (except for maybe a tummy tuck, after 3 large babies, I need that). Seriously, I have to contemplate a haircut for months in advance and I've never dyed my hair. However, I love other people's tattoos. I have a friend who has the name and date of her son that was still born and I once knew a guy that had "Choose the Right" tattooed on his inner forearm. (Ironic, right?!)

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  20. random follower here...
    my 2 roomates and i so almost got tattoos our senior year at BYU! i don't know what got into our heads, but they wanted henna type tattoos and i wanted a small word in white ink on my wrists... so we scoped places (do you know how weird it is for 3 white mormon girls to walk into a tat parlor?) and found one, and went to set up appointments, but the dude told us they wouldn't be busy the next day, to all 3 come in and they would do all at once. We showed up the next day and... the place was packed! we had to get them done before my roomy's fiance got back from europe 2 days later, and that crowd and the thought of waiting finally got us back to our senses! i'm so glad Heavenly Father put those crowds in there to keep us from being stupid...

    anyways, love the blog!

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  21. i think about this all the time. too bad i'm the most indecisive person ever and could never choose one thing i'd live with forever. but... i think i could design a pretty rad tattoo. i'd maybe do a little swatch of a pattern. one of my friends, who was born in dade county in florida, almost got 'made in dade' tattooed on the bottom of her foot. you know, kind of like 'made in china' - i thought that was so funny.

    have you seen some of the abstract tattoos this girl does? pretty crazy/awesome.

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  22. I've thought a lot about this one, especially since my little brother died almost two years ago. Another brother got a tattoo of a rose that my little brother drew and I'm seriously jealous. I really kinda want one but I have all the same issues as you so never will.

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  23. I'm an enormous chicken, so I've gotta buck up before I do it, but I plan to have a delicate outline of a baby elephant holding the tail of a larger elephant on the back side of my foot, just below the ankle bone (It'll hurt like eeeeeep but it is coverable by pumps, if need be). I want to be a mom more than anything and family is always always the top priority, Elephants are a matriarchal society and so the tattoo would be a little homage to my nurturing urge and to my mom, the best mommy role model I know. I'm also trying to convince my sisters to do "Family" in different asian languages (our brother is adopted from China, near the Korean border, we had an amazing exchange student/ new sister from Thailand, my one sis is living in Beijing...) but so far everyone else is not excited about the idea.

    My husband's bromance is planning to go with me during the elephant one and will get, in chinese characters, "Spicy kung pow chicken with extra peanuts". Amazingly sarcastic, huh?

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  24. I have a small tattoo on my right shoulder & hate it. I would never get another.

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  25. I got splattered recently with some boiling hot plum jam and have a little bit of a burn darkening on the top of my left foot in the shape of a small heart. I've never really been interested in Tattoos (for most of the same reasons as you), but I think that little heart burn (not heartburn) is kind of adorable. I would probably go with something like that: small, and pretty much inconspicuous.

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  26. I have 2 - one I got when I turned 18 and the other when I was (i think) 26ish. I'd love a 3rd, but I've been holding off because 1) I need to figure out what it is that I want. I want it to symbolize a few things. and 2) I need to figure out where I'd put it. The last time my husband and I talked, we both agreed on my neck, just under the hairline. My other thought was my toe. But the toe sounds more painful.

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  27. I love tattoo posts! It's such a personal matter and I love hearing everyone's different take on it.
    I have one tattoo - it's a colorful intricate koi fish on my back, near my left shoulder. I've had it for 3+ years now and I don't think I have plans of getting any more. It's a tattoo I had debated for many years before finally getting it, and I absolutely love it. I also love that it's in a location I can't see every day because it's always a lovely surprise to catch it in the mirror as a reminder that it's there.
    The only other tattoo I've seriously debated was getting 'namaste' tattooed on the side of my foot (as a reminder to stay grounded)... but foot tattoos are painful and difficult and although I like the sentiment, I don't like it enough to go through with it. So just the koi fish for me!

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  28. I have thought about this too! A bunch! I feel like I could deal with the pain, but I could never live with the fact that I did something I wasn't supposed to (in my case)...and there it is..for the world to see. However, I totally love seeing tattoos on other people. My favorites are little teensy weensy tattoos. I would get some inspirational words from switchfoot tatted on my wrists probably. Another idea is a heart just above my hip. But then i'd change my mind in a few months and totally hate myself. Have you ever tried henna on yourself? If you can master the tube it comes in the possibilities are endless, I henna it up all the time.

    leighana-e.blogspot.com

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  29. I almost got one in high school after I turned 18, it was going to be with my best friend with the same name, and we were going to get the Chinese symbol for our name on our feet. I didn't realize you had to be 21 in my state without a parent's permission. Her mom let her get it, but obviously I did not even bother asking mine. Every time I see hers I get a little sad, even though Chinese tattoos are a little hokey now :)

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  30. Also, I find it very ironic that Mormons do not get tattoos or body piercing but we are allowed to slice and dice for vanity's sake... And Utah has one if the highest plastic surgery rates per capita.

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  31. i disagree with this "allowed to" slice and dice idea ^^. we're also "allowed to" get tattoos or earrings or whatever we want, we've just been counseled not to. just because they've never said "don't get plastic surgery" doesn't mean the leaders CONDONE or "allow" it.

    with that said, i don't choose to get a tattoo. but if i did, i'd get a bird on the back of my neck, or perhaps a clock on my shoulder blade: http://www.google.com/imgres?q=bird+neck+tattoo&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1280&bih=943&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=ZeS_-F_cBQWBxM:&imgrefurl=http://community.babycenter.com/post/a23335867/ot_tattood_mamas&docid=_VvmT79KNfqQpM&w=500&h=363&ei=l9OMToy5HMaqsQLigOGUBA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=475&vpy=608&dur=2961&hovh=191&hovw=264&tx=206&ty=73&page=1&tbnh=136&tbnw=181&start=0&ndsp=31&ved=1t:429,r:21,s:0

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