Tattooed Love

Tattooed Love

A little fun from xkcd.com

Charlie here and I’m writing today to say, “I love tattoo art”. There, I said it. When I see it on others it not only intrigues me but I find it sexy and often comment on designs I really like. Quality art and the commitment to place it on your body for life (or at least until you face a fairly painful removal) is something that interests me both on a visceral appreciation level and on an intellectual level. The art a person chooses, assuming you didn’t do it at 3 AM after 10 rounds at your favorite bar, says a lot about you as a person. It’s a topic I find very individual, personal and significant.

As for me, I’m currently not a member of the inked world but it’s not for a lack of trying. I’ve wanted something on my right shoulder for more years than I can count. Why have I never gone through with it? It has nothing to do with fearing the needle. I don’t have a problem with pin pricks and prolonged pain. I think I’ve grown a pretty tough hide over the years. No, it’s more about the level of consideration and the commitment to the choice. I have to know what I want and that is a question that can plague you if you are unsure.

About ten to fifteen years back, I created a personal rule. I had to want a tattoo for a full year before I’d allow myself to get it. If the desire struck and I figured it all out, I would mark my calendar.  If the idea still held my attention at the end of 365 days, it would be an automatic “go” for ink.  I feel like a year is enough.

There have been several ideas that made it to the calendar stage over those years since I came up with this plan. That said, until this last year, the longest an idea has held me has been about three months. Currently, it looks like that is all about to change. My count started in 2011 and I’m now at almost ten months. In May of last year it all became clear to me and my calendar was marked. Now, in May of 2012 the plan is afoot to make this happen. I’ve tentatively targeted May 19th as the day.

What are my plans? Well, you will just have to wait and see but I do feel fairly certain that you’ll hear about it and see it when it happens both in the podcast and here on the site. To say the least, I’m pretty excited about the prospect of it finally coming together. I’m ready to make that lifetime commitment and I look forward to seeing that beauty every day I wake up for the rest of my life.

5 Responsesto “Tattooed Love”

  1. Travis says:

    I have the exact same rule.

  2. Charlie says:

    It’s a very good rule.

  3. Calamity Dawn says:

    I’ve thought about it, but I have several reasons for not getting inked. That being said, I admire a nice tattoo. I haven’t entirely given up on the idea, and if some of my issues ever become irrelevant I just may go ahead and do it.

  4. Lola says:

    I waited until I 30 years old before I ever got my first tattoo; eight years later I had it laser’d off. I now regret having it removed, ironically enough!

    I do encourage my younger friends and family to think long and hard about tattoos, so I think a one-year rule is a reasonable approach. It truly is a lifetime commitment, and even with the options that are out there for removal, it’s a painful and extremely expensive process where the results are not guaranteed.

    To me, it takes many years of discovering who you are and refining your personal definition of beauty and aesthetics, before you can make such a personal and permanent decision to alter your body. But once you go for it, this form of self expression can be so satisfying!

    Also, at the risk of making this response too long, I can’t emphasize the importance of doing your research enough! Word of mouth is the best way to find an artist; find someone who’s work you admire and ask them about it! Those of us that are “inked” love talking about art! Also, don’t cheap out! You truly get what you pay for in a tattoo – cleanliness, professionalism, safety and the right personality are paramount! I look at it like finding a doctor; you must be on the same page, artistically as well as aesthetically. Once you find the right artist, it can become a life-long relationship and a source of joy and pride :)