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HollyBollyBooBoo Mon 29-Aug-11 22:02:11

...having a 'midlife' crisis (am 33 so hope to God I live a bit longer than 66), marriage has broken down, H always hated tattoos, I've always had a fascination about them but never had one. Have the day off on Thursday, just want to go and get one. Thinking of DDs name, in calligraphy style writing about 1.5" high in a semi circle underneath my belly button.

Just go and get it done or don't desecrate your body...thoughts please.

squeakytoy Mon 29-Aug-11 22:02:54

Please dont have a name.. it looks so bloody chavvy and tacky..

rubyrubyruby Mon 29-Aug-11 22:05:44

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Yawner247 Mon 29-Aug-11 22:05:48

Don't do it....if your in a crisis it's not the right time!!! blush but that's just me, I remember nursing a guy that had tattoos and he said they seem like a good idea at the time then you get fed up of looking at them! Have a henna one and see how you feel about it after a while!

scottishmummy Mon 29-Aug-11 22:06:04

tacky and obvious.just screams mutton tattoed as lamb

plainwhitet Mon 29-Aug-11 22:07:18

Do you know anyone with a tattoo? My advice would be to ask them where the least painful site would be and then go and have a tiny one done, just to see what you think of it! I speak as a bit of a coward, twenty years older than you, who would love to get one done ....

inkyfingers Mon 29-Aug-11 22:07:58

Imagine tattoo on 66 year old post-baby belly. .... you won't want to get it out.

pinkthechaffinch Mon 29-Aug-11 22:08:34

I'd get a new hairdo instead.

TheEarlOfDoncaster1963 Mon 29-Aug-11 22:09:05

I agree - do henna first and see if you can live with it.

YellowWallpaper Mon 29-Aug-11 22:09:50

wait until you feel less crisis like and if you still want it then get it done but don't do it straight away.

HollyBollyBooBoo Mon 29-Aug-11 22:10:36

Gave birth to a 9lb baby without so much as a paracetamol. Pain is not my issue!

Henna tattoo is v.v good idea. Want to do something slightly bonkers & rebellious, tattoo seemed a better option than sleeping with inappropriate men.

nothingoldcanstay Mon 29-Aug-11 22:11:08

Terribly dating. Calligraphy style writing might look "good" now but in ten years will be the equivalent of a Celtic band or a small dolphin.

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 29-Aug-11 22:11:40

I got my first tattoo after my marriage break up.
I have a tiny little dove on my shoulder.
I would go for one that you absolutely love (I honestly don't think names are a good idea) and go for it.grin

SmethwickBelle Mon 29-Aug-11 22:13:14

Why under belly button? Its not an area that ages well - lower back of neck/shoulders at the back would be more practical.

WilsonFrickett Mon 29-Aug-11 22:13:50

Not a name. Nooooooo. Pick a great tattoo artist, keep an open mind and don't settle for the first thing you see. Try an Internet search for 'inks' for inspiration.

helpmeMN Mon 29-Aug-11 22:14:30

had one age 21ish, hurt like fuck, on my back so forget about it most of time. don't mind it really, glad had it done, used to get commented on a lot when I worked and top rode up! bit gutted years later when I heard term 'tramp stamp'. is an incentive to stay thinner as it is bang on the love handle. mine I designed myself, abstract image.

SnapesMistress Mon 29-Aug-11 22:15:33

Do what you like but not on your belly.

WilsonFrickett Mon 29-Aug-11 22:17:10

Sorry OP, random link there (tired and on iPad) search for beautiful tattoos tumblr. Inks is a site within that - really stunning stuff.

notlettingthefearshow Mon 29-Aug-11 22:21:45

If you have always wanted one, why not? I'm not sure about the location unless you have an eviably flat belly!

Maryz Mon 29-Aug-11 22:24:47

Not on your belly, unless you are absolutely certain that your belly won't expand over time.

Your dd will want to die of embarrassment in 20 years time when she sees her name all warped and different size letters, with half of them hidden under the overhanging flab grin.

Be a rebel, go and buy yourself some challenging clothes, or like the others say, get a hairdo. Or go on holiday and pick up an interesting man.

JjandtheBeanlovesUnicorns Mon 29-Aug-11 22:25:07

Do it, the adrenaline rush is amazing.

As for those who don't like names, its tough, your body, your choice, I have my brother who died last year on the inside of one wrist and I have the dcs names and plus que ma propre vie done in a 'bracelet' style around my other wrist and I love it!

Hurt like nothing on earth, but couldn't have been that bad as I have two!

squeakytoy Mon 29-Aug-11 22:28:54

Sorry JJ but I honestly think people who are covered in names look a bit silly. I understand your sentiments, especially your brothers name, but personally I would go for a symbol that had meaning rather than a name.

A woman I know has got all her kids names on her arms, plus her current husband, ex husband, and a couple of ex bfs names... one or two crossed out ... looks like a frigging class register..

squeakytoy Mon 29-Aug-11 22:29:59

I should add, I am not at all anti-tattoo.. I like good ones, and I have one myself.

worraliberty Mon 29-Aug-11 22:31:49

looks like a frigging class register grin grin

I've never seen the point of people getting their kid's names tattooed on their bodies.

Can anyone explain the point to me please? This is a genuine question by the way.

I mean, it's not like you're going to forget their names...and it's not like you need to 'prove' you love them by getting their names inked on your body. Most Mums prove they love their kids every day without doing that.

Rowena8482 Mon 29-Aug-11 22:31:54

I have lots - I'm one of the "got one and ended up covered" people (as opposed to the "got one and regretted it forever" people) and all I would say is, find a design you LOVE and that is meaningful to YOU. You don't have to be able to explain why, or what it means, to anyone else, but you have to know, deep down inside, why that design is your design. Then look at as many tattooists as you can find, go in the shop and "make idle conversation" - a good tattooist will be happy to have a chat with you, take your design to show them and see how they react to it. Different tattooists specialise in different styles and things, so you need to find the right one. Look at photos of their work, again, a good tattooist will have albums of pictures for you to see. THEN after all that, if you still want one, and know what you want, arrange to get it done. Don't just wander into the shop cos you have time and say "want that one" at the first one you see on the wall.
Back of your shoulder or upper arm on the outside of your bicep will probably hurt least grin
I go for my new one, a custom design, on Friday and I booked the appt six weeks ago after several months of visits and conversations with the artist as this will be the first one he's done of mine.
It's so not something to be rushed or done lightly - to all intents and purposes it is there forever.

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