August 30, 2007


Okay, right now I'm thinking about getting my upper ear pierced twice. Actually it's pretty much a set deal, I just need to go in and get it done.

But I've been going back and forth on the idea of getting a tattoo. First off I know what I want, but I just can't find it in a "design" format. It's a Norse dragon's head inside a Celtic knot work circle. The problem is that I go from yes, I want it. To no, it's stupid.

So what do you all think. Would you get a tattoo? Why or why not? And if so, what kind?

Posted by Contagion in Questions at August 30, 2007 04:11 PM | TrackBack

No tattoos for me. I don't care if other people get them, I just don't want one. There is nothing I want inked into my skin that I might want to live with for 50 years (or however much time I have left to me). I tend to get tired of things and a tattoo is not something I could get rid of easily. That's just me - like I said, I have no problem with others getting them.

Posted by: Teresa at August 30, 2007 05:23 PM

I personally wouldn't get a tattoo strictly for decorative purposes. About the only tattoo that I've thought of is a possibility is maybe a "shared" one (such as an image split into two that becomes one when placed together) with whatever woman I end up marrying.

Posted by: Shadoglare at August 30, 2007 08:15 PM

I am biased (3 piercings in the ear and 2 tats)
I say go for it!

Posted by: Bruce at August 30, 2007 09:41 PM

I believe that a tattoo needs to be deeply personal. Personally, I have often considered getting some sort of Masonic Square and Compasses. In your case, the design sounds very personal, the dragon's head for Ktreva, and the Celtic Knot for the connection to Scotland, right?

I believe that most tattoo parlors have someone in-house that can actually create your design, but you may need to take samples of the knot.

Posted by: Petey at August 30, 2007 09:44 PM

Petey's right, & I know I've told you before, don't do it unless you want to see it, on your body, for the rest of your life. A tattoo has to have meaning for you, & your idea really does suit you. Besides, you *do* need something to swear by... ;)

I recommend that you don't go to the shop I last went to -- that f@cker is a butcher -- took me 4 months to heal the half-inch gash in my forearm!

Posted by: Wes at August 30, 2007 10:57 PM

Every tat should be deeply personal.

The fact that I consider my tat of Bill the Cat in a leather speedo hoisting a beer deeply personal speaks volumes about my psyche....

Posted by: Graumagus at August 31, 2007 06:11 AM

I have mine sketched out, just haven't had the time to get to get inked. But I say it needs to be personal.

Posted by: Oddybobo at August 31, 2007 06:50 AM

Yeah, sure, go ahead and get the tatoo. Then when you get to be my age, with gravity pulling your chest way south and the other parts of your body sagging you'll be able to look at that tatoo and wonder what the hell it is supposed to look like.
Tatoos are great, all you have to do is die young and they'll look fine.

Posted by: Peter at August 31, 2007 11:09 AM

I love the young women who get tattoos of hummingbirds on their breasts. At about 50, the tats turn into flamingos!

Just don't get one on your man-mories and you'll be fine. ;-)

Posted by: Wes at August 31, 2007 11:21 PM

I say go for it.

I already have one and am looking at 2 more probably in December.

Of course it needs to have meaning for you because why would you get a tatoo otherwise.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 1, 2007 02:57 PM