When I say Tattoo, I am not talking about Herve Villechaize, the star from Fantasy Island, although I loved that show as a kid. I am talking about the real deal, ink, tat, colour, art….whatever the latest term is. I am seriously thinking about getting a tattoo but in the end, I find I am truly undecided. (cough cough….I mean scared)
Yes, tattoos are extremely personal, pretty much permanent and should be taken very seriously!! Many of my friends have “tats” and do no regret permanently marking their bodies. Although some would like old tattoos covered up or brightened. They took their time looking into what they wanted and the safest place to get it.
I have considered getting a tattoo several times in my 40 something years. In my 20s, I wanted a peace sign, in my 30s, I thought about getting something on the small of my back…..I thank heavens I did not due to the not so lovely term, “tramp stamp” associated with female lower back tattoos.
Before I share what “ink” I am thinking about and where I will have it permanently “scratched“, YIKES, into my skin….lets look at some terms and processes.
- American Traditional—One of the most popular styles of tattooing based on black outlines, a minimal, yet bold color palette, and iconic tattoo imagery.
- Black and Grey—A style of tattooing that consists of using only black ink and water. The black ink is watered down in order to create softer shades of grey for shading and highlighting.
- Blowout—This is what occurs when a tattoo is not applied properly and goes too deep into the skin. This causes the ink to “settle” strangely creating a minor cloudy effect around the initial design
- Body Suit—When the majority of someone’s body is covered in tattoos.
- Canvas—Also known as “a skin” is another name for a client about to get tattooed.
- Coil—A tattoo machine that is powered by an electromagnetic coil. This is the most commonly used type of tattoo machine.
- Cosmetic Tattoos—Also known as permanent makeup or medical tattoos
The list is huge!! Have a look at the list
Slang….When thinking about the actual process, I prefer tattoo artist than the slang term, “Scratcher”. After all I am looking for a professional not someone to “scratch” a long term itch I might have. Teehee. But really, Scratcher is a slang term for, “One who attempts to tattoo without proper training in the application”. Scratchers are a growing concern in the industry, not just because their work is sub-par but the health concerns both short and long term are growing.
So, before this article gets too huge, let me get back to my decision. Do I or don’t I? No one can make this decision but me, not family, not friends, not even my hubby. However I have asked Janine to take me if and when I do decide to go through with this.
Just like when I started thinking about writing a blog, I have done some deep diving and decided that “Joy” is very important to me. The Joys of Jodi namesake took me some time to decide on as has my tattoo inspiration. Therefore, if I go ahead, my tattoo will be very simple and in my favourite colour. It will be the symbol for joy and it will be aqua. The fact that I couldn’t find a picture of the joy symbol in aqua tells me that perhaps my tattoo might be a little different.
P.S. Where I get the tattoo will be a secret until I get it.
“Tattoo” – The Who