My Tattoo

Getting a tattoo is like riding a motorcycle. The people that have not experienced it can not even come close to understanding the feeling of personal satisfaction that you get from doing it.

I was the first member of my family to ever get a tattoo. My grandpa was a tough guy, he even had some solid rings with cool designs that he used to wear. It was probably something that back in his days of youth was something that people probably saw as out of the norm. I got my tattoo right after my sister got married. I wanted to always remember the last year that my family spent together living under the same roof.

I told my sister that I was going to get it, and she freaked out. My parents are kind of old fashion and even getting my ear pierced was a source of a lot of heated arguments. She feared my parents reaction but that was not going to stop me. I kept it hidden from everyone else for a while. The first one to find out about it was my Mom. I had been successful at hiding it because since it is in my upper arm and I wear undershirts 90% of the time, she never had a chance to see it even though I was still living under her roof.

My Mom is a hair stylist and has cut my hair most of my life. I needed a haircut and as I sat on a chair to begin she told me, take off your shirt so it does not get all full of hair. I did not even think of my tattoo at the time, it had been weeks since I had gotten it and it was fully healed. My parents at the time were in the middle of their divorce, and I am not sure if it was because of it but she did not mind that I got it. She still thought I was a little crazy for getting it but was ok with it.

Since then my tattoo has grown, it started with just the Colombian flag, but now there is a full dragon all around it. I got the Colombian flag first because it represented to me one the the things that I am the proudest about, my heritage. It was also something that I knew would never change. I remember that I had always been into the Tazmanian devil and even considered it as a tattoo design. I am kind of glad that I decided to go with the flag first and that I now have a japanese style tattoo around it. I am not sure if I would still be as glad if I had Taz in my arm.

9 Responses to My Tattoo

  1. I totally agree with your statement and on that note, getting a tattoo is very much like your first sexual experience in that you remember who you were with when you got it….lol.

  2. Tatoos are a trip. I don’t have one, but I can imagine that it might be hard to decide who will do your tatoo. I mean, it’s relatively permanent. The artist has to be good. How do you know when a tatoo artist is good? Can you tell by looking at his or her tatoos that they might have performed on themselves? I wonder.

  3. You are right about the first tattoo,it’s funny isn’t it?
    My first tattoo was a very simple,black outline picture. And even though i’m the sort of person who is about to die just because i stub my toe, i actualy found the tattoo a little errotic [i've had a few drinks so i can say that and not feel silly lol] And i went to get another tattoo 12 years later. This time it was a coloured in one and even though it’ll be a while before i get another one, i’ll definatly get another one.
    They are like peanuts, you can’t just have one!
    Unlike you, i was the last in my family to get a tattoo [i come from a rough background] and even now i’m “the baby” lol

  4. >>How do you know when a tatoo artist is good? Can you tell by looking at his or her tatoos that they might have performed on themselves? I wonder.

    April,

    Most tattoo artists have picture books of their work. Also a lot of them display their own original artwork around the shop. The best way to know if they can do what you are looking for is to have the draw it out for you (which for most tattoos they will have to do to create a stencil). The tattoos they have on their own body are no indication of their talent, because most of them is not done by them.

  5. If the trend continues, it is going to be more rare to find somebody without a tattoo.

  6. I don’t have any…I’m a wuss with the idea of the pain and having to keep it up.

  7. Melissa Nave

    I would love to get a tattoo, but I also want to keep my husband.

  8. Well, I don’t like riding motorcycles… at all, not that I dislike them, but don’t appear interested, but I have given a tatoo a lot of thought though.

    However, I never had any clue what I would like to have and KEEP for the rest of my life. I like your phrase “something that I knew would never change”. It sums it all up.. now, about that dragon, should I get all scuked up into the symbolism of it steeming out of the flag, or envolving it or…. never mind.

  9. I guess the connection is the whole “tough guy thing” I am sure that if my Grandpa would have grown up with my generation he would have gotten one.

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